Domestic sheep wool being used for building insulation
Mongolia is now able to not only produce cotton fleece from sheep wool but also building insulation material. Below is a brief interview about this latest development with B.Ganbat, head of the Mongolian Wool Products Manufacturers Association.
-How are you planning to process sheep wool for preparing insulation material?
-We have set an objective to use sheep wool for two purposes. First, to fully provide uniforms made with domestic cotton to all General Education School students. Further, we aim to accelerate this work and manufacture the cotton in Mongolia, as the cotton is now produced in Korea with Mongolian sheep wool. Second, we’ll manufacture building insulation material with domestic sheep wool. We have already signed a contract with a Japanese company in the same sector. A team of five Japanese experts in manufacturing will land in Mongolia today. They will decide what equipment is required to start insulation manufacturing here, after studying our domestic sheep wool and equipment in Mongolia.
-Where will the insulation material made with Mongolian sheep wool be used?
-As part of the “Soum” Project of the New Government for Changes, administrative boards, business entities, and public service centers of provinces and soums will be relocated in one central complex, with wooden buildings of the same design. The design has already been done. In the first stage, the buildings will be constructed and the insulation material will be used for them. The government allocated 50 billion MNT for the work.
-Why did you choose to partner with Japan in the manufacturing of insulation material?
-Japan has the highest usage of insulation material made of sheep wool. Though it is also used in Germany and other European countries, it is not as popular as it is in Japan. Japanese people live in wooden buildings and insulate them with wool. Fiberglass insulation has been off the market in Japan since 2000 because of the risk of health hazards. Pollen from fiberglass insulation fossilizes in the lungs. Mongolia has raw material ready for manufacturing and we are in need of insulation material. Therefore, we will manufacture the insulation here.
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