·         Investment of around INR 1250 crores in the next five years

·         Sales in India more than doubled in the last ten years

·         2018: Successful business year


Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is strengthening its asset base in India. The company plans to invest up to INR 1250 crores till 2023. Focus areas of the investment will be the businesses for chemical intermediates, high-performance plastics and water treatment products. LANXESS had already invested a sizeable amount in India over the years, among others for greenfield investments and acquisitions. The company currently operates production facilities for five business units at its sites in Jhagadia and Nagda.


“The Indian economy is currently the world’s fastest rising major economy, with the chemical industry as one of the fastest growing sectors. We aim to even better capitalize the huge potential of the Indian chemical market and are therefore now launching a major investment package,” said Hubert Fink, Member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.


Since it has been incorporated into India in 2004, LANXESS has steadily grown its business in terms of asset base and turnover. In the last ten years, sales in India have more than doubled from INR 1008 crores to INR 2608 crores. 2018 has also been a good year so far for LANXESS India. Turnover increased by 14 percent in the first nine months compared to the same period last year. 


The main growth driver for LANXESS in India is the changing population which is rapidly becoming larger, younger, more middle class and more urban.


“The demographic trend in India is leading to an increased demand in the areas of mobility, urbanization, nutrition and clean water.

LANXESS can cater these demands with its wide portfolio of specialty chemicals,” said Neelanjan Banerjee, Managing Director and Country Speaker of LANXESS in India.


Among the products supplied by LANXESS are high-performance plastics for the automotive and electronics industries, flame retardants for application in the automotive and construction industries, chemical intermediates and active ingredients for the use in agriculture as well as ion exchange resins and reverse osmosis membranes for the processing and cleaning of water.


LANXESS in India


In India, LANXESS is represented through all its ten business units, operating out of its registered office in Thane and sales offices in New Delhi and Chennai with around 900 employees across its operations.


LANXESS operates production facilities for its business units Liquid Purification Technologies (ion exchange resins), High Performance Materials (high-performance plastics), Material Protection Products (biocides) and Rhein Chemie (polymer bound rubber chemicals and release agents) in Jhagadia in Gujarat. The business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates has production facilities both in Jhagadia and Nagda in Madhya Pradesh.


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 73 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.


Forward-Looking Statements

This company release contains certain forward-looking statements, including assumptions, opinions, expectations and views of the company or cited from third party sources. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the actual results, financial position, development or performance of LANXESS AG to differ materially from the estimations expressed or implied herein. LANXESS AG does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this presentation or the actual occurrence of the forecast developments. No representation or warranty (expressed or implied) is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, any information, estimates, targets and opinions, contained herein, and no liability whatsoever is accepted as to any errors, omissions or misstatements contained herein, and accordingly, no representative of LANXESS AG or any of its affiliated companies or any of such person's officers, directors or employees accept any liability whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from the use of this document.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:41


  • Inspiration to start Business

JP Modatex LLP is promoted by Mr. Jindas Pukhraj Jain & Mr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma. JP Modatex commenced production of ring Spun yarns in October, 2016 at its ring spinning unit located in Silvassa with the latest plant & machineries. The Family of JP Modatex is in yarn business since 1948 known as Pukhraj Virchand – a yarn trading company. In 2009 Pukhraj Virchand group ventured into ring yarn spinning by the name Samosaran Yarns Pvt Ltd.

  • Products:

JP Modatex LLP specializes in cellulosic based yarns and super specializes in Linen Blends. JP Modatex is producing Linen Blends with Modal, Lyocell, Bamboo and Viscose in NE countf from 8s to 60s. Along with Linen, JP Modatex is also promoting Bamboo as they both are anti-bacterial, anti-microble and good for human skin.

  •  Markets:

JP Modatex focus is for apparel and home textiles for domestic as well as international brands. We are already established as a trusted and dependable yarn supplier for our consumers.

  • Production facilities:

o Present:

Our present capacity is 18000 spindles with multiple production lines which can cater to our consumer requirements from sample lots to commercial lots. The unit is set up with state of the art and the latest Plant and machineries. With the present capacity we are producing 300T of ring spun yarns per month.

o Expansion:

We are adding 15000 spindles within next 6 months which will enhance our production capacity to 500T per month.

  •  Location:

JP Modatex is very close to consumption centers, giving advantage of fastest deliveries. From raw material to finish goods, average movement of goods is less than 200kms.

