Textile Technology section
Stoll: Opening of the 2nd construction section
The merger between the textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, and the manufacturer of flat knitting machines H. Stoll AG & Co. KG, Reutlingen/Germany, was completed on July 1, 2020.
Stoll will be moving with its premises from the site at Stollweg in Reutlingen/Germany, to the Reutlingen-Betzingen industrial estate, where it will continue its activities under the new owner, as planned. Already in 2004, Stoll relocated its production to the location in the Mark West Industrial area in Reutlingen. Over the course of 2 project stages, a development center will first be built, and later a customer center will follow, in order to accommodate the other business units.
The official start of the construction for the development center was on July 26, 2019. The office building for approx. 70 employees is expected to be completed by autumn 2020.
July 29, 2020 saw the beginning of the 2nd project stage, with the aim to erect the customer center by 2021.
Monforts: sustainable leadership for GtA with new Montex wide width lines
Following the commissioning of 2 new Monforts Montex wide-width stenter lines and additional environmental management equipment at its plant in Germany, GtA - Gesellschaft für textile Ausrüstung mbH, Neresheim/Germany, is aiming to be the first textile finishing company to become entirely CO2-neutral in the manufacture of all of its products by 2025.
The substrates of choice for digital printing are 100% polyester warp knits. The knitted construction has the advantage of elasticity, which is a plus in terms of flexibility for installers. Critically, the warp knitted fabrics have extremely smooth surfaces which is becoming increasingly important due to the general move away from PVC coatings which were the standard in the past.
The purpose-built plant on a greenfield site was initially equipped with a fully-automated, 72 m long Monforts installation comprising a washing machine integrated with a 3.6 m wide, 7-chamber Montex stenter. The 2 new Montex stenter lines from the manufacturer of textile machinery A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany are both in expanded working widths of 5.6 m. They include the Smart Sensor system for the optimized maintenance planning of key mechanical wear components on the stenters. A comprehensive overview of the condition of all parts at any time is now available for operators within the highly intuitive Qualitex visualization software.
The GtA plant, which operates in near-cleanroom conditions, has also been equipped with proprietary technology to fully exploit the Monforts air-to-air heat recovery systems that are now standard with Montex stenters.
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.
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
VDMA: new technologies for mask production
Members of the German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA), Frankfurt/Germany, in a short time have reacted to the new market requirements and developed new technologies for knitted, warp knitted and woven respiratory masks that can be produced without the need for sewing. For surgical masks, FFP2 respirators and social distancing masks, a wide variety of other materials and combinations of materials are used, for example nonwovens, woven fabrics, knitted or warp knitted fabrics and laminates. Several association members provide technologies for the production of elastic bands that are required to wear the masks.
Material for masks can be treated with textile chemicals to make them antiviral and antibacterial. For this purpose, the VDMA member companies offer application systems which apply the corresponding chemicals to the webs. Moreover, software systems with which each mask can be traced through the entire production process are offered.
VDMA members also offer solutions for the assembly of respiratory masks, which enable respirators to be produced that meet the relevant standards and the quality requirements.
Also, for surgical gowns and wipes, VDMA members manufacture tailor-made machines for production through to packaging. The quality of the products is ensured by means of measurement and control technology.
In the wake of the corona crisis, the VDMA has launched a new series of web events called “Textile Machinery Webtalk”.