Company profile

Queensland Cotton is renowned for being one of Australia’s longest running and highly trusted marketers and exporters of cotton. Since our establishment in 1921, Queensland Cotton have earned a reputation for delivering high quality cotton and world-class services.

Queensland Cotton currently employs 280+ personnel, many of which reside in local cotton communities, and export on average A$500million worth of cotton annually. 

Queensland Cotton remains to be one of the longest running Australian cotton corporations and the largest ginners of cotton worldwide.

Queensland Cotton pride themselves on strong relationships with growers and suppliers enabling the team to provide custom product offerings, first-hand advice, risk management solutions and support to local cotton communities.

Through leading standards, highly trained operators, and stringent maintenance programmes, Queensland Cotton have been able to enhance farmer and customer confidence to produce superior and consistent quality cotton safely.

280

People employed

375m

Million worth of Australian cotton exported in an average season

100

Year of trading Australian cotton in 2021

Our corporate values

Community and relationships are at the heart of Queensland Cotton’s business. Our values are woven into our daily practices, and it’s through this culture that we can grow in our potential and continue to provide for our regions. At Queensland Cotton, we believe in people first, and focus on great customer relationships in local areas.

Queensland Cotton takes pride in upholding these values for our company and our community.

We’re passionate about connecting with our communities to provide first-class services, support, innovation, and knowledge.

Entrepreneurship

We dare to dream.

Stretch and Ambition

Our passion for doing more.

Partnerships

We strive to develop positive and long-term relationships with our partners.

Mutual Respect and Teamwork

We treat each other the way we want to be treated.

Integrity

We stay true to what we believe, say and do.

Ownership

We take responsibility as if we were founders of the business.

Our history

Established in 1921, the Queensland Cotton story began with a gentlemen’s agreement at Brisbane’s Executive Building. Originally named The Australian Cotton Growing Association Limited, the corporation was founded as Queensland’s cotton producing potential grew, with many returning soldiers from WWI taking to the land.

By 1922, cotton gins in both Brisbane and Rockhampton were up and running. Throughout our 100-years, numerous gins have been opened in our major cotton growing regions. Today, Queensland Cotton operates nine gins, three of which have become warehousing and export hubs.

In 1926, Australian Cotton Growing Association Limited renamed as we know it today – Queensland Cotton. Innovations, new technologies and investments continued as cotton production increased throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

Queensland Cotton was acquired by Olam International in 2007 and became part of the Olam International Global Cotton Business. Queensland Cotton has been and continues to be, an integral part to the Australian cotton industry. Our history is steeped in regional communities, where we have nurtured long standing relationships and are committed to providing world-class services.

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