We provide research and development, consulting, testing and commission processing services to Australian and overseas wool, cotton and technical textiles and advanced materials industries.

We have a pilot-scale fibre and textile processing facility available for testing, customised and specialist runs and the production of one-off samples for prototype production.

Our textile mill facilities offer commercially realistic processing conditions in a controlled research laboratory setting.

Mill services facility at CSIRO Waurn Ponds

Mill services facility at CSIRO Waurn Ponds

We have the flexibility to produce one-off samples or to do specialist runs. Commercial mills often lack the flexibility to switch equipment from commercial production runs to one-off samples or special runs.

Prototype production can disrupt long commercial runs, adding to the expense of product development.

Our mill services are used to develop:

  • new lines of innovative fabrics and garments
  • fabric prototypes
  • specialist fibres for unique commercial products
  • processes for improved production efficiency
  • demonstration samples for marketing
  • specialty fibres such as alpaca, cashmere, mohair and silk and metallics
  • natural fibre blend fabrics for local and international promotion
  • small runs of fabric and garments for trialling, marketing and sales
  • specialty fabrics for industrial purposes

Knitting equipment

Our knitting equipment includes:

  • Shima Seiki whole garment flatbed machine capable of producing seamless garments using the latest CAD/CAM systems
  • Single and double knit circular machines with various needle per inch gauges and circular machine diameters from 3.5 inches (90 mm) to 30 inches (760 mm)
  • Harry Lucas R-1s Circular Knitting Machine for knitting 2 to 5mm hollow tubes for biomedical applications

Weaving capabilities

We weave wool, cotton, synthetics, blends, metallic and optic fibres with a weaving width of 300–400mm (12–16 inches) or 1620 mm (64 inches) and a wide range of reed densities to address the expanding commercial needs for novel blends of wool, cotton and speciality or synthetic fibres.

Our weaving capabilities include:

  • warping
  • drawing-in
  • weaving wool, cotton, blends, metallics, ballistics and synthetic yarns
  • sample warping facilities
  • yarn sizing on sample warping equipment.

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Contact Andrew Jones for a tour of our facility or a consultation

Mr Andrew Jones (Team Leader - CSIRO Services)


  • +61 3 5246 4759
  • +61 408 297 243 (Mobile)
  • +61 3 5246 4000 (Alternative)

Geelong Technology Precinct, Waurn Ponds
75 Pigdons Road Deakin University,
Waurn Ponds Vic 3216

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