The cotton price which was ruling around Rs.38,000/- to Rs.39,000/- per candy of 355 kgs during the beginning of the cotton season for the bench marked variety of Sankar-6, is currently ruling around Rs.43,500/- to Rs.44,000/- resulting in an increase of Rs.5000/- to Rs.6000 per candy depending upon the staple length and quality of cotton.    The cotton price that has been increasing steeply till the end of February, has become firm during the last 20 days.  As the gap in the international and domestic prices has narrowed down, now imported cotton appears to be atractive due to better yarn realization, productivity and quality.

 

 

The Cotlook A index that prevailed around 79 cents during October has increased to 87 cents. Currently there is no much difference between domestic and imported cotton prices.  Hence, the import contracts of cotton are gaining momentum.  There is a significant increase in cotton crop size in Australia, expected to be around 45 lakhs as against 28 lakh bales achieved last year and 18% increase in crop size at US.  Since China has restricted its imports, global cotton position is very comfortable.

 

 

            In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.M.Senthilkumar, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has stated that the spinning mills need not be panic as cotton position both in domestic and global markets are very comfortable. He has stated that the cotton production in India for the season 2016-17 might be around 342 to 345 lakh bales as against 351 lakh bales estimated by the Cotton Advisory Board at its meeting held on 24.10.2016. 

 

 

SIMA Chief has said that the cotton arrival as on March 20, 2017 was around 250 lakh bales as against 260 lakh bales arrived during the same period last year. He has added that CAB had estimated the cotton imports as 17 lakh bales and  felt that it might touch 30 lakh bales during the end of the season if the present trend of import continues.  He further said that the mill consumption might be around 295 lakh bales as against 303 lakh bales estimated by CAB as the average count becomes finer. He has said that the exports might be only around 40 lakh bales as against 50 lakh bales estimated by CAB as the Indian cotton price is not currently attractive in the international market.  He has felt that the exports contracted so far might be only around 30 lakh bales. He has said that currently India has contracted for around 15 lakh bales of cotton imports from West Africa and US. He has opined that the prices might ease once the Australian cotton arrives the market in May. Considering all these facts, Mr.Senthilkumar has stated that the cotton supply position in India is very much comfortable and therefore, suggested the spinning mills to avoid panic buying. 

 

 

            While mentioning about CCI’s commercial activities of cotton, SIMA Chairman has thanked the Hon’ble Union Minister for Textiles and CCI for limiting CCI purchase to only around 1.05 lakh bales as against their original plan of 15 lakh bales and continue to maintain their supply only to the spinning mills.  He has advised the mills to avoid quoting higher price than the floor price for CCI cotton and thereby avoid further increase in the cotton prices.  Mr.Senthilkumar has appealed to all the ginning units to avoid any adulteration and ensure supply of least trash and contamination free quality cotton as the industry and the Union government have been planning to brand Indian cotton and its textile products.

 

 

            Mr.Senthilkumar has stated that the higher cotton price prevailed during the peak cotton season has greatly helped the cotton farmers to realize attractive prices and much higher income than any other cash crop and strongly felt this would considerably increase the area under cotton in the forthcoming season if the monsoon favours.

 

 

Colzate (Italy) and Istanbul (Turkey) – Itema, the world’s largest privately held provider of advanced weaving solutions, including best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services, is exhibiting at EGE TMF in Denizli (Booth C2) and KTM in Kahramanmaraş (Booth B1).

 

Turkey is undoubtedly one of the major textile markets, producing a large amount of the worldwide fabric and its leadership position perfectly reflects in the Itema turnover. In fact, Turkey is historically one of the top three main markets for Itema. 

 

 

Born from the successful mergers and acquisitions over the years of legendary textile machinery brands, such as Somet, Sulzer and Vamatex, Itema is headquartered in Northern Italy’s Bergamo area – historic cradle of the Italian textile industry – and is uniquely positioned as the only manufacturer in the world to provide all three top weft insertion technologies: rapier, airjet and projectile.

