International delegates finish ICA Bremen’s Fiber Quality training

wo ABRAPA and four MAPA representatives took part in the training, which followed on from online cotton instrumental testing training delivered by Axel Drieling (FIBRE Institute) last January with more than 30 Brazilian participants.

During their visit to Bremen, delegates were presented with the processes of the ICA Bremen laboratory by Axel Drieling. Karsten Froese (ICA Bremen) further demonstrated the manual classing area. There was also the opportunity to meet with two cotton traders from Otto Stadtlander GmbH and Cotton Service International GmbH for an exchange on Brazilian cotton and recent trends in the cotton industry. Taken off site the visitors met with two industry leading expert textile machine producers, Trützschler Group and Murata Machinery Europe GmbH, to discuss their latest developments.

Speaking on this visit, Hugo Caruso (general coordinator of Plant Quality, from Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) Department of Inspection of Plant Origin Products) states “The trainings carried out in partnership with ICA Bremen and Abrapa are helping the development of the certification process by Mapa. We want to ensure that the quality of the fiber is properly assessed and with transparent and reliable results, both for the domestic and international markets. In this way, we add value to the product.”

Axel Drieling (FIBRE Institute) said: “There was an interesting exchange all through the days and we hope to continue the close cooperation with the team from Brazil.”



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Editor’s notes:  About ICA Bremen

  • ICA Bremen is an ‘international centre of excellence’ for cotton testing, research and quality training.
  • Operating from existing, state of the art laboratory facilities in Bremen, Germany the centre was officially launched in October 2011.
  • The centre combines the global reach of the International Cotton Association with the quality expertise of Bremer Baumwollboerse (BBB) and the Bremen Fibre Institute (FIBRE).
  • ICA Bremen’s services include; Laboratory Certification, Laboratory Testing, WCC Classing Authority, Quality Arbitration, Round Trials, Cotton Grade Standards, Research & Development, Training, Quality Expert Certification and Consultancy.