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International exhibitors showing off technology strengths
Issue date:01/08/2010
ATA Journal for Asia on Textile & Apparel - Aug 2010 Issue
Source:Journal for Asia on Textile & Apparel
Thomas Päffgen (left) and Gunnar Meyer
Thomas Päffgen (left) and Gunnar Meyer
Asian debuts of A. Monforts' new solution

The new double-sided Softcoating and Sanforisor made their Asian debuts at ITMA Asia+CITME this year, featuring significant energy savings with high efficiency finishing, according to A. Monforts.

The new double-sided Softcoating process provides energy savings in drying processes with reduced liquor application, utilising trough and roller techniques, to apply just the required amount of liquid/coating to the fabric via contact with the roller.

Liquid can be applied to both sides of the fabric or to one side and a different liquid to the other side. Applications include nano coating, water repellency, softeners and pigment dyeing.

The new Monforts process, in some cases, eliminates the need for a conventional padder in wet-in-wet processes, applying the liquid/coating via a twin-roller for double-sided applications.

Compared with a padder operation, the initial moisture content of 60% is reduced to 40%; ensuring a reduction in drying times and reduced energy costs, says Monforts.

The latest compressive shrinkage Sanforisor, for woven (Monfortex) and knitted (Toptex) fabrics offers increased residual shrinkage and higher production speeds - up to 20% faster than other Sanforisors, according to Monforts. Other features include automatic grinding of the rubber blanket, 40% reduced water consumption for cooling and substantial time savings for blanket changes.

Monforts' Sales Director, Gunnar Meyer, said the market had required machines that were more efficient and easier to operate. "As a leading company in the field, we could never stop innovating but offer something special to differentiate ourselves from the others."

Mr Meyer said a good amount of visitors from as far as South America and the Middle East had visited the Monforts booth. But he said that some visitors of this year's show wanted to spend some time visiting the World Expo in Shanghai.

Moreover, advanced solutions for finishing technical textiles were also introduced together with the latest upgrade and modernisation kits from Monforts Parts & Components department.

Thomas Päffgen, Head of Product Management, Drying / Finishing, commented that the Asia market was big for nonwovens, while Europe was more important as a technical textiles market. However, recent years have seen increased use of the latter in China. Some manufacturers of technical textiles have moved their production base to Asia from Europe as demand for the end products rises in Asia.

Andritz showcases combined strengths of Küsters and Perfojet


From left: Laurent Jallat, Johannes Walterfang and Brian Hu
Following the acquisition by the Andritz Group, Andritz Küsters and Andritz Perfojet for the first time showcased their latest developments in calender, wetlaid, spunlace, spunjet, and finishing equipment under one roof at the exhibition. A wide range of solutions in thermal, chemical and hydroentanglement processes was presented.

In the Andritz nonwovens product range, the neXline spunlace technology was presented, which combines the Jetlace hydroentanglement system, the neXaqua dewatering unit, the Perfodry through air dryer, and the neXcal twin embossing calender. These units offer producers the opportunity to enhance the performance of their spunlace lines, with a high level of productivity and energy efficiency, said Laurent Jallat, Manager Marketing & Communications, Nonwoven, at Andritz Perfojet. Reduced energy consumption by 30-40% is achieved especially by combining the dewatering system neXaqua with the Perfodry through air dryer, he added.

Mr Jallat was optimistic with the future spunlace market, which enjoys a 10-11% annual growth worldwide in these years, mainly driven by the rising demand of wipes. In addition to Europe and the United States, wipes are also increasingly used in Asia, including China and Hong Kong for domestic and industrial uses, added Brian Hu, General Manager of AKM Shanghai. As the living standard of Chinese people continues to improve, hygiene topics gain more and more attention.

Given the large population of China, a 25% access of the Chinese market is as many as the total US population. Few product varieties in wipes are currently found in the China market, and

Mr Jallat expected to see more development in this segment in the next few years. "The spunlace market is primarily driven by the growing need of wipes, which is mainly fuelled by China," he said.

Johannes Walterfang, Andritz Küsters' Head of Project Engineering, Nonwovens, added that the Andritz Küsters' calender range dedicated to high-capacity spunbonding technology has also been optimized. Additionally, the company offers with its neXcal compact a calender especially designed for SMS lines with a production speed of up to 400m/min, according to Mr Walterfang.

Furthermore, close links between the R&D centers of Andritz Küsters and Andritz Perfojet have been developed. More eco-friendly development is being undertaken by the joint efforts of the two companies, for instance in the area of wetlaid technology, so as to allow the use of natural fibres in nonwoven manufacture, e.g. viscose. Recyclable nonwovens is another research area, Mr Walterfang explained. A seamless knowledge chain has been formed to drive synergy, concluded Mr Jallat and Mr Walterfang.

Buser positions Swiss printing machines at varied price levels

Buser exhibited two recently developed, imported flat-screen printing machines developed, namely Swiss-made F8 system mainly for export-oriented Chinese enterprises and a more economic version of E8 for the mid-segment of the Chinese market. Both systems feature non-mechanical transmission.

Jürg Voegelin, President of Buser, said that China is an important market for the company. "The market in 2011 is likely to be about the same with this year, or slightly weaker. A growth is not very likely to happen. In addition to China, Pakistan, Turkey and Africa will get more important," he said, adding that challenges in China include appreciation of renminbi and the intellectual property right.

Calemard promotes assembled-in-China slitter rewinder

Calemard introduced a new slitter rewinder, the Tiger. Engineered by Calemard and CE certified, the new slitter rewinder is assembled in China (near Shanghai) to reduce delivery times for Asian markets.

The Tiger covers a wide range of textile and nonwoven applications. Featuring integrated unwinder, slitting station with two or three cutting systems and centre winder, with in option a lay-on arm to improve the rewinding quality, the Tiger is a flexible solution to perform quality slitting and rewinding, according to Calemard. The product will be in the market with full local services (commissioning, maintenance and spare parts) from October 2010 for trials, the company adds.

More clients are ready to invest: Clariant


Oliver Schmidt (far right), Keith Parton (middle) and colleague
Clariant featured its new ETSI (Enhanced Textile Strength Improvement) system on strength management.

Most garments with non-iron or easy-care finish share the common disadvantage of having a short life-cycle as the fabric becomes weak and worn due to the resin finish that provides the easy-care feature. Clariant's new product overcomes these problems. The ETSI system delivers good easy-to-iron effect, high quality in textile strength, tear strength, abrasion resistance and extremely low formaldehyde level on the treated fabric, according to Oliver Schmidt, Head of Marketing & Product Management Asia Pacific, BU Textile Chemicals.

On top of that, the ETSI system also offers a unique softening treatment method, which is different from conventional resin systems. On ecological ground, the system provides extra durability that allows the garments to have a longer life cycle even after repeated laundering and ironing. The ETSI system is applicable to all cellulose fibres, including linen and cotton.

Keith Parton, Head of Sales and Marketing for Clariant's Textile Chemical Business Unit, observed that more important clients attended the fair this year and many of them showed their intention and investment plan, reflecting their confidence in the industry. Europeans clients were also present. "We met a client based in Europe at the exhibition. They were planning to set up a new plant in China and look forward to working with Clariant again in China to use our technology and products in their newly-built plant."

Meanwhile, Chinese users have been working to upgrade themselves as the lower end textile manufacturing starts to relocate to Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam where labor cost is lower. "We're glad to see that a lot of promising companies have emerged in China and quality of their products is excellent," added Mr Parton.

CCI presents affordable and efficient sampling solutions for weavers


Alvin Y.S. Chan
CCI Tech Inc, headquartered in Taiwan, saw opportunities in the area of sampling looms years ago and developed such machines to meet the potential needs in the market. A premium version of sampling loom and a single-end warping machine were exhibited at the fair this year.

"The highlight of 'The Studio', a premium sampling loom, is its compact size and easiness to use requiring no compressed air, which can be conveniently placed within a design office or fabric research laboratory," said Alvin Y.S. Chan, Chief Operating Officer of CCI Tech Inc.

He said: "Designers, researchers and manufacturers can easily obtain the desired sample within one single day at an affordable cost on this loom, while the traditional approach takes about 10 days to get samples." This machine is able to handle up to 12 weft colors and can accommodate at maximum 24 heald frames. The machine’s maximum speed is 150 ppm. Convenience and efficiency brought by this sampling loom has attracted attention from users in China, Europe India and Turkey.