 

With an impressive number of Sulzer, Somet and Vamatex weaving machines still successfully operating in Turkey and an every-day growing installed base of the new generation Itema weaving machines, Itema is no doubt a reliable and renowned partner of Turkish weavers for the supply of weaving machines. 

 

The decision to participate in both EGE TMF and KTM comes from the Italian Company attitude to be close to its Customers, to listen in person to their requirements and to demonstrate on the field the innovations featured on its weaving machines.

 

During EGE TMF in Denizli, Itema will showcase a rapier R9500terry and an airjet A9500 weaving a bed sheeting style.

 

 

The Itema R9500terry on show is nowadays the undisputed leader in weaving terry cloth. After marlket launch in 2015, Itema produced an impressive number of R9500terry machines which have been installed in more than 20 Countries demonstrating that, when it comes to weaving high quality, superior softness and hand-feel terry towels, the Itema rapier technology machine is the favourite choice of the weavers. 

 

 

The A9500 featuring a bed sheeting style, will run with the latest improvements designed to excel in this market, meeting weavers’ requirements of utmost versatility and substantial cost savings.

 

 

Among the best-in-class devices to weave sheeting fabrics, a special mention goes to the brand-new Full Width Reed Tuckers, which guarantee to the weavers the possibility to reduce  reed stock and increase machine’s flexibility.

 

After a couple of weeks, from 6 to 8 of April, Itema will exhibit again in Kahamanmaraş at KTM.

 

 

Both the Itema rapier R9500 and airjet A9500 will run the most commonly woven styles in the Region. The rapier R9500, the absolute Itema best-seller and the most successful rapier machine in recent history will be exhibited weaving a cotton apparel style. The Itema best-in-class shed geometry and the unique Turboprop system, coupled with the brand-new main motor with oil cooling, will demonstrate the superior machine’s speed and textile performances. Moreover, the airjet A9500 will show live its extraordinary skills in weaving denim, guaranteeing mass production whilst ensuring optimized running costs.

 

 

 

To learn more about Itema’s technological innovations, visit the EGE TMF in Denizli from the 22nd to the 25th of March (Booth C2) and KTM in Kahramanmaraş from the 6th to the 8th of April (Booth B1). 

 

 

 

FASHION SHOW SHOWCASES THE MULTIFACETED NATURE OF DENIM

 

The denim giant and the largest fiber producer, Arvind &Invista, are bringing their latest in innovation, design and sustainability for the Indian market. Arvind and Invista have teamed up to launch the Festive collection for 2017- DECODE. This fresh and ultramodern collection is showcased in form of a spectacular display and a flamboyant runway show hosted at The Lalit, Mumbai choreographed by well-known choreographer Sheetal Sharma.

 

The festive’17 show DECODE, highlights the multifaceted nature of denim fabrics. It is said that denim remains as one of the most interesting, complex yet evolving fabrics of all time. In this show, Arvind and Invista unravel its mysterious personality and decode the denim language to discover its different aspects and its deep underlying meaning.

 

The fashion show showcased an innovative line of Flip denims (reversible denims), Azurite (Arvind’s patented technology of premium saturated indigo fabrics), 360 degree MUTANTS™ (multidirectional stretch knit denims) and XL MUTANTS™ (wider width knits for better production efficiencies) to name a few. It showcases a collection of DENIM EXPRESS™ which is a speed to market solution of versatile fabrics that are always in vogue – a much needed requirement of the industry. The collection further extends to popular Arvind categories of BLUE NATIVES™, NEOBUBBLE™,BOOMERANG™ along with the bestsellers across the market.

 

Other than the fashion show, the highlight was also the display for Khadi denim collection. Arvind recently received much appreciation globally for this phenomenal sustainable fabric. Arvind won the prestigious Global Denim Award for best fabric in October’16 at Amsterdam. The participants for the award included the top mills of the world like Candiani and Prosperity.

