ITMA Asia+CITME – The great parade of textile machinery manufacturers in Shanghai, China

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ITMA Asia+CITME – The great parade of textile machinery manufacturers in Shanghai, China


As customary at TextileFuture, we produce for our readers this Newsletter as a sort of a guide to ITMA Asia+CITME taking place from October 15 -19, 2018 at the new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai, China. It is based upon all information we have on hand from selected exhibitors at our editorial deadline of October 8, 2018. We list the exhibitors in an alphabetical order


Since 2008, a combined show known as “ITMA ASIA + CITME” has been held in China, scheduled to take place every two years. Taking off in Shanghai, the milestone event features the unique strengths of the ITMA brand and China’s most important textile event -CITME. This move to combine the two shows into one mega high-quality event is strongly supported by all nine CEMATEX European textile machinery associations, CTMA (China Textile Machinery Association) and JTMA (Japan Textile Machinery Association).  The sixth edition of the combined show will be held from 15 to 19 October 2018 at the new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in Shanghai.








Features of ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018

♦ A huge showcase of cutting-edge solutions for textile makers

♦ Strong support from all major trade associations around the world

♦ Some 100000 trade visitors from all sectors of the global textile industry

♦ Over 1600 exhibitors expected to take part in the show

♦ Over 170000 square metres of exhibition space

♦ Exhibition showcased by product category for the convenience of visitors

♦ Stringent control in force to protect intellectual property

Online Visitor Registration for ITMA Asia+CITME

For added convenience, visitors may print their badges after successful registration. This timesaving feature further helps visitors to avoid possible long onsite queues during the show. Register here

As most foreign nationals will need a visa to enter China, visitors are also encouraged to submit their visa application early to avoid possible disruption to their trip.


The Textile Machinery Associations

ACIMIT, the Italian Textile Machinery Association

ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and Italian Trade Agency will held a press conference on October 16, 2018, and its member companies will inform on what is showcased at the exhibition.


Swissmem Swiss Textile Machinery Association

The press conference of the members of the Swiss Textile Machinery Association during ITMA Asia & CITME 2018 in Shanghai on October 16, 2018. 15 member companies will be presenting their latest technologies and solutions. Some of these exhibitors from part of this TextileFuture Preview.

UCTMF the French Textile Machinery Association

ITMA ASIA+ CITME is an outstanding opportunity for the Asian and particularly the Chinese textile industry to meet the French textile machinery manufacturers. They are the sixth textile machinery exporters worldwide with state of the art, world leaders in such fields as long fibre spinning (wool, acrylic …), yarn twisting and control (including technical yarns), space-dyeing, heat setting for carpet yarns, carpet systems, dyeing and finishing, felts and belts for finishing processes, nonwovens, air conditioning of textile plants and recycling processes of textile materials.

Evelyne CHOLET, their association Secretary General states: “when I travel across China I am always astonished by the speed of the changes. For examples, transportation is now so easy with the high- speed train system, pollution is much less than it was, Chinese men and women are looking for high quality and fashion whether in apparel or home textile. These trends together with the rise of the salaries make it a must for the textile industrialists to invest in the best machines. These machines have to be productive, efficient, reliable, energy and environment friendly.

The machines our members will introduce in Shanghai have all of these characteristics; moreover, the services our members offer in China with their own subsidiaries, service centres and with their local representatives are really at the top.”

Here are some of the French exhibitors, an easy way to know more about them is to go through the association website

VDMA, the German Textile Machinery Association

VDMA will hold a press conference on October 15, 2018, 13:00 – 14:00 hrs, VDMA booth Hall 1 F57 during the show.

Representatives of numerous VDMA member companies will briefly present highlights of their technology portfolio: ANDRITZ, Autefa Solutions, BRÜCKNER, Groz-Beckert, Herzog, Kaeser Kompressoren, KARL MAYER, Küsters Textile, Lenze, Mahlo, Mayer & Cie., Monforts, Neuenhauser, Oerlikon Textile, Saurer Spinning Solutions, Textechno, Trützschler, WEKO Weitmann & Konrad.