Current users of CCI's systems include ENSAIT (a higher education and research textile-related institute in France), IFTH (French Textile Research and Technical Centre) and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), according to Mr Chan.

The company also presented the Lutan single-end warping machine, equipped with a uniquely designed ring to withstand high speed running under long hours. More importantly, he explained: "The Super Creel inside the machine allows multi-ends warping. It is also equipped with a color changing device that changes color automatically from the bobbins in the storage cabinet in accordance to the design. This color changing device is a brand new designed, protected by patents." Up to 12 or 16 bobbins and warp can be used at the same time.

Founded in 2001 by a team of specialists with over 10 years' experience in the weaving industry in the Greater China region, the company currently has an operations office in Hong Kong and also two representative offices in Hangzhou and Qingdao, China.

Comez features electronic machines for Asian narrow fabric markets


Dr Paolo Banfi (right) and Jackie Zhai, area manager
Comez exhibited a number of machinery, including MCJ 700, which is an innovative high-performance electronic jacquard needle loom, designed for the production of a wide range of laces, ribbons, articles for corsetry, ribbons for technical applications and more, which can be personalised with special inscriptions or intricate patterns. The machine has a dobby unit with up to 14 heald frames and is supplied with jacquard device featuring 96-384 hooks (with four to 10 weaving heads).

In addition, the Comeztronic CT-16B/600 electronic crochet knitting machine is equipped with 16 weft pattern bars, available in gauge 15 and 20 n.p.i., with a 600 mm working width. The company explains that this machine is designed for the production of an extensive range of sophisticated articles for underwear. The Data Control Controller manages necessary machine functions, monitoring production data, and allows for the realisation of lengthy pattern repeats.

Dr Paolo Banfi, Director of Comez, explained that Comez machines feature high speed and productivity; reduced machine start-up times with article changes; a wide range of usable yarn types; as well as versatility and ease-of-use. The company has established its factory in Guangzhou, South China, to assemble machinery with Italian parts and it competes in the market with quality services and machinery as well as technical support, he said.

"The economy of China is in a good shape at the moment," he said, adding that China can enter the global economic and financial markets strongly in the future.

Cormatex introduces recycling lines to China


Riccardo Querci, President, and Luca Querci (left)
A family-run Italian solution provider in the field of woolen spinning and nonwovens, Cormatex presented a patented recycling technology at the exhibition. The company also joined the ACIMIT initiative to promote sustainable technologies of Italian textile machinery manufacturers.

Recycling of wastes (e.g. textiles, paper, carpet and mattress) is achieved through an innovative airlaying technology, which is capable of replacing mechanical processes using carding machine and cross lapper, according to Luca Querci, Sales Manager of Cormatex. The new machine with an innovative pressure control system is ready for needle punching and/or thermobonding processes.

Such a line starts from opening/blending, lap formair, bonding to cutting and wind-up. In the lap formair section, productivity over 1,500 kg/h and good control of evenness of the output fibre batt is attained with weights below 150 g/m2.

Insulation is the most important application area for this system producing regenerated insulation materials, which 80-85% are from recycled sources. The market of insulation has been growing fast in Europe and the US. Furthermore, the costs of investment and production are lower compared to a traditional carding and cross lapper system. "It is particularly attractive where there is a cost to dispose wastes, e.g. tire cords. With this technology, manufacturers can convert wastes into a new product, and cost (of disposing) into profit (by recycling). In China, people are starting to think about how to better preserve the environment and it’s a good location to promote this innovative and cost-effective technology," he said.

Danfoss stresses quality frequency converters for reliability


Visitors examined quality frequency converters at Danfoss
Danfoss believes reliability is essential to the Chinese textile industry and thus the use of high-quality frequency converters. Kang Yongqiang, manager of transmission and marketing department of Danfoss (Shanghai) Automatic Controls, added that users can benefit from a reliable and continuous production with stronger inverter technology from Danfoss. The application of electronic control offering better control is expected to be more popular in the future.

Datacolor links brands and mills with effective color management

Bridging between brands and mills in the global textile and apparel industry, Datacolor offers the Color Lifecycle Management solutions, including the Datacolor Spectrum family of products, to deliver optimum color management as well as add value to the complex global sourcing process, according to Charles Lee, Sales Director, North Asia, Industrial Business Unit.

The supply-chain oriented color control software, Datacolor Tools 2.0, was one of the company’s highlights at this ITMA Asia+CITME fair, Mr Lee said.


Doris Brown, Vice President, Marketing, and Charles Lee (right)
With a new .NET-based environment and a Windows 7 interface, the software is designed to quickly and easily create color measurement files and establish pass/fail criteria. Another intelligent software is Datacolor Match Textile allowing faster throughput of new recipe requests along the textile supply chain.

The company introduced Ahiba IR Pro, a water-cooled infrared lab dyeing machine for textile laboratories. It uses water to control the dyebath temperature rather than forced air, raising the level of accuracy and repeatability while saving on energy costs, he explained.

An interesting intelligent solution is the predictive maintenance software, Guardian, with which Datacolor remotely monitors the color performance of spectrophotometers operating at the facility of users, covering 65 countries and regions including China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. "Datacolor experts thus are able to diagnose problems before they occur, offering users peace of mind at an affordable price," said Mr Lee.

"Datacolor has strengthened the quality of service especially for the markets in China with more engineers, adding value and sharing the experience with Chinese emerging brands," he said. He expected a robust growth in this part of Asia, as players are seeking to fortify themselves amid the wave of consolidation. The markets in Asia have picked up rapidly as well.

Additionally, Datacolor and Setex has partnered in the development of integration tools that will streamline production workflow from lab to bulk, and it has also joined CSI to integrate Datacolor's Tools software solution with CSI's ColorWall, a searchable database of 4,000 colors.

New Dilo machine helps save fibre cost

The DiloGroup showed visitors latest textile samples and product development results from the Dilo Textile Research Centres and provided information about complete line installations comprising machines for bale opening and blending from DiloTemafa, carding or aerodynamic web forming from DiloSpinnbau, crosslapping and needling from DiloMachines.

DiloTemafa, a member of DiloGroup, highlighted its latest design of its web edge opener in a working width of 0.5 m. The machine reopens the web edges which are cut after needling and feeds them back into the manufacturing process, thus saving fibre costs.

In addition to needling, other bonding technologies such as water entangling, thermo and chemical bonding are available from DiloSystems. A full range of web forming and consolidation technologies is offered for complete line installations worldwide. In the field of nonwovens, new equipment components were presented to improve web quality and uniformity applicable to all bonding processes.

Dornier displays PS rapier weaving machine for technical textiles


Marion Heisler
Lindauer Dornier GmbH presented a PS rapier weaving machine for the production of technical textiles. During the exhibition, different versions of conveyor belt fabrics were woven on the machine with heavy reed beat up and positive controlled center transfer.

The Dornier weaving machine system family, composed of rapier and air-jet weaving machines, features gentle filling process with very low tension peaks, enabling the processing of very subtle yarns.

Both machines can hold very high or low warp tension which enables the weaving of very dense fabrics such as conveyor belts or aramid fabrics as well as open mesh structures of glass or carbon. Besides, there is the PX rapier weaving machine for the area of decorative and upholstery fabrics.

Produced in Germany, Dornier´s machines are specialized in processing complicated textiles such as silk and technical textiles.

Marion Heisler, Manager, Central Marketing & Communication, said that business started to pick up from the summer of 2008 but the number of orders shot up rapidly after the first quarter of this year.

The key to staying competitive in this specialized market is to cooperate closely with the customers, trying to find the solutions to meet their needs, she said.

DyStar rebrands itself stressing ecological solutions


Simon Collinson
DyStar presented a new face this year to emphasize more on the comprehensive ecological solutions, an important area for the sustained development of the company.

Simon Collinson, Director of DyStar Textile Services in Shanghai, said: "Econfidence from DyStar is a commitment covering the ecological quality of our products. It is backed up by the most extensive testing program of any dyestuff manufacturer in the world."