 

Arvind and Invistaare now synonymous in the Industry for bringing out innovative technologies for the consumers. All Arvind stretch denims are powered by LYCRA® fiber and also include other Invista specialty products like COOLMAX® Everyday fabric, COOLMAX® ALL SEASON Fabric and CORDURA® fabrics. These products with their strong performance properties provide a set of unique comfort and durability to the garments – a deeply desired feature by the end consumers.

 

On this occasion, Mr.Aamir Akhtar, CEO, Denim Fabrics, Arvind Limited, commented, We today are here to showcase “Decode” the festive collection. Arvind Ltd every year comes up with new innovations in denim fabric and I promise today that we will be coming up with new innovations in fabric every year. I thank Invista for believing in us and being there with us through this journey.”

 

 

  • Ø  NEXIA Ozone Production System for denim treatment
  • Ø  NEXIA Laser Machine to reproduce special effects on garment and fabric
  • Ø  NEXSTONE Device alternative to classic way of washing with stones

 

Italian manufacturer of machines for industrial laundry, dyeing and treating clothing, NEXIA srl DeFranceschi has named Surat based Orange O Tec as its marketing partner for India. NEXIA production systems are manufactured with new concepts, which make it possible to save water, electricity and use products and material that are respectful for the environment.

 

Various NEXIA technologies on offer include, Washing machines, Stone Washing Machines, Stoneless system for washing machines, Ozone production system, Hydro extractors, Dryers, Laser marking system, Static Oven, Laundry centrifugal washing machine double face type and Laundry centrifugal washing machine frontal type.

 

Its flagship technology is the NEXIA Ozone Production System. The use of oxygen in denim treatment processes assume more importance in the textile sector because, its systematic use allows companies to efficiently respond to different production and environmental requirements.

 

The company offers various variants of the NEXIA Ozone Production System depending on the size. For e.g., Generator 350 G/H can be connected to one machine, Generator 700 G/H can be connected to two machines and Generator 1400 G/H can be connected to three machines. The machines work independently from each other, so a user can use different programs on the machines.

 

Another technology is the NEXIA Stone Washing Machine, which is available in two different categories. Laboratory machines in 3, 17 and 40 kg capacity and production machines, with capacity ranging between 100 and 180 kgs are supplied by the company.

 

NEXIA also markets Dyeing Washing machines, which are used in dyeing all types of finished garments, which too are available in two different categories. Laboratory machines in 3, 17 and 40 kg capacity and production machines, with capacity ranging between 100 and 180 kgs. Machines in both these categories are available in high or low speed options and also various optional attachments.

 

Another technology on offer is the NEXIA Laser Machine. This machine is updated with the latest generation laser system and comes with a high speed scanning head. It can reproduce special effects such as customised patterns, images, brands, whiskers, and sandblasting effect both on finished garment and on fabric.  The equipment has many additional options and it can be customized to customer needs.

 

The NEXIA NDRYST is a Rotary Dryer for small and medium production. The dryer can be customised depending on need either for laboratory testing or for production, while the NEXIA NHEX is a vertical centrifugal hydro extractor for readymade garments with capacity ranging between 8 and 55 Kg.

 

The NEXSTONE DEVICE is an alternative to the classic way of washing with stones. The NEXTSTONE DEVICE does not require unloading of stones at the end of the cycle nor any additional washing or rinsing, to clean the residual of the pumice stone on the garment.

 

"We are pleased to be appointed as marketing partners of NEXIA srl DeFranceschi, which has an extensive range of latest technologies for laundry, fabric washing, dyeing and treatment," Mr Aayush Rathi, Director at Orange O Tec Pvt. Ltd said. "With our excellent sales and marketing setup, which is backed with an extensive service network, we hope to capture a good share of the Indian market in the next few years."

