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Twynam Agricultural Group and Namoi Cotton Co-operative Limited are pleased to announce the formation of an independent classing service for the Australian cotton industry to be known as Australian Classing Services.
Commencing with the 2003 season, Australian Classing Services (ACS) will operate an independent cotton classing facility to be based at Wee Waa.
Christine Campbell, the Executive Chair of Twynam Agricultural Group will be the inaugural chair of ACS.
ACS will provide HVI and manual classing services conforming to USDA standards and best management practices as determined by the Australian Cotton Classers Association.
All cotton purchased by Colly Cotton Marketing for the 2002/03 season will be independently classed by Australian Classing Services.
According to Colly Cotton Marketing's General Manager, Kim Morison, the idea of a centralised independent classing facility has been considered within the industry for some time.
"For all its down-sides, the drought has resulted in bringing a long discussed concept to fruition within the Australian cotton industry," said Mr Morison.
"Initially, we expect the combined throughput of Colly Cotton Marketing and Namoi Cotton Co-operative will allow ACS to capture significant capital and cost-saving efficiencies," he said.
"Most importantly, we believe ACS will deliver a world-standard classing service which stands apart from any perceived cotton trading influence," he said.
"ACS will deliver independence and consistency in classing results for cotton growers and end users across a large volume of the Australian crop," said Mr Morison.
"Over time, we expect the volume of cotton classed through the ACS facility will be complemented by bales classed on behalf of other growers and shippers," he said.
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