  •  Product developments:

We are consistently working on innovating and introducing new varieties of yarn every month for which we have a dedicated production line and a dedicated team headed by Mr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma.

  •  Exports:

We have already started exporting our yarns to China and Turkey. We are exploring many other markets for our specialty Linen blended yarns.

  • Vision:

Our vision is to manufacture and supply specialty and innovative yarns in shortest possible time.


Powerloom Development & Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL) set up by the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, promote, support, develop, advance and increase powerlooms and export of powerloom fabrics and made-ups through its various activities. To promote export of textiles and garments, PDEXCIL has again come up with a grand Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM), connecting the international market with Indian textile exporters and traders.


The main objective of conducting this RBSM is to provide a direct platform to Indian textiles exporters to interact with buyers from all over the world in their home country at a very low participation charge. The SME sector is highly motivated to participate in it and increase their export activity. Also it will showcase India as a reliable source of supply with such varied product range.


With the vision to provide a reliable international network platform and practical know-how on all key sourcing markets, latest trends and standards in export, buyers from various countries are invited such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, U.A.E, Vietnam, Korea, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Mali, Malaysia, Australia etc.


About 100 Indian textile exporters will be displaying a wide range of products with latest trends and qualities under one roof. The product range will be suitable for all types of markets whether emerging or developed ranging from yarn, fabrics to garments and made ups. The exhibition is happening in Ichalkaranji which is one of the India’s important textile/fabric manufacturing clusters with over 1,50,000 powerlooms including auto and high speed shuttle-less looms producing fine varieties of cotton and blended fabrics including Industrial Textile. It is having 35 spinning mills many of which are 100% Export Oriented Units producing a wide range of counts, ply yarns, ring and open end yarns and fancy yarns, more than 20 power processes and about 50 hand processing units. The cluster is now going to set-up a Mega Processing Cluster to address the environmental norms. It has proximity to Solapur Cluster which is famous for its Terry Towel and designer Chaddars and Durries.

IITExpo Ichalkaranji 2018 will be a one stop source for all textiles requirements of worldwide buyers and a unique platform for Indian participants where they can gather information on all latest developments and trends in order to gear the development and manufacture of their products in future.


For more information please visit: www.pdexcil.org 

The surge in export demand for cotton yarn over the past few months has come as a major respite for the domestic spinners, who had reported a multi-year low profitability during FY2018 amid multiple headwinds. Even though the pace of growth is likely to moderate during the year with the base effect setting in, India is set to record strong growth in cotton yarn exports during FY2019.

Commenting on the emerging trends, Mr. Jayanta Roy, Senior Vice-President and Group Head, Corporate Sector Ratings, ICRA, says, “Even though trends in domestic consumption of cotton yarn remain unencouraging, strong revival in export demand augurs well for profitability of domestic spinners as it has enabled them to pass on the increase in raw material costs, unlike last year. This together with access to low-cost cotton from the previous harvest season has helped the domestic spinners maintain the improvement trajectory in profitability in H1 FY2019.”

The revival in export demand has enabled ICRA’s sample of large spinning companies report a comfortable volumetric growth of ~5% Y-o-Y in Q1 FY2019, which together with a 7% Y-o-Y increase in average yarn realisations to Rs. 211/kg has translated into a growth of ~12% in sales turnover during the quarter. The growth rate appears comfortable, when viewed in comparison to a growth of ~5-6% reported by the sample during FY2017 and FY2018 amid multiple demand-side pressures. The aggregate operating margins also improved to 12.2% in Q1 FY2019 vis-a-vis 11.6% in Q4 FY2018, after having remained subdued at 9-11% during the preceding four quarters. As a result, the aggregate interest cover improved to 3.8x in Q1 FY2019 from 3.1x in Q1 FY2018, despite an increase in interest outgo due to an increase in the inventory-led working capital requirements. 