 

About NEXIA srl DeFranceschi:

De Franceschi has been synonymous with top-quality laundry machinery since 1871, producing machines for industrial laundry, dyeing and treating clothing and is now a subsidiary of NEXIA. NEXIA De Franceschi is today able to supply versatile equipment at a smart price, with machines that are easy to use, able to keep costs and environmental impact low, suitable for a wide range of requirements for both white washes and denim treatments.

 

About Orange O Tec Pvt Ltd:

Surat based Orange O Tec Pvt. Ltd. is a marketer of state-of-the-art textile and allied machinery since the last 10 years. In all these years, Orange O Tec has carved a niche par excellence, by also offering effective and prompt after sales services. Orange O Tec represents renowned international companies like MS Italy, Transmatic Europe, Lecho China, Serkon Makina and now NEXIA De Franceschi in the Indian market.

 

 

For more information please visit http://www.orangeotec.com

 

By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

Cotton situation in India from both producers and users points of view seem to be stable.

 

Cotton price is reasonable, stated the general manager of a large spinning mill in South India.

 

In a morning telephone call with this scribe today, the general manager whose mill procures 40,000 bales (170 Kgs each) of cotton each year stated that spinners, ginners and farmers are realizing reasonable price since February. Spinning mills have been suffering over the past two years and many have been forced to close the doors due to cotton price volatility and weak yarn prices. This trend seems to have reverted. Currently, the mill has bought MCU-5 cotton at about Rupees 46,000 per candy (356 Kgs).

 

The mill in South India has about 68,000 spindles and spins cotton yarns with an average count of 65s Ne. They procure generally MCU-5 cotton with 30 mm staple and produce yarns with counts ranging between 60sNe and 80sNe, catering to bed sheets and poplin fabric producers.

 

Yarns prices have steadily climbed and is comfortable now, stated the source. The price of fine count 60sNe is about Rupees 290 per kilogram, which is reasonable. Over a period of one year, yarn price has gained about 40 rupees per kilogram for 60sNe, which is a favorable trend.

 

In India, this season’s 65 percent of cotton crop has arrived and if the price stability is maintained, it will be win-win for the cotton and textile sectors.

 

The source cautioned that if the cotton price skyrockets as was the case sometime back, it would make it difficult for the spinners.

 

 

At present times, according to the well-informed source, cotton price vis-à-vis yarn price is comfortable.

 

A.T.E. has joined hands with Quanzhou Jingmei Machine Co., Ltd. to sell “Jingmei” brand circular knitting machines in India (except in Ludhiana city) and Bangladesh effective from February 2017.

 

Jingmei is a well-known brand from China having already sold hundreds of circular knitting machines in India, Bangladesh, and other parts of the world which include China, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan, South Africa and Italy.  The company is now wholly owned by the world renowned Santoni Group of Italy.  Jingmeimanufactures the entire range of circular knitting machines in body size from 13” to 24”, as well as large diameters from 25” onwards upto 44” from 12G upto 40G, which include single jersey, three thread fleece, double jersey in rib and interlock, spacer fabric, auto striper in 4 and 6 colours, jacquard, striper jacquard, mattress ticking fabric, terry and reverse terry in tubular as well as open width configurations. High leg frames are also available on request.

 

Of the production capacity of more than 1000 machines annually at Jingmei, 30% of the production is dedicated to exports, and the percentage is growing year on year. Jingmei has a unique R & D facility at its factory in Xiamen, to offer better products to its customers through continuous innovation.

 

A single jersey tubular machine with 4 feeders/inch, 34” dia. and 28G has been installed in A.T.E.’s  Surat showroom as a demo unit for customers, as well as to produce samples to convince customers on the quality of deliverables on Jingmei machines.

 

Excellent service support is available both from A.T.E. and Jingmei across India and Bangladesh.  Certain essential spares shall also be maintained with A.T.E. for immediate distribution to the customers.

 

Jingmei, which showcased its machines at the Knit-tech exhibition, Tirupur, and DTG 2017, Dhaka, in February 2017 has caught the attention of the knitting fraternity for its technical prowess and engineering excellence.

