Season's greetings and welcome to our December Newsreel. Here is a round-up of all the latest news - we will be back again with more in the new year.
Brokers' snow scrap
Here is a quirky seasonal story to share with you courtesy of the BBC. As part of our ‘forgotten cotton’ campaign, they featured an online report about the mass snowball fight of 1854, where 300 stock and cotton brokers pelted each other with snowballs.
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Our ‘forgotten cotton’ archive
Stored in our office basement, unused and almost forgotten, our 213-year-old cotton archive has now been catalogued to form one of the cotton industry's most historic and complete archives. Described as "one of the most valuable business resources", the collection contains the history of the evolution of the ICA and the cotton industry in the north west of England.
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Promoting safe trading
As price volatility continues, ICA Managing Director, Kai Hughes, used a trip to Vietnam and Turkmenistan to promote the need for contract sanctity and to encourage key organisations to take a lead in regulating their members.
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New Sudan cotton standards
New Sudan Barakat cotton standards have now been adopted as the official ICA Bremen standards for Sudan cotton. Azhari Osman El Tahir and Tag Eldin Elzaki Elnafi, of Sudan Cotton Company, made the trip to the UK to renew the standards. They provided an update on Sudan cotton production and market conditions, informing us that all the roller-gins in Sudan have been replaced with the new ones.
ICA Bremen holds the largest collection of worldwide Cotton Grade Standards, which represent the current crops of cotton grown in each country. They serve as a benchmark in international trading.
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Three more members
Three more firms joined the ICA in November - Brazilian based cotton producer, SLC Agricola SA (www.slcagricola.com.br), Kuhlmann Surveyors & Consultants (www.kuhlmann.com.br), who are also based in Brazil and Indian based Thiagarajar Mills (www.tmills.com).
If you want to be a part of our global network community, why not become a member?
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Develop your skills in 2012
We deliver a range of affordable and effective training that is internationally recognised in the cotton community. Open to both ICA members and non-members, there are two training programmes available - 'Complete Cotton' and 'Arbitrator Training'. We are introducing two more advanced modules in 2012 - 'Futures & Options' and 'Arbitration and ICA Bylaws & Rules' plus ‘Cotton Classing & Testing’ via ICA Bremen.
Click here for more information about our current training programmes.
Click here if you are interested in our 2012 advanced modules and we will send you more information.
ICA is on the move
Don’t forget to make a note of our new address. From 19 December 2011 it will be: 6th Floor, Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool L2 3YL, UK (email, phone and fax details will remain the same).
We are moving from our current home in the Cotton Exchange Building to new offices located on 'cotton corner' in Liverpool's historic Exchange Flags - the spot where cotton was first traded in the open air in the 1800s. Our new office space is better equipped and much more suited to our needs. Also, with the move of our laboratory to the new ICA Bremen facility, we no longer require as much floor space. We plan to have an ‘open day’ in 2012. Watch this space for more news.
Holiday season opening hours
Our office opening hours during the coming holiday period will be:
24 to 27 December Closed
28 to 30 December Open
31 December to 02 January Closed
03 January Open
Very best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012 from everybody at the ICA.
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