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Oerlikon: Manmade Fibers Segment on track despite pandemic

The Manmade Fibers Segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, delivered a resilient performance despite the corona virus pandemic, driven by the recovery of the filament equipment business in China and a diversified portfolio in products such as nonwovens, staple fibers, polycondensation and smart factory solutions.
In the 2nd quarter (Q2) of 2020, a significant increase in order intake was recorded, attributed to a quick recovery in demand in China and the rest of Asia and the increasing demand for the nonwoven meltblown systems used in face mask production. For the half-year H1/2020, the man-made fibers business booked more than CHF 500 million in order intake and is on track to fulfill its delivery schedules for 2020.
Sales declined by 22.8% in Q2/2020, mainly due to the extraordinarily high sales volume in Q2/2019. At constant exchange rates, sales declined by 17.7% to CHF 264 million. Sales in China were stable in Q2/2020 year-over-year, affirming the recovery in China from the shutdowns in Q1/2020. EBIT was CHF 30 million or 12.1% of sales (Q2/2019: CHF 51 million; 15.7%).
The nonwovens market is anticipated to continue developing positively, as many countries strive to become more strategically autonomous for items deemed critical.

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Mahlo: 75th anniversary

The manufacturer of measuring, control and automation systems Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG, Saal a.d. Donau/Germany, celebrated its 75th anniversary on August 5, 2020.
Founded in 1945 by Dr. Heinz Mahlo the company focused early on the development of measuring and control systems for the textile industry. At the end of the 1950s he applied for a patent for the 1st automatic weft straightener.
Mahlo weft straighteners and systems for process control for textile finishing can be found in all important markets. In the mid-1990s, the Qualiscan QMS quality control system was introduced to the market.
Mahlo is still family-owned today, and the cooperation between owner, management and staff plays a major role in its success. The company has branches in the USA, Italy, Belgium, Spain and China and cooperates with service stations and sales partners in more than 100 countries.

Photo: Company owners Ralph & Aura Greenwood-Mahlo at the desk of company founder Dr. Heinz Mahlo

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ACIMIT: strong decline in Italian textile machinery in Q1/2020

In the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, the orders intake of Italian textile machinery registered a sharp drop. The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting heavily on the sector. The consequences on the orders will be more negative in Q2.
The index of orders intake for textile machines drawn up by the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), Milan/Italy, for the period from January to March 2020 fell by 31% compared to the same period of 2019.
Order intake was negative both on foreign markets and in Italy. Orders from abroad were down 26%, while on the domestic market they marked -57% compared to Q1/2019.
Following a difficult year, the Italian textile machinery had to face Covid-19 pandemic, which led, as a first consequence, to the slowdown of the main markets in the sector, China, Turkey and India, in January 2020. Indeed in 2019 the Italian textile machinery industry observed a decrease both in production (-13%) and in exports (-14%) compared to the previous year.

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Oerlikon: largest single industrial yarn order to China

From the end of 2020, the yarn manufacturer Fujian Billion Polymerization Technology Industrial Co., Ltd. (FBPT), Jinjiang, Quangzhou/China, will be producing industrial yarns using systems supplied by Oerlikon Barmag, Remscheid/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland.
Thus the company – considered to be the largest polyester yarn manufacturer in southern China – is now also entering the industrial yarn market. With 124 positions and a capacity of around 250,000 tons/year, this project is the largest single industrial yarn order placed with Oerlikon Barmag to date.
With this order, FBPT positions itself as one of the 10 largest Chinese industrial yarn producers. The company will be predominantly manufacturing high-tenacity (HT) and low-shrinkage (LS) yarns from the end of this year. These sophisticated yarns are deployed both in the automotive, geotextiles and safety sectors (HT yarns) and in the manufacture of coated industrial textiles such as truck tarpaulins and tents (LS yarns).

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Cinte Techtextil China: meet onsite and online

Cinte Techtextil China will take place Shanghai/China from September 2-4, 2020. The event gathers the technical textiles and nonwovens sectors.
Under the special circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, Cinte Techtextil China has launched 2 special services this year for both exhibitors and visitors to enjoy the fair efficiently and safely onsite, as well as conveniently and virtually online.
For visitors who will not be coming to Shanghai, there will be free access to the exhibitor search platform and to match virtually with favorite exhibitors. It will also be possible to send enquiries to exhibitors and video chat with them. For visitors who visit the show in person there will also be free access to the exhibitor search platform. Additionally, they will be able to schedule meetings with exhibitors.
To ensure exhibitors and visitors are meeting in a safe, hygienic venue, numerous health care practices will be arranged.
For further information: www.techtextilchina.com

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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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Andritz: innovative solutions for nonwovens production on Cinte in September

From September 2-4, 2020, the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, will be presenting its innovative nonwovens production and textile solutions at China International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, Cinte Techtextil China, in Shanghai/China. Andritz will promote the Chinese location in Wuxi and focus on the aXcess range. Andritz (China) Ltd.’s Wuxi branch has an experienced platform for production and service specially geared to the Asian nonwovens industry. It manufactures lines for the aXcess product range, which includes complete lines and individual machines for air-through bonding, needlepunch and spunlace processes. The aXcess range has been specially developed for medium capacities. It is a hybrid line concept comprising European and Chinese equipment as the ideal combination to obtain the high added value for each process in the line and offering high flexibility for different business cases. Rising production demands, compact and reliable design, and affordable investment costs are what customers are always seeking for in a competitive market environment. The concept of the neXline wetlaid aXcess, for example, targets smaller and medium production volumes and has been devised for new and existing lines. Chinese nonwovens manufacturers are increasingly requiring higher capacities and top-class quality for spunlace nonwoven products serving local and export markets. neXline spunlace eXcelle with TT card web forming and JetlaceEssentiel hydroentanglement units reach high capacities.
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More information: Andritz nonwoven production

Rieter: corona pandemic leads to sharp decline in sales in H1/2020

In the 1st half (H1) of 2019, the textile machinery manufacturer Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, saw an order intake of only CHF 250.7 million, a decline of around 34% compared to H1/2019. Sales in H1/2020 amounted to CHF 254.9 million, representing a decline of 39% compared to the previous year. The significant decline in sales resulted in an overall EBIT of CHF -55.0 million in H1/2020 (H1/2019: CHF -1.2 million). The Covid-19 pandemic led to a market situation where demand for the goods and services of all 3 business groups decreased significantly. The Business Group Machines & Systems is affected by the deferral by customers of investments and scheduled deliveries. At the same time, the demand for wear & tear and spare parts declined sharply, due to the suspension of production in many spinning mills around the world. This is reflected in the low order intake and sales of the Business Groups Components and After Sales. Hence, this exceptional market situation gave rise to losses in all 3 business groups in the first half of 2020. With the exception of Turkey, sales in all regions were marked by the corona pandemic. In India, sales declined to CHF 17.7 million due to the lockdown, a fall of 73% compared to the H1/2019. In the Asian countries, China and North and South America, sales decreased by between 44% and 49% compared to the 1st half of 2019.
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