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Contents<br />

6 Editorial<br />

<strong>Fiber</strong><br />

8 CCI intervention to ensure cotton price stability<br />

36 Lenzing repeats record performance<br />

despite weakening fiber market<br />

44 INVISTA’s COOLMAX fabric brand launched<br />

in India<br />

18<br />

cover story<br />

Trident Group<br />

Rs. 3,600 crore<br />

massive expansion<br />

underway<br />

10<br />

SEL <strong>Textile</strong>’s<br />

mega denim project<br />

coming up in Punjab<br />

Aiming at global<br />

leadership in<br />

home textiles<br />

Corporate news<br />

16 Mott MacDonald appointed design engineer<br />

for Nakoda polyester facility expansion<br />

56 Page Industries’ ambitious expansion plans<br />

in progress<br />

74 SDL Atlas’ advanced drying rate tester launched<br />

spinning<br />

66 Spun Yarn Systems accounts for 81% of<br />

Rieter’s sales in 2011<br />

68 Oerlikon <strong>Textile</strong> focus on ecology and<br />

energy efficiency<br />

84<br />

Cummins completes<br />

50 years of consistent<br />

growth in India<br />

2 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


Contents<br />

48<br />

12<br />

A.T.E. unveils Teraspin<br />

brand for spinning machinery<br />

components<br />

KM Knitwear emerging fastest growing<br />

garment manufacturer<br />

Garments<br />

34 China, India to emerge fastest growing markets for apparels<br />

78 Technopak Apparel Forum focus on lean manufacturing,<br />

best practices<br />

Dyeing & Finishing<br />

53 Guangzhou Donghaipang relies on Fong’s dyeing,<br />

finishing systems<br />

54 Fong’s products and systems pose no operational<br />

problems’<br />

70 DyStar offers complete color management solutions<br />

72 Lectra cut order planning solves Arvind’s technical problems<br />

knitting<br />

58 Terrot’s 150 years of excellence in circular knitting technology<br />

64 Elbit Vision starts selling systems to German warp<br />

knitting specialist<br />

46 Fashion trends, technical textiles are key industry<br />

growth drivers<br />

76 Jeanologia saves 15,000,000 litres of water every day<br />

77 Tripartite drive against use of toxic materials in textiles<br />

90 DMI workshop on direct-to-garment screen printing<br />

well attended<br />

80 Texprocil Export Awards cover more product<br />

categories this year<br />

87 Events<br />

98 Men at the helm<br />

40<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

China and India<br />

will remain key<br />

growth markets<br />

Our next issue<br />

Exclusive coverage<br />

ITM Texpo Eurasia<br />

& Indo Intertex<br />

for release at<br />

ITMA Asia + CITME<br />

For advertising, mail us at:<br />

textile.magazine@gmail.com<br />

4 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


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Mentor<br />

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Editorial Correspondent<br />

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Garment exporters aggrieved<br />

R. Natarajan,<br />

Managing Editor & Publisher<br />

Though the Central Budget for 2012-13 has<br />

raised excise duty on branded garments from<br />

10 to 12 per cent, the apparel industry seems to<br />

have hailed the Finance Minister’s proposal to<br />

lower the incidence of duty as a percentage of<br />

the retail price from 4.5 per cent to 3.6 per cent<br />

with an increase effected in the abatement to 70<br />

per cent from the existing 55 per cent. However,<br />

what has really unnerved the industry is that the<br />

textile package offered by the Budget has addressed<br />

only the handloom and powerloom sectors<br />

and is absolutely silent on issues like credit<br />

availability at concessional rates and its failure<br />

to meet the major demands of garment exporters.<br />

There is growing concern over deceleration in growth in overall exports,<br />

including textiles. After registering a high growth of 61 per cent in July 2011,<br />

exports started slowing down and the growth was almost negative in December.<br />

Of course, the overall export performance of different sectors was most<br />

encouraging during April-December, with the growth in cotton fabrics and<br />

readymade garments at 13 per cent and 23 per cent respectively.<br />

However, with persistent global economic uncertainties, it is well-nigh impossible<br />

to predict the fortunes of textile exporters. Tougher competition from<br />

Asian rivals like China, Pakistan and Bangladesh would prevent India from<br />

attaining the textile export target of $33 billion for 2012-13 against $28 billion<br />

for 2011-12. Further, the EU and the US, which together meet almost 60 per<br />

cent of their textile import needs from India, have started preferring products<br />

from suppliers from the neighbouring countries. The possible loss of Western<br />

markets would render it absolutely essential for Indian textile exporters to tap<br />

the hitherto unexplored markets in Asia and Africa more vigorously.<br />

Another setback to textile exporters is the latest WTO projection of a further<br />

slowdown in world trade in 2012 to 3.7 per cent from the actual expansion of<br />

five per cent registered in 2011. More than three years have passed since the<br />

global trade collapse of 2008-09. Still the world economy and trade remain<br />

fragile, and the sluggish phase of recovery has raised concerns that restrictive<br />

trade measures by individual countries would gradually undermine the<br />

benefits of trade openness. Hence the need for all WTO members to revitalise<br />

the trade system in order to strengthen the world economy. Indian exporters,<br />

particularly of textiles, have to necessarily refashion their trade strategy in the<br />

emerging competitive environment so as to remain afloat.<br />

6 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


fiber<br />

CCI intervention to ensure<br />

cotton price stability<br />

The Ministry of <strong>Textile</strong>s is monitoring, on a daily basis,<br />

the arrivals of cotton and the price situation across<br />

major mandis. Currently cotton prices are stable, averaging<br />

around Rs. 4,000 per quintal, way above the MSP<br />

prices fixed at 3,100 per quintal, eliminating the<br />

need for MSP operations. However, in order to<br />

secure the raw material supply lines for the domestic<br />

requirements of the textile sector, commercial<br />

operations by the Cotton Corporation of India<br />

(CCI) have become imperative.<br />

CCI has been directed to intervene in the<br />

market for commercial operations to build up<br />

reserves of 25 lakh bales till the cotton arrivals in<br />

the new cotton season of 2012-13. This has been<br />

necessitated by the fact that the textile industry,<br />

impacted by a slowdown, is unable to carry stocks beyond<br />

15 days, whereas the mandatory carryover stock<br />

requirement is 60 lakh bales at 85 per cent efficiency.<br />

CCI is expected to purchase at the prevailing market<br />

price approximately 10 lakh bales each in the next two<br />

months.<br />

This considered decision has been taken to ensure<br />

price stability in the market as also availability of cotton<br />

for the domestic user industry, keeping in mind the<br />

varied interests of stakeholders across the entire cotton<br />

value chain, ranging from farmers, ginners, millers and<br />

traders.<br />

On a particular day recently, CCI purchased approximately<br />

11,000 bales at Rs. 4,400 per quintal from major<br />

mandis across Gujarat.<br />

•<br />

India, China policies hit global cotton trade<br />

Policies adopted by India and China, the world’s two biggest cotton producers, have affected global cotton<br />

trade and prices this year, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).<br />

“This season, global cotton trade and prices are affected to a large extent by government policies in China and<br />

to a lesser extent by policies in India,” the US-based ICAC said in a statement.<br />

China imported in a big way to build reserve, while India has stopped further cotton exports.<br />

“China accumulated over three million tonnes of domestic cotton and at least one million tonnes of foreign cotton<br />

in its national reserve during the first eight months of 2011-12,” the statement added.<br />

•<br />

8 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


corporate news<br />

SEL <strong>Textile</strong>’s mega denim<br />

project coming up in Punjab<br />

Speaking after signing the<br />

MoU, Mr. Anil Joshi, Punjab<br />

Minister for Industry and<br />

Commerce, said the setting<br />

up of this unit will provide<br />

direct and indirect employment<br />

to 10,000 and 50,000<br />

persons respectively, an official<br />

release said.<br />

On the occasion, letter of<br />

intents to already approved<br />

projects of six companies<br />

were also handed over by the<br />

Minister. These were Nectar<br />

Life Science, Mohali district,<br />

project with an estimated cost<br />

of Rs. 200 crores; Vardhman<br />

Special Steel, Ludhiana<br />

(estimated cost Rs. 134.97<br />

Mr. Neeraj Saluja, Managing Director<br />

crores); Sportking, Bathinda<br />

district (estimated cost Rs.<br />

303 crores); Supreme Tex Mart, Ludhiana (estimated<br />

cost Rs. 103.25 crores); Satluj Spintex, Mansa district<br />

(estimated cost Rs. 121 crores); and Sharmanji<br />

<strong>Textile</strong>, Ludhiana, at an estimated cost of Rs. 144.82<br />

crores.<br />

Mr. Joshi also said that industrialists in the State<br />

would now face no difficulty in getting clearances as<br />

the Government will soon be establishing the single<br />

window system wherein all the formalities for setting<br />

up a new industrial unit would be given in one go.<br />

The Punjab Government has signed<br />

a memorandum of understanding<br />

with SEL <strong>Textile</strong> Ltd. for setting<br />

up a mega project for manufacturing<br />

denim fabric and garments in<br />

Muktsar district at an investment<br />

of Rs. 1,485 crores. The project will<br />

come up on 350 acres of land at<br />

Sikh Wala Road, Punjaba village in<br />

Lambi tehsil.<br />

•<br />

10 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


spinning<br />

A.T.E. unveils<br />

for<br />

spinning machinery components<br />

A.T.E. has unveiled its new brand<br />

– TeraSpin – for the spinning machinery<br />

components that have come<br />

to its fold with the takeover of SKF<br />

India’s textile machinery component<br />

business. TeraSpin also recently<br />

launched its website, www.<br />

teraspin.com.<br />

It is understood that the acquisition<br />

is now complete and that has<br />

fully transferred the technology<br />

used for manufacturing these components<br />

to A.T.E. The product range<br />

covers high-speed spindles, drafting<br />

systems and top rollers for ring<br />

frames and speed frames.<br />

The manufacturing operation from<br />

SKF, Pune, will be shifted to TeraSpin’s<br />

state-of-the-art manufacturing<br />

facility at Ahmedabad, which<br />

is nearing completion. TeraSpin will<br />

continue to manufacture these components<br />

based on SKF technology,<br />

ensuring high product performance<br />

and durability.<br />

TeraSpin is fast gearing up<br />

to serve both India and international<br />

markets with organization<br />

set-up, systems<br />

and processes, and marketing<br />

strategies.<br />

Key personnel from different SKF<br />

functions are transferred to TeraSpin,<br />

while the remaining personnel<br />

are already recruited and<br />

have been trained at SKF India’s<br />

Pune plant.<br />

Mr. G.V. Aras<br />

Director, A.T.E. Enterprises<br />

(<strong>Textile</strong> Business Group)<br />

TeraSpin has built up adequate<br />

stock of all products at its Coimbatore<br />

depot to service the existing<br />

customers during the intervening<br />

period of moving the manufacturing<br />

operation from Pune to Ahmedabad,<br />

to ensure uninterrupted supply of<br />

products during the transfer period.<br />

TeraSpin hopes to build a strong<br />

and long-lasting relationship with<br />

SKF India’s existing and all future<br />

customers both in India and abroad<br />

with high quality products and services.<br />

•<br />

12 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


technical textiles<br />

Budget sops for technical textiles<br />

By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, USA<br />

The Union Budget for 2012-13 provides<br />

multiple goodies for promoting the<br />

technical textiles sector. The 12th<br />

Five-Year Plan beginning in April will<br />

implement the National Mission on<br />

Technical <strong>Textile</strong>s.<br />

As part of promoting small and medium-scale enterprises<br />

to venture into value-added textiles and technical<br />

textiles, a venture capital scheme of Rs. 5,000 crores ($1<br />

billion) has been set up titled the India Opportunities<br />

Venture Fund.<br />

Geotextiles gets a boost with an investment of Rs. 500<br />

crores ($100 million). This plan will focus on the northeastern<br />

region of the country. The hygiene sector gets<br />

a boost with a reduction in basic customs duties on the<br />

manufacture of adult diapers to 5 per cent with 6 per<br />

cent countervailing duty (CVD). There will be no special<br />

CVD.<br />

Aramid yarns and fabrics are exempt from basic customs<br />

duties. Automatic shuttle-less looms that can be<br />

used for technical fabrics are exempt from the 5 per cent<br />

basic customs duty.<br />

Further, the medical devices sector gets a Budget<br />

boost with the basic customs duty reduced to 2.5 per<br />

cent with concessional CVD of 6 per cent on raw materials<br />

and components used for the manufacture of medical<br />

disposable items and instruments. Raw materials in<br />

the manufacture of coronary stents and heart valves are<br />

fully exempt from basic customs duty and CVD.<br />

The Budget estimates the GDP growth for the year<br />

2011-12 ended on March 31 to be 6.9 per cent, which<br />

is lower than the 8.4 per cent growth witnessed in the<br />

preceding two years.<br />

•<br />

Mr. Seshadri Ramkumar<br />

14 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012


corporate<br />

Mott MacDonald appointed design engineer<br />

for Nakoda polyester facility expansion<br />

Mott MacDonald has been appointed<br />

detailed design engineer by Nakoda<br />

Ltd. for expansion of the company’s<br />

polyester facility located at Karanj in<br />

Surat district. The appointment follows<br />

a detailed technical economic feasibility<br />

study done last year.<br />

16 | The <strong>Textile</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> APRIL 2012<br />

Mr. Mike Barker<br />

Managing Director (India Business), Mott MacDonald<br />

Nakoda is one of the largest manufacturers of polyester<br />

yarn and has been processing fully drawn yarn,<br />

partially-oriented yarn (POY) and textured yarn for a<br />

number of years. The INR 2340 million investment will<br />

see Nakoda manufacture additional specialty products,<br />

allowing it to produce the entire range of polyester yarns<br />

and ensuring an increase in spinning capacity from<br />

90,000 tonnes to 140,000 tonnes a year for the domestic<br />

and international markets.<br />

Mott MacDonald is providing detailed design engineering<br />

services for the plant expansion, including architecture,<br />

civil and structural, mechanical and electrical,<br />

plumbing, process and instrumentation aspects. The<br />

design includes heat recovery systems from gas turbine<br />

exhausts which will run vapour absorption machines for<br />

air-conditioning. There will also be substantial energy<br />

saving for using direct melt transfer from continuous<br />

polymerisation (CP) to POY spinning facility.<br />

Ghanshyam Shah, Mott MacDonald’s project director,<br />

said: “Demand for yarn has been growing at a rate<br />

of 8-9% annually. With a shortage of yarn procession<br />

and weaving facilities, a number of textile parks are being<br />

set up in Gujarat. Surat in south Gujarat produces<br />

around 60% of the country’s total synthetic yarn, and<br />

Nakoda has emerged as a key manufacturer and trader<br />

of POY, polyester textured yarn and polyester filament<br />

yarn. We are delighted to have been appointed by Nakoda<br />

to help them with their expansion programme. We’ve<br />

also supported them during the development of their recently<br />

completed new 400 tonne per day CP plant”.<br />

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering<br />

and development consultancy with more than<br />

14,000 staff and £1 billion revenue and operate in 140<br />

countries both for the public and private sectors. For six<br />

consecutive years the employee-owned company has<br />

featured in the Sunday Times’ 25 Best Big Companies<br />

to Work For survey.<br />

Mott MacDonald’s core business sectors cover buildings,<br />

transport, energy, water, environment, health, education,<br />

industry, oil and gas, and communications development.<br />


cover story<br />

By K. Gopalakrishnan<br />

The Trident Group, one of the country’s leading conglomerates with<br />

revenues of Rs. 45 billion and clientele across over 75 countries, has<br />

charted out aggressive expansion plans to further consolidate its global<br />

leadership. The group has already emerged one of the top terry towel<br />

manufacturers and agro-based paper manufacturers in the world and is<br />

embarking on expansion to target Rs. 90 billion revenues.<br />

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cover story<br />

Trident is pioneer in associating<br />

with global retail brands across the<br />

globe, including Wal-Mart, Target,<br />

JC Penney, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Sears,<br />

Sam’s Club, Burlington, etc. The patrons<br />

include nine of the top 10 home<br />

textiles retailers in the US, leading<br />

retailers in Europe and the UK and<br />

five out of seven major retailers in<br />

Australia and New Zealand. Also a<br />

leading supplier of copier paper &<br />

chemicals, after establishing “Trident<br />

Spectra” in domestic and international<br />

market, it recently launched<br />

“Trident Eco Green” and “Trident<br />

Natural” to expand its market share<br />

in paper industry.<br />

Trident endeavors to focus on new<br />

technologies and has selected one<br />

of the best global technology partners<br />

in textile and paper industry.<br />

Currently the group has a production<br />

capacity of 14.5 million pieces<br />

of towel/month, 90,000 pieces of<br />

bathrobe/month, 15,000 tonnes of<br />

paper/month, 7,500 tonnes of cotton<br />

& blended yarns/month and 60 mw<br />

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cover story<br />

Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman<br />

of the Planning Commission, inaugurating the new facility<br />

captive power generation.<br />

The group has committed a total investment<br />

of about Rs. 3,600 crores in setting up<br />

an integrated textile complex and expanding<br />

its yarn facilities at Budni, Madhya Pradesh.<br />

The investment has been made through a<br />

mix of debt and internal accruals. Trident<br />

laid the foundation for its Rs. 2,400-crore<br />

integrated textiles complex and inaugurated<br />

its Rs. 1,200-crore yarn spinning facilities at<br />

Budni on March 24.<br />

The foundation stone was laid and the<br />

facilities inaugurated by Mr. Shivraj Singh<br />

Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya<br />

Pradesh. The function was presided over<br />

by Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy<br />

Chairman of the Planning Commission.<br />

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Chouhan<br />

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cover story<br />

observed: “At one time the investment<br />

in the State was Rs. 200 crores<br />

and Trident generated employment<br />

by making investment of Rs. 3,600<br />

crores. Development has also got<br />

momentum in rural areas as facilities<br />

like education, medical and<br />

sports, roads, drinking water, etc.,<br />

are being ensured.”<br />

Mr. Ahluwalia congratulated the<br />

Chairman of the Trident Group, Mr.<br />

Rajinder Gupta, and stated that the<br />

group will be the No.1 in the world<br />

after the new unit starts functioning.<br />

The new facilities will be engaged<br />

in the manufacturing of terry towels,<br />

sheeting, value-added yarns and<br />

captive power plant. This expansion,<br />

which is expected to be com-<br />

pleted by the third quarter of 2013,<br />

will be one of the largest integrated<br />

home textile manufacturing facilities<br />

in the world.<br />

Commenting on the expansion,<br />

Mr. Rajinder Gupta said: “Trident<br />

has exhibited building world class<br />

capacities over the years and has<br />

seen tremendous success in domestic<br />

as well as international markets.<br />

This plant will be strategic to our<br />

group’s growth over the next decade<br />

in consolidating our leadership position.<br />

It would also help us meet the<br />

growing demands for our products,<br />

while expanding our markets globally.<br />

We are looking at inclusive<br />

growth and feel this is the right time<br />

to grow our market share”.<br />

An enlightened<br />

leadership<br />

Mr. Rajinder Gupta, a first generation<br />

entrepreneur with integrity, commitment<br />

& dynamic leadership as core values, has<br />

enabled the Trident Group to emerge one<br />

of the best governed companies in India.<br />

He has been serving the group as its Chief<br />

Executive Officer since 1992. Under his<br />

management the company has registered a<br />

compound annual growth rate of over 30<br />

per cent.<br />

Mr. Gupta has indeed taken the company<br />

to greater heights. As one of the<br />

world’s largest terry towel manufacturers,<br />

the company has successfully executed<br />

projects worth Rs. 25,000 million over<br />

the last five years and is implementing<br />

projects worth Rs. 36,000 million over the<br />

next three years.<br />

Currently the Vice Chairman of the<br />

Punjab State Planning Board, Mr. Gupta<br />

has won in the past few years such meritorious<br />

Awards as the Padma Shri Award,<br />

PHDCC Distinguished Entrepreneurship<br />

Award, Udyog Ratna Award, Udyog Patra<br />

Award and the Entrepreneur of the Year<br />

Award.<br />

He has his rich educational background<br />

and has done the Advance Management<br />

Programme (Harvard Business School,<br />

USA), Advance Management Programme<br />

(Oxford University at Templeton College,<br />

Oxford, UK), Orchestrating Winning Performance<br />

Programme (IMD International,<br />

Switzerland), Diploma in Decision Base<br />

organized by Celemi, Sweden, and Leadership<br />

Skill for Top Managers, organized<br />

by ISB, Hyderabad.<br />

Mr. Gupta has the rare distinction of providing<br />

direct employment to over 12,000<br />

families and indirect employment to over<br />

15,000 families.<br />

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cover story<br />

Mr. Rajinder Gupta, Chairman, Trident Group<br />

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cover story<br />

Mr. G.V. Aras, Director, A.T.E. Enterprises<br />

(<strong>Textile</strong> Business Group)<br />

A.T.E.’s long association<br />

with Trident<br />

“A.T.E. has been associated with the Trident Group in a big<br />

way in its recent projects and hopes to play a significant role in its<br />

future projects. We have supplied them top class equipment from<br />

Truetzschler India, Truetzschler (Germany), Oerlikon Schlafhorst<br />

(Germany), Zinser India, Luwa, etc., and we will participate<br />

in Trident’s forthcoming projects through equipment supply from<br />

our partners Karl Mayer and Luwa. We are confident that the<br />

Trident Group, under the able leadership of Mr. Rajinder Gupta,<br />

will grow further and will enter into a new trajectory of growth in<br />

the coming years, thus attaining a leading position in ‘Home <strong>Textile</strong>s’<br />

