History & Structure



Established in 2005, ProClass was set up in response to cotton growers and merchants wanting a truly independent classing service. Goondiwindi was chosen as the site for operations as it is a major regional centre which is located at the junction of several major highways servicing the Australian cotton belt, and within a 250 km radius to the bulk of the industry's ginning capacity. Due to the emergence of a new major cotton growing and ginning region in southern NSW, a second facility facility was established in Griffith, NSW in 2016.

The establishment of ProClass has resulted in a rationalisation of classing services in Australia, meaning we have seen a move away from the many merchant owned facility towards there now being only five classing facilities nationwide. ProClass operated two of these facilities and is the dominant entity, with a national market share of approximately 65%.

The shareholding of our business is drawn from several cotton industry sectors:
  • 40% Cotton growers - who are represented by a group of six growers from six cotton regions from Central Queensland to the Macquarie Valley encompassing:
    • Charlie & Kaye Wilson (Central Qld)
    • Geoff & Toni Hewitt (Darling Downs)
    • The Corish Family (MacIntyre Valley)
    • The Cush Family (Gwydir, Namoi, MacIntyre Valleys and South West Qld)
    • Jono & David Phelps (Namoi Valley)
    • The McAlary Family (Macquarie Valley) 
  • 40% Cotton merchants - represented by Louis Dreyfus Cotton Commodities and Queensland Cotton;
  • 20% Cotton classers - represented by an independent international cotton controller and classing firm - Wakefield Inspection Services - which has existing interests in cotton classing and controlling all around the world; and ProClass management.
The structure of our company is specifically designed so that no one shareholder or shareholder group has a controlling stake in the business. This means that all classing decisions are made unencumbered by bias or coercion.

 

Address: 7 Troy Drive, Goondiwindi, QLD, 4390      Tel: +61 7 4671 0333     Fax:  +61 7 4671 1333      Email:  classing@proclass.com.au


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