While the strong Y-o-Y growth of ~56% in cotton yarn exports during 4M FY2019 driven by a more than two-fold increase in exports to China, is partly attributable to the low base effect, as exports were down by 56% Y-o-Y in 4M FY2018, it has also been driven by competitive Indian cotton and yarn prices. Indian cotton prices increased at a relatively slower pace vis-a-vis the international prices during the seven-month period ended May 2018, reporting a 6% increase in US dollar terms vis-a-vis a 20% increase in the international cotton prices during the same period. As a result, the spread between domestic and international cotton prices, which typically averages at ~5%, increased to ~12% in the quarter-ended March 2018 before peaking at 16% in the quarter-ended June 2018. This, together with rupee depreciation, made Indian cotton as well as cotton yarn considerably competitive in the global markets during the months of March, April and May 2018, shoring up demand for the Indian cotton and cotton yarn.

With increased demand, the Indian cotton prices increased by ~9% in the month of June 2018 and stayed firm thereafter, before correcting marginally in September 2018 with the onset of the harvest season. As a result, the spread between the domestic and international cotton prices narrowed significantly and is estimated at ~8% for the quarter-ended September 2018.

“Notwithstanding the healthy demand prospects in the export markets in the near term, considering the still higher-than-usual spread levels, the spike in growth rate of exports witnessed is likely to moderate during H2 FY2019 with the arbitrage opportunity as well as the base effect fading out,” Mr. Roy added.

Other factors apart, competitive pressures from Vietnam and China’s focus on improving cotton availability situation, are also expected to moderate the export demand for India’s cotton yarn going forward. Nevertheless, given the strong growth reported during 4M FY2019, cotton yarn exports for the full year are expected to report a healthy growth in FY2019.

Tukatech a leading specialist in fashion technology, has launched clean air filtration and low energy consumption TUKAcut cutting systems, certified by the TÜV SÜD Italia Machine Energy Protocol MEP. The Italian-made machines are customised with Tukatech’s software, and mechanical and electrical specifications.

TUKAcut machines for lingerie, denim and universal fabric cutting are available in custom widths and heights. These machines are designed to give the ultimate performance at the lowest running cost. Though cutting productivity is at least 20% higher than other models on the market, the energy cost is 50% to 70% lower, which is a great benefit for users in countries where energy cost is a major consideration, according to the company.

Other features are said to include the highest productivity per hour cutting denim with zero buffer, as well as a cut path optimizer that results in 2.2%-3.6% fabric savings, compared to other cutting machines and helps to increase productivity. The eco-power vacuum system is said to guarantee considerable power savings at only 5.5kw, the lowest in comparable industry cutting machines.

New machines

The new fabric cutting machines were first installed in Lahore, Pakistan, at Combined Fabrics, the largest supplier of knit garments to Levi’s. Before installation, the cutting room had 90 people cutting 50,000 units in a day.

“The company was already a very happy user of TUKAcadTUKA3D, and SMARTmark. Tukatech demonstrated their cutting room expertise by helping us engineer another vendor’s cutting system before we even considered adopting TUKAcut for automatic fabric cutting,” said Sheikh Tariq Mehmood, Director of Combined Fabrics.

Implementation included training personnel for raw material handling, spreading, cutting and bundling. On the first day of installation, 14 people were able to cut the same number of units (50,000) and within weeks the same configuration increased productivity to between 65,000 and 75,000 units per day, the company reports. “My suggestion is to listen to Tukatech’s expertise. Our expectations for the TUKAcut system were exceeded by far, but they never surprised us with extra hidden expenses,” added Mehmood.


Ram Sareen, founder of Tukatech, explained why he chose to partner with Italian fabric cutting machine manufacturer, F.K. Group, to build the TUKAcut systems. Tukatech was the first partner of F.K. Group to take F.K. cutting machines out of Italy in 1995. Many of the machines installed in the US, Mexico, Canada, and India at that time are still running and producing high quality cuts.

According to Sareen, the partnership with F.K. Group allows Tukatech to offer garment manufacturers reliable fabric cutting machines at competitive prices. “Similar to engineering companies like AMG partnering with Daimler-Benz to offer an amazingly high-performance vehicle to drivers who appreciate the engineering, we offer just the same with our partnership with F.K. Group,” commented Ram Sareen.



The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) today urged the Centre to negotiate with China for duty-free access to India's cotton textiles as enjoyed by other competing nations, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan and Cambodia.

India was the net exporter of textile and apparel products to China during 2010-11 to 2013-14.

"However, the trend has been reversed constantly since then and India is losing business to nations like Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan and Cambodia, who enjoy duty-free access to the Chinese market," Sanjay Jain, chairman, CITI, said in a letter written to the government recently.