Topics include automation, performance improvement, quality, sustainable solutions (raw material, energy, water saving), industry 4.0, digital AR/VR services, platforms, software, …

Original technology is a keystone of innovation. It has the potential to successfully turn visions of entirely new possibilities in the textile production into reality.

An emotional and inspiring example of today’s success coming from yesterday’s innovation is our visual analogy: Famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

Find out why the epitome of a “medieval castle” is an original. What role did modern craftsmanship and creative engineering play?


The Exhibitors and their novelties and innovations

BMSvision will be exhibiting at ITMA ASIA 2018, focusing on Industry 4.0 and smart textile manufacturing

Through intelligent wireless networking of all production equipment in the mill, the BMSvision Manufacturing Execution System (MES) turns the huge amount of data originating from various production machines and processes into meaningful information for managers. The BMSvision MES suite for the textile industry includes software modules for real-time monitoring, reporting, scheduling, preventive maintenance, fabric inspection and traceability. The Management Dashboard allows the combined presentation of data from these different software modules into one single web based report showing important KPIs at a glance. As such, the manager can have all information related to efficiencies, quality and energy consumption displayed in real-time in one single screen, either on PC, tablet or smartphone.

ITMA ASIA will also see the premiere of two new BMSvision products: MyMES and Argus. MyMES is an App available for both Android and iOS devices and includes a cockpit and an alert module. The cockpit shows the KPIs and most important production data of the plant while the alert module highlights problem areas that need immediate attention.

With its Cyclops system, BMSvision has been a pioneer in the field of on loom quality control for weaving mills. With its new product Argus, BMSvision again pushes the boundaries of automatic on loom inspection. For the first time ever, a system capable of inspecting unicolor jacquard fabrics is now available for weavers of top quality products, such as OPW airbags, mattress ticking…

BMSvision looks forward to welcoming its customers and any mill planning its next steps into smart manufacturing on its stand C16 in the weaving hall H3.

BMSvision is a leading supplier of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for discrete manufacturing, with focus on the textiles and plastics industry.

With over 40 years of experience, BMSvision offers a wide range of systems aimed at productivity, quality improvement and energy management.

BMSvision is present at key locations around the world, either with own branch offices or through a worldwide network of agents and service centres.


Bräcker will show the latest applications at ITMA Asia



Bräcker will welcome interested visitors in Hall 1, Booth D01.

The Swiss based Bräcker is a leading manufacturer of key components for ring spinning machines. Bräcker will exhibit the well-known, high quality products and present the latest innovations.

Bräcker’s products enable spinning mills to increase their production output at an efficient price-performance ratio. The company will demonstrate the ability to generate additional customer value, by utilizing its expertise in ring spinning.

The surface treatment of the ONYX travellers facilitates a higher efficiency. The improved gliding characteristic allow for an increase of the spindle speed by up to +1000 rpm and prolongs the life of the traveller by up to +50 %. On top of that the running-in period is considerably reduced.

ONYX travellers

The large contact surface between SFB traveller and ORBIT ring allows for increased spindle speeds even with fibres like Viscose or with fibres, tending to thermal damage, e.g. Polyester. Higher traveller speeds of 10 – 20 % are achieved compared to the T-flange ring / C-shaped traveller system. To cover the new demands, the SFB traveller portfolio was substantially expanded in regards of traveller profiles and weights.

ORBIT System

BERKOL® multigrinder MGL and MGLQ – the all in one grinder

BERKOL multigrinder

The entire range of top rollers and long cots used in a spinning mill can be processed on only ONE single machine. Any execution of center guided top roller is ground fully automatically on the BERKOL® multigrinder. The multigrinder MGL/ MGLQ is a very flexible grinding machine for smaller and medium sized spinning mills with up to 50’000 spindles. Operating the machine is done only from the front side of the machine. The optimal ergonomics of the multigrinder allow for its efficient operation.

A detailed overview about the full product range of Bräcker can be found by clicking at the link below.


