Textile Technology section
Swiss Textile Machinery Association: crisis-proof for 80 years
The Swiss Textile Machinery Association (Swissmem), Zurich/Switzerland, celebrates its 80th anniversary. During these years it has survived several crises.
The association was born out of a crisis situation. In 1940, a year after the start of World War II, events began to impact on the local machinery industry in Switzerland. One problem was a lack of skilled workers and another was a shortage of raw materials.
Solidarity created out of a need for steel led representatives from 22 companies to join forces in forming the first textile machinery group. This was the origin of what today has grown into Swissmem.
Over the years, there have been numerous periods of great difficulty for the industry: wars, global economic slumps and other crises of varying degrees of seriousness followed one after another. The profile of the world textile industry also changed. Mass production has long since migrated to the East and South-East. Swiss textile machinery today holds a leading position in the high-quality segment of special machines and top-actuality materials.
The crisis which Swissmem faces today is the corona pandemic. The full impact on the industry will only become apparent in the future
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ITM 2021: innovative technologies and new products to meet textile investors
The ITM Exhibition, which was planned to be held between June 2-6, 2020, was postponed to June22-26, 2021 due to the troublesome corona virus pandemic. Participating companies in countries that had to interrupt their production, especially Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China, welcomed the postponement of the ITM Exhibition. The countries, holding similar opinions that it is not possible to save from the pandemic without effective drug treatment or vaccine against coronavirus, started normalization process by increasing their protective measures while fighting against the pandemic. The wheels started to turn again in the factories, and production and orders gained momentum. While occurring shortage of mask and protective clothing all over the world, Turkey which has a strong infrastructure in the field of textile, garments, nonwovens has supplied personal protective equipment to the world on the one hand, while meeting its own needs. Turkey has shown that it is one of the largest producers and raw material suppliers of the world and Europe in this process. The major brands and companies in Europe and the USA shifted their orders from China to Turkey. This synergy in the Turkish textile industry will have a positive impact on the ITM 2021 Exhibition.
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