in the global arena. From the A.T.E. Group as well as our<br />

machinery manufacturing partners, we wish the Trident Group<br />

the very best for its future journey. We are sure that Trident will<br />

set new benchmarks in quality and performance in the years to<br />

come. We feel very proud to be the equipment partners of the<br />

Trident Group since long and hope to continue partnering it in its<br />

progress in future as well”.<br />

The Trident Group also inaugurated<br />

its yarn projects at Budni comprising<br />

1.25 lakh spindles. It has<br />

targeted production capacity hike to<br />

five lakh spindles and 5,624 rotors<br />

in its major yarn expansion project.<br />

Expansion of the yarn spinning facilities<br />

is being implemented with<br />

an investment of Rs. 1,200 crores.<br />

Subsequent to the commissioning of<br />

the yarn spinning unit, the total yarn<br />

spinning capacity has increased to<br />

3.66 lakh spindles and 3,584 rotors.<br />

Post expansion, Trident would be<br />

able to increase its production ca-<br />

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cover story<br />

Over 10,000 Suessen Elite Compact spindles<br />

at Trident<br />

“In the past nearly 20 years of my having the privilege to<br />

observe the vibrant Indian textile industry, some companies<br />

seem to be particularly noteworthy! Certainly Trident is one<br />

of them! Their growth has been truly spectacular. When you<br />

meet the “engine” of Trident, Mr. Rajinder Gupta, the reasons<br />

for the performance become clear: He is a polite and<br />

softspoken person, but there is a vision and the iron will to<br />

make the vision a reality! His care and concern for even the<br />

lowest employee is very evident. Suessen has had the great<br />

pleasure to be a supplier to this company! Over 10,000 spin-<br />

Mr. Peter Stahlecker<br />

Suessen Managing Director<br />

dles of Suessen EliTe Compact<br />

are producing quality yarn at two<br />

units. On behalf of Suessen, my<br />

best withes go to this outstanding<br />

corporation!”<br />

pacity to 30 million pieces of towel/<br />

month, 3.6 million metres of sheeting/month,<br />

12,000 tonnes of cotton<br />

& blended yarns/month and 120 mw<br />

of captive power generation.<br />

Trident is one of the world’s<br />

largest terry towel manufacturers.<br />

Its terry towel unit comprises 388<br />

looms with state-of-the-art technology<br />

from<br />

world-renowned<br />

suppliers. The<br />

products are supplied<br />

to globallyreputed<br />

retail<br />

chains across<br />

24 countries, including<br />

the US,<br />

Europe, Austral-<br />

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cover story<br />

Bakubhai Ambalal’s association<br />

with Trident since 1997<br />

“Trident is one of the biggest clients for us as we have been associated with<br />

their terry towel project from the beginning 1997. The project was started<br />

with 72 Nuovo Pignone rapier looms as well as automatic cutting & stitching<br />

machines for terry towel from Schmale, Germany, supplied by us. Trident<br />

has kept repeating the orders for both the looms and cutting & stitching machines<br />

with us. We are also participating in their new project at Budhni with<br />

automatic cutting & stitching machines”.<br />

Mr. Rais Inamdar<br />

General Manager<br />

Testing equipments<br />

from Premier<br />

“We have very good relationship with the Trident<br />

Group. The company is having Premier lab equipments<br />

in Budhni as well as in Barnala units for the<br />

past 6 years. Recently, we have delivered another set<br />

of lab equipments for their prestigious new project<br />

for melange, namely, Colors <strong>Textile</strong>s, showing their<br />

confidence and patronage with Premier products. Mr.<br />

Rajender Gupta is a keen industrialist who supports<br />

Premier for our innovative product development.<br />

Trident currently has such models of equipments as<br />

ART (2 Nos), aQura, ART2, aQura2, iQ, Tensomaxx<br />

(2 Nos)”.<br />

ia, New Zealand, Japan, the Middle<br />

East and South Africa.<br />

The company has vertically integrated<br />

manufacturing units with<br />

state-of-the-art spinning, widewidth<br />

air jet and jacquard weaving,<br />

soft flow dyeing and fully-automated<br />

cutting and sewing facilities. A<br />

vast export presence requires the<br />

company to ensure strict conformity<br />

with stringent quality parameters.<br />

The company has a strong QC<br />

team and has invested in a sophisticated<br />

laboratory complying with the<br />

AATTC and ISO standards.<br />

Mr. C.R. Srinivasan<br />

Head - Sales, Premier Evolvics<br />

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cover story<br />

LUWA proud to be associated<br />

with Trident<br />

“Way back in 2003 the Trident Group laid the foundation to become one<br />

of the largest towel producers in the world by setting up its integrated terry<br />

towel plant at Barnala with 108 looms. That time, after detailed evaluation,<br />

the Trident Group had awarded a contract to Luwa to deliver and install<br />

state-of-the-art humidification and filtration plants for its project.<br />

Luwa understands and fulfills the high standard requirement of the group<br />

for operating such systems as are required to run spinning and weaving<br />

processes in a most efficient and profitable way. Since last many years and<br />

till today, Luwa is proud to be an ongoing partner of the Trident Group<br />

and is currently associated with it by supplying to its new plant at Budhni<br />

a complete set of humidification and filtration plants for its weaving, warping,<br />

twisting, winding and made-up units.<br />

In weaving Luwa is supplying its famous patented LoomSphere system,<br />

which provides perfect conditions at the loom for achieving the highest<br />

possible loom efficiency”.<br />

Mr. Gottfried Abrell<br />

Managing Director<br />

Luwa Air Engineering AG<br />

Trident offers a wide range<br />

of products, including jacquard,<br />

beach, organic and texture-rich collections.<br />

It continuously innovates<br />

through the launch of products like<br />

Air Rich towel, which offer superior<br />

user comfort and experience.<br />

Trident has won various global<br />

awards for superior product quality,<br />

including the JC Penney Award<br />

for ‘Best Quality for Home’ and<br />

the JC Penney Innovation Award.<br />

In the yarn business segment,<br />

Trident offers 100 per cent cotton,<br />

blended, special open-end, organic<br />

cotton, core spun, eli-twist, compact,<br />

slub-yarn and specialised<br />

yarn comprising gassed mercerised,<br />

water soluble, air rich, bamboo/cotton,<br />

corn cotton blended<br />

and 100 per cent dyed yarn.<br />

It specialises in manufacturing a<br />

wide range of yarn products. While<br />

a proportion of yarn is consumed<br />

captively in the manufacture of terry<br />

towels, the rest is sold in the domestic<br />

and international markets.<br />

The company has six manufacturing<br />

units in Barnala (Punjab)<br />

and Budni with state-of-the-art<br />

manufacturing facilities (ring spinning,<br />

carding, combing, open-ended<br />

spinning and yarn dying). Its<br />

product range services the needs<br />

of the fashion sector and knitting,<br />

weaving, denim, hosiery, shirting<br />

and suiting industries.<br />

Apart from these facilities, Trident,<br />

in yet another initiative for<br />

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cover story<br />

LRT & Lakshmi Caipo<br />

supplying vital components<br />

“On behalf of LRT and Lakshmi Caipo, I would like to congratulate<br />

the Trident Group on setting up a state-of-the-art new, fully<br />

automated plant at Budhni. It has been a real pleasure for us to be<br />

associated with this reputed group in supplying ring travellers, fluff<br />

removers and slub and core yarn attachments. The Trident Group<br />

ventured into value-added slub and core yarn with attachments from<br />

Lakshmi Caipo which has supplied over 30,000 spindles for slub<br />

and core yarn for the Barnala and Budhni units and Colour <strong>Textile</strong>s.<br />

Today Trident is one of the leading suppliers of value-added yarn.<br />

It has also been using LRT travellers since inception and the new<br />

Budni unit is also our valued customer. We thank the group for its<br />

trust in the LRT Group and are proud to partner with them in their<br />

growth”.<br />

Mr. J.M. Balaji<br />

Head - Sales and Marketing, LRT<br />

empowering women, has also invested<br />

significantly to come up<br />

with a girl’s hostel, which will<br />

accommodate about 1,000 female<br />

operative members of the organization.<br />

It has already set up a girl’s<br />

hostel in Punjab which accommodates<br />

around 2,000 female operatives.<br />

As part of its CSR initiatives<br />

it has also developed Sacred<br />

Heart Convent School at Barnala,<br />

providing platform to the youth to<br />

learn and earn through its Centre<br />

of Excellence – Takshshila Program.<br />

The group has also adopted<br />

more than 200 villages of Punjab<br />

covering about 71,000 acres<br />

of land and 2,000 farmers for<br />

enhancing the productivity and<br />

quality of cotton.<br />

•<br />

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garments<br />

China, India to emerge<br />

fastest growing markets<br />

for apparels<br />

Retail demand in<br />

several emerging<br />

markets will grow<br />

at double digit<br />

annual average<br />

rates in the five<br />

years to 2016.<br />

This is one of the<br />

findings of a report<br />

in the latest issue<br />

of Global Apparel<br />

Markets, published<br />

by <strong>Textile</strong>s<br />

Intelligence.<br />

The fastest growth will be in<br />

China and India, where demand is<br />

set to rise by an average of 16.9 per<br />

cent per annum in each country.<br />

Double-digit growth is also forecast<br />

for Indonesia (13.3 per cent per<br />

annum), Russia (12 per cent per annum),<br />

Saudi Arabia (11.7 per cent<br />

per annum), Turkey (11.4 per cent<br />

per annum), Peru (10.3 per cent<br />

per annum) and South Africa (10.1<br />

per cent per annum), while growth<br />

in high single digits is expected in<br />

Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Thailand.<br />

By contrast, demand in a number<br />

of major Western European countries<br />

is expected to grow only modestly<br />

between 2011 and 2016.<br />

In China, the population is ben-<br />

efiting from rising personal disposable<br />

incomes. In fact, the number of<br />

households earning over $50,000 is<br />

expected to increase five-fold between<br />

2010 and 2015. Furthermore,<br />

there is strong potential for growth<br />

in clothing retail demand as a result<br />

of urbanisation within the country.<br />

However, competition is fierce<br />

as several foreign brands are en-<br />

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garments<br />

tering the market. They have been<br />

attracted by the country’s massive<br />

potential and are all vying for market<br />

share. Also, several Chinese<br />

companies are looking to explore<br />

opportunities in their domestic<br />

market, given that future export<br />

growth is likely to be curtailed by<br />

economic uncertainty in Western<br />

developed countries.<br />

In India, a growing middle class<br />

of about 300 million<br />

people with a purchasing<br />

power parity<br />

of $30,000 a year<br />

are seeking access to<br />

world class products.<br />

This group of people<br />

is adopting international<br />

trends much<br />

faster than initially<br />

expected, and consumption<br />

is moving<br />

beyond big cities such<br />

as Delhi to smaller<br />

cities.<br />

Furthermore, this<br />

trend is expected to accelerate following<br />

a recent easing of the rules<br />

governing foreign ownership of single<br />

brand retailing in the country.<br />

In fact, the designer wear market in<br />

India is predicted to grow at an average<br />

rate of 40 per cent per annum<br />

between 2012 and 2020 compared<br />

with a global average growth rate<br />

of 12 per cent.<br />

In Indonesia, much of the growth<br />

in retail demand is likely to be<br />

fuelled by cheaper imports. Under<br />

the Asean-China Free Trade Agreement<br />

(ACFTA) there has been a<br />

lowering of tariffs on imports into<br />

Indonesia, and this has led to a<br />

steep decline in Chinese prices. As<br />

a result, a number of domestic producers<br />

have been forced to cease<br />

operations.<br />

In Turkey, several international<br />

brands have entered the market in<br />

recent years in the hope of taking<br />

advantage of the country’s growing<br />

young and fashion conscious population.<br />

Indeed, Turkish imports<br />

grew by 32 per cent in 2011, which<br />

represented the eighth double-digit<br />

increase in imports in nine years.<br />

But much of the expected growth<br />

in the market over the five years<br />

to 2016 could be provided domestically.<br />

The Turkish Government<br />

has approved the implementation<br />

of additional customs duties on imports<br />

of woven fabrics and readymade<br />

garments from countries with<br />

which it does not have free trade<br />

agreements. The aim of the duties<br />

is to protect Turkish manufacturers<br />

from losing market share as a result<br />

of rising low cost imports.<br />

In Brazil, imports shot up by 52.5<br />

per cent in 2011 after increasing<br />

at double digit rates in seven of<br />

the previous eight years, reflecting<br />

strong growth in retail demand in<br />

the country.<br />

To combat the sharp rise in imports,<br />

the Brazilian Government<br />

announced plans in December 2011<br />

to replace its current tariff system,<br />

which imposes duties on a pricebased<br />

mechanism, with a system<br />

which imposes duties on a per item<br />

basis. The purpose of the new system<br />

is to safeguard the interests of<br />

domestic manufacturers, who are<br />

facing increasingly tough international<br />

competition as a result of low<br />

import prices.<br />

Despite the new initiative, import<br />

growth is expected to continue at<br />

a significant rate over the coming<br />

years as retail demand continues to<br />

outstrip domestic supply. Indeed,<br />

consumption of fibres per head in<br />

Brazil is expected to double between<br />

2005 and 2015, from 10 kg<br />

to 20 kg.<br />

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fiber<br />

Lenzing repeats record<br />

performance despite<br />

weakening fiber market<br />

The Lenzing Group continued its dynamic<br />

growth trend of the previous years by posting<br />

record results in 2011. Despite a significant<br />

weakening of the global fiber market in<br />

the second half of 2011, Lenzing once again<br />

achieved double-digit growth rates<br />

in sales and earnings, and surpassed<br />

the threshold of<br />

EUR 2 billion in consolidated<br />

sales for the first time<br />

in its history. Operating<br />

margins also improved<br />

again from the already<br />

high level achieved in<br />

2010 and set a new,<br />

Mr. Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer, Lenzing absolute record.<br />

Consolidated sales in 2011 rose by 21.2 per cent to<br />

EUR 2.14 billion, up from EUR 1.77 billion in the prior<br />

year. This dynamic sales growth can be attributed to<br />

higher average selling prices in its core fiber business,<br />

higher fiber shipment volumes, the first-time full-year<br />

consolidation of the pulp plant Biocel Paskov acquired<br />

in May 2010 as well as higher sales in all other business<br />

areas.<br />

“Our dynamic growth path and specialty strategy led<br />

by the fibers Lenzing Modal and TENCEL once again<br />

paid off in 2011. Whereas sales with standard viscose<br />

fibers increased by close to 20 per cent year-on-year, we<br />

sold some 30 per cent more TENCEL fibers and close to<br />

40 per cent more Lenzing Modal fibers than in the prior<br />

year”, explains Lenzing Chief Executive Officer Peter<br />

Untersperger.<br />

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fiber<br />

The large-scale market success of these two specialty<br />

fibers enabled the company to partially detach itself<br />

from the volatile market trends of 2011, according to<br />

CEO Untersperger.<br />

Lenzing rigorously pressed ahead with its capacity expansion<br />

program in 2011. As a result, the annual nominal<br />

production capacity of the Lenzing Group rose by<br />

about 8 per cent, from 710,000 tons of man-made cellulose<br />

fibers at the beginning of 2011 to 770,000 tons at<br />

the turn of 2011-12. Capital expenditures of the group<br />

totalled EUR 196.3 million in 2011, somewhat below<br />

the comparable prior-year figure of EUR 230 million<br />

which had also included the acquisition costs for Biocel<br />

Paskov. This development was due to the postponement<br />

of investment projects as at the reporting date.<br />

Despite the current level of investments, the net financial<br />

debt of the Lenzing Group was reduced by almost<br />

half, declining to EUR 159.1 million at the end of 2011<br />

from the previous year’s figure of EUR 307.2 million.<br />

The cash flow still reached a level of EUR 113.4 million<br />

despite the investments made. “With an adjusted equity<br />

ratio of close to 45% and a net financial debt comprising<br />

one-third of annual EBITDA, we are very well positioned<br />

financially. Lenzing is largely autonomous with<br />

respect to its ability to finance growth steps in the upcoming<br />

years”, says Chief Financial Officer Thomas G.<br />

Winkler.<br />

Segment <strong>Fiber</strong>s full capacity use<br />

According to preliminary estimates, global fiber production<br />

rose by 4.1 per cent to a new record level of 79.1<br />

million tons in 2011. Production of man-made cellulose<br />

fibers also reached an all-time high of 4.6 million tons,<br />

up 4.2 per cent from 2010.<br />

The business development of the Segment <strong>Fiber</strong>s in<br />

2011 was characterized by strong demand for Lenzing<br />

fibers, which was fuelled even more by record cotton<br />

prices in the first half of the year. The market for standard<br />

textile viscose fibers significantly cooled off in the<br />

second half of the year, which did not impact fiber shipment<br />

volumes but affected selling prices.<br />

The specialty fibers Lenzing Modal and<br />

TENCEL as well as the nonwovens sector<br />

were hardly impacted by this development.<br />

Throughout the year Lenzing<br />

succeeded in raising average<br />

prices for all Lenzing fibers by<br />

close to 17 per cent compared<br />

to the previous year, to EUR<br />

2.22 per kg.<br />

“All our fiber production<br />

facilities were running at<br />

full capacity throughout<br />

the year. The additional<br />

fiber volumes generated in<br />

the course of the year by the<br />

second expansion stage of the<br />

plant in Nanjing (China), the<br />

capacity expansion for Lenzing<br />

Modal fibers produced at the Lenzing<br />

site and TENCEL fibers manufactured<br />

at the Heiligenkreuz (Burgenland)<br />

facility were very successfully placed<br />

on the market”, reports Chief Operating Officer<br />

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fiber<br />

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Friedrich Weninger, a member on the Management<br />