He informed that Indian products carry 3.5 per cent, 10 per cent and 14 per cent duty on yarn, fabric and made-ups, respectively.

"India's cotton yarn exports to China has decreased by 53 per cent in 2017 from 2013, while Vietnam's exports of cotton yarn to China has increased by about 88 per cent during the same period," said Jain.

India exported USD 1,362 million worth of textile and apparel products to China in 2017-18, while the country's imports from China stood at USD 2,905 million, indicating a trade deficit of USD 1,543 million, he said.

"Therefore, the textile industry body has urged the government to push negotiations with China to give duty-free access to Indian cotton textiles," he added.

A.T.E. was founded in 1939 as a part of India’s drive to self-sufficiency through economic development in the country. Since then, A.T.E. has been a catalyst for technological evolution of the textile industry in India by bringing cutting edge technologies from around the globe, and also manufacturing some of the latest equipment and accessories in India. A.T.E.’s business offers customers the twin benefits of high technology and economy. 


Today, A.T.E. is an undisputed leader in the field of textile engineering in India and enjoys a unique distinction of being a one window solution provider encompassing every textile process – spinning, knitting, weaving, processing, synthetics, technical textiles, non-woven and carpet finishing.  A.T.E. represents 50+ world leaders – the who's who of high technology in the textile engineering arena. Customers also view A.T.E. as a consulting resource, on account of A.T.E.’s deeply embedded knowledge of textile processes.


In spinning, A.T.E. offers complete world-class solutions in spinning covering blow rooms, cards, draw frames, lap winders and combers from Trützschler automatic winders and TFOs by Savio,  bobbin transport, yarn conditioning and OHTC from SARA ELGI, assembly winders by SSM, and a range of spinning accessories covering spinning machinery components, compact spinning systems, card clothing, textile testing equipment, etc.  


A.T.E. has a joint venture Truetzschler India Private Limited (JV with Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Germany) for manufacturing spinning preparatory machinery. It also has a state-of-the art manufacturing facility to manufacture high precision spinning machinery components under the brand TeraSpin.

A.T.E. has expertise in different technologies related to fabric forming process. A.T.E. offers a complete range of warp knitting, technical textiles, weaving preparatory machines from Karl Mayer. A.T.E.’s portfolio also covers circular knitting machines from Jingmei.

In the sphere of textile processing, A.T.E. is the only Indian company offering the complete range of machinery and accessories for dyeing, printing and finishing across multiple applications of yarn and fibre, knitted fabrics, terry towels, woven fabrics, denim and technical textiles including ETP.  These hi-tech solutions come from the best in class manufacturers from around the world, namely, Fong’s, THEN, Mahlo, Monforts, Monfongs, Goller, Stalam, Osthoff-senge, Guarneri Technology, Corino, Zimmer, Color Service, SSM, Dunline, CIEA, etc. 


Technical textiles are crucial to India’s progress. A.T.E. provides a full range of equipment for technical textiles and non-wovens from Trützschler Non-wovens, Karl Mayer, and others. In synthetics and carpets, A.T.E. offers solutions from Zimmer, Trützschler and CTMTC.

A.T.E. also offers humidification system from Luwa, logistics and material handling systems and automatic storage and retrieval systems from Godrej Consoveyo, ERP solutions from Datatex, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) from BMSVision, and machine upgrade and automation solutions. 


A.T.E.’s portfolio includes a wide range of high quality and efficient pumping solutions for various textile applications; and a comprehensive range of products to improve safety, productivity and quality in textile processes. These solutions are tailor-made and are intended for the control of static electricity in various applications such as carding, warping, weaving, processing and finishing and also air-to-air heat recovery systems to capture waste heat from stenters and hot air dryers.


Since the last few years, A.T.E. has invented and deployed several original green products and solutions in the areas of Air, waTer, and Energy. 

In the area of wastewater, A.T.E. HUBER Envirotech, an A.T.E. group company, offers state-of-the-art solutions for wastewater treatment, recycling, and sludge management covering both industrial and municipal sectors. It has developed the unique ‘AAA’ technology for treating textile effluents, which results in reduced chemical consumption, low sludge generation, and low energy costs, while ensuring consistent quality of treated water. A.T.E. HUBER Envirotech can also supply specialised wastewater treatment equipment from Huber, Germany.