 

 

The A.T.E.-Jingmei combination is now all set to provide the best-in-class products and services to the discerning customers in India and Bangladesh.

The successful partnership of A.T.E. and Datatex forges ahead, with a growing list of clientsin India. The Datatex ERP solution has been successfully installed at new customers such as Maral Overseas, the Premier Group, Shahi Exports and Loyal Textiles,among others. All implementations were carried out by business partner Infinite Computer Solutions (I) Ltd.

Datatex is a global leader in providing ERP solutions for the textile and apparel industry. As their software is specially designed with textile processes in mind, Datatex has built up the largest installed base in this sector with customers spanning 5 continents across 42 countries, including big groups like Vardhman and Arvind among their clients in India.

 

Datatex’s goal is to optimize client’s business by focusing on core functionalities like textile and apparel planning, scheduling and accurate costing.Datatex planning and the scheduling systems have proven to be one of the key success factors for its customers.

 

A.T.E. offers Datatex ERPsoftware witha full range of textile business-specific solutions to meet the challenges of the industry’s transformation in areas such as sales, purchase, finance, inventory, production planning, HR, scheduling, shop floor automation etc.

 

With over 75 years’ experience in the textile industry, A.T.E. is a domain expert across thetextile value chain providing end-to-end solutions. With the inclusion of Datatex’s ERP solutions, A.T.E.’s array of services and solutions extends further to help the Indian textile industry address bottlenecks in their business and serve theircustomers better.

 

Mr G V Aras, Director of A.T.E. Enterprises Pvt.Ltd. commented “I am convinced that this powerful strategic partnership, with the capacity to generate synergies, will enable us to create more value for our clients and enhance our growth potential in textile specialized ERP market.”

 

Mr Ronen Hagin, Vice President and Co-founder of Datatex, concluded, “I am very excited at the idea of continued partnership between Datatex and A.T.E. that will enable us to address all of our clients’ digital transformation needs. This is a demonstration of our commitment to robust business development in the Indian textile industry.”

 

 

 

 

By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA

 

Peacock feathers have inspired scientists to develop a textile coloration process.

 

Peacock, which is the national bird of India, has inspired designers for many generations. Recently, a team of researchers from Dalian University of Technology, China has borrowed inspiration from the patterned structure of peacock feathers to derive structural colors in textiles, to make the coloration process more environmentally friendly.

 

Deviating from the concept of chemical colors, the scientists have developed 3-D colloidal crystals and have transfer printed on to voile fabrics to create structural colors.

 

The coloration formulation consists of polystyrene nanoparticles, polyacrylate, carbon black and water. The nano polystyrene is responsible for the 3-D colloidal crystal formation, which modulates the light to develop the structural color patterns. Polyacrylate is needed for mechanical stability of the colloidal structures on the fabric.

 

 

According to the researchers, colloidal crystals are promising alternates to organic dyes and pigments. Transfer printing of colloidal particles resulted in good wash resistant multicolored patterns similar to those in peacock feathers. The work has appeared in a recent issue of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

 

 

Antistatic laydown belt for even greater process efficiency 

 

Nonwovens are real all-rounders. Thanks to their extreme versatility and adaptability, they are being deployed in more and more applications in the hygiene, medical, construction, industrial and environmental sectors. And thanks to their cost-efficiency, they are also increasingly replacing conventional materials. There is a constantly growing demand for lightweight, high-strength spunbond nonwovens - a demand to which the newcomer company Multitexx GmbH, based in Herdecke, Germany, is responding with high-grade polyester (PET) and polypropylene (PP) spunbonds for challenging applications. As a subsidiary of the Dörken Group - also headquartered in Herdecke - Multitexx has access to over 15 years of experience that its parent company has accumulated with Reicofil production line. One significant contribution to the efficiency of this demanding production process comes from the laydown belt deploye: a CONDUCTIVE® 7701 type belt made by GKD - GEBR. KUFFERATH AG. Multitexx and Dörken are so impressed by its durability, flexibility, antistatic features and excellent cleaning properties that they have decided to use the belt for a second, even more high-performance production line.



