South Africa visit and Mohair Fibre Cape Sale

Last month, some of the Seal International fibre team travelled to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, to meet with our exclusive buyer who is based in Port Elizabeth and attend the mohair fibre cape sale in March.


Our global reputation for reliability and availability doesn’t only come from being one of the world’s largest stockholders of noble fibres, it also comes from our company ethos and how we develop partnerships with suppliers as well as customers.


We ensure we source the best quality products from the most trusted suppliers & origins. Our trip to South Africa was another fantastic opportunity to dive into the appraising process in the mohair fibre stores & implement our solid buying strategies for the season with Alice, as our contact on the ground.


We met with Alice, the week before the auction, where we began our preparation for the auction by visiting ‘House of Fibre’ mohair stores. Our first job is to analyse the mohair fibre catalogue and view the bales of mohair which are lined up in number order, ready for appraising. We visually assess the length, yield & micron of the fibre in each of the bales/bins at the stores, and select the mohair fibre we are interested to purchase which is Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) mohair. This preparation can be done up until the day before the auction begins.


On the day of the auction, we met again with Alice and headed for a full day of buying at the cape mohair sale. The auction room was full, with buyers from other companies, there was an air of excitement & tension in the room as the Seal International team was present for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. And the open cry bidding commenced.


After a successful day of buying, we met for a debrief with our newest team member Laverne who is handling our logistics as well as the transaction certificates as part of the RMS mohair auditing procedure.


Following the debrief meeting we update our market quote prices for our customers to work from.


The greasy mohair lots which we purchase at the sale are then booked in our system for processing. Some of which are done in the cape & some are done in the UK at our own mill.


It was a great trip and wonderful to meet with Alice & Laverne & we look forward to seeing them soon at the Basuto sale on June 13th.


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Natural Fibre Connect Conference 2022

Join the conference at Natural Fibre Connect 2022


We’d like to announce we are Gold sponsors of the inaugural Natural Fibre Connect conference, this is a unique virtual conference connecting all those involved within animal fibres to discuss and learn more about wool, cashmere, mohair and alpaca.


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What is Natural Fibre Connect?

Natural Fibre Connect is a virtual exhibition which occurs over three days, these well-considered days will comprise expert speakers, recorded talks, and roundtable discussions from industry professionals to highlight and understand the perspective of growers and herders globally.

In turn, their aim is to tackle challenges which arise within the natural fibre industries and emphasise the perspective of growers and herders around the world as climate change and market fluctuations continue to grow.


Where, and When is Natural Fibre Connect?

NFC takes place from 7th – 9th September 2022, it is the first virtual event encompassing a range of natural fibres. There’s no need to leave your desk, or book flights, simply reserve your ticket, and join us to connect and discuss with out team about natural fibres.


What are the top discussions not be missed?

This three-day event will be filled with discussions from industry leaders, conferences which are on our ‘must watch’ list are:


07/09/22 – Day One

  1. Welcome to NFC Day 1: Emerging Trends (8:00AM – 8:10AM GMT +01:00)
  2. The Opportunities of Web 3.0 for the Textile Industry (9:50AM – 10:55AM GMT +01:00)
  3. Shifting Times (3:10PM – 3:40PM GMT +01:00)
  4. Roundtable Discussions Open (6:00PM – 8:00PM GMT +01:00)


08/09/22 – Day Two 

  1. Welcome to NFC Day 2: Challenges (8:00AM – 8:10AM GMT +01:00)
  2. The Realities of Animal Welfare – The Challenges Growers and Herders Face (8:10AM – 8:40AM GMT +01:00)
  3. Roundtable Discussions Open (11:00AM – 1:00PM GMT +01:00)


 09/09/22 – Day Three

  1. Welcome to NFC Day 3: Innovations (8:00AM – 8:10AM GMT +01:00)
  2. PANEL: Hearing Directly from Growers and Herders (3:40PM – 4:40PM GMT +01:00)
  3. Roundtable Discussions Open (6:00PM – 8:00PM GMT +01:00)


We welcome you to join our discussion and look forward to meeting you there. Reserve your ticket today by clicking here.

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