DyStar serves both direct customers (e.g. dyers and finishers) and indirect customers who are often retailers with specific requirements in chemical use under their own restricted substance list. The company does not only supply dyes and chemicals compatible with the RSLs, but it also provides accredited testing services to make sure a textile product made for the retailer is ecologically sound. Such a product may then be given a DyStar econfidence hangtag for enhanced confidence to both retailers and end consumers. He said: “This is an important product differentiation for retailers as greener manufacturing practices are progressively desired among end consumers.”

The "econfidence hangtag" program has been utilized by six to seven retailers in the world. A recent user is an apparel clothing brand Living Planet (under Tharanco group in the US) and its manufacturing partner, Liberty Mills in Pakistan. The fabrics were processed in Liberty Mills using the ecologically compliant Remazol reactive and Indanthrene vat dye ranges of DyStar. Upon the successful completion of the project, a total of 220,000 econfidence hangtags were provided to Living Planet for attachment to the end garments, which were clearly displayed at point of sale in the US.

Huge business potential in Far East: Erhardt+Leimer


Thomas Grimm (Right) and his colleague
Erhardt+Leimer, a specialist for system solutions and automation technology, presented its technologies on running webs and belts, ranks worldwide among manufacturers of control equipment also for the textile industry at the fair.

It presented energy-saving ELMAT setting/drying solutions and the ELCOUNT online fabric density detection and control system to reduce dependence on skilled workers.

Thomas Grimm, Executive Director of Erhardt+Leimer China, said, "Upgrading of the industry bring foreign companies great opportunities. China now has become the largest textile market in the world. We have realized the tremendous business opportunities in China’s market and established a subsidiary in China. We plan to enhance our competitiveness by establishing production lines of some products in China to reduce costs and product prices, and to be closer to the users by establishing research and development center in China."

Epic Enterprises markets quality spare parts in China


Mark Warren
US-based Epic Enterprises Inc, a spare parts and equipment manufacturer, exhibited spare parts that support heat-set equipment for carpet yarns production, coldwater soluble EpiMark color markers used to identify yarns and fabrics in various applications, as well as spare parts offering for carpet two-for-one twisting machines, according to International Sales Manager of Epic Enterprises, Mark Warren.

Fong's announces new sales organization

Fong's Group announced to approach its key markets in the world under one-agency umbrella by consolidating the various sales teams currently serving the individual brands.

"We concluded to rebuild our Fong's Group into a powerful and efficient sales and services organization with our strong brands of Fong's National, Then and Goller being structured in the form of Product Groups," said Thomas Archner, Managing Director of the newly established Fong's Europe, which merges Then and Goller.

The reorganization involves the dyeing and finishing systems providers, whereas Xorella in the field of vacuum steam treatment machinery and systems for the textile industry, is included in the master agency concept in appropriate country. The brand though outside the three-brand umbrella has close operation if it fits, Mr Archner said. He is also Managing Director of Xorella AG.

Mr Archner explained that the major benefit of this joint sales organization is that customers are now able to talk to the same sales colleague to obtain all information relating to Fong's National, Then and Goller. "Localization is the name of the game in the future," said Alex Wan, Chief Executive Officer of Fong's Group and technological support is provided to ensure the service remains intact.

Product-wise, the company displayed several machines to address today's market challenges, including the Fong's Jumboflow series high-temperature dyeing machine, Then-Airflow piece dyeing machine, Goller's new continuous Pad Steam dyeing range for knitted fabric, as well as Montex 6500 stenter range, marketed by Monforts Fong's Textile Machinery, a joint venture between Fong's Industries Group and A.Monforts.

Fukuhara comes to listen to clients


Satoshi Uemura (middle), Zhang Yichun (left) and colleague
A high-performance circular knitting machinery builder from Japan, Fukuhara sent more than 30 Japanese employees to attend the exhibition. "More technicians will visit clients in China after the exhibition, so as to listen to the needs of our clients and gather feedback that will help us improve our products for full satisfaction from our valuable customers," said Zhang Yichun, Manager, East Asia of Fukuhara Industrial & Trading Co. Ltd.

One of the exhibit highlights was the VXC-S3.2 ultra-fine gauge (60G) single jersey knitting machine. "Fukuhara's advanced fine-gauge technology is further optimized thanks to the patented "E-Needle". The new environment-friendly needle and new sinker help keep the running machine temperature from rising abruptly, ensuring a stable performance of the machine even at a high speed," said President of Fukuhara, Satoshi Uemura. To meet the needs of the market, Fukuhara also launched energy-saving needles to the markets around the world this year, reducing electricity use by 7% and energy consumption by 12%.

Another highlighted exhibit was the V-LEC7BSD, which produces high-density double knit jacquard fabrics with high productivity.

Targeting the premium market, Fukuhara sells its products to Japan (10%), Europe (20%), Southeast Asia (20-30%), and the remaining to China, according to Mr Zhang.

Groz-Beckert and litespeed needle receive environmental honour


Edelgard Keinath
The litespeed needle became one of the focused products at the booth of Groz-Beckert after it received a prestigious award in Germany in April.

The company describes that the litespeed needle is synonymous with precision and innovation in the best sense. "For the circular knitting machine, this means up to 20% lower temperature, less energy consumption reduced oil requirement and minimized oil fogging and enormous carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction," the company said.

Tests found that if all relevant machines worldwide were equipped with litespeed needles, it would result in an annual CO2 reduction of over 457 million tonnes, according to Groz-Beckert.

The company was awarded the KYOCERA Environment Prize this April, which is one of the highest-value competitions for environmental protection in Germany stressing innovation, market potential, environmental relief and also transferability to other companies.

Groz-Beckert is committed to assuming responsibility for conservation of resources and preserving an intact environment, for present as well as future generations, said Edelgard Keinath, Corporate Services, Public Relations & Advertising.

The company operates with a sound quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and a comprehensive environmental management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14 001. Its products also fully conform RoHS and REACH standards. For the production of ecologically valuable textile applications, Groz-Beckert offers suitable precision component, systems and services. One of the latest projects implemented by Groz-Beckert is the textile-reinforced concrete bridge in Albstadt, district Lautlingen, Germany. This bridge is about to be opened for public use. More futuristic innovations will be made possible at the recently opened Technology and Development Centre at Groz-Beckert headquarters in Germany. Furthermore, products that are new to the market will not only be geared towards increased productivity but also energy saving, Ms Keinath added.

Market-wise, Groz-Beckert sees positive and increasing development in the Asian market for this and next years.

HKRITA showcases latest Hong Kong-developed projects


Betty So
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) introduced its technical developments at the exhibition.

One important project presented by the HKRITA was an innovative wet finishing machine, which was the recently developed with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund under the Hong Kong S.A.R. government, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC).

Project Manager, Betty So, told ATA Journal that this new machine offers adequate supply and control of water and steam; adjustable rotating speed settings; temperature controller to provide adjustments on temperature and how fast the temperature is changed; effective circulation to permit optimum liquor exchange between the knitwear and the bath; and automatic chemical dispensing device. As a result, less water is consumed during the wet processing and delicate fibres such as cashmere can be treated in a desirable manner, Ms So said. At the moment, a commercial textile builder in China, namely Tung Shing Dyeing Machines Factory, holds a non-exclusive license to produce and sell this machinery.

A total of six projects were presented by HKRITA, including a fabric structure analysis and appearance evaluation system, an innovative manufacturing solution for energy-saving and environmental-friendly production of brassiere cup; and a remote assessment system for physical prototypes under an e-clustering environment.


Martin Szeto
New Huntsman finish offers improved clean and dry comfort

Huntsman Textile Effects launched a new finish to its innovative High IQ brand. High IQ Clean and Dry Comfort is a brand new effect, which prevents water from penetrating the fabric for a clean, dry and comfortable feeling.

This special waterproof finish does not affect the natural properties of the fibre’s appearance or breathability, and it even enhances the fabric with a soft handle, according to Martin Szeto, Global Business Development Director Apparel & Home Textile based in Hong Kong. Due to a new innovative hydrophobic system, based on non-fluorine technology, the finish can withstand up to 30 washes. Higher color retention, longer lasting fabrics and faster drying properties mean lower costs and less pollution, he said.

"High IQ has also freshness effects in two new varieties to excel beyond the expectation of today's consumers," said Mr Szeto. High IQ Freshness on Demand allows consumers to choose a scent to match their mood, while High IQ Active Freshness features a built-in antibacterial, which protects the wearer from malodors.