Board.<br />

The pulp plant Biocel Paskov (Czech Republic)<br />

acquired within the context of the Lenzing Group’s<br />

further backward integration was rapidly expanded in<br />

the reporting year to enable production of both paper<br />

pulp and dissolving pulp. Some 60,000 tons of dissolving<br />

pulp were already produced in Paskov in 2011<br />

and largely used for fiber production within the Lenzing<br />

Group.<br />

The Segment Plastics Products developed satisfactorily<br />

in 2011, showing an EBITDA margin of 9.5 per cent.<br />

A new record for shipment volumes was posted<br />

during the year under review against the<br />

backdrop of very good demand.<br />

The Segment Engineering was also<br />

able to optimally take advantage of the<br />

fundamentally positive mood in the<br />

capital goods market during the year,<br />

achieving an EBITDA margin of 8.4<br />

per cent. Lenzing Technik profited<br />

from both the extensive investment<br />

activity of the Lenzing Group as well<br />

as from growing demand on the part of<br />

external customers.<br />

Outlook<br />

Once again the Lenzing Group expects a good year<br />

in 2012, which should see quarterly development in<br />

a mirror-inverted manner. However, in terms of margins<br />

the current financial year will not be able to fully<br />

match the exceptional record year of 2011.<br />

For the time being prices for Lenzing’s standard<br />

viscose fibers should stabilize at a low level. In the<br />

course of 2012 Lenzing anticipates a higher price level<br />

than in the first quarter as a result of rising demand<br />

for both textile and nonwoven applications.<br />

Good volume demand is expected for Lenzing<br />

Modal, which should continue to ensure a fair price<br />

premium vis-à-vis standard viscose fibers and cotton.<br />

However, the considerable increase in the supply of<br />

modal is resulting in temporary price adjustments<br />

compared to the 2011 price levels. With respect to<br />

TENCEL, Lenzing foresees ongoing strong demand<br />

for textile and nonwoven applications and a largely<br />

stable price premium vis-à-vis standard viscose fibers.<br />

Mr. Thomas G. Winkler, Chief Financial Officer<br />

As a consequence of significantly higher fiber shipment<br />

volumes but in the light of lower average prices<br />

in comparison to the prior year level, sales should rise<br />

to a level of between EUR 2.2 billion and EUR 2.3<br />

billion in 2012. EBITDA should range between EUR<br />

400 million and EUR 480 million and EBIT is expected<br />

to range between EUR 285 million and EUR<br />

365 million, depending on the development of fiber<br />

and raw material prices as well as the overall global<br />

economic environment.<br />

Lenzing will press ahead with its dynamic expansion<br />

program as planned, involving investments totalling<br />

EUR 350 million in 2012. The good earnings<br />

situation and continued high liquidity will enable the<br />

company to propose a dividend to the shareholders<br />

amounting to EUR 2.50 per share, i.e., about 25 per<br />

cent of the consolidated net income for the 2011 financial<br />

year.<br />


spinning<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

China and India will remain key<br />

growth markets<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

provides technology components<br />

and service facilities both for<br />

spinning mills and for machinery<br />

manufacturers. The business<br />

group is represented on the<br />

market through four brands:<br />

Bräcker, Graf, Novibra and Suessen.<br />

In 2011 it employed a workforce<br />

of 1075 and accounted for<br />

199.1 million CHF or 19 per cent<br />

of Rieter’s total sales.<br />

Order intake by the Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

Business Group declined by 22 per cent<br />

to 183.3 million CHF in the year under review<br />

(235.2 million CHF in 2010). Generally speaking,<br />

the components business is less subject to<br />

market cycles than the machinery business. It<br />

therefore contributes to a more stable business<br />

trend for Rieter as a whole. Premium <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Components posted a 4 per cent increase in sales<br />

to 199.1 million CHF in the year under review.<br />

The Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components Business<br />

Group experienced two different half-year periods<br />

in 2011. Following the upswing in the<br />

previous year, order intake at Premium <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Components continued to grow in the first three<br />

months of 2011. As of the second quarter, dis-<br />

Mr. Peter Stahlecker, Managing Director, Suessen<br />

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spinning<br />

ruption on the raw materials markets<br />

and government intervention in major<br />

sales markets inhibited demand<br />

for technology components used<br />

in staple fiber machinery. Towards<br />

year end there was a decline in the<br />

market worldwide, but it remained<br />

at a significantly higher level than<br />

during the downturn in 2008-09.<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

was successful throughout the year<br />

under review with all four of its<br />

brands (Bräcker, Graf, Novibra and<br />

Suessen).<br />

In India and China, demand was<br />

inhibited by government intervention,<br />

i.e., restrictions on the availability<br />

of credit, but these countries<br />

remained Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components’<br />

largest markets alongside<br />

Turkey. In both countries the business<br />

group serves customers who<br />

supply the growing domestic market.<br />

Rising labor costs in China and<br />

India are resulting in some transfers<br />

of textile industry activities to other<br />

Asian countries, such as Indonesia,<br />

Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh.<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components is<br />

also well placed in these markets.<br />

The Turkish market continued its<br />

positive development in 2011. Demand<br />

in Europe, the US and South<br />

America declined slightly compared<br />

with the previous year.<br />

Through its Premium <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Components Business Group, Rieter<br />

is one of the world’s largest suppliers<br />

of components for short-staple<br />

spinning mills. Premium <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Components supplies technology<br />

components both to spinning mills<br />

and to various machinery manufacturers,<br />

including Rieter.<br />

All four of the business group’s<br />

brands launched important new<br />

products during the year. At ITMA<br />

in Barcelona, Premium exhibited a<br />

wide range of new components for<br />

all three established spinning processes<br />

– ring, rotor and compact<br />

spinning. They attracted considerable<br />

interest from customers in all<br />

segments served by Rieter. New<br />

products were developed both for<br />

customers in the premium quality<br />

segment and also to meet the needs<br />

of the domestic markets in China<br />

and India. Suessen branded components<br />

for the Indian market were an<br />

especially successful example.<br />

All four units of the business<br />

group aim through their innovations<br />

to develop new yarn properties,<br />

achieve improved utilization of raw<br />

material and provide cost-efficient<br />

retrofits for customers’ spinning<br />

installations. With a strong market<br />

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spinning<br />

presence and a well-filled<br />

product pipeline, Premium<br />

<strong>Textile</strong> Components seeks<br />

to continue to extend its<br />

lead worldwide in the years<br />

to come.<br />

Capacity<br />

expansion<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

aims to increase the<br />

proportion of direct business<br />

with spinning mills<br />

further, since this is less<br />

subject to market fluctuations<br />

than the business with<br />

textile machinery manufacturers.<br />

Demand for high quality yarns is<br />

also growing in the large new domestic<br />

markets in China and India,<br />

and spinning mills need to equip<br />

their installations accordingly. This<br />

is a major driver of Premium <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Components’ business. In order<br />

to be able to supply customers<br />

faster and to prepare for the planned<br />

growth in market share and the implementation<br />

of future projects,<br />

Premium invested worldwide in the<br />

expansion of manufacturing and<br />

logistics capacity in the year under<br />

review.<br />

The crucial competitive advantage<br />

of the Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

Business Group is its expertise in<br />

producing technology components<br />

with the highest precision and in<br />

very large volumes. In some cases<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components’<br />

companies use machinery developed<br />

in-house to manufacture components;<br />

the relevant manufacturing<br />

technologies are proprietary. The<br />

plants have comprehensive<br />

manufacturing know-how and<br />

highly qualified personnel<br />

with many years of experience<br />

and loyalty to the company.<br />

All crucial production processes<br />

are performed in-house.<br />

This ensures top quality, also<br />

in large volumes, as well as<br />

quality consistency, process<br />

control and optimal protection<br />

of valuable knowhow.<br />

Premium <strong>Textile</strong> Components<br />

develops products for<br />

China and India which are<br />

tailored to local market needs.<br />

These are also manufactured<br />

for the most part in highly<br />

specialized production facilities<br />

in Europe.<br />

•<br />

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fiber<br />

INVISTA’s COOLMAX fabric<br />

brand launched in India<br />

INVISTA, a world leader in integrated<br />

fibers and polymers business and owner<br />

of the LYCRA fiber brand and other performance<br />

fiber brands, has launched its<br />

COOLMAX fabric brand in India. This is<br />

a unique performance fabric that moves<br />

moisture away from the body whilst enhancing<br />

fabric drying rate, thus keeping<br />

the wearer feeling cool<br />

and dry. The fabric delivers<br />

performance and comfort<br />

to the wearer through the<br />

use of polyester fibers with<br />

special micro channel cross<br />

sections that transfer<br />

sweat from the<br />

body to the outside<br />

very effectively.<br />

Realizing that “temperature regulation<br />

and sweat management in<br />

clothing is one of the growing demands<br />

in the country due to the tropical<br />

climate”, Andrew Evans, Managing<br />

Director, INVISTA South<br />

Asia, said that INVISTA is continuing<br />

to develop and introduce new<br />

technologies for the Indian market,<br />

and COOLMAX fabric is definitely<br />

going to be a valuable offering for<br />

Indian consumers.<br />

The features that make COOL-<br />

MAX fabric unique are:<br />

• Quick drying: The fabric enables<br />

moisture to reach the fabric’s<br />

outer surface where it evaporates<br />

quickly<br />

• Cool comfort: The fabric effectively<br />

moves perspiration away<br />

from the body, and through the<br />

fabric. The thermo regulatory effect<br />

of moisture transport helps<br />

keep skin temperature low, allowing<br />

the wearer to feel cooler and<br />

more comfortable.<br />

• Evaporative cooling: The multichannel<br />

cross sections of COOL-<br />

MAX fibers create a fabric with<br />

large surface area, versus circular<br />

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fiber<br />

Mr. Simon Whitmarsh-Knight,<br />

INVISTA’s Global Segment Director,<br />

Activewear & Outdoor Apparel<br />

fibers. The larger fiber surface<br />

area, combined with proper fabric<br />

construction, leads to a fast rate of<br />

evaporation. Evaporation causes<br />

cooling.<br />

• Durable performance: The<br />

moisture management performance<br />

of COOLMAX fabric is inherent<br />

to the fiber structure itself;<br />

therefore, the performance cannot<br />

be washed off.<br />

• Support from INVISTA: Users of<br />

COOLMAX fibers have access to<br />

technical support from INVISTA<br />

to help them maximize the performance<br />

of their fabrics, as well<br />

as the confidence of having their<br />

fabrics tested by INVISTA against<br />

a demanding set of moisture management<br />

performance criteria to<br />

help ensure they meet or exceed<br />

consumer expectations.<br />

The performance story of COOL-<br />

MAX fabric is supported by the fact<br />

that each fabric style is tested against<br />

demanding performance standards<br />

before a COOLMAX fabric hangtag<br />

can be released. Huw Williams, Director,<br />

Global Specialties Businesses<br />

of INVISTA, says: “To support<br />

its brand promise, the COOLMAX<br />

fabric business is supported by a<br />

global technical organization that<br />

is staffed with specific expertise<br />

to ensure responsiveness to apparel<br />

mills, brands and retailers through a<br />

network of R&D, technical and textile<br />

engineers working at our labs to<br />

test the performance required in the<br />

brand standards”.<br />

On the impact that COOLMAX<br />

fabric has made globally, Simon<br />

Whitmarsh-Knight, INVISTA’s<br />

Global Segment Director, Activewear<br />

& Outdoor Apparel, observes<br />

that “COOLMAX fabric is<br />

perceived as the leading technology<br />

in the moisture management<br />

category by consumers throughout<br />

the world.”<br />

According to a survey done by<br />

Strategic Insights, 69 per cent of<br />

avid runners and 69 per cent of<br />

avid golfers in the US say that a<br />

garment with COOLMAX fabric<br />

is “much better” than a garment<br />

with another type of moisture<br />

management while 57 per cent<br />

of avid runners and 55 per cent<br />

of avid golfers said that COOL-<br />

MAX fabric makes sport garments<br />

“much more desirable”.<br />

In Europe, 90 per cent of the respondents<br />

agreed that clothes<br />

with COOLMAX fabric provide<br />

greater comfort and performance.<br />

Avinash Chandra, Marketing<br />

Mr. Avinash Chandra,<br />

Marketing Head, South Asia<br />

Head, South Asia, said: “We believe<br />

that with COOLMAX fabric<br />

we can add another dimension of<br />

cool-comfort in clothes for Indian<br />

consumers, which will help<br />

them perform better in the hot<br />

and humid climate that prevails in<br />

the country for large time of the<br />

year”.<br />

Applications of COOLMAX<br />

fabric are not limited to sportswear<br />

and activewear. It is used<br />

in a variety of applications ranging<br />

from ready-to-wear, e.g.,<br />

denims, shirts, trousers, suiting<br />

and T-shirts to Intimate apparel,<br />

e.g., undergarments, vests, etc.,<br />

to socks and various other garment<br />

types. The specialty fibers<br />

for COOLMAX fabric can also<br />

be blended with cotton, polyester<br />

and wool.<br />

•<br />

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future trends<br />

Fashion trends, technical textiles<br />

are key industry growth drivers<br />

Mr. Clement Woon, CEO, Oerlikon <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Demand growth, particularly for clothing and<br />

home textiles, is in direct proportion to increases<br />

in the standard of living in emerging markets such<br />

as India and China. The fashion industry cycles are<br />

setting new trends in increasingly shorter cycles.<br />

Another key driver is the range of innovations being<br />

made in the area of synthetic fibers. These fibers<br />

have highly distinctive characteristics and meet<br />

a wide variety of demands. These include resistance<br />

to soiling, outstanding cleaning performance,<br />

In 2010, according to the “<strong>Fiber</strong> Year<br />

2011 Report”, the textile industry<br />

experienced its strongest growth in<br />

25 years: 80.8 million tons of natural<br />

and synthetic fibers were produced, 6.4<br />

million tons or 8.6 per cent more than in<br />

2009, and the growth will continue.<br />

exceptional thermal insulation, breathability, durability and<br />

strength. These qualitative trends require new, innovative<br />

textile machines with high efficiency and flexibility.<br />

Although up to 85 per cent of today’s textile products<br />

originate from China, this powerhouse no longer produces<br />

solely for export: the domestic market is strong and<br />

is growing, and quickly. In 2000, the country<br />

produced only 6.7 million tons of synthetic fibers.<br />

In 2011, this figure rose to 30 million tons,<br />

or 40 per cent of worldwide production.<br />

How Oerlikon participates<br />

The major textile producers in China and<br />

other key producing countries such as India,<br />

Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh share a common<br />

challenge: rising labor, raw materials and<br />

energy costs mean cost-effective ways to boost<br />

operational efficiency must be found. Oerlikon<br />

<strong>Textile</strong> addresses this critical customer need by supplying<br />