Quality before quantity: China turns increasingly to superior quality weaving machines from DORNIER for manufacturing technical fabrics

High-tech boom in China: More and more Chinese textile companies are choosing weaving machines from DORNIER in order to meet the growing demand for high quality technical fabrics for aircraft parts, filters, automotive and safety textiles. At the ITMA Asia International Textile Machinery trade fair in Shanghai (15-19 October), the German technology leader will exhibit the world‘s most advanced weaving technology for producing high performance fabrics.

Audacious investment objectives, rising wages, enormous funds for research and development (equivalent to about 226 billion euro in 2017 alone) and emerging aspiration towards quality: China‘s evolution from the overflow production facility for the West into a high-tech industrial powerhouse in its own right shows no signs of flagging. This trend is also reflected strongly in the Chinese textile industry, and is being monitored attentively at the Lindauer DORNIER GmbH (LiDO): „China has always been an important market for us, but since the demand for higher quality textiles has also begun to grow, it has become our biggest market“, says Wolfgang Schöffl, Head of Business Unit Weaving Machines at DORNIER.

In China, LiDO weaving machines are used to create fine scarves and elegant women‘s apparel from cashmere wool and silk as well as intricate airplane parts from carbon fibres. This last category is part of the growing global market for technical textiles, which is supplied with special coatings, airbags, tyrecord and filters as well as much else which is manufactured in the Middle Kingdom on weaving machines from DORNIER. And the volume of these high-performance fabrics required just to satisfy China‘s domestic demand is enormous.

Quality and precision: This is where precision filter fabrics for liquid, solid and air filtration are produced on rapier weaving machines from the house of DORNIER (Photo: “Weaving mill”; Source: DORNIER)

Flawless processing of high-performance fibres

Let us consider filtration, for example: The fact that the Chinese city of Xi‘an cleans its air with the tallest anti-smog tower in the world (100 m) is convincing testament: cleaning air and water is a major concern in China. This is one reason why DORNIER in Shanghai – for the first time ever in Asia – will exhibit its new P2 rapier weaving machine in its most powerful configuration (Type: TGP). This machine is able to bring a reed beat-up force of up to five tons for producing wide, seamless fabrics for high density air and water filters. „The textile is exposed to exceptionally high forces specifically for wet filtration; seams are weak spots, which should be avoided if possible“, explains Schöffl.

Seamless transition: The new generation of rapier weaving machines, the P2 TGP will be make its Asian premiere at ITMA Asia (Photo: “DORNIER P2”; Source: DORNIER)

It is no coincidence that the rising sales of weaving machines from the shores of Lake Constance are closely linked to Chinese demand for high-performance fabrics both domestically and for export: The weaving machines from DORNIER have represented the gold standard for flawless processing of high-performance fibers such as carbon, glass fiber and aramid for over 60 years. „The greater the volume of high-quality fabrics China manufactures, the more weaving machines we can send them“, says Schöffl. At the same time, the division head continues, besides the technical quality the company‘s Chinese customers also value LiDO‘s aftersales and training services, ease of contact and fast response times.

„Made in Germany“ weaving machine showroom

Besides the P2 TGP rapier weaving machine, DORNIER is also going to exhibit other machines at the trade fair: an air-jet weaving machine for manufacturing car upholstery and an airbag weaving machine (at the booth of the Belgian machine building company Van de Wiele) will also be on display. The „Made in Germany“ label is highly regarded as a hallmark of quality in China, as is borne out by an ongoing project in the town of Ürümqi. An entrepreneur has established a showroom there with a dozen or more weaving machines to show how raw textile materials are turned into fabrics for an enormous variety of applications. Naturally, in such a setting the quality of the wovens cannot be left to chance: Every one of the weaving machines in the showroom was built by DORNIER in Lindau.