Peter Gregory
Peter Gregory, Director of Technology & Project Management based in Switzerland, explained that environment, health and safety form the first priority at Huntsman Textile Effects. The company searches for ways to reduce the use and environmental impact of chemicals and help textile manufacturers as well as consumers conserve water and energy with its innovative technology. "A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on Gentle Power Bleach showed that if this new product were applied to the roughly 26 million tons of cotton produced globally [a 2007-2008 statistic], the savings in freshwater consumption globally could reach 10 trillion litres of water annually. That could be enough for every human on the planet to use for a whole year," said Mr Gregory.

Mr Gregory mentioned that the company will continue investing on R&D, including high performing effects based on low environmental impact chemistry, building on its reactive technology competence for wool and nylon as well as cotton. Technology to reduce water and energy consumption is another area of research interest, in addition to new light management technology for high performance UV protection, automotive dyes and longer lasting whites.

ITEMA Weaving exhibits new high-speed rapier weaving machine


Fabio Mario Mazzucchetti
ITEMA Weaving with its brands Sulzer Textil, Somet and Vamatex, presented its latest technical innovations on weaving machinery at the Shanghai fair. Among the widest range of weaving machines, accessories and services, ITEMA Weaving exhibited the Vamatex R880 rapier weaving machine for the very first time ever to public.

ITEMA Weaving is the only company to produce weaving machines with the three leading weft insertion systems, providing the right weaving technology for every application. Together, Promatech Italy, ITEMA Switzerland and ITEMA Weaving Machinery China are the world's number one weaving machinery manufacturer, with roughly 300,000 units installed worldwide, the company says.

The Vamatex R880 is the result of experience gained and synergies created within the Euro-Chinese organizations of the company. The rapier drive system is based on the proven Propeller, and the machine offers high speed weaving up 550 picks per minute or 1200 metres of weft inserted per minute, according to ITEMA Weaving.

Fabio Mario Mazzucchetti, sales and marketing director of ITEMA Weaving, explained that the Vamatex R880 is assembled in China, serving the local market as well as India and other Asian areas. Majority of the parts are imported from Europe ensuring the top quality of systems.

New Jakob Müller printer allows quick handling of personalized narrow fabric printing


Jakob Müller machine
Jakob Müller introduced to visitors its new MDP2 MÜPRINT2, designed for contactless, direct inkjet printing of narrow fabrics.

The machine operates on a roll-to-roll basis and can process ribbons with widths ranging from 15mm to 400mm. Printable substrates include polyester wovens, nonwovens and knitware.

The system allows printing, drying and fixing of the fabrics to be carried out in a single process. It was introduced in February this year to the German market, and was put on show for the first time in China.

The target users include those in the promotion industry, label industry, producers of vertical blinds, according to Eduard Strebel, Manager of Marketing Services. The machine enables more designs, small-batch production, as well as instant, quick handling of printing personalised designs on fabrics, he said.

Mr Strebel reckons the new model will arouse interests among both new and existing customers who are looking to expand their business scope. Despite the attractive features offered by the system, demand from the traditional woven label market is expected to be unaffected.

James H. Heal highlights new nine-head Martindale


Elliot Rich
James H. Heal launched the latest technological innovation in abrasion and pilling testing with the new Martindale 900 Series.

The 900 Series includes the Midi-Martindale Model 905 - an industry first with five stations, which, in comparison to other four-head instruments in the market, gives users the best quality at lower costs to suit their requirements. For higher capacity testing, the nine-station Maxi-Martindale Model 909 has been developed, and is the only nine-head instrument in the market, according to the company.

Innovation is at the core of the company's operation, and is what drives new product development to enable them to respond to customer and market needs, said Elliot Rich, Sales Director of James H. Heal. He said: "The new Martindale 900 range represents our latest investment; however in 2010 alone, we have enhanced and improved several instruments, including Impulse2, Titan3, Truburst2 and Elmatear2, reflecting our ongoing commitment to moving technological innovation forward, to benefit customers worldwide."

Jossi Systems seeks to develop the China market

Jossi Systems from Switzerland exhibited the Vision Shield Inspect4 to eliminate contamination before the yarn production process begins.

The new technology of the Imaging Spectroscope recognises a wider range of colors, explained Managing Director, Walter Kiechl. The improved technology allows users to detect smallest impurities with the Imaging Spectroscope, whereas optical brightened contamination is detected by the newly developed Vtect technology, the company says.

This equipment is designed for low maintenance. The vision system is based on the most stable operating system, Linux. There are no mechanically moving parts to suffer wear and tear. Even the cooling for the processing system is based on natural convection. Turkey and India are currently the largest markets of the company, and Jossi Systems has an office in China to capture the growing opportunities in the country, he said.

Karl Mayer shows lightweight components for warp knitting machines

At ITMA Asia, Karl Mayer was displaying the first raschel machine equipped with CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) components and a high-speed tricot machine, which is already benefiting from the advantages of the second generation of CFRP technology.

According to Karl Mayer, the machines equipped with CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) components offer a unique performance profile, and the strategy of making both basic as well as high-tech machines available gives the company greater access to a broader client base.

The new RSE 4-1 is the first machine in its series to feature lightweight technology. The package of optimised features includes the use of CFRP components in all the bars, and solutions for improving the stability to lateral distortion in the needle zone.

The result of changing over the RSE 4-1 to incorporate these lightweight, stable, fibre-reinforced plastic components is that the temperature window for reliable, trouble-free operation has been extended from +/- 2 °C to +/- 7 °C, and the weight of the bars has been reduced by as much as 25 %.

Karl Mayer said the high-performance raschel machine was already one of the best-selling machines in its product range, and was in great demand during the fair.

Demand in general on the rise


Oliver Mathews
Oliver Mathews, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of the warp knitting business unit, told ATA Journal that last year was the best year ever for the company's technical textile business. He attributed the phenomenon to the so-called "Obama effects", referring to the US president's environmental policies, which advocate the use of environmentally friendly technologies.

There has been rising demand for technical textiles to be used for producing the "rotor blades" for windmills using glass-fibre composites. "They're ordered from all over the world, though many of them are being produced in China," he said.

Regarding the standard textiles market, Mr Mathews recalled that the China market rebound started at the beginning of 2009, while German market picked up since the second quarter of last year. But this year, the market is booming, he said, mainly due to a few factors.

Domestic demand in China is increasing as people are better off. Besides, the exchange rate between Euro and Renminbi has been favorable to European suppliers – the products turned out to be 20% lower in price to Chinese customers (in June) compared with autumn last year, thanks to the impact of exchange rate.

In fact, demand in general had been increasing worldwide. Karl Mayer has responded to the market by reorganizing the company to cope with the bigger capacity needed, and is considering steps to further expand, according to Mr Mathews.

About 80% of Karl Mayer's products were exported to Asia, of which, 70% were sold to China. About six months ago, a design team manned by people from the fashion design field has been formed in the company's headquarters in Germany, aiming to help customers create their own product lines.

Klüber Lubrication offers cost analysis to users

Klüber Lubrication, a supplier of special lubricants, provided a portfolio of products that suit various needs in the Asian market.

"We not only provide customers with products and services, but also help them make cost analysis, resolve their concerns in equipment maintenance and production, optimize processes and ultimately realize costs reduction and profit increase," said Henry Zhu, Industry Manager, Knitting, Klüber Lubrication (Shanghai).

When more attention is paid to industry upgrading and advanced technologies and equipments, use of high-performance lubricants will become increasingly important, Mr Zhu said, adding that the company is confident in its development in China.

Lacom presents advanced hotmelt machines


Klaus Schnerring
A German-based manufacturer of laminating and coating machines, Lacom highlighted one of its innovations, a compact version of the multi-purpose hotmelt machine, which is applicable for the production of thermoplast and reactive hot melts and the processing of air permeable laminates and full cover coatings, according to Klaus Schnerring, General Sales Manager of Lacom.

He explained that the compact machine is available in two application systems: i) Gravure only, or ii) alternatively combined Gravure and multi-roller machines. A wide application range is possible such as technical textiles, automotive interiors, hygienic textiles with membrane films, and self-adhesive products and many other applications.