innovative equipment and solutions. The product line includes<br />

the most efficient machines of their kind and ranges<br />

from ring and rotor spinning machines, winding machines<br />

and equipment for manufacturing and finishing continuous<br />

fibers and for producing nonwovens to systems for embroidery<br />

and twisting.<br />

Oerlikon is exceptionally well-positioned in China, the<br />

largest textile market in the world, and benefits from the<br />

continued growth in that country. The segment is managed<br />

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future trends<br />

from Shanghai and therefore firmly rooted in this key<br />

market. This will prove ever more important if, as expected,<br />

certain production steps gradually relocate to<br />

the interior of the country and away from the coastal<br />

regions.<br />

Oerlikon <strong>Textile</strong> will especially benefit from the<br />

development of the textile industry in these regions<br />

as well as from the trend toward cutting-edge technical<br />

textiles with highly distinctive characteristics.<br />

The segment is the worldwide market and technology<br />

leader and will be the first to drive innovations and to<br />

satisfy demand. Oerlikon is the leader in melt spinning<br />

machines for the manufacture of synthetic fibers as<br />

well as in texturing machines for finishing these fibers.<br />

It is also the preferred partner for spinning mills that<br />

produce high-quality yarns from such natural fibers as<br />

cotton.<br />

The segment’s spinning and winding machines, for<br />

instance, offer these spinning mills significantly improved<br />

productivity with a lower level of energy consumption.<br />

The equipment’s ergonomic design also<br />

lowers workforce requirements and maintenance costs,<br />

which helps operators to be more competitive.<br />

Oerlikon Autocoro 8 is 25% more productive<br />

One of the seven innovations<br />

Oerlikon <strong>Textile</strong> presented<br />

at ITMA in Barcelona<br />

was the Autocoro 8. It is the<br />

world’s first rotor spinning<br />

machine with individually<br />

driven spinning positions.<br />

This revolutionary concept<br />

gives spinning mills exceptional<br />

flexibility, substantially<br />

boosting their productivity<br />

and creating savings in terms<br />

of energy, raw materials, logistics<br />

and personnel.<br />

The Autocoro 8 has up to<br />

480 spinning positions, each<br />

constituting a self-contained<br />

production unit with independent spinning and winding<br />

processes and integrated piecing. One of the machine’s<br />

most innovative features is its electro-magnetic rotor<br />

motor, which delivers speeds of up to 200,000 rotations<br />

per minute, 10 times faster than a Formula 1 engine.<br />

This is made possible by both the innovative drive system<br />

and the exceptionally high quality of component<br />

workmanship.<br />

The Autocoro 8’s high rpm makes it possible to<br />

achieve yarn take-up speeds of up to 300 metres per<br />

minute for each machine length. Since a lot of changes<br />

can now be carried out while running at full capacity,<br />

faster production speeds are possible and piecing downtime<br />

is eliminated.<br />

The Autocoro 8 provides up to 25 per cent more productivity<br />

than standard rotor spinning machines with<br />

belt drives, and is helping Oerlikon <strong>Textile</strong> expand its<br />

position as market and technology leader in rotor spinning<br />

machines.<br />

A number of orders for the machine were placed at<br />

ITMA 2011, including a major order from the Noman<br />

Group, the largest textile company in Bangladesh. •<br />

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exclusive<br />

KM Knitwear<br />

emerging fastest growing<br />

garment manufacturer<br />

By Ganesh Kalidasan<br />

K M Knitwear, part of a Rs.<br />

400-crore group, was started in the<br />

early 1990s under the guidance and<br />

leadership of the veteran entrepreneur,<br />

Mr. K.M. Subramanian, its<br />

present Managing Director. KMK<br />

today is one of the leading manufacturers<br />

and exporters, exporting<br />

world-class textile products under<br />

the banner of “KMK” for the past 15<br />

years.<br />

Headquartered in the textile town<br />

of Tirupur, KMK is a 100 per cent<br />

export-oriented company concentrating<br />

mainly on the European subcontinent.<br />

Further its export capability<br />

is supported by its progressive<br />

attitude towards forward and backward<br />

integration. The company has<br />

developed a comprehensive vertical<br />

set-up with in-house capacities for<br />

all processes, from knitting to final<br />

garment production.<br />

KMK is equipped with its own<br />

set-up, from spinning and processing<br />

to finishing unit. The machinery<br />

line-up uses the most exclusive<br />

equipment sourced from the best<br />

vendors. The company posts an annual<br />

turnover well in excess of $35<br />

Mr. K.M. Balasubramanian, Managing Director, KM Knitwear<br />

million in garments.<br />

Throughout the company’s two<br />

decades of operation, it has always<br />

been in the forefront when it comes<br />

to assimilating new technologies<br />

and machinery into the existing facilities.<br />

It has cutting-edge testing<br />

facilities, state-of-the-art machinery<br />

and the capacity to produce a wide<br />

range of cotton yarn under the banner<br />

Jeyavishnu Spintex Private Ltd.<br />

Moreover, the management understands<br />

the importance of high quality<br />

raw material. Since the raw material<br />

has a direct impact on the final<br />

product, different cotton centres in<br />

India are regularly visited to evaluate<br />

the quality of cotton on a firsthand<br />

basis before procurement.<br />

Quality checks are carried out dur-<br />

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exclusive<br />

ing every stage of production. They<br />

form an integral part of KMK’s<br />

activities. All company staffs are<br />

trained adequately to ensure consistent<br />

quality. Experienced technocrats<br />

are involved during every audit of<br />

quality, and customer quality requirements<br />

are adhered to strictly.<br />

The other ways of ensuring consistent<br />

quality include following the<br />

Bale Management System meticulously,<br />

thanks to the high volume<br />

cotton testing equipment that JVS<br />

has installed and usage of autoconers<br />

with automatic contamination<br />

clearers.<br />

A vertically integrated company,<br />

K M Knitwear has the necessary<br />

in-house facilities for all processes<br />

right from knitting, dyeing, printing,<br />

embroidering, cutting, sewing<br />

and up to final packing. Hence the<br />

company is well equipped to handle<br />

any kind of order with varying<br />

styles, designs, quantity, lead times<br />

and requirements while retaining<br />

consistent quality throughout. To<br />

keep pace with the latest developments<br />

in the industry, KMK has an<br />

exclusive Sample Division with an<br />

experienced and dedicated team.<br />

“High quality in the products and<br />

commitment to delivery schedules<br />

goes a long way in establishing a<br />

good customer-manufacturer relationship”,<br />

says Mr. Subramanian.<br />

KMK’s product range is an extensive<br />

ensemble of all types of<br />

garments. It manufactures exclusive<br />

knitted and woven garments<br />

for women, men and children and<br />

is well-equipped for manufacturing<br />

value-added items such as jackets,<br />

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exclusive<br />

esses of this screen printing arena.<br />

The designs evolved by indulging<br />

in creative and fresh ideas are eyecatching<br />

and enthralling.<br />

The strong in-house production<br />

line of K M Knitwear with more than<br />

shirts, pants, shorts, ladies tops,<br />

blouses and skirts.<br />

KMK’s automated Barudan multihead<br />

Japanese embroidery machines<br />

with 124 heads elegantly handle any<br />

design with own punching, designing,<br />

applique cutting and roll fusing,<br />

and the company sets<br />

new trends with its unique<br />

and delicate designs, thus<br />

emerging as one of the<br />

laudable fore-runners in<br />

this segment.<br />

Its placement printing<br />

division provides valueadded<br />

processing with a<br />

capacity of 10,000 pcs/<br />

day. Azo-free dyes and<br />

chemicals are utilized for<br />

printing. Plastisol, glitter,<br />

pigment, high density,<br />

non-PVC, foil printing and<br />

flocking are the part proca<br />

thousand machines, specializing<br />

in outer and inner garments, meets<br />

a capacity of one million pieces per<br />

month. Its warehouses have storage<br />

of 300 CBM.<br />

A thorough product inspection is<br />

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exclusive<br />

carried out at each and every single<br />

stage starting from spinning. Yet<br />

an overall checking of garments is<br />

done in the finishing department to<br />

ensure error-free and contamination-free<br />

products. All the garments<br />

are subjected to metal detection to<br />

ensure removal and absence of metal<br />

in the final product, since the ultimate<br />

target is customer satisfaction<br />

by providing them safe and secure<br />

garments.<br />

Jeyavishnu Spintex<br />

Jeyavishnu Spintex Private Ltd.,<br />

part of the KMK Group, is a vertically<br />

integrated spinning unit with<br />

stunning infrastructure and production<br />

capacity of 30,000 kg/day. It<br />

maintains uniform, incomparable<br />

quality from mixing of cotton to<br />

error-free yarn.<br />

It’s the first spinning unit to re-<br />

ceive the best four certifications<br />

– ISO 9001,<br />

ISO 14001, SA 8000<br />

and OHSAS 18001<br />

– to prove it all. The<br />

spinning unit works<br />

towards delivering<br />

perfect product with<br />

state-of-the-art housekeeping<br />

and maintenance.<br />

This is how the<br />

unit can take an output<br />

of 30 tons of quality<br />

yarn per day.<br />

The company machinery<br />

comprises<br />

36,000 spindles of LR<br />

spinning, 14 units of Schlafhorst<br />

Auto coners AC5, modern laboratory<br />

with Uster testing machines,<br />

Sieger yarn conditioning plant and<br />

optical contamination clearer.<br />

Jeyavishnu Tex Processors<br />

Jeyavishnu Tex Processors Private<br />

Ltd. is the dyeing plant that operates<br />

on the world’s best air-flow technology<br />

with a capacity of 20 tons/day.<br />

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exclusive<br />

Machines<br />

• THEN Synergy - Germany, Air<br />

flow dyeing machines with integrated<br />

dye-house management system<br />

and dyes & chemical dispensing<br />

system.<br />

• Santex Santa stretch balloon padding,<br />

Switzerland (tubular padder)<br />

• Santex Santa shrink drier, Switzerland<br />

(open width & tubular)<br />

• Bianco, Italy, open width padder<br />

• Motex 8 chamber stenter, a German<br />

technology<br />

• Lafer compacting machine, Italy,<br />

(open width & tubular)<br />

• Datacolor, color matching system<br />

from the US<br />

• Salce laboratory dispenser, Italy<br />

• Mathis lab dyeing machines,<br />

Switzerland<br />

The fabric takes a dip and douse in<br />

this dyeing unit travelling into colour<br />

and temperature-controlled drying.<br />

Qualified chemists take care of<br />

the colour accuracy at the modern<br />

computerized laboratory.<br />

Social commitment<br />

K M Knitwear not only redefines<br />

fashion but also commits itself to social<br />

reformation.<br />

• The garment unit has made a<br />

foray into wind energy generation<br />

with its strong focus on the need for<br />

environment-friendly green power.<br />

• The reverse osmosis plant operates<br />

against water pollution by treating<br />

effluents of the processing unit<br />

completely, leaving zero discharge.<br />

• The company extends its arms in<br />

contributing to the development of<br />

homes for orphans, old people and<br />

mentally retarded children in Tirupur<br />

city.<br />

• KMK also provides free medical<br />

check-up to both its employees and<br />

the community in general.<br />

• KMK holds life membership in<br />

NIFT TEA, the knitwear fashion institute<br />

that makes men skilled garment<br />

technicians, for which it has<br />

been given the recognition as stateof-the-art<br />

garment technology unit.<br />

• Mr. Subramanian has started a<br />

charitable trust to serve the public<br />

in different areas, like assisting the<br />

poor for education, running public<br />

libraries, recreation centres and<br />

free health camps for the poor, and<br />

building homes for old age people<br />

and mentally challenged persons<br />

and orphanages.<br />

•<br />

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dyeing & finishing<br />

Guangzhou Donghaipang relies on<br />

Fong’s dyeing, finishing systems<br />

Guangzhou Donghaipang Dyeing<br />

and Weaving Co. Ltd. (Donghaipang),<br />

established in 2001, is a<br />

joint venture company engaged in the<br />

production of superior quality fabrics<br />

finishing treatment. The company<br />

adheres to the motto of an environmental<br />

friendly mode of production<br />

with low energy consumption and<br />

high energy efficiency.<br />

Since inception, the company has<br />

utilized Fong’s jet dyeing machine,<br />

THEN’s airflow dyeing machine,<br />

THEN CHD chemical dispensing<br />

system and Monfort Fong’s stenter<br />

frame range. All the machines and<br />

systems are computerized and centralized<br />

with Fong’s Viewtex control<br />

system.<br />

Explaining the reason for selecting<br />

Fong’s product again, Mr. Li<br />

Zhiyong, General Manager, Donghaipang,<br />

said: “The reason we are<br />

using the full range of Fong’s machinery<br />

and system is that the group<br />

is able to provide one-stop service,<br />

avoiding the incompatible problem<br />

among hardware and software. Secondly,<br />

Fong’s provides comprehensive<br />

and accurate technical support<br />

and after-sales services, shortening<br />

the time for erection, commissioning<br />

and adjustment. Thirdly, CHD<br />

consists of central distributor, pipe<br />

distributor, valve, quick join, day<br />

tank and pipe. All parts are supplied<br />

by Fong’s with quality guarantee.”<br />

THEN CHD offers a lot of advan-<br />

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dyeing & finishing<br />

tages. It’s simple operation, and the<br />

operator does not need a high level<br />

of computing technology. Simple<br />

daily maintenance requiring no special<br />

maintenance. The technicians<br />

can operate the system after short<br />

training. The whole process runs automatically.<br />

The required auxiliaries<br />

will be delivered on time, while the<br />

whole process is monitored by the<br />

computer.<br />

THEN CHD enhances the success<br />

rate of one-time dyeing and<br />

controls the loss by reducing waste.<br />

“It will be a global trend for dyeing<br />

factories transforming to automation<br />

mode of production. The use of intelligence<br />

and automation systems will<br />

become more and more common.<br />

Automation can improve the success<br />

of one-time dyeing rate by reducing<br />

the manual operation errors, which<br />

for example minimize the batch and<br />

shade differences caused by human<br />

error. It is easy for history checking<br />

as all information is stored in the<br />

computer. In the meantime, the tight<br />

control of consumption of auxiliaries<br />

can minimize the waste and therefore<br />

improve the production efficiency,”<br />

Mr. Li further explained.<br />

In 2012, numerous industry<br />

manufacturers are on the sidelines<br />

when forecasting the market trend<br />

of the near future, but Donghaipang<br />

will continue to actively work with<br />

THEN, besides the previous project<br />

of purchasing THEN CHD, they<br />

are now considering CKM (colour<br />

kitchen management system). Fong’s<br />

Industries aims to continuously provide<br />

the industry with high quality<br />

and comprehensive dyeing and finishing<br />

solutions – “One-stop Green<br />

Innovation”.<br />

The Fong’s Group has provided<br />

its one-stop dyeing and finishing<br />

complete solution & chemical<br />

dispensing system to Guangzhou<br />

Donghaipang Dyeing and Weaving<br />

Co. Ltd., and the latter has expressed<br />

its utmost satisfaction with<br />

the functioning of the systems provided.<br />

In a recent interview by Ms. Chan<br />

Oi Fong, Marketing Manager of<br />

Fong’s National, Mr. Li Zhiyong,<br />

General Manager of Donghaipang,<br />

said that his company is also interested<br />

in acquiring more such successful<br />

systems from Fong’s.<br />

Excerpts from the interview:<br />

Chan Oi Fong: How would you<br />

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dyeing & finishing<br />

Mr. Li Zhiyong<br />

General Manager of Donghaipang<br />

deal with the more and more<br />

strict environmental policy?<br />

Li Zhiyong: We will strengthen<br />

our production lines to be more<br />

environmental friendly by continuously<br />

looking for solution of lower<br />

energy consumption production<br />

mode, increasing the level of automation,<br />

reducing emissions and at<br />

the same time achieving cost saving.<br />

C: In 2011, do you have any<br />

machinery investment plan, particularly<br />

relating to environmental<br />

protection?<br />

L: We have certain quota for machinery<br />

investment and installation.<br />

In 2011, intelligent system equipment<br />

was already put into service<br />

in response to a request.<br />

C: How would you forecast the<br />

market situation in 2012? Will<br />

you increase the investment on<br />

machinery in accordance with<br />

your forecast?<br />

L: From my point of view, I<br />

consider that the market situation<br />

would be just fair in the new year.<br />

We still need to be conservative and<br />

waiting for opportunities. We will<br />

continue to discuss the details with<br />

THEN. We have applied THEN’s<br />

CHD, and now we are considering<br />

CKM (colour kitchen management<br />

system).<br />

C: There are so many other<br />

overseas brands for selection.<br />

Why THEN CHD automatic metering<br />

& dispensing system was<br />

selected?<br />

L: My factory uses THEN’s airflow<br />

dyeing machine and Fong’s jet<br />

dyeing machine. Considering control<br />

management and auxiliaries’<br />

installation, it would be more compatible<br />

to apply the same brand’s<br />

system.<br />

C: During the selection process,<br />

do you think Fong’s sales and<br />

technical team provided satisfactory<br />

services?<br />

L: Yes, we are very satisfied.<br />

C: After having adopted the<br />

CHD metering & dispensing system,<br />

would you continue to consider<br />

other Fong’s products and<br />

systems?<br />

L: Of course. We are now familiar<br />

with the operation of Fong’s<br />

system, therefore, it would be high<br />

chance for us to apply THEN’s<br />

CKM (colour kitchen management<br />

system) as well.<br />

C: THEN CHD is applying<br />

the Viewtex control system. Are<br />

there any operational problems?<br />

L: No, there aren’t any problems<br />

so far.<br />

C: Has your company been<br />

benefited after applying CHD in<br />

operation?<br />

L: Automation is certainly beneficial<br />

to the factory production<br />

and operation because the additives<br />

proportion can be more precise and<br />