Weaving for the automotive industry: In Asia too, tirecord, upholstery and airbags are manufactured on air-jet weaving machines from DORNIER (Photo: “DORNIER A1”; Source: DORNIER)

Lindauer DORNIER GmbH and its Weaving Machine, Specialty Machine and Composite Systems divisions has earned its place as a global technology leader. In 2017, the family-owned German company with about 1000 employees (including 60 trainees) recorded incoming orders totaling about 280 million euro. The weaving machines from Lindauer DORNIER meet all of the requirements that are essential for modern fabric production: flexible, gentle material insertion, an exceptionally broad spectrum of material and pattern capabilities, absolute functional reliability, flawless goods and short standstill times. The DORNIER system family, consisting of rapier and air-jet weaving machines, is the contemporary answer to the unforgiving catalog of specifications demanded by today’s market. Manufactured in the production workshops at Lindau and Esseratsweiler in Germany. 90 % of the machines produced are exported.


Graf will present its wide portfolio of solutions

Graf will present its wide portfolio of solutions at ITMA ASIA. The exhibition is held in Shanghai from October 15 to 19, 2018 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre. Graf + Cie AG welcomes the interested visitors in Hall 1, booth D01

The company Graf, located in Rapperswil (Switzerland), is a leading supplier of clothings for flat cards, roller cards and combs for combing machines. As a complete system provider, Graf offers a comprehensive package from the product and technical advice through to service and service equipment. This full range of products and services is designed to deliver maximum value to customers. Graf also supports its customers by developing custom-made solutions for all their application needs.

Graf’s new products and product systems always have one goal: to strengthen the customers’ position in their markets. Graf + Cie AG will show its wide portfolio of solutions for the spinning and fibre preparation process.

Ri-Q-Comb flex, the innovative circular comb series with adjustable height for up to 20% lower imperfections.

The new top combs FIXPRO C35 and C40 will be presented for the first time at an international trade fair. With 35 or 40 teeth respectively, nep values can be improved by up to 30%.

The EasyTop System of flat clothings stands for optimal settings of the carding gap and reduces the loss in good fiber. In addition, the handling of flat clothing replacement is much easier and can be done without special equipment.

The reputable product line of flexible flat clothings, well-known by the brand names resist-O-top or InLine-X-Top, stand for better quality in combination with higher lifetime compared to competitor-products in the short to medium staple range.

Besides the applications on display, Graf provides a wide range of solutions in the carding-, combing- and nonwoven-processes.

Graf + Cie AG, the world’s leading supplier of clothings and combs in the field of carding-, combing- and nonwoven-processes, is a subsidiary of the Rieter Group. Graf, based in Rapperswil (Switzerland), creates customer value through system expertise, innovative solutions, after sales excellence and global presence. Manufacturing of flexible flat clothings, metallic clothings for flat- and roller cards, know-how in metallurgy and in the precise processing of steel are core competencies of the company. The high level of vertical integration lays the foundation for the superior quality of Graf’s products and services.


The secret lies in the knowhow

Groz-Beckert at ITMA Asia + CITME in Hall 4, Booth D25.

For 166 years, customers have been relying on Groz-Beckert, not only because our products are refined down to the smallest detail and help them to set themselves apart from their competition, but also because we offer an extensive portfolio where individual components work together to help prevent disruptions in production for the customer as far as possible. But how do the products fare in the cost-benefit comparison? And what about environmental aspects? It goes without saying that Groz-Beckert also places great importance on these aspects.

One good example here is the special needle shank geometry of the litespeed® plus needle. The reduction of the needle shank thickness on both sides reduces the friction in the needle trick, thus lowering the energy consumption and the machine temperature. See the litespeed® plus needle for yourself at the Groz-Beckert booth – in direct comparison with the litespeed® needle and competitor needles.

A further highlight presented by the product group Circular Knitting is the chrome-plated needle. Thanks to its chrome-plated hook, the lifetime of the needle can be significantly increased, for example when using abrasive yarns.

In the product group Legwear, the focus is on the variety of our ever growing range of needles and matching system parts. The precise interplay between the individual components is presented vividly at our booth by the example of different knitting types.

The manufacture of compound needles also requires maximum precision, as the needle and closer part must mesh precisely, yet must be able to move independently of each other. In the flat knitting sector, these needles are used to achieve finer gauges and to produce fully fashioned articles and complete items.