Another major technology presented was Duplex Laminating and Coating Machine, which produces triplex laminates, i.e. three-layer composites. Suitable to apply either thermoplast or reactive adhesives which can be applied either by Gravure or Multi-roller or a combination of the two, to provide different material features, e.g. air permeability for army or sportswear as well as automotive interiors and all with a minimum on product tension. The Duplex machine is able to produce 50 meters of triplex laminates per minute, according to Lacom.

New developments have also been made and presented for tufted carpet and artificial grass with hotmelt machines up to 5.5 metres wide.

Due to safety and health considerations, flame-lamination is being replaced in some countries and Mr Schnerring believes hotmelt has a good future especially in the application area of technical textiles including automotive interiors, as well as lingerie. He reported a growing business in Asia. Apart from China, the company targets such markets as Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.

Marzoli debuts advanced machinery board control

Marzoli from Italy for the first time showed and explained the innovative electronics capability of the Marzoli machinery at the ITMA Asia+CITME 2010 in Shanghai, namely the control system Simiotion Siemens that facilitates the machinery running, the quickness of the response time, its great reliability and dimensional compactness of the adopted solution.

The innovative machinery board control brought by the Siemens-Marzoli partnership, which is a new technology that allows a complete control of machine, attracted curiosity from numerous visitors.

In addition to visitors from China, about 30% of visitors to Marzoli booth were from regions outside China, including Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia, as well as visitors from Turkey, Syria, Egypt and Iran.

Mesdan shows advanced yarn splicers


Advanced splicer and laboratory equipments were presented at Mesdan's booth
An international splicer and laboratory equipment producer from Italy, Mesdan displayed in the Italian cluster a variety of yarn splicers (e.g. Jointair, Aquasplicer and Hot Jointair) as well as new quality control laboratory instruments.

On display included Elmatic, an automatic digital Elmendorf tearing tester, endowed with the following features a measuring range from 200cN to 30000 cN for testing fine and heavy duty materials (e.g. textiles, leather, paper and plastics); automatic execution of tear test; total safety cover with safety lock during testing operation until pendulum swinging is terminated. Moreover, the system offers high accuracy and repeatability of results, and it in conformity with major International testing standards. It is also highly productive and about 150 tests could be executed in 15 minutes, according to Mesdan.

Besides Elmatic, the Mesdan-Lab division showcased the new sliver and yarn evenness tester model MT-5, the fully automatic yarn strength tester Autodyn, and the modular new nine-position Martindale abrasion and pilling tester. On the splicer side (Mesdan Yarn Joining Division), several novelties were shown.

Murata helps support a low carbon economy

"More than a builder of machinery, we position ourselves as a production system provider to support the growth of our clients. In the new era of low carbon economy, the textile industry is expected to face more intense pressure. Such pressure, however, can be turned into fuel for action that brings extensive industrial optimization," said Xia Ziyu, Textile Machinery Sales Division, Murata Machinery (Shanghai).

Mr Xia further explained that the Muratec systems are known for high productivity and good operability.

Murata demonstrated the Vortex 861, the newest model in this series, for the first time ever in China for spinning viscose materials, which sees a boom in popularity worldwide, according to the company.

The unique structure of Vortex yarn, which cannot be duplicated by other spinning methods, is the trump card of differentiation. In addition, by combining roving, spinning and winding processes in a single machine, the space-saving Vortex Spinning Machine is a solutions to the modern textile industry's concerns over labor shortages, Murata explained.

Nit Örme now reaches users directly

Nit Örme is a trusted supplier of spare parts for flat knitting machines of internationally advanced machinery builders, including Shima Seiki and Stoll. At this year's exhibition, the Turkish company would like to connect with more Chinese users as this market has been dynamic in these years, explained said Irfan Yolcular, President of Nit Örme Knitting and Textile Industries.

He added other emerging markets are also noteworthy, such as India and South Africa, which may become the next target markets in five years.

Oerlikon Textile dishes out new inventions amid changing markets


(From left) Wang Jun, Country President China; Thomas Babacan, Chief Operating Officer; Daniel Zhang, Chief Commercial Officer of Saurer (Jintan) and Jintan TEXParts; André Wissenberg, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications
Highlights of the five brands under Oerlikon Textiles, namely Barmag, Schlafhorst, Neumag, Saurer and Oerlikon Textile Components, included a new Fully Drawn Yarn (FDY) technology, new spinning machines, and the Era embroidery machine.

Oerlikon says the new FDY technology can significantly reduce conversion costs. There are the multi-end system concepts for industrial yarn: made-to-measure spinning plant components interacting with the quenching unit, godets and winder generate consistently high yarn quality for fine industrial yarns of up to 660 dtex (LDI) and coarse filaments of up to 6600 dtex per bobbin (HDI).

In rotor spinning, the new BD-416, with up to 416 spinning units, features higher productivity and is the longest and yet most compact machine in its class, according to Oerlikon. In ring spinning, the new Zinser 351 Impact FX promises the optimum compact quality on up to 1,680 spindles per machine, it says.

In the embroidery segment, the Saurer Era embroidery machine is the optimum production vehicle for design sampling and small orders, Oerlikon has introduced. It is equal to every demand for high-quality embroidery and its designs can also be reproduced on all Saurer embroidery machines.

For the Oerlikon Textile group, recovery started in the second quarter of 2009. The growth trend came from a low level and the company is cautious about the risk of overheating market. "The question is: When is the trend changing again?" said Thomas Babacan, Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Babacan said that the group would continue to invest in innovation, for which 5% to 7% of the company's turnover was allocated for R&D last year in spite of the effects of the crisis.

Asia and other emerging markets play an important role to Oerlikon's success, while China is by far the most important market, he said.

Picanol markets airjet looms for mid-segment in Asia


Erwin Devloo
Picanol introduced the new OMNIplus-X airjet, which is developed and produced in Picanol's Suzhou plant in China, but using the Belgian OMNIplus 800 technology. The OMNIplus-X responds to the requirements of the Chinese mid-end segment and comes in weaving widths of 190 cm and 220 cm, according to Erwin Devloo, Marketing Communications Manager of Picanol. Its availability will be limited to the Chinese market for the time being.

One of the company's highlights is the introduction of a new airjet, OMNIplus-X, which is cordless. Moving parts in the OMNIplus-X airjet are balanced built to assure stable operation at high machine speeds. The Sumo motor and short, clutch-free drive train guarantee vibration-free operation. The speed of the motor is controlled electronically without an inverter, thus reducing power consumption and permitting greater flexibility.

Mr Devloo explained: "The market outlook is good since the beginning of this year. Especially China is performing very well. The weak Euro helps us also to export to China, as the price for imports gets lower."

Picanol Suzhou Textile Machinery Works currently houses a complete production unit with three assembly lines for four product types.

In addition, Asia is also important to the company. For Picanol, India is one of the top markets with textile hubs like Mumbai and Coimbatore. The Asian region particularly has helped the group in sustaining during the downturn of the last global crises, the company says.

New lightfastness tester from Q-Lab

Q-Lab Corporation's newest addition to their expanding Q-Sun range of xenon lightfastness testers, the B02, was exhibited at the fair.

The Q-Sun B02 xenon test chamber is an affordable lightfastness tester that meets the lightfastness testing requirements of GB, ISO and AATCC, explained Henry Zhang, Chief Representative of Q-Lab Corporation in China. The device has a rotating specimen rack and provides precise control of critical textile test parameters. These include spectrum, irradiance, relative humidity, chamber temperature and black standard temperature. Its capacity is 48% to 92% larger than most comparable xenon testers.

Rieter displays new ring spinning machine


Rieter demonstrated its latest technology and innovation at the fair, including the new G 32 ring spinning machine
Rieter saw positive results from its participation at the Shanghai exhibition. The new G 32 ring spinning machine and the E 66 comber were shown. The new G 32 ring spinning machine is a response to the requirements for dependability, modern technology and quality, whereas the E 66 comber represents market leadership in combing, according to Rieter.

In addition, visits by high ranking officials and politicians paid tribute to the efforts of Rieter to further expand its position in China. An official Chinese delegation led by Du Yuzhou, President of the China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC), and the Swiss ambassador to China, Blaise Godet visited the booth of Rieter. The company invests constantly and considerably to boost innovation and the launch of the new ring spinning machine is an example of the corporate efforts on research and development. Rieter is also an active supporter of the Factor+ campaign by the Swissmem, Swiss textile machinery association. The campaign communicates the benefits, which customers can expect from Swiss textile machinery manufacturers in general, and Rieter in particular: innovation, technology, quality, longevity and a high degree of service, the company says.