manual operation errors can be reduced.<br />

C: After you have utilized<br />

Fong’s and Monforts Fong’s<br />

products for a certain period, do<br />

you have any suggestion on the<br />

machineries?<br />

L: Since I have known Fong’s<br />

and Monforts Fong’s for a long<br />

time, I am very satisfied with the<br />

services during the selection and<br />

consideration processes.<br />

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corporate<br />

Page Industries’ ambitious<br />

expansion plans in progress<br />

The company positions Jockey<br />

as a premium brand and offers its<br />

products across three main segments,<br />

i.e., men’s wear, women’s<br />

wear and leisure items. In 2010,<br />

Page Industries renewed its licence<br />

agreement with Jockey for<br />

a period of 20 years through 2030.<br />

The company registered 39 per<br />

cent growth to Rs. 529.12 crores<br />

in sales for the first nine months<br />

of fiscal 2011-12. PAT amounted<br />

to Rs. 72.94 crores, registering<br />

a growth of 60 per cent over the<br />

same period the previous year.<br />

Today, brand Jockey has its presence<br />

in 71 exclusive brand outlets<br />

and 19,000 plus retail stores<br />

in 1,200 cities and towns across<br />

India.<br />

This year, Page Industries has<br />

added another feather to its cap by<br />

becoming the exclusive licensee<br />

of Speedo International Ltd. for<br />

the manufacture, marketing and<br />

distribution of the Speedo brand<br />

in India. Under this agreement,<br />

Mr. Sunder “Ashok” Genomal, Managing Director<br />

Page Industries Ltd.,<br />

which started commercial<br />

production at its new<br />

unit at Manganapalya,<br />

Bangalore, on March 12,<br />

is the exclusive licensee<br />

of Jockey International<br />

Inc. (USA) for manufacture<br />

and distribution of<br />

the Jockey brand innerwear/leisurewear<br />

for<br />

men and women in India,<br />

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,<br />

Nepal and the UAE.<br />

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corporate<br />

Page Industries will introduce a<br />

range of Speedo products, including<br />

swimwear, water shorts, apparel,<br />

equipment and footwear.<br />

While the agreement came into<br />

effect from July 1, 2011, all the<br />

product categories will be available<br />

on the shelves from April<br />

2012.<br />

Mr. Sunder “Ashok” Genomal,<br />

Managing Director, Page Industries,<br />

says: “Speedo is the<br />

No.1 brand and product choice<br />

for swimmers around the world.<br />

While swimwear in India is still<br />

at a nascent stage, the prospects<br />

for this category are exciting.<br />

We are proud to partner with<br />

this brand and are sure that with<br />

Speedo’s product technology and<br />

marketing leadership, juxtaposed<br />

with our expertise in manufacturing<br />

and distribution, will do wonders<br />

to our partnership”.<br />

Page Industries expects sustainable<br />

volume growth of 25-27<br />

per cent for the next four-five<br />

years. It has witnessed revenue<br />

growth of 40 per cent in the last<br />

five years on the back of strong<br />

volume growth. The main growth<br />

drivers are change in consumer<br />

behavior and increasing brand<br />

aspiration on the back of higher<br />

disposable income leading to a<br />

shift from the unorganized to the<br />

organized sector. The company<br />

currently has 20 per cent market<br />

share in the segment in which it<br />

operates.<br />

Page is planning to expand its<br />

capacity from the current 109<br />

million pieces to 133 million<br />

pieces by December next to support<br />

high volume growth. It proposes<br />

to spend Rs. 35 crores for<br />

capacity expansion in 2012-13.<br />

Page has expanded its retail<br />

shop reach and exclusive retail<br />

outlets (EROs) from 13,000<br />

and 40 in 2007 to 20,000 and 72<br />

presently. Currently the large 10<br />

metros account for 50 per cent<br />

of sales. However, the company<br />

is seeing higher growth in nonmetro<br />

cities.<br />

The Rs. 150 billion innerwear<br />

industry in India is witnessing<br />

rapid growth, especially premium<br />

and super premium, led by<br />

discerning consumer preference<br />

shifting to branded innerwear<br />

driven by rising income levels,<br />

urbanisation, increasing awareness<br />

and higher penetration of organized<br />

retail.<br />

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knitting<br />

Terrot is one of the leading<br />

manufacturers of<br />

electronically and mechanically<br />

controlled circular<br />

knitting machines worldwide.<br />

It even defends its position in<br />

the development and production<br />

of specialized machines<br />

and is counted among the<br />

most important members of<br />

the group “Schüring and Andreas”.<br />

Terrot is looking forward to its<br />

150th anniversary in 2012. Exactly<br />

150 years ago, on April 16, 1862,<br />

Charles Terrot founded the Terrot<br />

plants together with the merchant<br />

Wilhelm Stücklen. With a knowhow<br />

of 150 years experience and its<br />

innovations Terrot has made fundamental<br />

contributions to the development<br />

of the worldwide textile industry.<br />

Since Terrot’s start-up on June 1,<br />

2006, and its strategic reorientation<br />

the company combines its traditional<br />

values like superior quality, innovative<br />

engineering solutions and<br />

consequent customer orientation<br />

with the demands of the global markets.<br />

Its 205 employees develop and<br />

produce innovative products and<br />

support the manufacturing site in<br />

Chemnitz with customized services.<br />

With more than 50 global cooperating<br />

representatives, own subsidiaries<br />

and service centres, Terrot<br />

supports its customers with a market-oriented<br />

portfolio and a comprehensive<br />

know-how to create the best<br />

solutions for commercial and technical<br />

challenges.<br />

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knitting<br />

With its focus on trend-setting<br />

technologies, highest quality, flexibility,<br />

a long-term oriented portfolio<br />

and finance strategy and the defined<br />

objective to become a worldwide<br />

leading manufacturer of circular<br />

knitting machines, Terrot will further<br />

expand profitably.<br />

The product range<br />

Terrot recently presented six innovative<br />

new products and also<br />

further developed circular knitting<br />

machines out of the current product<br />

range.<br />

S296-2 Open Width<br />

D-Frame, 30” E50<br />

The S296-2 offers outstanding<br />

flexibility and efficiency in the production<br />

of different stitch structures<br />

with up to four needle tracks. Its<br />

ideal distribution of 102 feeds over<br />

32” diameter is proven in practical<br />

day-to-day operation.<br />

SCC6F548, 30” E36<br />

The striper technology in singlejersey<br />

has already a very long tradition<br />

at Terrot – up to 6 colours stripping,<br />

in addition to the combination<br />

of 3-way technique and the new<br />

development fine gauge E36, opens<br />

new trends in fashion.<br />

UCC572, 30” E40<br />

The stringent standard of quality<br />

and reliability of Terrot machines<br />

achieve its culmination with its Jacquard<br />

machine series. The ceramic<br />

PIEZO selection elements form the<br />

electronic-mechanic interface which<br />

reliably implements the knitting information<br />

even with extremely fine<br />

machine gauge at high speeds.<br />

UCC572T, 34” E16<br />

The production of transfer fabrics<br />

on the latest developed Electronic-<br />

Jacquard machine UCC572-T offers<br />

highest production output at utmost<br />

efficiency.<br />

UP592M, 38” E20<br />

The latest developed mini-jacquard<br />

model UP592M stands out<br />

by its appliance in the cost-efficient<br />

production of mini-jacquard mattress<br />

ticking. The combination of<br />

a high number of feeders and machine<br />

speed allows a never before<br />

achieved output.<br />

I3P284-1, 30” E40<br />

This latest development of the<br />

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knitting<br />

8-lock model I3P284-1 in fine gauges<br />

E40 – E50 offers a wider range<br />

in knitting structures. Thus rib and<br />

interlock stitch formations can be<br />

combined to new fabric structures.<br />

Terrot circular knitting machines<br />

are especially developed with respect<br />

to the market demands, energy<br />

efficiency and performance. These<br />

machines show an increase in efficiency<br />

of up to 50 per cent.<br />

F132-AJ is the name of the new,<br />

trend-setting Terrot development,<br />

the Terrot direct spin-knit process<br />

– the new dimension of fabric knitting.<br />

The Terrot F132-AJ direct spinknit<br />

process uses an air jet spinning<br />

system. It does not mount the rovings,<br />

clearing or drafting units or<br />

indeed spinning nozzles on the knitting<br />

machine. Instead it has a creel<br />

type arrangement on three sides of<br />

the machine which house the complete<br />

rovings to spinning process.<br />

In other words, yarns are spun by<br />

the side of the machine and then fed<br />

to it in a more “normal” way. The<br />

F132-AJ spinning unit can be fitted<br />

to all Terrot single-jersey and<br />

double-jersey machines. The direct<br />

spin-knit system is even suitable for<br />

high system densities and large diameters<br />

(of up to 120 feeders) and<br />

can be used in gauges from E20 to<br />

E36.<br />

The spinning system which is<br />

modular can be fitted with 24, 32 or<br />

40 spinning heads per unit and has<br />

an integrated flyer, integrated fluff<br />

removal and integrated monitoring<br />

process.<br />

The fabrics have a top quality feel<br />

and look, a soft handle and good<br />

dyeability with rich colours. Elastane<br />

plaiting is also possible with the<br />

new Terrot system.<br />

The F132-AJ has a speed factor of<br />

up to 600 (20 rpm, 30”) and unfinished<br />

fabric output of up to 360 kg<br />

/ 24 hours (20 rpm, 30”). The new<br />

procedure offers a remarkable customer’s<br />

benefit with respect to 33-<br />

40 per cent less required space, up to<br />

50 per cent energy savings, up to 30<br />

per cent less investment costs and up<br />

to 50 per cent less production costs.<br />

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knitting<br />

Historic<br />

developments<br />

With the foundation of the Terrot plants in 1862, Charles Terrot was laying the foundation<br />

for a great idea that has lost none of its topicality.<br />

1862<br />

Together with the entrepreneur Wilhelm Stücklen,<br />

Charles Terrot founded the Terrot plants. Working<br />

under extremely difficult technical conditions, he produced<br />

his first circular knitting machines, which quickly<br />

conquered the market.<br />

1871<br />

The 500th Terrot machine for knitted underwear made<br />

of wool and cotton was awarded the silver wreath.<br />

1887<br />

The passing years saw the advent of a new generation<br />

with Charles’ two sons, Ernst and Franz Terrot, as well<br />

as his son-in-law August Freund joining the business.<br />

The company’s rapid development led to further expansion<br />

of the high performance fast-running double-sided<br />

loop plush, ajour patterns, lacework and striped fabrics.<br />

1891<br />

The first small-diameter circular knitting department<br />

was founded in Bad Cannstatt and the latest “American<br />

circular knitting machine for the automatic production<br />

of seamless hosiery” was launched. These machines<br />

soon gained international reputation and were known<br />

for their reliability and precision which had already<br />

come to be associated with the name Terrot.<br />

1903<br />

After the death of Charles Terrot, the business continued<br />

to prosper in the hands of his two sons, Karl and<br />

Ernst, now trading under the name of C. Terrot Söhne.<br />

1944<br />

The advent of war took its toll on the company fortunes,<br />

reducing the Terrot factories to a pile of rubble on<br />

the night of October 20, 1944, and destroyed the work<br />

of three generations.<br />

1946<br />

With united effort, work began on rebuilding the Bad<br />

Cannstatt site. New production halls were built for universal<br />

circular knitting machines, whose new patterning<br />

possibilities opened up new markets the world over.<br />

1955<br />

World markets continued to be dominated by newly<br />

developed models such as the FR and FMP, featuring<br />

what was the very latest transfer device for underwear<br />

manufacture.<br />

1968<br />

The 1000th machine type FPM and FM left the factory<br />

in 1967. Outerwear fabrics could be produced in line<br />

with market demand and with the fashion of the day using<br />

mechanical jacquard needle selection. A short time<br />

later one of the first machines with film band control<br />

for large pattern repeats was launched with the model<br />

RMA.<br />

1973<br />

The company’s leading position in terms of quality<br />

and output led to increased demand for new machines to<br />

produce outerwear, such as the J3PN and J3P148.<br />

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knitting<br />

1974<br />

Fine machine gauges were launched to meet the demands<br />

of the fashion world for outerwear. The I3P models<br />

in gauges E28 and E32 satisfied the demand of the<br />

new trend.<br />

1977<br />

Terrot Strickmaschinen GmbH went on to demonstrate<br />

its experience and expertise with a range of new<br />

developments over this period, such as the type UMT<br />

and the high-performance interlock machine I1108.<br />

1982<br />

A new 4-colour striper, developed to provide outstanding<br />

productivity and reliability, proved a resounding<br />

market success in conjunction with the machine<br />

model S4F196.<br />

1988<br />

Take-over of the circular knitting machine manufacturer<br />

Sulzer Morat in Filderstadt served to further reinforce<br />

the company’s market position, extending the<br />

product range with electronically controlled circular<br />

knitting machines and special high pile machines for<br />

imitation fur production.<br />

1993<br />

Following the reunification of East and West Germany,<br />

the company took over the former “Chemnitzer<br />

Strickmaschinenbau” knitting machine production.<br />

There followed a heavy program of investment in buildings<br />

and machinery, bringing the plant in line with the<br />

very latest technological standards.<br />

1995<br />

Take-over of Albi in Taiflingen. Three new machine<br />

models were added to the product range: The models<br />

APL-E and APL-2 for jacquard and plain plush, and the<br />

RFRM2 for bodywidth production with selvedge.<br />

1996<br />

Around 30 different large-diameter circular knitting<br />

machine models opened up new fields of application for<br />

electronic and mechanical single and double jersey, for<br />

modern outerwear and underwear, sport and leisurewear<br />

as well as technical textiles and for the automotive sector.<br />

1999<br />

Terrot exhibited the first wide wind-up frame circular<br />

knitting machine to the international public at ITMA in<br />

Paris.<br />

2002<br />

As part of a fundamental organizational restructuring<br />

program, production and assembly facilities were<br />

concentrated at the Chemnitz / Saxony location with<br />

capacity for around 1,000 machines a year. The company<br />

headquarters encompassing sales and marketing,<br />

customer services, research & development and administration<br />

remained in Stuttgart – Bad Cannstatt, with a<br />

workforce of 350.<br />

2004<br />

Terrot develops the world’s first ultra-fine single jersey<br />

circular knitting machine with a gauge of E46 and<br />

thus keeps pace with rapidly changing market trends.<br />

2006<br />

Start-up of Terrot GmbH in Chemnitz. Terrot is under<br />

a new German ownership, managed by Peter Schüring<br />

as the representative of the principal shareholder.<br />

2007<br />

With only one year as preparation time since the startup,<br />

Terrot is already able to show five innovations at<br />

ITMA, among which notably was a mattress machine<br />

with unreached productivity and flexibility.<br />

2008<br />

Mr. von Bismarck is appointed as further General<br />

Manager. He already was in a managerial capacity since<br />

the start-up of Terrot and affirms as the son of Mr. Peter<br />

Schüring the authentic and long-time commitment of<br />

the new owners.<br />

2010<br />

Four years after the strategic reorientation of the company,<br />

Terrot achieved a new peak in order. The company<br />

expects an increase in sales of about 40 per cent on<br />

the basis of the previous year’s turnover. Especially the<br />

fast growing demand from China, India, Brazil, Turkey<br />

and East Europe have had a remarkable impact on this<br />

boom.<br />

2011<br />

At ITMA 2011 Terrot presented itself with six innovative<br />

circular knitting machines out of the current product<br />

range and showed an excellent selection of totally new<br />

and further developed machines. The exhibited machines<br />

chosen in the course of the fair corresponded in<br />

the best way to the present market requirements and the<br />

current customer demands.<br />

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knitting<br />

Elbit Vision Systems Ltd., a global leader in the field of automatic in-line<br />

optical web inspection and quality monitoring systems, has sold a first IQ-<br />

TEX 4 to Liba Maschinenfabrik GmbH. The sale follows the execution of a<br />

framework agreement with Liba in November<br />

2011 for the sale, commissioning<br />

and maintenance of EVS<br />

automatic visual systems<br />

to Liba, as part<br />

of Liba’s solution<br />

for its existing<br />

customer base.<br />

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knitting<br />

Mr. Sam Cohen, EVS CEO<br />

Mr. Sam Cohen, EVS CEO, said:<br />

“Liba customers will be able to enjoy<br />

the state-of-the-art solutions<br />

by EVS to increase efficiency and<br />

productivity in the manufacturing<br />

process, using EVS leading product<br />

IQ-TEX 4. IQ-TEX 4 is a fully integrated<br />

image acquisition & processing<br />

system built on EVS’ proprietary<br />

Smart Vision Camera (SVC)<br />

platform. This latest EVS innovation<br />

utilizes high resolution color<br />

line scan technology and enhanced<br />

Defect Sorting Algorithms (DSA),<br />

to achieve unparalleled defect detection<br />

and interpretation”.<br />

With the capability to detect defects<br />


spinning<br />

Spun Yarn Systems<br />

accounts for 81% of<br />

Rieter’s sales in 2011<br />

Rieter’s Spun Yarn Systems<br />

develops and manufactures<br />

machinery and<br />

systems used to convert<br />

natural and man-made<br />

fibers and their blends<br />

into yarns. The business<br />

group generated sales of<br />

861.7 million CHF in the<br />

2011 financial year and<br />

accounted for 81 per cent<br />

of Rieter’s total sales<br />

with 3,594 employees.<br />

Order intake of 775 million CHF<br />

by the Spun Yarn Systems Business<br />

Group in 2011 was 36 per cent lower<br />

than a year earlier (1,217.9 million<br />

CHF). Sales by Spun Yarn Systems<br />

were 28 per cent higher at 861.7 million<br />

CHF. Demand was broad-based<br />

across market regions.<br />

Customers in more than 45 countries<br />

ordered integrated installations<br />

or single machines. Spun Yarn<br />

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Systems has a product range that is<br />