Through its membership in the internationally operating Dörken Group, Multitexx benefits from almost two decades of spunbond production know-how. The parent company, founded 125 years ago, was already developing and producing underlay sheets for pitched roofs as early as in the 1960s. In 2001, Dörken acquired a Reicofil spunbond line and began its own in-house production of spunbonds for the composite construction laminates market. After 15 years, the rapid growth of business made it necessary to procure a second, extremely high-performance Reicofil line. This solved the production capacity problems at Dörken, and also triggered the establishment of Multitexx. Since January 2015, the new company has been selling high-grade spunbonds made of thermo-calendered polyester or polypropylene.



PET and PP on one line


What's special about the Dörken Group's two Reicofil lines is that they can alternate between the two polymers and manufacture spunbonds of either material with low grammage and very high consistency. There are two particular challenges involved in this: the different process temperatures of the two materials; and the considerably more complex production process for polyester spunbonds. The polymers enter the production lines through separate feed lines that are modified for the respective raw material. Since polyester granulate agglutinates at a temperature of 80°C, it has to be pre-crystallised and dried before extrusion. It is then fed into the metering chamber which feeds the extruder. Polyester is extruded and melted at significantly higher temperatures than polypropylene. The melted polymers - PET or PP - then move on to the spin pump. The melt is conveyed into the spinneret and distributed seamlessly over the full width of the line via a single-piece die. Thanks to its single-piece construction, which is configured to the production line's working width of 3.2 metres, the die prevents the potential flaws in the nonwoven that might form due to the welds created by multi-piece dies. In this way, the spinneret of the Reicofil line creates filaments with a filament count of approx 2.5 dtex. These are then stretched into endless filaments through a long diffuser with temperature-controlled air and high air speeds. This gives the polyester filaments the desired strength. The stretched endless filaments are swirled and deposited as a random fibre mat onto a circulating wire mesh belt. The transformation of polymer granulate to spunbond nonwoven takes place in a closed system, so the filaments only come into contact with the surrounding air shortly before being discharged onto the laydown belt. This ensures the particular stability of the process and explains the high product quality of Multitexx spunbonds. The unique identifier of these spunbond products is the oval-shaped imprint created by the embossing roller in the thermo-calender. The rounded embossing is designed to improve the tear resistance of the nonwoven product. Subsequently the high-grade spunbond nonwoven goes through the stages of cooling line, defect inspection, longitudinal cutting, cross cut unit and winding before it finally arrives in dispatch.



Unparalleled uniformity


Multitexx offers polyester spunbonds with a filament fineness of approx. 2.5 dtex, equivalent to 2.25 Denier, in a wide range of grammages from 15 to 150 g/m². In addition to high uniformity, their product qualities also include high tear-strength, temperature resistance and very little shrinkage. In the case of polypropylene spunbonds, available grammages of nonwovens made of pure PP filaments range from 17 to 100 g/m². The specific grammage is determined by the speed the laydown belt is run at. The higher the belt speed, the lighter the nonwoven. The main customer for Multitexx spunbonds is the automotive industry. A range of spunbond variants are used in vehicle construction, for example as sound insulation, as electrical insulation or as material for filter elements. Their high degree of uniformity also makes them eminently suitable for the fluid filtration sector, where they are successfully deployed in a range of tasks from cooling lubricant filtration to beer filtration. In addition, spunbonds are also used for air filters in air-conditioning and ventilation systems as well as for filters in vacuum cleaners. These high-performance spunbonds are also in high demand in the construction sector, where they are deployed for a wide range of purposes from roofing membranes, roofing accessories and façade sealing strips to applications in civil engineering, horticulture and landscaping. "Our polyester spunbond is unparalleled in its uniformity," says Michael Mertens, Key Account Manager at Multitexx, explaining the success of the company's product. In his opinion, other factors that contribute to the constant high demand for this spunbond that has prevailed since the foundation of the company are the guaranteed reproducibility of customer-specific properties and the fact that they are Made in Germany. Delivery time reliability thanks to geographical proximity is a key success factor, particularly for manufacturers of critical mass products. And last, but not least, customers also benefit from the company's exceptionally comprehensive laboratory competence with their own test certificates.