Rieter also reported to have accepted orders made by customers at the fair. Interest in the new products was high, but there was also much interest for the integrated installations.

Samsung Knitting Needle reports good business

Samsung Knitting Needle provides various types of needles for circular knitting machine, flat knitting machine and socks knitting machine as well as other parts.

The company's products are well received in the market this year, especially in China, according to Byun Sung Hwan, Manager, Circular Flat, Hosiery, Jack & Spare Parts, of Samsung Knitting Needle.

To meet the requirements of customers, the company invests substantially in product research and acquires advanced equipment for further technological development, he said.

Santoni highlights cutting-edge seamless systems


Tiberio Lonati (right) and Raymond Chu, Chairman of Chemtax Industrial
SWD 6/2J electronic warp knitting machine for seamless apparel was one of the major exhibits at the booth of Santoni, according to Tiberio Lonati, Executive General Manager of Santoni.

This machine offers exclusive or patented innovations from Santoni. The highly dynamic and precise linear motors control, in pull and push motion, every single knitting bar. There is a very compact system of Jacquard selection with Ceramic Piezo transducers; each one being separately inter-changeable. Further, vital control of the oscillations of the knitting bars is provided. This essential innovation is a system of push-pull that gives to the whole of the knitting bar group, a movement that is both immediate and delicate to avoid the peaks and troughs of acceleration and deceleration with complete power over the masses, even in the inverse phase of the swing. A complete control and dampening of the machine vibrations also contributes to an increase in working speed.

In addition, the company also presented the SM8 TR1 seamless single jersey weft machine, the SM9-MF seamless double jersey circular weft machine and Vignoni large diameter circular knitting technologies.

Savio offers solutions to ease labour shortage in textile mills


Paolo Puntoni
Savio of ITEMA Spinning, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, showed at the ITMA Asia+CITME show its most important products in the winding and the twisting segment, including the automatic winder model Savio Orion Shandong and the new Sirius Two-for-One twister.

Savio Orion Shandong is an automatic winder manufactured in Savio’s Chinese plant "Savio (Shandong) Textile Machinery" in Jining, China. It is particularly designed for the local market, featuring high yarn quality, high production output, reduced energy consumption, maintenance and investment, according to Savio.

The machine with manual bobbins feeding and manual packages doffing, completely controls all the parameters of the winding process by the main PC. It also has the self-diagnosis monitoring per each winding head.

Sirius Eletronic Drive System is the new generation of Two-for-One twister and is available in two models, M (mechanical driving system) and EDS (electronic driving system). The innovation aims to reduce the set-up times at every lot change, so as to reduce the number of workers needed for each machine.

Marketing and Order Administration Manager, Paolo Puntoni, said at the show that Savio's winding machines had all been sold. "Today we're fully booked for 2010. We're delivering machines up to the first quarter of next year," he said.

Apart from China, the situations of other Asian markets have also improved, in particular, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey and Indonesia. The clients are producing for both domestic and export markets, he said.

Most of the company's activities take place in Asia, where it has set up its own factories in China and India. Both are producing for domestic and export markets, while the productivity of the factory in China has been enhanced recently.

Mr Puntoni said automation would be an important issue to the Chinese textile industry due to labour shortage. "There are not many staffers available to work in the textile mills. That also happens in other countries. The cost of the labour is not as important an issue as before," he said.

"And there's a big turnover of workers. People prefer to work in other industries, like the electronics, automotive industries. India, for example, has already made a lot of investments in automatic machines.”

Schneider Electric stresses total solution

"The offering of a total solution for the best possible cost-performance ratio and high efficiency is a distinct advantage for our clients. At the recent summit tour across Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xian, Nanjing, Shenyang and Beijing in China, we are recognized by numerous players in the local textile machinery industry," said Tony Dong, General Manager of Textile, Lift and New Energy Equipment, OEM Customer & Segment Marketing, Industry BU, Schneider Electric (China).

Schneider Electric showcased automation solutions for textile machinery, including control systems for blowing-carding machinery, warp knitting machine, rotary screen printing machine and more.

Keep up investment sentiment with R&D efforts: Shima Seiki


Ikuto Umeda
Continuous research and development for new product technologies is key to sustaining customers' interest, as good time will not last forever, according to Ikuto Umeda, Chief Executive Officer of Shima Seiki (Hong Kong) Ltd. Of the nine machines shown by Shima Seiki, eight were new, being shown for the first time at an international exhibition.

He was pleased with the knitting market upswing these months. "It has been going very well for us. Business activities resumed from the second half of last year, not only in the China market, but also other markets in the Asian region. In the past six months, about 1,000 machines were sold to these countries, excluding China and Hong Kong. Some factory owners in Hong Kong are buying machines for their plants in Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Cambodia. The Turkish market is also developing satisfactorily. It is possible that total turnover of 2010 would be comparable to that of 2007, during which about 10,000 units of our machines were sold worldwide," he said this June.

With respect to the investment trend in China market, he observed that textile mills in the country are facing a rising labour cost while the shortage of workers is getting more and more serious, especially in the finishing sector. Therefore, the factories are investing in machines of higher automation. In view of this trend, he is confident that 2011 will be even better than this year, as the pace of replacing old machines is expected to be faster.

"Our plan is to keep stimulating market demand and arouse customers' interests. We try to cater for our customers' diverse needs with the unique features of our machines so as to create a win-win situation for both sides," he said.

For example, SDS-One Apex 3D apparel design workstation is not only a system for making patterns, but can also connect the manufacturers with their buyers and allow shorter sampling time. We have started to promote the concept of total fashion some 20 years ago, but most customers use the system to only make patterns, especially those OEM factories. Today, knitters need creative design and planning abilities to stay competitive. In the meantime, the market wants quick delivery of goods with reasonable costs. That's where our system could help our customers to achieve what they want while being able to play a more active role in the production process.

Furthermore, MACH2SIG revolutionizes intarsia knitting with higher productivity through the combination of several key features. Maximum knitting speed is increased to 1.4 m/sec. Intarsia capability is much enhanced through the increase in maximum number of yarn carriers to 40, allowing more flexibility during knitting and expanding the range of possible intarsia patterns.

Also shown is NSIG122-SC 12G, which features the same improvements as NSSG122 machines over the previous SIG series, but also features a new lint remover for the yarn gripper for reduced maintenance. The most significant improvement for Shima Seiki intarsia technology, however, is new Automatic Intarsia Carrier Setting software on SDS-ONE apparel design workstation, which dramatically improves set-up efficiency and diminishes leadtimes, the company says.

SSM unveils three surprises to visitors


SSM’s stand was filled with visitors to check out latest innovations
Three new machines were debuted to the public by the Swiss-based SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG among its exhibits.

The new PW3-W Digicone fastflex is a manual precision package winder with a maximum mechanical speed of 1,800 m/min. Besides the fastflex thread laying system, the drive concept with spindle motor is another key feature of this innovative design. The space-saving integral layout (single-sided) with six spindles per section and the maximum machine size of 60 spindles assure rational, efficient operations in the winding department. Improved winding performance and package quality are further generated by digitens, the technology for online tension control during winding, the company says.

Second, the new CW8-W is a cone to cone winding machine for the preparation of packages for weaving, warp knitting and circular knitting process, according to SSM. Innovative solutions, rugged technology and application of the essential allow an optimal yarn path and the simplification of the winder. The economical and robust technology cuts maintenance and service expenses down to a minimum. The CW8-W allows the adaptation of the winding to various types of staple yarns. Rotating self-cleaning tension device and dry waxing device reduce yarn friction to a minimum.

Third, in the area of singeing, the GSX3 Gas singeing random winding machine is a new singeing machine with random package winding unit. With a maximum mechanical speed of 1,500 m/min and an optimised yarn path, even the finest yarn counts (single or double) can be processed to best effect.

Stäubli presents new innovations and entire product range


Reinhard Furrer, Marketing (right) and Rolf Strebel, Chief Executive Officer (middle), show visitors the features of Stäubli's machinery
Stäubli showed a selection of its most modern products, including the cam motions and dobby machines, the electronic Jacquard machines and harnesses, and weaving preparation systems with automatic warp drawing-in, leasing and tying machines.