unique worldwide and a strong sales<br />

and service organization.<br />

Both the company’s own units and<br />

its agents are firmly established in<br />

the individual countries. The main<br />

markets were China, Turkey and<br />

India. Substantial orders were also<br />

received from other Asian countries<br />

as well as from Brazil and the US.<br />

Spun Yarn Systems scored a particular<br />

success with the C 70 card<br />

and with products that had been<br />

developed specifically to meet the<br />

needs of the large Asian markets.<br />

These include the G 32 ring spinning


spinning<br />

machine, the R 923 semi-automatic<br />

rotor spinning machine and the RSB<br />

D 22 drawframe, with which Rieter<br />

also successfully prevailed over local<br />

competitors.<br />

High inventory levels, flagging<br />

sales and declining yarn prices, as<br />

also the political upheavals in the<br />

Arab countries, unsettled customers<br />

in the second six months, and<br />

this resulted in order postponements<br />

and cancelations. On the other hand,<br />

Spun Yarn Systems was able to<br />

work off its very full orderbooks<br />

and shorten delivery terms, which<br />

had lengthened enormously during<br />

the boom in 2010 to a normal<br />

level. Spun Yarn Systems still had a<br />

healthy level of orders in hand as at<br />

the end of 2011.<br />

The business group substantially<br />

increased its output in the year<br />

under review and reported disproportionately<br />

strong growth in profitability.<br />

Good capacity utilization<br />

and continuous improvements in<br />

manufacturing costs enabled Spun<br />

Yarn Systems to almost double the<br />

operating result before interest and<br />

taxes in the year under review from<br />

42.4 million CHF to 81.2 million<br />

CHF.<br />

New innovative products<br />

Spun Yarn Systems presented an<br />

innovative product portfolio at the<br />

ITMA textile machinery exhibition<br />

in Barcelona, featuring a series of<br />

new products that are very important<br />

for the spinning process. These<br />

included the Varioline blowroom<br />

line, the C 70 card, the RSB-D 45<br />

drawframe, the R 60 fully automated<br />

rotor spinning machine and sensors<br />

developed in-house for quality<br />

assurance of the yarns.<br />

The J 20 airjet spinning machine,<br />

the production series of which was<br />

launched at ITMA, attracted particular<br />

attention. The airjet spinning<br />

process enables high productivity<br />

to be combined with low yarn manufacturing<br />

costs with good quality<br />

and novel yarn properties. These<br />

open up a wide range of possibilities<br />

in downstream processing and<br />

for end-products.<br />

Spun Yarn Systems is developing<br />

products with a good price/<br />

performance ratio combined with<br />

good quality of the yarns produced<br />

in order to meet the needs of the<br />

large domestic markets in China<br />

and India. However, the familiar<br />

strengths of the Rieter brand with<br />

its long tradition are also increasingly<br />

in demand in these markets.<br />

These include low energy consumption,<br />

good raw material utilization<br />

and reliable automation of the machines,<br />

which enable customers in<br />

China and India to counteract the<br />

growing shortage of skilled spinning<br />

mill personnel.<br />

Spun Yarn Systems’ product<br />

pipeline is well filled and ensures<br />

that important innovations will<br />

continue to come to the market in<br />

the years to come. In the field of<br />

fundamental development Rieter<br />

co-operates worldwide with universities,<br />

research institutions, strategic<br />

partners and key suppliers.<br />

Expanding global<br />

presence<br />

In the year under review Spun<br />

Yarn Systems systematically pursued<br />

localization of products and<br />

alignment of its organization to<br />

the needs of major markets. This<br />

included construction of another<br />

facility in Changzhou (China) and<br />

expansion of the Wing and Koregaon<br />

Bhima sites in India.<br />

In both China and India Spun<br />

Yarn Systems implemented additional<br />

process improvements and<br />

systematically further expanded the<br />

development, manufacturing and<br />

sales organization. This included<br />

recruiting local personnel for key<br />

positions. Rieter also has a good<br />

reputation as an employer at its<br />

Asian locations.<br />

Spun Yarn Systems also invested<br />

in Winterthur Machine Works and<br />

the Czech facility to increase productivity.<br />

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spinning<br />

Anyone seeking financial success today must think ecologically, produce<br />

sustainably and be efficient and sparing with energy and resources. This<br />

trend can be exploited satisfactorily, especially in the textile industry<br />

where production and marketing of natural cotton fibres are involved.<br />

A megatrend supports the initial<br />

arguments for this. Population, industrialization<br />

and prosperity are<br />

growing in emerging markets such<br />

as China and India. The huge energy<br />

requirement in these textile production<br />

centres pushes up global energy<br />

consumption. Estimates suggest that<br />

this will rise by around a third from<br />

over 500 to 700 quadrillion btu (one<br />

btu = 1 055.05585 joules) by 2030.<br />

At the same time, climate change<br />

and related global protection agreements<br />

are putting brakes on the utilization<br />

of fossil fuels, resources of<br />

which could be exhausted anyway<br />

in the foreseeable future. Nuclear<br />

power has only a limited future following<br />

the nuclear reactor catastrophe<br />

in Fukushima, while alternative<br />

renewable energy sources such as<br />

solar power and wind energy must<br />

first become better established economically.<br />

These dynamics are making energy<br />

more expensive, causing local<br />

supply bottlenecks and amplifying<br />

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spinning<br />

the trend towards<br />

energy saving and<br />

the use of suitable<br />

technologies.<br />

Global textile<br />

machinery manufacturers<br />

such as<br />

Oerlikon <strong>Textile</strong><br />

were quick<br />

to recognize this<br />

and introduced<br />

the “e-save” energy<br />

efficiency<br />

programme way<br />

back in 2004<br />

(www.e-save.oerlikontextile.com).<br />

Machines bearing<br />

this label now<br />

save significant<br />

energy compared<br />

with similar rival<br />

machines or older<br />

product generations.<br />

Other innovations<br />

are also<br />

being designed<br />

logically with a view to maximising<br />

efficiency and productivity and<br />

are market leaders for the most part.<br />

One big advantage of energy-intensive<br />

textile production is that if the<br />

manufacturing costs of a finished<br />

textile fabric are considered, energy<br />

is responsible for around a quarter<br />

of all the resources used, including<br />

work, production means and consumables.<br />

Cost reduction and sustainability<br />

are necessary in the textile industry<br />

for natural fibres for other reasons<br />

too. In view of the historical price<br />

explosion for cotton last year, the<br />

global textile industry is adjusting<br />

to a higher average price level in future.<br />

In addition, forecasts indicate<br />

that the global acreage under cotton<br />

cultivation can only be enlarged to<br />

a limited extent due to the delimitation<br />

of usable agricultural areas to<br />

guarantee the supply of food and<br />

water. Both of them additionally<br />

weaken cotton in the competition<br />

with the markets for polyester and<br />

viscose, which are growing stronger<br />

anyway.<br />

On the other hand, cotton should<br />

and can exploit its attractiveness as<br />

a natural fibre better now, because<br />

surveys prove that consumers regard<br />

natural fibres above all as environmentally<br />

friendly textiles, but not<br />

synthetic fibres. The sector has already<br />

reacted to this. In the space of<br />

four years, the production capacity<br />

for organic cotton has increased globally<br />

from 20,000 tonnes to 141,000<br />

tonnes, for instance. Major textile<br />

dealers are now also establishing<br />

corresponding eco-labels to a growing<br />

extent.<br />

Studies suggest that over 60 organizations<br />

are now offering more<br />

than 75 eco-programmes and labels.<br />

For example, 2,800 participants in<br />

54 countries are certified as complying<br />

with the globally recognized<br />

minimum standard for natural textiles,<br />

GOTS (Global Organic <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Standard; source: The <strong>Fiber</strong> Year<br />

2011).<br />

Attention is focused more strongly<br />

on such socially significant ecological<br />

challenges following environmental<br />

disasters such as in 2011<br />

in Japan or in 2010 in the Gulf of<br />

Mexico. Studies for Germany show<br />

that suitable sustainable action is<br />

an increasingly important factor for<br />

success on many levels.<br />

For example, around 38 per cent<br />

of German companies that adopt a<br />

particularly sustainable business approach<br />

have increased their operating<br />

result (EBIT) for 2009 and have<br />

a better EBIT than their competitors.<br />

For 47 per cent of managerial staff,<br />

the adoption by a company of an ecologically,<br />

socially and economically<br />

responsible approach to business is<br />

a crucial or very important factor in<br />

their choice of employment. And in<br />

2013 it will be important or very important<br />

to 76 per cent of customers<br />

and employees that companies take<br />

an ecologically correct approach.<br />

Companies like Oerlikon that subscribe<br />

to the principles of economic,<br />

ecological and social sustainability<br />

are thus on track for lasting business<br />

success.<br />

Oerlikon is a leading high-tech<br />

industrial group specializing in machine<br />

and plant engineering. It is a<br />

provider of innovative industrial<br />

solutions and cutting-edge technologies<br />

for textile manufacturing, drive,<br />

vacuum, thin film, coating and advanced<br />

nanotechnology.<br />

A Swiss company with a tradition<br />

going back over 100 years, Oerlikon<br />

is a global player with more<br />

than 17,000 employees at over 150<br />

locations in 38 countries and sales<br />

of CHF 4.2 billion in 2011. The<br />

company invested in 2011 CHF 213<br />

million in R&D, with over 1,200<br />

specialists working on future products<br />

and services. In most areas, the<br />

operative businesses rank either first<br />

or second in their respective global<br />

market.<br />

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dyeing & finishing<br />

DyStar offers complete color<br />

management solutions<br />

For most major apparel<br />

brands and retailers,<br />

management of color<br />

from design to delivery<br />

or from inspiration to realisation<br />

is a complex and<br />

time-consuming task.<br />

Color palettes change on a more<br />

or less frequent basis depending<br />

on whether it is fashion apparel,<br />

sportswear or lingerie that<br />

is produced. For retailers with independent<br />

brands or department<br />

management it is often the case<br />

that separate palettes are required<br />

to cover babywear, women’s fashion,<br />

men’s fashion, sports or casual<br />

clothing, etc. Color is a crucial element<br />

of brand identity and consumer<br />

appeal. It’s important to create<br />

unique color stories for your brand,<br />

but it’s also essential not to miss the<br />

latest color trends picked up from<br />

the fashion and fabric shows from<br />

Shanghai to San Francisco, from<br />

Stockholm to Singapore.<br />

Now a whole new set of sustainability<br />

issues have been added in on<br />

top of the existing requirements of<br />

brands and retailers as they seek to<br />

build customer trust and meet stakeholder<br />

expectations. No longer do<br />

they only have to care about what<br />

is made but also how and where it<br />

is made. The need for traceability<br />

and transparency in supply chains<br />

is driven primarily by consumers,<br />

legislators, NGOs, the media and<br />

investors. Social networking, smart<br />

phones, apps, blogs and tweets have<br />

built instant connectivity around<br />

the globe so that bad news travels<br />

fast. When you mess up, you can’t<br />

keep it under wraps any more.<br />

So now you also have to worry<br />

about the carbon footprints and water<br />

footprints of your products, and<br />

understand the difference between<br />

Life Cycle Assessments and Product<br />

Lifecycle Management. Knowing<br />

who is in your supply chain and<br />

what they contributed to your product<br />

is becoming the major challenge<br />

of the 21st century.<br />

Three common failures can be<br />

very easily identified:<br />

• Wrong color – color failures<br />

cost time and money<br />

• Damage to Brand Integrity –<br />

potential damage to reputation and<br />

stock price<br />

• Unhappy customers – lose brand<br />

loyalty and tell their friends<br />

So how can DyStar help?<br />

DyStar has a unique approach<br />

to the textile supply chain. It not<br />

only works with brands and retailers<br />

at the design and specification<br />

stages of product development<br />

but also with the mills that process<br />

the fabrics that are required to<br />

meet the shade, fastness and ecological<br />

requirements of any given<br />

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dyeing & finishing<br />

product line.<br />

What are the elements of the<br />

DyStar offer? Color Solutions International<br />

creates color inspiration,<br />

communication and realisation<br />

tools for many or the best known<br />

apparel retailers and brands in the<br />

fashion and sportswear sectors.<br />

CSI provides detailed recipes for<br />

each of the individual engineered<br />

color standards which use dyes and<br />

chemical auxiliaries covered by<br />

DyStar econfidence commitment.<br />

econfidence from DyStar ensures<br />

that for every product on the range<br />

there is an eco specification in<br />

place to check for the most likely<br />

chemical contaminants which may<br />

be subject to legal or commercial<br />

prohibition or restriction. It is the<br />

DyStar commitment to keeping undesirable<br />

hazardous chemicals out<br />

of customers’ supply chains. DyStar<br />

offers the highest standards of<br />

hazard communication at a global<br />

level so the wet processing mill has<br />

access to the same level of data, no<br />

matter where in the world it is located.<br />

Where a brand or retailer has an<br />

RSL or is required to operate in<br />

compliance with REACH or CPSIA<br />

requirements, for example, then<br />

DyStar can select recipes based on<br />

RSL-compliant and REACH preregistered<br />

products from its global<br />

ranges, and CSI produces fully ecocompliant<br />

standards.<br />

Through its sustainable <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Services, DyStar assists brands &<br />

retailers in the communication of<br />

their RSL requirements back up the<br />

supply chain by means of joint vendor<br />

seminars and training, factory<br />

audits and individually-tailored<br />

product evaluation documentation<br />

describing the suitability of DyStar<br />

products in meeting the requirements<br />

of the RSL. The service<br />

support to mill customers ensures<br />

that they are using Best Available<br />

Technology for wet processing using<br />

state-of-the-art products from<br />

DyStar designed to reduce the environmental<br />

impact of the coloration<br />

and finishing processes.<br />

DyStar is committed to helping<br />

the whole of the textile supply<br />

chain achieve its sustainability objectives.<br />

•<br />

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finishing<br />

Lectra cut order planning solves<br />

Arvind’s technical problems<br />

Mr. Ashish Kumar, CEO<br />

Arvind Ltd., the third largest producer of denim in<br />

the world, also specializes in finished denim garments<br />

for major international brands and its own local labels.<br />

Manufacturing at multiple sites in Bangalore, Arvind<br />

currently exports more than 600,000 units per month. Its<br />

manual processes, however, have been counterproductive<br />

to the company’s growing success, causing delays,<br />

production errors, and waste.<br />

To improve operations, increase production capacity,<br />

integrate process, save materials and enhance productivity,<br />

Arvind chose to implement Lectra’s Optiplan cut<br />

order planning solution alongwith Lectra’s Diamino-<br />

FashionExpertPro marker-making solution.<br />

Arvind now enjoys all the benefits of automated processes<br />

as well as Lectra’s shared expertise. Lectra’s automated<br />

development and production solutions have<br />

enabled the company to meet its challenges faster and<br />

more effectively.<br />

Arvind was facing significant challenges in cutting<br />

room planning at its various sites. Excess fabrics and<br />

fabric shortages were causing major inefficiencies in<br />

production. Organization of cutting order was not optimized,<br />

leading to wasted time and resources.<br />

The company came to Lectra, seeking to improve<br />

the operations level, increase efficiency, reduce material<br />

consumption and enhance productivity in various<br />

departments by using sophisticated technology, ideally<br />

through creation of a centralized cutting facility.<br />

The solution<br />

Lectra’s business specialists carried out a process analysis<br />

of Arvind’s manufacturing processes. They studied<br />

the existing methods used and detected production bottlenecks.<br />

After a thorough evaluation, Lectra proposed<br />

an integrated solution, including the DiaminoFashion-<br />

ExpertPro marker-making software and Optiplan Expert<br />

cutting room planning software, which would be a powerful<br />

complement to a new centralized cutting facility.<br />

“We are extremely happy with the support received and<br />

the quality of the partnership developed with Lectra,”<br />

says Mr. Ashish Kumar, Arvind’s CEO.<br />

Uncentralized planning and inefficiencies<br />

Before acquiring Lectra, Arvind was working with a<br />

manual planning and marker-making system at its various<br />

sites, with each production site handling its own<br />

cut-order planning separately. With the arrival of each<br />

customer order, individual operators would input production<br />

order information into separate Microsoft Excel<br />

files. The corresponding marker combinations would be<br />

drawn up by the operator as well, often estimated from<br />

similar markers used previously.<br />

Meanwhile, Arvind’s fabric laboratories would estimate<br />

the amount of fabric needed for each order based<br />

on approximations of markers, and they would ship the<br />

amount of fabric to the production site according to their<br />

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finishing<br />

Mr. Anil Kumar, CAD Manager<br />

calculations.<br />

One operator in each production site would then plan<br />

the cut order according to the fabric delivery and the<br />

printed-out Excel sheets. The system was time-consuming<br />

and prone to error, and it was heavily reliant on<br />

guesswork and approximated estimations. The lack of<br />

automation throughout the manufacturing chain meant<br />

that nearly the entire process had to be performed manually.<br />

The result was sometimes too much fabric, sometimes<br />

not enough, halted production, unused cutting<br />

machines, last-minute outsourcing to other companies,<br />

and, in an effort to get the best product yield from excess<br />

fabric, thousands of overstocked jeans that ended<br />

up getting stored in the warehouses and occasionally<br />

sold to employees at cost.<br />

Lectra’s cutting room combination<br />

Lectra’s solutions specialists evaluated Arvind’s<br />

process and concluded that the company should plan<br />

and optimize production orders centrally using Lectra’s<br />

Optiplan Expert in combination with its automatic<br />

marker system, DiaminoFashion. The amount of fabric<br />

necessary for each order was reduced, and the amount<br />

of fabric ordered became precise – a two-way gain on<br />

fabric use, with waste dropping to a strict minimum.<br />

Furthermore, overstocks were eliminated, meaning 100<br />

Mr. Ashok Chandru, Head of Operations<br />

per cent of the products were being delivered to customers<br />

for profit.<br />

In addition, the powerful combination of Diamino-<br />

Fashion with Optiplan Expert meant that Arvind was<br />

able to maximize efficiency based on expert planning<br />

that takes markers, orders and fabric availability into<br />

consideration. Through Lectra’s solutions, Arvind was<br />

able to not only see each marker individually, but see<br />

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finishing<br />

whole sets of markers that are necessary to produce<br />

an order, allowing them to optimize cutting order and<br />

planning as well as fabric consumption.<br />

Having implemented Lectra’s solutions, Arvind<br />

became integrated, automated, and transparent<br />

with a fully centralized, efficient process. With<br />

a 2% gain in fabric plus the elimination of overstocks<br />

– and calculated fabric savings of up to<br />

$850,000 a year – the company considers Lectra’s<br />

solution to be the most efficient in the industry.<br />

It’s also one of the most user-friendly, according<br />

to Arvind’s CAD Manager, Mr. Anil Kumar. “The<br />

implementation was done smoothly. Lectra’s solutions<br />

are quick to learn and easy to work with”, he<br />

says.<br />

Optiplan, a true control tower<br />

Optiplan Expert has helped Arvind change the<br />

ratio planning from manual to automatic. They are<br />

able to generate a detailed print report of section<br />

planning and fabric details for production.<br />

Optiplan has facilitated Arvind’s ordering and<br />

fabric stocks by providing precise instructions at<br />

each step of the planning process. This has helped<br />

optimize the process and enabled the company<br />

to share information among multiple production<br />

sites.<br />

“Optiplan has significantly improved the organization<br />

and efficiency of our cutting room operations,”<br />

says Mr. Ashok Chandru, head of operations,<br />

systems and process control.<br />

Excellent support<br />

Lectra’s expert solutions specialists have accompanied<br />

Arvind’s evolution every step of the<br />

way with constant advice, support and knowledge.<br />

Their industry experience, combined with a keen<br />

understanding of Arvind’s unique needs and the<br />

efficacy of their training and implementation, has<br />

helped Arvind adjust to its new system with ease.<br />

“The integration of Lectra’s technology into our<br />

processes plays a major role,” says Mr. Ashish Kumar.<br />

“It enables us to reduce fabric consumption<br />

in marker planning and significantly improves the<br />

organization and efficiency of our operations.”<br />

•<br />

SDL Atlas’ advanced<br />

drying rate tester<br />

launched<br />

The drying rate of fabrics is an important measurement<br />

for many garment applications, especially for<br />

performance fabrics. The SDL Atlas drying rate tester<br />

now gives retailers, fabric manufacturers and textile<br />

additive producers a consistent method of measuring<br />

the drying rate<br />

of a fabric. This<br />

device can be<br />

used independently<br />

to find a<br />

drying rate or in<br />

conjunction with<br />

the SDL Atlas<br />

Moisture Management<br />

Tester<br />

(MMT) in order<br />

to obtain a more<br />

complete understanding<br />

of the moisture management properties of a performance<br />

fabric.<br />

The device has the following salient features:<br />

• Digital balance: Mettler Toledo, model AL204,<br />

max capacity: 210g, resolution: 0.0001g<br />

• Real time plot of “dry percentage vs. time” and<br />

“sample weight vs. time”<br />

• Result calculation of “dry percentage” and “dry<br />

rate”<br />

• Communication protocol: TCP/IP, able to connect<br />

through the local area network<br />

• Provision of 150 x 150 mm sample rack, able to<br />

position upward or horizontally<br />

The SDL Atlas Group of companies offers the largest<br />

range of textile testing products, supplies, consumables<br />

and services available from a single source.<br />

With its own offices in the US, Hong Kong and China,<br />

plus agents in over 100 countries, the group is ready<br />

to support its customers anywhere in the world. •<br />

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environment<br />

March 22 was celebrated as the World Water Day,<br />

and the Spanish company Jeanologia that specializes<br />

in garment finishing has asserted that G2<br />

is a water-friendly technology contributing to<br />

conservation of this natural resource. Already<br />

over 150 machines throughout the world<br />

are saving 15,000,000 litres of water daily,<br />

sufficient to provide 75,000 people<br />

with enough water per day. Enrique<br />

Silla of the company says that “by<br />

2015, with the sales forecast of<br />

G2 technology, we will be<br />

saving enough water for<br />

a staggering 10,000,000<br />

people per day”.<br />

Consumption of water<br />

per person per day<br />

is based on an average<br />

of 200 litres, which<br />

includes drinking,<br />

personal hygiene and<br />

household use such<br />

as washing clothes<br />

and home cleaning.<br />

Bern Kolb, CEO of<br />

the prestigious Think<br />

Thank Club de Marrakesh,<br />

has stated that in 2030<br />

demand of water for human<br />

consumption will be 40 per cent<br />

more than that of today. This constitutes<br />

an enormous challenge for industry,<br />

especially textiles. This is the reason why Jeanologia, a<br />

company highly conscious of the environment, has developed<br />

all its technologies ethically, ecologically and<br />

efficiently. The company is especially sensitive to the<br />

lack of water and is preparing to launch another new<br />

technology, E-Soft, based on nano-bubbles which treats<br />

garments to soften them with minimal water usage and<br />

virtually no residues.<br />

E-Soft transforms the air in the atmosphere into nanobubbles<br />

which allows 98 per cent water saving, along<br />

with a reduction of 79 per cent in energy and 80 per cent<br />

in chemical products. E-Soft makes garment softening<br />

possible without using water or chemical, allowing a<br />

considerable saving in energy compared to traditional<br />

processes.<br />

Enrique Silla has further stated that Jeanologia<br />

has been able to pass on its ethical and ecological<br />

value to important labels that are now using<br />

the technology on their garments. Levi’s<br />

are using it on their “waterless” jeans. The<br />

chain store Jack & Jones has used it<br />

with its “Low Impact Denim”, Pepe<br />

Jeans London used it to launch<br />

its free water line “True Blue”,<br />

and the Italian label Replay<br />

not only uses the ozone but<br />

also the Jeanologia laser<br />

technology. The multinational<br />

Hindu Klran<br />

has launched its “Saving<br />

Water” collection<br />

using G2 machinery.<br />

Jeanologia counts<br />

not only on its e-Soft<br />

technology. In 2009<br />

it launched its highly<br />

successful eco-friendly<br />

washing machine<br />

G2, which uses oxygen<br />

+ ozone to “fade” jeans<br />

and sport garments, which<br />

processes textiles without water<br />

or chemicals.<br />

Moreover, Jeanologia has also<br />

promised to help those less fortunate by donating<br />

a proportion of its profits to projects in Africa<br />

to give fresh drinking water to villages which currently<br />

have no access to this vital comfort. The year 2011 saw<br />

the digging and construction of Jeanologia 1 + 2, fresh<br />

drinking water wells in Zogo, one of the poorest areas of<br />

Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso.<br />

Enrique Silla is really grateful to all clients and customers<br />

of Jeanologia for using the G2 technology to<br />

help reduce water usage throughout the world and<br />

thanks them also for helping to bring clean fresh water<br />

to the the villages in Africa.<br />

•<br />

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garments<br />

Technopak Apparel Forum focus on<br />

lean manufacturing, best practices<br />

Mr. Ravi Katyayan, Principal Consultant, Apparel Operations, Technopak, making the key note<br />