A.T.E.’s energy efficient cooling solutions with the brand HMX, patented heat exchange technology are fast gaining wide acceptance across industrial and commercial segments.  These cooling solutions not only ensure people comfort and enhanced productivity, but also improve process efficiency.


A.T.E.’s Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) system provides solar energy for heating, helping to reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions and increase profits.


A.T.E.’s Smart manufacturing suite based on Industrial IoT helps digitise manufacturing shop floors, and use “big data” analytics to provide actionable insights helping such customers to achieve their vision of operational excellence, increase revenue, improve customer service and comply with regulations.


With a comprehensive portfolio of products and services, A.T.E. has been a catalyst in the development of the Indian textile industry. The spirit from the beginning has been one of partnership with the textile industry to provide the best technologies and services across the textile spectrum, driven by A.T.E.’s theme – ‘partnering people & the planet’. 









International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Grupo SARI (Rubi Industrial), to supply a neXline needlepunch line for the production of needlepunched felts.

The line will process several types of raw material such as polyester, polypropylene, bi-component fibers, and viscose, and will produce needlepunched felts for technical markets (automotive, construction, filtration, etc). The line is scheduled for start-up towards the end of 2018.

The scope of supply includes all of the machines and equipment – from opening and blending to the end of line. The line incorporates cutting-edge ANDRITZ technologies and equipment, such as:

  • a TCF-X high-capacity chute feed
  • an eXcelle Dynamic card
  • a Dynamic Crosslapper
  • the state-of-the-art ProDyn and Isolayer systems for weight evenness
  • a drafter
  • high-speed needlelooms A50.

Grupo SARI (Rubi Industrial), headquartered in Rubi, Spain, is specialized in the manufacture of nonwoven fabrics. The company has several plants in Spain and France and distributes its products mainly in Europe. It has gradually expanded its presence in various technical sectors (such as automotive, filtration, or construction) through key investments as well as increasing its R&D capabilities and continues to focus on developing its competencies in these markets to gain further relevance as a key producer of nonwovens.


In pursuit of this objective, Grupo SARI will launch this needlepunching line, with state-of-the-art ANDRITZ technology and versatile capabilities to offer a wide range of products, in order to provide the most appropriate solutions for each of the technical markets mentioned above. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:08


Organized by the Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit



The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit organized One Day Seminar on “Recent Trends in Fabric Forming” on 8th September 2018 at Hotel fortune Park Galaxy, Vapi (Gujarat). The seminar was inaugurated by Mr. Yogesh Kusumgar, Chairman, Kusumgar Corporates Pvt. Ltd.


Inaugural Session


Mr. A. V. Mantri, Hon. Secretary, TAI, Mumbai Unit welcomed the Chief Guest, Key Note Speaker and Guests of Honour. He also welcomed the Awardees, Speakers, Press, Media and delegates.


Mr. Haresh B. Parekh, Convener of the Seminar said that this seminar aims to give an opportunity to the textile technologists to share their thoughts to meet the challenges and wished that the interaction in the seminar will be highly productive and beneficial.


Mr. Tapan Kumar Chandra, the Advisor of the Seminar discussed about the changing scenario in the entire textile value chain and congratulated TAI, Mumbai Unit for selecting this region of Gujarat for organising this type of Seminar.


Mr. Mohan Kavrie, Managing Director, Supreme Nonwovens Industries Pvt. Ltd. delivered the Key Note Address and said that he has less association with traditional textile industry as non woven is his core business area. He discussed various issues in the non woven industry. He insist to concentrate on quality, Research & Development.


Ms. Seema Srivastava, Executive Director, India ITME Society gave emphasize on the educational activities in the textile industry and discussed issues regarding engineering industry. She advised to use latest machinery to stand in the international market. She requested audience to participate in GTTES Exhibition to know new trend in machinery.


The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit has felicitated Mr. Mohan Kavrie, Managing Director, Supreme Nonwovens Industries Pvt. Ltd. with “The Lifetime Achievement Award” and Mr. N. K. Brahmachari, Managing Director, Amritlakshmi Machine Works with “The Industrial Excellence Award” for their outstanding contribution in the field of textile industry.


Mr. Vilas Gharat, President, TAI, Mumbai Unit,gave the introduction of the Chief Guest.


Mr. Yogesh Kusumgar, Chairman, Kusumgar Corporates Pvt. Ltd. shared his experience in the field of technical textiles and highlighted on the products required by the Indian army forces. He requested textile industrialist to think on innovation to stand in world Market. He requested to organise more workshop with technical expert on technical textile.