Excellent cleaning properties
Both spunbond lines are in round-the-clock operation - with a correspondingly high throughput. If it is to withstand the strain long-term and not cause costly downtimes, the laydown belt needs to meet very high standards. Andreas Falkowski, team leader of spunbond line 1, explains the complex demands on the belt, which performs a crucial role in the spunbond production process: "The wire mesh belt has to be designed for our very high production speeds. Furthermore, the belt edges have to be reinforced and joining the belt ends into an endless loop has to be an easy job. Besides the required robustness, we also need the belt to have sufficient flexibility to handle the turns round the tight radii of our capstans without any problems." Mr Falkowski sees the belt structure as another crucial aspect. The air permeability and the uniformity of the mesh can strongly influence the distribution of the filaments and thus, ultimately, the quality of the product. In his opinion, GKD's CONDUCTIVE® 7701 circulating laydown belt - 3.8 metres wide and almost 33 metres long - meets this wide range of requirements perfectly. "We installed the belt and could start producing immediately, without any problems," Andreas Falkowski recalls. The wire mesh belts previously used by Dörken for the production of Multitexx spunbonds were not antistatic. "Thanks to its special monofilaments, the GKD belt prevents the build-up of process-related electrostatic charges. That's an important additional bonus for us," the team leader points out. "Another thing is, according to colleagues from the shifts, that this belt is much easier to clean of droplets. All they need to do if there's a filament on the belt is to wipe over it with a sponge." For Andreas Falkowski, this is a really important advantage of the GKD belt. About every seven weeks, the line is reconfigured from PET to PP. "But if there are PP droplets on the belt, we can't use it to produce polyester spunbonds. We have to install a new belt," he says, explaining the significance of the easy cleaning properties of the GKD belt for production efficiency. Michael Mertens adds: "All the colleagues responsible for the process were so satisfied that, in the meantime, we have placed further orders for belts from GKD." Two of these belts are ready for delivery on demand - one of them for the new Reicofil line, which will also switch over to this belt type. "In terms of its product features, the GKD belt is the best we've ever had on our production line," says Andreas Falkowski, explaining this decision. For this reason, another belt was ordered from GKD and is currently being produced. This time, the belt will be the novel CONDUCTIVE® 7690 type, which is characterised by a significantly rougher belt structure in the running direction. This innovative construction gives the belt a special grip that, among other things, improves traction in the laydown zone and at the same time further optimises the belt's cleaning properties. "We haven't ever had problems with starting up after a belt change," says Andreas Falkowski, "but the rougher surface should make it even easier to remove droplets from the belt." In addition, the antistatic function of this new belt type is even stronger, which - in his opinion - also speaks for the new belt. In a nutshell: the best conditions for a continuation of the successful cooperation between these two reputable family businesses - both prime examples of the German "Mittelstand" - in the challenging nonwovens market.




GKD - GEBR. KUFFERATH AG
The owner-run technical weaver GKD - GEBR. KUFFERATH AG is the global market leader for metal and plastic woven solutions as well as transparent media facades. Under the umbrella of GKD - WORLD WIDE WEAVE the company combines three independent business units: SOLID WEAVE (industrial meshes), WEAVE IN MOTION (process belt meshes) and CREATIVE WEAVE (architectural meshes). With its six plants - including the headquarters in Germany and other facilities in the US, South Africa, China, India and Chile - as well as its branches in France, Great Britain, Spain, Dubai, Qatar and worldwide representatives, GKD is never far from its customers. 

 

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