presentation on “Lean Manufacturing”<br />

The Technopak Apparel Forum<br />

(TAF), 2012, was conducted on<br />

March 24 at the Fortune Park Klassik,<br />

Ludhiana, with its theme “Pursuing<br />

Manufacturing Excellence”. It<br />

had its special focus on implementing<br />

lean manufacturing and best<br />

practices in the apparel industry.<br />

The event was attended by representatives<br />

from the key players in the<br />

apparel industry, including Reebok,<br />

Vardhman, Eve Line International,<br />

Gini & Jony, Arihant International,<br />

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R.B. Knit Exports, KOC Industries<br />

and SGS.<br />

The workshop started with the<br />

welcome speech by Mr. Amit<br />

Mishra, Associate Director, Apparel<br />

Operations at Technopak. This was<br />

followed by the keynote presentation<br />

on the current buzzword in the<br />

manufacturing set-up, “Lean Manufacturing”,<br />

by Mr. Ravi Katyayan,<br />

Principal Consultant at Technopak,<br />

and assisted by Mr. Chandrark<br />

Karekatti, Consultant at Technopak.<br />

A detailed roadmap was presented<br />

on the various aspects of lean<br />

manufacturing along with its implementation<br />

in garment factories. The<br />

concepts of single piece flow, justin-time,<br />

continuous improvement,<br />

error proofing, and Right First Time,<br />

among others, were explained in detail.<br />

The presentation also explained<br />

exactly how the various tools and<br />

processes can be applied to apparel<br />

industries. The concept of best practices<br />

that help transform factories


garments<br />

Mr. Amit Mishra, Associate Director, Apparel operations, Technopak, interacting with the audience.<br />

into world class manufacturing facilities<br />

was also discussed.<br />

Adequate and optimum utilization<br />

of people, processes and technology<br />

to generate best results was advised.<br />

The next session focused on a<br />

structured approach to ‘Quality Improvement<br />

Process’. The session<br />

was addressed by Mr. Amit Mishra.<br />

The thought process of the delegates<br />

was brushed up through detailed<br />

discussion on how to improve the<br />

quality and reduce the cost of poor<br />

quality.<br />

The key advantages of a quality<br />

improvement programme, like reduced<br />

non-conformance, improved<br />

workplace, defect perception standardization,<br />

improved process flows,<br />

systems and MIS were discussed.<br />

A structured cost-benefit analysis<br />

was also presented on the benefits<br />

to overall business. A case study<br />

of Technopak’s implementation of<br />

quality improvement programmes<br />

across factories in India was also<br />

shared.<br />

The second half of the forum was<br />

focused on inputs on the current<br />

global apparel scenario taken by<br />

Mr. Amit Mishra. Discussions were<br />

held on how the apparel industry has<br />

been shaping up in the last decade<br />

and how it can be further pushed<br />

towards greater heights. The emphasis<br />

of the discussion was on how<br />

the industry is poised as of now, the<br />

challenges it is facing and the key<br />

success factors that could take it<br />

forward. The challenges discussed<br />

included manpower shortage, maintaining<br />

profitability, scale of modernization,<br />

external competition,<br />

and low technology base and order<br />

quantities.<br />

Insights were shared on how to<br />

beat the cost factor, rebuilding a<br />

strategy based on product competitiveness,<br />

market diversification,<br />

advancements in technology and<br />

building self-sustaining and process-driven<br />

systems.<br />

The final session was addressed<br />

by Mr. Ravi Katyayan on the topic<br />

‘Skill Development in Apparel Industry’.<br />

The discussion focussed<br />

on the relevance and significance<br />

of skill development as key driver<br />

for industry growth. Technopak’s<br />

contribution to the industry through<br />

SEAM projects was highlighted.<br />

The upcoming project to be implemented<br />

by Technopak on ‘Integrated<br />

Skill Development’ under the<br />

aegis of MoT was also briefed upon.<br />

Adequate stress was laid on the importance<br />

of recruitment, training<br />

and retention strategies.<br />

The Technopak Apparel Forum,<br />

Ludhiana, is a part of the workshop<br />

series that addresses key challenges<br />

for the apparel industry. It was well<br />

received by the industry participants.<br />

The next forum of TAF series<br />

is planned in Dhaka in April. •<br />

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texprocil meet<br />

Texprocil Export Awards cover more<br />

product categories this year<br />

The Cotton <strong>Textile</strong>s Export Promotion<br />

Council held the Texprocil<br />

Exports Awards 2010-2011 in<br />

Mumbai on March 5.<br />

Newer opportunities are knocking<br />

at the doors of the Asian textiles industry<br />

in terms of growing domestic<br />

market and also exports to the<br />

neighbouring countries which are<br />

emerging as significant textile producers.<br />

The textile export sector in<br />

India is often referred to as one of<br />

the mainstays of the economy, given<br />

its potential to drive substantial employment<br />

growth and wealth creation.<br />

Whilst the world is trying hard to<br />

tide over the economic uncertainties,<br />

many of the Indian exporters<br />

braved the situation, adapted themselves<br />

to the changes and emerged<br />

successful. The Texprocil Export<br />

Awards 2010-2011 honoured these<br />

enterprising entrepreneurs who<br />

turned challenges into opportunities.<br />

Since 1975-76, the year of its institution,<br />

the awards aim to highlight<br />

the very best and, indeed, India’s<br />

world-class cotton textiles capabilities<br />

and acknowledge the best<br />

amongst Indian exporters who have<br />

achieved and sustained excellence<br />

through a balanced mix of diligence,<br />

perseverance, foresight and dedication<br />

required to develop a successful<br />

exporting organization.<br />

Mr. Amit Ruparelia, Chairman<br />

of the Council, in his welcome address,<br />

complimented the award winners<br />

despite the recent uncertainties<br />

faced by the industry. He also commended<br />

the active role played by<br />

the Government in mitigating the<br />

adversities faced by the exporting<br />

community.<br />

In his special address, Mr. V.<br />

Srinivas, Joint Secretary, Ministry<br />

of <strong>Textile</strong>s, who was the Chief<br />

Guest of the function, commended<br />

the Council for all its efforts to promote<br />

Indian cotton textiles in all its<br />

splendor.<br />

He also referred to the event the<br />

Council organised in Australia,<br />

which was commended both by the<br />

participants and the Embassy officials<br />

in Australia. He also compli-<br />

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texprocil meet<br />

List of Award winners for 2010-2011<br />

Highest global exports<br />

Top Exporters Award<br />

Welspun Global Brands Ltd<br />

Special Gold Bed linen/bed sheets/quilts<br />

Alok Industries Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Alok Industries Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Trident Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Welspun Global Brands Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Top Exporters Award<br />

Indo Count Industries Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Yarn<br />

Counts 50s and below<br />

Terry Towels<br />

Welspun Global Brands Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Trident Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Vardhman <strong>Textile</strong>s Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Sharadha Terry Products Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Nagreeka Exports Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Other made-ups<br />

Counts 51s and above<br />

Asian Fabricx Private Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Premier Mills Pvt Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Welspun Global Brands Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Kikani Exports Pvt Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Intermarket (India) Pvt Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Sree Narasimha <strong>Textile</strong>s Pvt Ltd Bronze<br />

Merchant Exporters’ Award<br />

Processed yarns<br />

Winsome <strong>Textile</strong> Industries Ltd Gold<br />

Yarn<br />

Kikani Exports Pvt Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Vardhman <strong>Textile</strong>s Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Nagreeka Exports Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Lahoti Overseas Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Fabrics<br />

Grey<br />

Fabrics<br />

The Asian Traders (India)<br />

Gold<br />

Loyal <strong>Textile</strong> Mills Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Gulabdas & Co<br />

Silver<br />

Vardhman <strong>Textile</strong>s Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Atlas Exports (India)<br />

Bronze<br />

Nitin Spinners Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

Special Achievement Award<br />

Bleached/dyed/yarn dyed/printed<br />

Yarn<br />

Alok Industries Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Premier Mills Pvt. Ltd.<br />

Gold<br />

Vardhman <strong>Textile</strong>s Ltd<br />

Silver<br />

Fabrics<br />

The Asian Traders (India)<br />

Bronze<br />

Loyal <strong>Textile</strong> Mills Ltd.<br />

Gold<br />

Denim<br />

Arvind Ltd<br />

Gold<br />

Madeups<br />

Welspun Global Brands Ltd.<br />

Gold<br />

Raymond UCO Denim Pvt Ltd Silver<br />

K G Denim Ltd<br />

Bronze<br />

mented the Chairman and his team<br />

at Texprocil for their untiring efforts<br />

towards promoting exports of cotton<br />

textiles.<br />

The function was presided over by<br />

Mr. A.B. Joshi, <strong>Textile</strong>s Commissioner,<br />

who joined the Chief Guest<br />

in distributing the awards to the winners.<br />

Mr. Manikam Ramaswami, Deputy<br />

Chairman, Texprocil, proposing<br />

a vote of thanks, expressed his<br />

gratitude to all the participants and<br />

the award sponsors, Welspun Global<br />

Brands Ltd. and Alok Industries<br />

Ltd.<br />

The main event of the evening<br />

was distribution of the prestigious<br />

Texprocil Awards honoring excellence<br />

in export performance during<br />

2010-2011. The 42 Awards covered<br />

various categories recognising excellence<br />

in exports of specific product<br />

groups within the overall categories<br />

of yarn, fabrics and made-ups<br />

such as:<br />

Cotton yarn: Counts 50s and<br />

below, counts 51s and above, and<br />

processed yarn.<br />

Cotton fabrics: Grey, bleached/<br />

dyed/yarn dyed/printed, and denim<br />

Cotton made-ups: Bed linen/<br />

bed sheets/quits, terry towels, and<br />

other made-ups<br />

There were also Awards given in<br />

the specific product categories, three<br />

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texprocil meet<br />

Special Awards in the Merchant Exporter<br />

Category, and one each in the<br />

category of cotton yarn, cotton fabrics<br />

and cotton made-ups.<br />

The expansion of the scheme of<br />

awards from 1993-94 covered the<br />

Special Gold Trophy for Highest<br />

Global Exports, common to all categories<br />

to honour the single most<br />

meritorious export performer. The<br />

highest award was the Gold Trophy<br />

in all categories, except the Highest<br />

Global Export Award where it is the<br />

Special Gold Trophy.<br />

Release of publication<br />

The hi-tech publication with an<br />

eye on the latest available technologies<br />

has included the Quick Response<br />

(QR) code that allows easy<br />

access to the directory of Indian cotton<br />

home textile exporters. All that<br />

is required is a download of QR-<br />

Apps on a smart phone and the suppliers<br />

of home textiles are a ‘click’<br />

away.<br />

Additionally, a large pull-out depicts<br />

the textile map in India for easy<br />

reference of the international buyers<br />

aiming to source home textile<br />

products from the country. A free<br />

Release of the first edition of Texprocil publication titled “Indian Cotton Home <strong>Textile</strong>s: An<br />