A member of the group, Schönherr carpet systems, demonstrated the high productivity of Alpha 400 carpet-weaving machine series, while another member, Deimo, presented state-of-the-art electronic control solutions for textile machinery.

Among the various exhibitors, the new type SX Jacquard machine is a versatile machine for broad use in modern Jacquard weaving mills. According to Stäubli, the productivity of the SX surpasses that of other models. It is more compact and offers high loads and high-speed.

The SX is adaptable to rapier, air-jet, and projectile weft insertion systems for weaving all types of fabrics, such as plain, terry, velvet, technical textiles. Its almost vibration-free drive mechanism is extremely reliable and consumes less parts and energy, and maintenance requirements are minimal, says Stäubli. SX is available in two sizes, with 1408 or 2688 hooks.

The second major innovation presented at the Stäubli booth is the mobile automatic drawing-in machine SAFIR S30, designed for extremely high productivity - especially of filament weavers with high drawing-in requirements. The unit moves along to the stable warp during drawing-in, which is the contrary of traditional drawing-in machines where the warp sheets moves along the machine. According to Stäubli, one advantage of the system is that heavy weights, such as filament warps that sometimes weigh several tons, would not need to move while precise manipulations like yarn separation are carried out. The modular design of Safir S30 also makes it easily adaptable to the needs of a mill.

Stoll demonstrates all-round services


Gerhard Berger
The spacious booth of Stoll has not shown any machine in operation. It was deliberately divided into a few sections and on two levels. Each section consisted of displays that showed visitors what the company's products and services could do for them.

For instance, end products made by Stoll's machines were displayed and explained by staff members. There were also special corners, which elaborated on the company's different segments, new developments, the fashion and technology centers in Shanghai, Germany and New York, etc.

According to Gerhard Berger, Head of Marketing Services, Stoll intended to focus on the whole package of products and services rather than just the machines. As Stoll took part in other exhibitions around China throughout the year, it went for another approach this time.

All of Stoll's machines are made in Germany and 90% of the products were sold to Asia, mostly China and Hong Kong. Mr Berger said his customers had recognised the positive results of investing in Stoll's products, such as less yarn wastage and highly flexibility

A lot of customers are in the process of expanding capacity, replacing old or hand-knitting machines, especially in China, he said. "We have big customers producing for domestic market. There are markets for basic yarns but also a lot of customers are looking for high fashion."

Stork Prints unveils new PegasusEVO printing machine


New PegasusEVO printing machine of Stork Prints
Stork Prints presented its new PegasusEVO printing machine, which is characterised by its excellent price/performance ratio, and is the successor to the popular Pegasus CC, the company says. The new machine is ideal for short runs as well as high-volume batches on many different types of substrate.

"The development of this machine was heavily influenced by feedback we were getting from our customers," says Geert Klaassen, Consumables Manager at Stork Prints Group.

One of the main attractions of the PegasusEVO is the possibility to upgrade an existing production facility by installing EVO printing features onto Stork Prints machines already in place, for example RD4s. In this way, the newest technology can be installed for a limited investment. Naturally it is also possible to install a complete PegasusEVO printing block in an existing line, according to Stork Prints.

High fashion samples printed with the NovaScreen rotary screens were also showed. "Printers in countries like China could really raise the standard of their finished products and differentiate themselves from their competitors by using high-mesh NovaScreens, which are perfect for half-tone effects and fine lines," said Klaassen.

Moreover, a group of digital textile inks for most Mimaki and Mutoh digital textile printers were presented, as well as acid and reactive inks for Robustelli Monna Lisa printers.

Superba brings advanced carpet heat-setting technologies

Already a major supplier to China in the area of carpet heat-setting, French company Superba Textile Systems introduced the TVP3, its latest generation heat-setting line for carpet yarn.

Compared with the 1995 model, TVP3 consumes half the amount of energy for the same level of productivity. According to the company, the line is the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly heat setting machine available so far on market.

The unique heat treatment enables high performance in dyestuff setting, in addition to other features including soft touch and pin-point effect on synthetic and natural fibres.

Superba has been established in China for decades, with about 50 production lines are currently operating on machines supplied by the company.

Regional Sales Director, Jean-Louis Schuller, said that hi-tech machines had been sold to major carpet makers in China, and about 85% of the companies in the Chinese carpet industry were using Superba’s products. With an office located in Shanghai, spare parts can be delivered to customers within 48 hours, he said.

"As the western industry, especially in Europe, is fading, we’re placing more emphasis on China market, introducing to the carpet industry the latest advanced technologies."

He believes the carpet industry in China will see a fast growth in the next few years as urbanization continues, leading to an increase in new properties and new homes.

Suessen sees improved business since late 2009


Richard Gilbert Labus
The market in China recovered since the last quarter of 2009 and the business returned on a good level, said Richard Gilbert Labus, Head Marketing Technology Components and Conversion. He explained that the market unexpectedly fell in 2008 and 2009. The outlook is positive, though he was aware of different opinions on whether the business progress would last shortly or longer.

At the moment, parts from Suessen, Bräcker, Novibra and Graf are more and more adopted in China-made machinery, especially under the request of often export-oriented machinery users, he said. Searching for a longer machine life and higher quality, more Chinese machinery builders have incorporated into their machines imported parts such as spindles and components from Suessen, Novibra and etc, he said.

He added that like other parts providers, the companies had to adjust the prices due to the rise of raw material prices, while improving the manufacturing internally.

SwissTex extends machinery offerings in filament yarn sector


Andreas Weber
SwissTex Winterthur AG engaging in the filament yarn sector was upbeat at the exhibition. As a textile machinery and systems provider in the area of BCF and T&I extrusion processes for the continuous filament market, the company took over RITM this April, which has been fully integrated into SwissTex and sales strategy and technological support have been rearranged accordingly. After the acquisition, SwissTex now offers a complete range of extrusion lines and twisting and cabling machinery for filament yarn markets, the company says.

"On the business side, it has been nice starting the beginning of this year, and the pick-up was incredible. In the meantime, we’re careful for any possibility of a slow-down by the end of the year. Economic cycles are shorter in recent years, and economic upturn may not last longer than a year. We remain moderate and are prepared for a slower business situation (if it happens)," said Andreas Weber, CText FTI, Director Sales, Marketing & Parts, Senior Vice President of SwissTex. He added that the company is at a good shape to manoeuvre the business in different economic times as it has adopted a lean production and procurement system.

SwissTex France SAS (formerly RITM) offers a complete range in textile yarn processing consisting twisting machines for embroidery and sewing thread applications; single and double covering machines for hosiery, stockings, sportswear and technical yarns; air covering machines for hosiery, stockings and sportswear; and combined machines to twist and shrink nylon yarn through thermal treatment.

In the area of industrial yarns, SwissTex France SAS highlights the Universal Twister & Cabler 60, which enables either to twist yarn using the two-for-one principle or to cable yarn using the direct cabling principle. Further, the UTW 40 enables to remove one step in the process chain while producing three-ply cabled cord. The company's technologies for glass yarns, tire cord, carpet yarns and monitoring unit system for textile machinery were also presented at the exhibition.

Total SA markets premium knit oil in the East

Total SA headquartered in France is a global energy major and a large knit oil producer in the world. The company highlighted the oil products for textile users, no matter whether they work with polyester or nylon. "Our products are widely used, especially with the production of nylon, thanks to our satisfactory performance and cost-effectiveness," said John Qi, IO Market Manager of Total Lubricants China.

Mr Qi is optimistic with China's market in the view of the ongoing industrial optimization in the country's textile industry. "Our sales are satisfactory. Additives are used to improve the characteristics of our oil products, each of which offering specific and unique benefits to users so as to facilitate the dyeing process," he said. The operation of Total SA in China is based in Shanghai with a production facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province.

Toyota underscores electronic shedding motion on JAT710


Toyota JAT710 air-jet loom
Toyota promoted its best-selling air-jet loom, JAT710 for its high reliability and performance, according to the company. Toyota original electronic shedding motion "E-shed" widens the potential of air-jet weaving while offering reduced vibration and energy consumption at high-speed operation, it says.

Due to a new weft insertion mechanism, a new frame structure and a faster CPU, the JAT710 is capable of running at maximum 1,250 rpm.