Mr. A. V. Mantri, Hon. Secretary, TAI, Mumbai Unit, proposed Vote of Thanks.



Technical Session


During the technical session, following papers were presented by the eminent speakers.


Ø  Mr. Guruprasad S. Shetty, Senior Product Manager – Fabric Forming, A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. presented the paper on Profitable solutions with new trend of KARL MAYER–Section/Sample warping”.  


Ø  Mr. N. K. Brahmachari, Managing Director, Amritlakshmi Machine Workspresented the paper on “Innovations in Sizing Machine - Machine Manufacturing Angle”.


Ø  Mr. Amit R. Singh, Sr. Sales Manager, Itema Weaving (India) Pvt. Ltd. made the presentation on “Recent Development in Weaving Machines”.


Ø  Dr. Indu Keoti (Pillai), Dy. General Manager-Sales & Mktg., Industrial IoT & Smart Analytics, EcoAxis presented the paper on “IIoT- Unlocking Business Value for Fabric Forming”.


Ø  Ms. Gauri Kaveeshwar, Business Development Officer and Ms. Anubhuti Gupta, Marketing Executive, Thermax Limited presented the paper onSustainable Solutions in Energy and Environment.


Ø  Mr. Vikram Chaurasia, Deputy General Manager – Textile Engineering – Fabric Forming,  A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. presented the paper on “New Technologies in Warp and Circular Knitting”.


Ø  Mr. Badruddin Khan, Sr. Manager - Product Management Team, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. (MCX) made the presentation on “Awareness on Cotton Price Risk Management.


Ø  Mr. Sachiin Kulkarnii, Chief Operating Officer, GHCL Limitedpresented the paper on “Energy Conservation A step towards sustainability”.


Ø  Mr. R. Girish, IAS, Commissioner for Textile Development & Director of Handlooms & Textiles, Govt. of Karnataka presented the paper on “‘Karnataka’ is the destination for investment on textiles”.


Ø  Mr. Mihir Parekh, Director - Mega Textile Park, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd. (TSIIC), (A. Government of Telangana Undertaking) presented the paper on “Investment Opportunities in Telangana”.


Panel Discussions


Panel Discussion on “Upgrade, Weaving Technology for Quality Fabrics” was moderated by Mr. R. R. Gorakhia, Ex. Director, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Panel of experts comprised of Mr. Mihir Parekh, Director - Mega Textile Park, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd. (TSIIC), (A. Government of Telangana Undertaking), Mr. Sachiin Kulkarnii, Chief Operating Officer, GHCL Limited, Mr. B. B. Modi, Vice-President (Weaving Production), D'Decor Home Fabrics Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Pratik R. Bachkaniwala, Director, Palod Himson Machines Pvt. Ltd.


The seminar was a grand success and was attended by over 225 delegates.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Metsä Board, Finland, to upgrade two ANDRITZ screw presses at its Kaskinen mill in Finland. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

ANDRITZ will upgrade two pulp screw presses so that they can be utilized as bleach presses in parallel with two existing ANDRITZ twin wire presses. The upgraded screw presses will ensure the availability of the BCTMP (bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp) line even during maintenance work.


The scope of supply includes:

  • New screw shafts equipped with modern wear protection (wear shoes and body plates)
  • New low-pressure and medium-pressure screen baskets in split design; with exchangeable, grooved screen plates
  • New headboxes
  • Relocation of the screw presses, including erection work and assembly with new components
  • Start-up support

Metsä Board decided to place this upgrade order with ANDRITZ based on their very good experience with joint screw press projects in the past at Metsä Board's Joutseno mill in Finland.


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ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments. Other important fields of business are animal feed and biomass pelleting, as well as automation, where ANDRITZ offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) sector under the brand name of Metris. In addition, the international technology Group is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.


A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, reliability, and integrity are the central values to which ANDRITZ commits. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With over 160 years of experience, 29,000 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.



Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fiber paperboards, including folding boxboards, food service boards, and white kraftliners. The company is part of Metsä Group, a Finnish forest industry group that operates in some 30 countries. The Kaskinen mill produces market BCTMP as well as pulp for Metsä Board’s own board mills. The mill has a production capacity of 340,000 t/a.

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