Fuhrmann was established in Amsterdam in 1735 and is the world’s oldest wool trading company. Fuhrmann S.A. in Argentina is managed by the Gallia family, which moved their wool business from Biella, Italy in the 1960’s. By 1990, Fuhrmann S.A. joined the Schneider Group – an international group of textile companies producing and processing the most expensive animal fibers. In Argentina, Fuhrmann processes and exports wool and special fibers. Its combing mill located in Trelew, Chubut started its production in 1999. Currently the company buys some 8 million kg of raw wool and produces 4.5 million kg of tops per year, mainly of fine Merino wool. The company leads the fine wool market in Argentina. In recent years, the company also started producing wool by renting sheep farms located in the Chubut and Santa Cruz provinces as well as in the Viedma area with over 160 thousand sheep. Fuhrmann also owns a farm in the Catamarca province, where fiber from wild vicuñas is obtained and then processed in Trelew.
Fuhrmann has 166 employees, of which 50 work on the farms. The remaining work in the commercial, administrative and industrial area. The company has agreements with various universities and local institutions, covering aspects such as effluent treatment, monitoring of underground waters, etc.
Fuhrmann is a member of the FLA-Argentine Wool Federation and member of the Trelew Rural Society, as well as member of the ruling board of the regional INTA.
Fuhrmann S.A. is a full partner of the EDULIVE project and entry point for the EDULIVE project’s direct involvement with large private businesses in the fiber sector of Argentina. Fuhrmann S.A. represents future employers of graduates, business partners in research collaboration and an international seller in the project consortium. Fuhrmann S.A. is not leading a WP, but is involved in many. In WP1, Fuhrmann S.A. represents the needs and demands of private businesses in the livestock sector. It supports the consultation process and links the consortium to producers and business actors to integrate their opinions on the needs for university curricula in Animal Sciences. In WP2, Fuhrmann S.A. supports the establishment of cooperation mechanisms in their role as private business partner. In WP5 and WP7, Fuhrmann S.A. collaborates with Argentinian universities in higher education as internship host, expert lecturers and by offering field visit opportunities. In WP6 and WP8, Fuhrmann S.A. is part of the evaluation of new mechanisms and activities implemented by the EDULIVE project.