Our warp knitting customers are also well aware that not all needles are the same. Loose, as well as in modules – original Groz-Beckert needles and system parts are in a class of their own on the market. They form the basis for long lifetimes and a uniform loop structure.

Groz-Beckert at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018

Have we aroused your curiosity? See the innovative litespeed® plus needles in action. Experience the perfect interplay between the system parts and needles in the flat knitting machine, which makes even the most challenging patterns possible thanks to the precise transfer. Follow the process of creating a warp-knitted fabric and the loop formation with extremely fine gauges on the sock machine.

Product portfolio for the weaving sector

From the fibre to the finished woven fabric – Groz-Beckert products are used everywhere. Cleaning, drawing-in, knotting or weaving: Groz-Beckert, as a systems provider for weaving accessories and preparation, offers a unique variety in its product range. You can find out more about the comprehensive product portfolio at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018.

The weaving preparation division will be presenting the KnotMaster at the Groz-Beckert booth. This high-performance tying machine is characterized by a high variety of functions – such as single and double knots, short knot ends, four knot types or thread breakage monitoring. The unique modular system also guarantees user and service-friendly handling.

The WeavingLoom, a replica weaving machine made from acrylic glass, gives insights into the wide range of weaving accessories from Groz-Beckert – from heald frames and healds, warp stop motions and drop wires, to the PosiLeno® leno system. A variety of woven fabric types will also be presented, from Leno Weave to Jacquard fabric.

Illustrative hand samples of the weaving accessories harness frames and healds complete the exhibition.

Visit the Groz-Beckert booth D25 in Hall 4 at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 and find out more about products for the Weaving sector. The Groz-Beckert experts are looking forward to your visit. You can also find more information at Groz-Beckert Homepage.

Needles, jet strips and services for the nonwovens industry

At ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 in Shanghai the product division Felting will present its contribution to the global nonwovens industry.

Application advice from the fiber to needled nonwoven: The staple fiber needle punch line

As a development partner, Groz-Beckert expanded its range of application advice in March 2017 with the staple fibre needle punch line. The line is available in various versions to customers and partners for tests and joint projects in both needle and textile development.

Customers also benefit from improved consulting and optimized products through Groz-Beckert’s own in-house building of process knowledge – the focus will also be on customer products and customer processes. Groz-Beckert’s complete range helps customers to prevent resource bottlenecks and production stops on their own lines.

The unique concentration of experts, development resources, laboratory services, machines, systems and a complete needle product range enables a unique usage concept in the sector.

Take the opportunity to experience the staple fiber needle punch line live – at the Groz-Beckert booth at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018. The 3D printed model to a scale of 1:18 of the original line at the Textile and Development Center (TEZ) in Albstadt, Germany, impresses with its wealth of technical detail.

Patented working part shape for improved needling parameters: The GEBECON® felting needle

Benefit from the use of the patented GEBECON® felting needle for improved surface quality on your end product and optimal break-bending properties. Talk with our experts at the Groz-Beckert booth at ITMA Asia and discover how the improved stability and flexibility of the GEBECON® felting needle shape can reduce needle breakage in your needling machine, and also enable faster line speeds with reduced deflection compared with standard felting needles and conventional conical felting needles.

Durable, energy-saving and sustainable: The EcoStar® felting needle


The EcoStar® felting needle is a real highlight at ITMA Asia 2018 for all applications with the highest demands for surface quality. It is characterised in particular by its special working part cross-section, which has been reduced by 13% compared with the standard needle (figure on the left).

This geometry creates a narrower contact angle of the fibrrs in the barb and thus achieves a higher fiber retention capacity. Talk to our experts at the Groz-Beckert booth and discover the other effects of the working part cross-section and how you can achieve a more uniform end product surface quality in direct comparison to a standard felting needle. The EcoStar® felting needle also achieves energy savings of up to 7% in the needling process in direct comparison to a standard felting needle.


Get your own impression with an up-close view of the GEBECON® and EcoStar® needle shapes: These special needle geometries will be presented down to the smallest detail in a head-high needle exhibit at the Groz-Beckert booth.