On the ring spinning frame RX240 series, versatility of Toyota's original fancy yarn producing system "E-draft" is further improved and exhibited at the fair. The Toyota compact yarn system is also equipped on the machine, enabling users to produce standard yarn, compact yarn with wide count range from fine to coarse as well as a variety of fancy yarns on the same machine, the company says.

Trützschler highlights device that sees the invisible


Hermann Selker
Spinning machinery by Trützschler Germany and Truetzschler Textile Machinery (Shanghai), as well as equipment provided by Trützschler Card Clothing, Trützschler Nonwovens with the companies Fleissner and Erko Trützschler, were showcased under one roof at the Shanghai fair, highlighting economical and ecological benefits of the systems.

A new product development is the sophisticated fibre detection system with digital camera to detect usually invisible foreign parts and to separate them, the company's Head Marketing, Hermann Selker explained. Three sensors on the foreign part separator help users detect colored foreign parts, polypropylene (PP) or transparent PE foils, as well as optically brightened polyester or bleached cotton under UV light. Such device is equipped in the SECUROPROP SP-FPU.

Trützschler observed a pick-up in business since this February and March. Mr Selker was "more than satisfied with excellent business everywhere". All the eight facilities of the company, situated in Germany (4), Brazil (1), China (1), India (1) and the United States (1), are at their full capacity. Yarn producers (spinners) in China are expanding the capacity and the country also imports yarns from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Vietnam, so as to meet the rising demand of apparel in China. China has a large potential for per-capita growth of apparel consumption from a relatively low base. The same applies to India, Indonesia and Brazil. On the contrary, the per-capita apparel consumption in the United States and Europe is already at a high level (approximately 27 kg/person and 24 kg/person respectively). Nonetheless, it is unsure for how long the economic bounce-back will last, he added.

He further explained that diversified businesses had helped this family-owned company weather the economic ups and downs in the past years. Apart from providing machines for spinning preparation, the company also supplies a complete range of nonwoven machinery with Erko Trützschler and Fleissner, and enjoys growths in the nonwoven segment in China and other regions. Thirdly, clothings of Trützschler Card Clothing are used for cards in spinning preparation, as well as for roller cards in the nonwovens sector. The company is thus well positioned to smoothen fluctuations brought by the external economic environment, and it is a successful strategy of the company, he said.

In addition to visitors from China, about 30% of visitors to the company were from regions outside China, including Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and even Europe at this year's exhibition.

Tsudakoma shows improved terry-weaving technology


Terry made on Tsudakoma ZAX9100-Terry air jet loom













Tsudakoma Corp is another innovator from Japan, seeking to create the loom for users to easily weave high-quality fabric.

The ZAX9100-Terry air jet loom combines the ultra-high speed of the ZAX9100 with the accumulated wealth of terry-weaving know-how. It weaves various designed terry towels, such as multi-height pile towel and multi-cycle pile towel (three- to seven-pick cycles), with a nice touch and feel. When used in combination with the electronic jacquard, more value-added terry weaving is available.

Tsudakoma's terry-weaving know-how is integrated in the Versa-Terry System. Various systems that Tsudakoma developed especially for terry are enhanced and new technology for weaving various designed terry towels is employed. Wider scope of application of weaving materials is achieved by the weft insertion system for chenille yarns and the electric yarn catcher. The system features a high speed, wide versatility, high quality, energy-savings, and operability, a real user-friendliness, the company says.

The ZAX9100-Terry also gives due consideration to energy conservation. Weft insertion with low air pressure, which is kind to weft, is attained. Employing the twin-nozzle valve and the optimum air-route reduces air consumption by 10%, the company explains.

In addition, the company exhibited ZAX9100 air jet loom and ZW8100 water jet loom.

Uster testers tailor-made for Chinese users


Deniz Bütüner and Richard Furter (right) next to a display of Uster Quantum 2, the best-selling yarn clearer of Uster Technologies
Uster Technologies, headquartered in Switzerland, presented world-class quality control solutions at an affordable price to customers in China, with tailor-made Uster instruments for evenness testing, HVI fibre classification and control of neps.

The Uster ME100 is designed to bring the key benefits of the Uster evenness tester family to spinners at a lower cost. The Uster MN100 is based on the industry-standard Uster AFIS system, and offers a number of the same nep measurement advantages, but at a price designed to appeal to customers in China, the company explains.

Meanwhile, Uster Technologies offers a total testing solution including both laboratory testers and online testers. Users starting with these testers can upgrade the tools whenever further needs arise, according to Deniz Bütüner, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Business Development.

The HVI MF100 fibre testing instrument also answers particular needs of Chinese users, so as to ensure the constant quality of yarns from mixed sources of cotton bales within the border, from other areas in Asia, the US and elsewhere, said Richard Furter, Executive Vice President, Textile Technology.

"With raw material costs accounting for 50-70% of the total cost of producing yarn, this is an area offering great potential to improve profits, if these costs can be minimized, and the precise classification of incoming fibre is one important way in which Uster can help its customers achieve this," said Mr Furter.

Moreover, numerous private and governmental cotton classing offices in the world, including the Chinese Fibre Inspection Bureau, depend on Uster HIV data as a means of communication with purchasing departments, growers, ginners, traders and spinners. With the Uster HVI MF100, Chinese mills can speak the common language, the company says.

These tools also offer potential for better management of spinning operations at mills as well as smoother communications between the retailer and the mill. For instance, yarn specifications can be prescribed with the help of Uster technology for more efficient yarn sourcing and thereby production, added Ms Bütüner.

Ranging carpet weaving machines from Van de Wiele

Several Van de Wiele Pioneer type weaving machines and more were on display, allowing carpet factories to weave the latest trends in rugs and to set new standards in quality and productivity, it says.

The double and triple rapier Carpet & Rug Pioneer CRP92/93 system targets for a number benefits, including higher productivity, better carpet quality, increasing the weaving width up to five meters. The machine is also operator friendly and designed to achieve a longer lifetime of parts while reducing the maintenance.

The CRP92 weaves economic carpet qualities at industrial speeds up to 200 rpm with high weaving efficiency and minimal incorporated pile by using split lancet holders and laying the pile yarn in layers for easy shedding and less yarn tension.

Besides, SRP92 Super Shaggy & Rug Pioneer answers the market need for shaggies with higher pile, with cut pile up to 2x70 mm, Van de Wiele says. The combination of various yarn qualities with various surface densities give exceptional Shaggy looks with waving relief effects.

X-Rite exhibits new non-contact spectrophotometer


Roland Connelly Sr
A number of color-related solutions for the textile and apparel industry were presented by X-Rite.

SpectraLight III uses a filtered tungsten technology delivering highly accurate simulation of natural daylight in a standard size viewing booth, explained Roland Connelly Sr, Director, Enterprise Color Management of X-Rite Asia Pacific Limited. A new product displayed at the exhibition is VS450, a non-contact benchtop spectrophotometer designed for color and gloss measurement on wet and dry samples including cosmetics, paints, and soil, as well as plastics, powders and other common samples. Features an integrated gloss sensor for relative gloss measurements, and when used with iMatch formulation software, provides wet to dry correlation for improved QC and formulation throughput.

More products were presented including the Color iQC color quality control software. It is a job-oriented software solution that removes the guesswork from evaluating colors. It is easily adaptable and available in a variety of configurations to meet specific industry and quality control requirements, he told ATA Journal.

Apart from product innovation, X-Rite has established partnership with color-related industry players to further optimize color measurement and management. Following the cooperation with Lectra since early this year, Lectra’s Kaledo V2R2 software now directly supports X-Rite's ColorMunki Design product, allowing fashion designers to use ColorMunki's spectrophotometer to read colors directly from virtually any surface, and to use ColorMunki software for the instant extraction of colors from digital images and to easily find new color harmonies. Customized color palettes are then easily exported to Kaledo and used in fashion and textile design activities.

System services as well as training and consultancy are also offered to clients to enhance their understanding of color science and operation management. Keeping its focus on color-related development, the company has developed the CXF3 color exchange format opening to standards community.

This open-platform by X-Rite facilitates color communication in third-party product lifecycle management (PLM) systems of e.g. TradeStone and Lectra, said Mr Connelly.

Market-wise, following a return in the last quarter of 2009, the business picked up quite quickly in the first half of this year. The performance in the second half was expected to remain positive, probably in a slower pace, he added.
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