Spinnova, a Finnish, sustainable fibre company that develops ecological technology for manufacturing cellulose-based textile fibre, has announced the appointment of Maree Hamilton as of 1 August. Hamilton, who has vast technical knowledge of textiles and fibres, will be an important liaison between the fibre innovation and brand owners who wish to implement it.
Maree Hamilton is an experienced textile technologist with over 30 years of practical and theoretical experience of wool, fibre, textile material research and development, product innovation and processing. Hamilton has vast product knowledge across apparel, hosiery, footwear, technical textiles, interiors, high lofted wadding and thermal insulation applications as well as novel products, including three patented innovations.
Hamilton has now relocated to Finland from New Zealand. “I am passionate about fibre and textile innovation and working with progressive brands. This industry is challenging with many negative environmental impacts, so I have wanted a more sustainable focus for my career. The opportunity to work with Spinnova is incredible and an exciting, life altering adventure. I’m looking forward to bringing a bit of Kiwi to the beautiful Finland,” she commented.
Before joining Spinnova, Hamilton has worked in collaboration management with the New Zealand Merino Company since 2010. Prior to this, she mostly worked in research and technical expert and advisor roles within the wool industry, specifically on non-woven and insulation.
“We are thrilled about this appointment. This is great news for our brand partners, as Maree is an absolutely ideal person to run Spinnova’s product development collaboration. Also, we really appreciate the life-changing move she has made by relocating to join our journey,” said Janne Poranen, Spinnova’s CEO.
Hamilton is Spinnova’s first in-house textile expert, and now has several joint product development projects lined up with brand owners. After successfully starting its test facility production line, Spinnova will be focusing on end product development with partnering brands this year and the next, while making plans for the commercial phase.