Evolution of Evergreen Elegance”<br />

The highlight of the Awards function,<br />

apart from the Awards presentation,<br />

was the release of the first edition<br />

of Texprocil publication titled<br />

“Indian Cotton Home <strong>Textile</strong>s: An<br />

Evolution of Evergreen Elegance!”.<br />

The product catalogue on Home<br />

<strong>Textile</strong>s styled as a Coffee Table<br />

Book (with 200 pages, hardbound<br />

and presented in a slip case) was<br />

published by the Council with the<br />

support received under the MAI<br />

Scheme of the Union Ministry Commerce<br />

& Industry. The book showcases<br />

the naturalness of evergreen<br />

cotton as it redefines lifestyles, living<br />

up to its credentials as white<br />

gold with a green heart.<br />

The publication projects India’s<br />

cotton home textiles, made-ups and<br />

furnishings as modern, contemporary<br />

lifestyle products, well illustrated<br />

with world class photography,<br />

styling, concise content writing, extensive<br />

editorial research, excellent<br />

graphic designing, quality paper and<br />

printing.<br />

multi-media CD accompanying the<br />

book includes a short film on cotton<br />

home textiles from India along with<br />

a product display menu presenting<br />

the gist of the book.<br />

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corporate<br />

Cummins completes 50 years<br />

of consistent growth in India<br />

Mr. Anant J. Talaulicar,<br />

Managing Director, Cummins Group in India<br />

Cummins, the leading manufacturer<br />

of engines, generators and related<br />

components and technologies,<br />

completed 50 years of its operations<br />

in India on April 11.<br />

From a humble beginning in 1962,<br />

when it started as a joint venture in<br />

India operating one manufacturing<br />

plant in Pune, in its 50th year,<br />

Cummins has grown to incorporate<br />

eight legal entities (including those<br />

affiliated) which collectively operate<br />

20 manufacturing facilities and<br />

employ close to 14,000 individuals<br />

across as many as 200 locations<br />

in the country. These eight entities<br />

are Cummins India Ltd., Cummins<br />

Generator Technologies India Ltd.,<br />

Cummins Technologies India Ltd.,<br />

Cummins Research & Technology<br />

India Ltd., Fleetguard Filters Pvt.<br />

Ltd., Tata Cummins Ltd., Valvoline<br />

Cummins Ltd., and KPIT Cummins<br />

Infosystems Ltd.<br />

Mr. Anant J. Talaulicar, Managing<br />

Director, Cummins Group in India,<br />

said: “Completing fifty glorious<br />

years evokes a great sense of pride<br />

for not only all of us in India but also<br />

the larger Cummins family across<br />

the world. With combined sales of<br />

$2.3 billion in 2011, our businesses<br />

in India continue to grow profitably<br />

at double-digit rates. Cummins in<br />

India is the sub-continent’s largest<br />

diesel and natural gas engine and<br />

generator manufacturer, and with the<br />

megasite project fully underway at<br />

Phaltan, we are strongly positioned<br />

to achieve our future growth targets<br />

of becoming a $7 billion group in<br />

five years. With a collective base of<br />

14,000 employees in four wholly or<br />

majority-owned and four joint venture<br />

entities, we are privileged to<br />

have grown significantly as an employer<br />

of choice in our sector in the<br />

country.”<br />

In keeping with Cummins’ philosophy<br />

of diversity in the workplace,<br />

the company has also endeavored<br />

to realize a greater representation<br />

of women in its overall employee<br />

strength and has catapulted the percentage<br />

of women employees across<br />

its product businesses from five per<br />

cent in 2005 to 25 per cent in 2011.<br />

Cummins aims to further grow this<br />

number to 30 per cent by the end of<br />

this year and to 50 per cent by 2015.<br />

Over the last five decades, Cummins<br />

has not only expanded its business<br />

but also played a significant<br />

role in corporate responsibility. The<br />

Cummins India Foundation (CIF),<br />

incorporated in 1990, channelizes<br />

the company’s CR initiatives to-<br />

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corporate<br />

wards serving and improving the<br />

communities in which its businesses<br />

are located. It focuses on higher<br />

education, energy and environment<br />

and local community infrastructure<br />

development.<br />

Cummins has emerged as a key<br />

player in supporting technical education<br />

in the country. It helped set up<br />

the Cummins College of Engineering<br />

for Women (CCEW) in Pune<br />

and Nagpur and partners with various<br />

ITIs. At CCEW, the Mechanical<br />

Engineering course for women<br />

is the first and only one of its kind<br />

in India. Over the last two decades<br />

the college has established itself as a<br />

strong brand.<br />

“We are very committed to our vision<br />

of ‘making people’s lives better<br />

by unleashing the Power of Cummins’.<br />

We have been and aim to be<br />

a good citizen of India. We look forward<br />

to strengthening our partners<br />

and communities and continue to<br />

grow from strength to strength while<br />

staying rooted to the company’s vision,<br />

mission and six core values<br />

of integrity, innovation, delivering<br />

The 50-year historic journey<br />

1962 Formation of Kirloskar Cummins Ltd., now Cummins India Ltd.,<br />

headquartered in Pune with manufacturing facilities in Kothrud,<br />

Pirangut, Daman, Pune – Nagar Road, Lonikand and Phaltan.<br />

1967 Formation of Cummins Diesel Sales & Service India Ltd., now<br />

Cummins Sales and Service India, a part of Cummins India Ltd.<br />

1987 Formation of Fleetguard Filters Pvt. Ltd., headquartered in Pune,<br />

with manufacturing facilities in Pune, Hosur and Jamshedpur.<br />

1989 Formation of Newage JV with Crompton, now Cummins Generator<br />

Technologies, headquartered in Pune with manufacturing<br />

facilities in Ahmednagar and Rangangaon.<br />

1993 Formation of Tata Cummins Ltd., headquartered in Jamshedpur<br />

with manufacturing units in Jamshedpur and Phaltan.<br />

1994 Formation of Tata Holset Ltd., now Cummins Technologies India<br />

Ltd., headquartered in Pune with manufacturing facilities in Dewas,<br />

Pithampur and Phaltan.<br />

1998 Formation of Valvoline Cummins Ltd., headquartered in Delhi with<br />

its manufacturing facility in Mumbai.<br />

2002 Formation of KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd. (Pune).<br />

2003 Formation of Cummins Research & Technology India Ltd. (Pune)<br />

superior results, diversity, global<br />

involvement and corporate responsibility,”<br />

added Mr. Talaulicar.<br />

C u m -<br />

mins in India,<br />

a power<br />

leader, is<br />

a group of<br />

complementary<br />

business<br />

units<br />

that design,<br />

manufacture,<br />

d i s t r i b u t e<br />

and service<br />

engines<br />

and related<br />

technologies,<br />

including fuel<br />

systems, air handling, filtration,<br />

emission solutions and electrical<br />

power generation systems. Its technology<br />

and pioneering initiatives are<br />

bringing innovative solutions and<br />

dependable services at the best possible<br />

value to users across the country.<br />

Its high performance outlook is<br />

based on customer focus, integrity<br />

and capability of its people.<br />

Part of the $18.05 billion Cummins<br />

Inc., Cummins in India is a<br />

group of eight legal entities across<br />

200 locations in the country with a<br />

combined turnover of Rs. 10,500<br />

crores in 2011 and employing close<br />

to 14,000 persons.<br />

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events<br />

Texfair 2012<br />

<strong>Textile</strong> Product Show attract<br />

over 40,000 trade visitors<br />

Texfair 2012, the seventh edition of<br />

the <strong>Textile</strong> Machinery, Accessories,<br />

Spares & Equipments Exhibition,<br />

was held at the CODISSIA Trade<br />

Fair Complex in Coimbatore during<br />

March 2-5. Over 150 exhibitors displayed<br />

their products and services at<br />

the 170 stalls.<br />

The exhibitors were manufacturers/distributors/<br />

service providers of textile machinery, spares, accessories,<br />

testing equipments, electrical and electronic<br />

components, etc. Manufacturers/suppliers<br />

from China, Japan, Germany, etc., also exhibited<br />

their products and services.<br />

Coinciding with TEXFAIR, the Association had<br />

organized the <strong>Textile</strong> Product Show, a maiden<br />

event, for all the four days. Around 20 textile<br />

mills participated in it. Most of the mills were<br />

from Tamil Nadu and the products ranging from<br />

yarn to fabric were displayed. The others displayed<br />

yarn and cloth made from organic cotton,<br />

viscose, blended yarn, open-end yarn, slub yarn,<br />

fancy yarn, etc.<br />

Many spinning mills which have gone in for<br />

forward integration presented their products like<br />

knitted cloth, woven cloth and varieties of home<br />

textiles. A few mills introduced branded varieties<br />

which attracted huge gatherings.<br />

A unique feature of the show was the presence<br />

of 40 powerloom owners from Sholapur who<br />

visited the stalls and made enquiries about yarn<br />

availability and quality, etc. Powerloom owners<br />

and weavers from Somanur, Palladam, Erode,<br />

Tiruchengode, Namakkal and Salem also visited<br />

the stalls.<br />

Seminars were organized on March 3 and 4 at<br />

the same venue. The topics for discussion were<br />

“Energy Conservation and Power Planning” by<br />

Power House, “Energy Savings in Energy Compressors”<br />

by Elgi Equipments Ltd., “Natural Gas<br />

Supplies through Cochin-Bangalore-Mangalore<br />

pipeline” by Gas Authority of India Ltd., “Gasbased<br />

Captive Power Generation” by Sterling<br />

& Wilson Ltd., and “Stalemate to Stability – A<br />

breakthrough Lean DFSS Solution for <strong>Textile</strong>s”<br />

by the Indian Statistical Institute.<br />

Texfair 2012 and <strong>Textile</strong> Product Show attracted<br />

over 40,000 business trade visitors. CEOs and<br />

top executives from mills also visited the expo<br />

which helped the mills in incorporating the latest<br />

developments. It also helped the exhibitors get<br />

more new business contracts, apart from renewing<br />

the existing ones.<br />

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training<br />

DMI workshop on direct-to-garment<br />

screen printing well attended<br />

DMI’s first exclusive, comprehensive workshop on<br />

direct-to-garment textile screen printing process<br />

with live demo was successfully conducted by Bhargav<br />

Mistry, Director of DMI, an industry initiative<br />

of Grafica Flextronica, a manufacturer and exporter<br />

of screen printing machines and allied products.<br />

Over 40 participants from India’s textile and garment<br />

industry attended the workshop held on April<br />

5, 6 and 7. Interestingly, barring a couple of participants,<br />

the rest said that this was their first-ever<br />

workshop on garment printing.<br />

“I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm<br />

of the participants on all<br />

the three days,” said Bhargav while<br />

commenting on the objective of the<br />

workshop.<br />

As a part of the workshop practical,<br />

T-shirts with different designs<br />

were screen-printed using nanoprinTex.<br />

The objective of the live<br />

demo was to demonstrate the print-<br />

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training<br />

Mr. Bhargav Mistry, Director, DMI<br />

ing techniques of CMYK process<br />

colour, spot separation, high density<br />

and special effects (glitter and silver<br />

effects) using water based and plastisol<br />

inks. There was also live demo<br />

of the textile heat transfer printing.<br />

At the theory sessions, Bhargav<br />

covered the entire gamut of screen<br />

printing, such as file handling, designing,<br />

pre press, right method of<br />

screen making techniques needed<br />

to achieve higher quality in printing,<br />

techniques of direct-to-garment<br />

printing using advanced machines,<br />

drying/curing process, high quality<br />

inks and chemicals, etc.<br />

In the feedback forms, the participants<br />

said they found the right<br />

solutions and tips at DMI for some<br />

of their major problems such as prepress,<br />

management, screen exposing,<br />

half-tone printing, lower productivity<br />

and poor quality, screen<br />

choke up, dot gain, problem in registration,<br />

moiré problem, 4-colour<br />

printing, lack of standardisation,<br />

colour separation, spot colour printing,<br />

mesh selection, lack of technical<br />

knowledge of inks, chemicals<br />

and consumables, rejections, wastage,<br />

labour issues, lack of clean environment,<br />

lack of knowledge about<br />

drying/curing methods, and manual<br />

screen printing.<br />

“I think these numerous problems<br />

reflect how direct-to-garment screen<br />

printers (both manual and machine<br />

users) suffered for so many years in<br />

the absence of proper guidance and<br />

knowledge. I think knowledge in<br />

textile screen printing technique is<br />

much needed to take Indian garment<br />

export to a greater height,” said<br />

Bhargav during his presentation.<br />

“We for one have taken up the<br />

challenge to impart advanced screen<br />

printing knowledge for direct-togarment<br />

screen printers, garment<br />

manufacturers, exporters and buying<br />

houses,” he added.<br />

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events<br />

ACIMIT hosting ITMF Workshop<br />

this year<br />

To organise conference in India on May 8 & 10<br />

The International <strong>Textile</strong> Manufacturers<br />

Federation (ITMF) will<br />

be holding its <strong>Textile</strong> Machinery<br />

Workshop & Dinner 2012 in Milan<br />

on April 19. The event is organized<br />

in a different country every<br />

year, and the Association of Italian<br />

<strong>Textile</strong> Machinery Manufacturers<br />

(ACIMIT) will co-host this year’s<br />

event at its Milan headquarters.<br />

The workshop will deal with the<br />

current status of the global textile<br />

and textile machinery industry and<br />

its future prospects. There will be<br />

participation in it by the ITMF Executive<br />

Board as well as a significant<br />

number of leading textile machinery<br />

manufacturers from around<br />

the world, especially from Italy.<br />

“The ITMF <strong>Textile</strong> Machinery<br />

Workshop & Dinner 2012 is a<br />

unique opportunity for high-level<br />

representatives of leading international<br />

textile machinery companies<br />

and honorary officers of ITMF to<br />

meet and discuss the views and expectations<br />

of the global textile and<br />

textile machinery industries. The<br />

presentation of the preliminary results<br />

of ITMF’s International <strong>Textile</strong><br />

Machinery Shipment Statistics 2011<br />

and additional presentations provide<br />

the ideal basis for in-depth discussions<br />

and analyses”, says Mr. Bashir<br />

Ali Mohammad, ITMF President.<br />

Mr. Sandro Salmoiraghi, ACIMIT President<br />

Mr. Sandro Salmoiraghi, ACIMIT<br />

President, commented: “It’s important<br />

to have events such as these<br />

where different operators in the textile<br />

sector can meet to discuss and<br />

find solutions to the issues facing<br />

global markets. We’re absolutely<br />

delighted to be hosting this ITMF initiative,<br />

and we’re certain that it will<br />

provide many of our manufacturers<br />

participating with an opportunity to<br />

draw comparisons with the world’s<br />

most prominent textile players.”<br />

Hosting the workshop also provides<br />

ACIMIT with an opportunity<br />

to give substance to its recent decision<br />

to join ITMF as an associated<br />

member.<br />

“ACIMIT gives priority to developing<br />

more frequent relations with<br />

all of the different players in the textile<br />

sector,” says Mr. Salmoiraghi.<br />

“At a global level, Italy’s textile machinery<br />

industry is one of the major<br />

partners for many textile manufacturers.<br />

Virtually every country with<br />

a textile manufacturing presence<br />

has Italian machinery installed in<br />

its factories. Thanks to the development<br />

of these relationships, we can<br />

strengthen Italy’s leadership position<br />

as a technology supplier in the<br />

textile industry.”<br />

ACIMIT represents around 300<br />

companies employing close to<br />

12,400 people and producing machinery<br />

for an overall value of<br />

about 2.7 billion euros, with exports<br />

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events<br />

amounting to 80 per cent of total<br />

sales. The quality of Italian textile<br />

technology is evidenced by the high<br />

number of countries in which Italian<br />

machinery is sold: around 130 countries<br />

worldwide.<br />

Creativity, technology, reliability<br />

and quality are the characteristics<br />

which have made Italy a global<br />

leader in manufacturing textile machinery.<br />

Founded in 1904 and headquartered<br />

in Zurich, ITMF is an international<br />

association for the world’s<br />

textile industries, dedicated to keeping<br />

its worldwide membership constantly<br />

informed through surveys,<br />

studies and publications and through<br />

organization of annual conferences<br />

and meetings, participating in the<br />

evolution of the industry’s value<br />

chain and publishing considered<br />

opinions on the future trends and international<br />

developments.<br />

India Conference<br />

ACIMIT, the Association of Italian<br />

<strong>Textile</strong> Machinery Manufacturers,<br />

is organizing two important<br />

workshops in Mumbai and Ichalkaranji,<br />

reflecting Italian response to<br />

strong demand for technology by<br />

the Indian textile industry.<br />

India is the world’s<br />

second largest market<br />

in terms of value<br />

for textile machinery<br />

imports amounting<br />

to 1.11 billion euros.<br />

Italian technology is<br />

especially in demand.<br />

In fact, 133 million<br />

euros worth of Italian<br />

textile machinery was<br />

sold to India in 2011,<br />

a 19 per cent increase<br />

compared to the previous<br />

year.<br />

“Our companies<br />

have been observing<br />

developments in<br />

India for some time<br />

now,” states Sandro<br />

Salmoiraghi, ACIMIT<br />

President. “Business<br />

opportunities have<br />

multiplied, particularly<br />

in recent years,<br />

owing in part to the<br />

incentives set by the<br />

Indian authorities to<br />

promote modernization<br />

of the local industry.”<br />

To meet this growing demand for<br />

‘Made in Italy’ textile machinery,<br />

ACIMIT is organizing two important<br />

workshops with Indian textile<br />

manufacturers. Mumbai and Ichalkaranji<br />

will play host the workshops<br />

to be held on May 8 and 10,<br />

at which various Italian machinery<br />

manufacturers will be presenting<br />

their latest technology proposals.<br />

The Italian machinery manufacturers<br />

taking part in them include<br />

Canalair, Cs Automazione, Fimat,<br />

Flainox, Itema, Jaeggli Meccanotessile,<br />

Ptmt, Smit and Testa.<br />

The ACIMIT workshops are part<br />

of the “Machines Italia in India”<br />

program financed by the Ministry<br />

for Economic Development, which<br />

has entrusted the organization to the<br />

Federation of Italian Manufacturers<br />

of Capital Goods.<br />

“Machines Italia in India” is an<br />

initiative aimed at supporting the<br />

internationalization activities of<br />

businesses in the sector, which is<br />

currently experiencing most intense<br />

economic development anywhere in<br />

the globe.<br />

ACIMIT represents around 300<br />

companies employing close to<br />

12,400 people and producing machinery<br />

for an overall value of<br />

about 2.7 billion euros, with exports<br />

amounting to 80 per cent of total<br />

sales. The quality of Italian textile<br />

technology is evidenced by the high<br />

number of countries in which Italian<br />

machinery is sold: around 130 countries<br />

worldwide. Creativity, technology,<br />

reliability and quality are the<br />

basic factors that contribute to Italy<br />

emerging a global leader in textile<br />

machinery manufacturing.<br />

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events<br />

Over 1,230 exhibitors to join<br />

ITMA Asia + CITME<br />

Mr. Stephen Combes, President, CEMATEX<br />

The current economic uncertainties have not dampened<br />

demand for space at the third ITMA Asia + CITME<br />

exhibition to be held at the Shanghai New International<br />

Expo Centre (SNIEC) from June 12 to 16. The show<br />

is organised jointly by CEMATEX and its Chinese<br />

partners – the Sub-Council of <strong>Textile</strong> Industry, CCPIT<br />

(CCPIT-Tex), China <strong>Textile</strong> Machinery Association<br />

(CTMA) and the China International Exhibition Centre<br />

Group Corporation (CIEC).<br />

Said Mr. Stephen Combes, President of CEMATEX:<br />

“Response to this year’s combined show is beyond our<br />

expectations. The strong demand for space attests to the<br />

effectiveness and popularity of the combined show as<br />

well as the resilience of the textile and textile machinery<br />

industry. We already had a long waitlist for space by the<br />

deadline for applications, and therefore made the decision<br />

to book the remaining space available in the venue<br />

to enable us to accommodate around 80 companies on<br />

our waitlist.”<br />

With the additional 6,000 sq. metres of exhibition<br />

space, the show will now gross over 132,000 sq. metres,<br />

30 per cent larger than the previous event in 2010. More<br />

than 1,230 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions will<br />

take part in it.<br />

Mr. Wang Shutian, CTMA President, said: “Interest<br />

in the combined show remains extremely strong, especially<br />

from Chinese textile machinery manufacturers.<br />

As China’s textile industry continues its transformation,<br />

the demand for advanced machinery and technology is<br />

on the rise. This is also reflected in the current uptrend<br />

in textile machinery trade.”<br />

The latest statistics from China Customs reveal that<br />

China’s textile machinery foreign trade registered a<br />

year-on-year growth of 25.6 per cent to reach $7.6 billion<br />

in 2011. Of this amount, exports contributed $2.25<br />

billion while imports chalked up $5.36 billion.<br />

In the lead-up to ITMA Asia + CITME 2012, visitor<br />

promotional efforts are gathering momentum. Earlier,<br />

overseas promotional activities were held in Bangladesh,<br />

India and Russia. Visits to Vietnam, Pakistan and<br />

Indonesia have been scheduled. In China, an intensive<br />

roadshow covering Fujian, Guangdong, Henan and<br />

Shandong provinces is underway.<br />

Travel package by Inorbit Tours Pvt. Ltd.<br />

Inorbit Tours Pvt. Ltd. has been organising group travels<br />

overseas for the Indian textile industry for over 35 years.<br />

The Indian visitors to the forthcoming ITMA Asia & CIT-<br />

ME 2012 can well take advantage of the company expertise<br />

for a comfortable and rewarding visit to the events.<br />

For details, contact: Mr. Om Prakash, Director,<br />

Inorbit Tours Pvt. Ltd., Tel: 022-24229281 / 09821719940<br />

Email: omprakash@inorbittours.com<br />

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men at the helm<br />

K.K. Maheshwari elevated as M.D., Grasim<br />

The Board of Directors of Grasim Industries Ltd. of the Aditya Birla<br />

Group has appointed Mr. K.K. Maheshwari as the Managing Director<br />

of the company.<br />

Speaking on this development, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman,<br />

Grasim, commented: “Over the years, Mr. Maheshwari has made<br />

stellar contributions to the Group in the leadership roles across businesses<br />

that he has led. While I am pleased to announce this elevation,<br />

the move to appoint a Managing Director for Grasim will help give a<br />

greater focus to the company. Given Mr. Maheshwari’s expertise and<br />

experience, I am sure Grasim will achieve even higher growth and<br />

further enhance stakeholder value.”<br />

In an interesting career spanning over three decades, Mr. Maheshwari<br />

has held senior roles, including leading the Group’s chemicals and<br />

trading business globally, and as whole-time Director of Aditya Birla<br />

Nuvo as well. He was transferred to Grasim in April 2010 as Business<br />

Head, Pulp & Fibre Business and was named whole-time Director of the company.<br />

Mr. Maheshwari is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.<br />

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New Business Manager for Karl Mayer Malimo<br />

Mr. Jochen Schmidt, who has<br />

been with Karl Mayer for almost 10<br />

years, has been appointed new Business<br />

Manager of Karl Mayer Malimo<br />

Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH<br />

with effect from April 1.<br />

Mr. Jochen Schmidt has his roots<br />

in the technical sector. His training<br />

as an industrial mechanic was followed<br />

by the study of precision engineering<br />

in Frankfurt. After working<br />

in development at Heraeus in<br />

Hanau he came to Karl Mayer in<br />

2002 and found his niche there.<br />

Mr. Schmidt had his first post in<br />

the ‘Central Construction’ division,<br />

where he was responsible for looking<br />

after basic machine components<br />

as head of department. At the end of<br />

2005 he took over the ‘International<br />

Business Development’ sector in order<br />

to co-ordinate and lead machine<br />

projects across the groups. From<br />

2008 he added the technical leadership<br />

of Karl Mayer (China) to this<br />

position.<br />

Now Mr. Jochen Schmidt is looking<br />

forward to further challenges in<br />

Chemnitz. In his third position in the<br />

group of companies, he would like to<br />

develop the high-value technological<br />

products in the future-oriented<br />

business sector further in a creative<br />

manner and to continue developing<br />

the chosen path as the system supplier<br />

with an eye on customers.<br />

In addition, the integration<br />

of the technical<br />

textiles business sector,<br />

including the production of composites<br />

machines and weft-insertion<br />

warp knitting machines more firmly<br />

into the Karl Mayer Group is a task<br />

to which Mr. Jochen Schmidt brings<br />

a great deal of experience. Because<br />

of his wide-ranging activities he has<br />

a knowledge of the specifics and the<br />

structures, and also knows many<br />

colleagues at Karl Mayer locations<br />

worldwide.<br />

Now, in order to settle down in<br />

Chemnitz, he will set up a second<br />

domicile in the Saxon industrial city.<br />

Working on site, personal contacts,<br />

and settling down in the region will<br />

be important to the native of Baden-<br />

Württemberg.<br />

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