Innovation for the spunlace industry: The HyTec® P jet strip

HyTec® P jet strip


Groz-Beckert is presenting the innovative HyTec® P jet strips for spunlace customers. The significantly higher hardness and the spring-hard properties have a positive impact on all mechanical properties. Benefit from the significantly improved handling properties, optimal service life and high scratch resistance to damage when changing jet strips. Over 1,000 HyTec® P jet strips have already been sold worldwide, with more than half in the Asian market.

Groz-Beckert is looking forward to presenting various specifications of the HyTec® P at the trade fair. We invite you to experience first-hand the trade fair exhibit with its three versions of the new jet strip.

Visit us at the Groz-Beckert Booth D25 in Hall 4.

System parts for outstanding carpet surfaces and highly complex patterns

Rising demands on the quality of the end products also require tufting tools to deliver maximum performance. Groz-Beckert is meeting these requirements with a unique quality promise. As a systems provider, we offer all components including tufting needles and needle modules, hooks and loopers, reed finger modules, and tufting knives, all from a single source. Discover the broad product portfolio of Groz-Beckert at ITMA Asia in Shanghai– our experts are looking forward to your visit.

The Groz-Beckert gauge part-system impresses. A tested and coordinated selection of materials, adherence to the tightest tolerances, and dimensional conformity of all individual tools form the basis for a functioning interaction of all components within the system. The Groz-Beckert gauge part system thus fulfils all requirements of rug and artificial lawn manufacturers for functionality, reliability and durability, delivering a remarkable cost-saving result.





We stand by you as a partner

Groz-Beckert has been gaining expertise in needle manufacturing for over 160 years, and boasts a portfolio of about 70,000 products. As a reliable partner to the textile industry, we stand for consistent and constant development of our products, and thus fulfil the ever growing demands from the sector and our customers.

Suitable for any application: Groz-Beckert card clothing for the spinning and nonwovens industries

The carding process is extremely important in both the nonwovens and the spinning industry. Groz-Beckert card clothing help to lay the foundation for the quality of the subsequent end product. Discover the broad product portfolio of Groz-Beckert at ITMA Asia in Shanghai – our Carding experts are looking forward to your visit.

A perfectly coordinated interaction between the card wires achieves an optimal carding result both in the revolving flat card and in the roller top card. This is also reflected in the quality of the web or card sliver. To achieve this, Groz-Beckert offers a wide range of card clothing and card wire geometries for every application.


In the field of nonwovens, the portfolio ranges from feed roller and licker-in wires, worker, stripper and cylinder wires, through to doffer and transfer roller wires, condenser wires, stripper and take-off wires. The use of special card clothing geometries like the worker and doffer wires SiroLock® and EvoStep® can lead to better fibre control and a more even web. The SiroLock® card clothing also impresses with increased performance of the roller card, while EvoStep® card clothing focuses on saving raw material.














Groz-Beckert products for the spinning industry

For optimal carding results: Revolving tops from Groz-Beckert

The portfolio of metallic card clothing is supplemented for the spinning industry with revolving tops and stationary flats, as well as cleaning fillets. For processing synthetic fibers in particular, Groz-Beckert offers a special card clothing with a curved tooth profile: the synthetic doffer wire D40-30-52C CBF. This achieves a better fibre transfer from the cylinder to the doffer, thus creating an improved yarn quality and higher efficiency of the revolving flat card.

Proven quality from Groz-Beckert for needles – one of the most important parts of the sewing machine

A sewing machine without a needle is like a car without an engine. Because, without a needle, the sewing machine can not sew. They have an essential task in the sewing process: It penetrates the materials to be joined, guides the thread through and thus joins the item to be sewn together. Stitches are formed between the needle and looper and needle and spooled thread.

At ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, you can experience this special joining process live and see how the stitch formation works in detail. Our experts will advise you on the individual advantages available to you with the proven quality of Groz-Beckert sewing machine needles for lasting improvements in your sewing process.

Different types of stitch formation

Sewing is the joining of material by a seam. Seams can be created in different ways; i.e. with different types of stitch formation. The individual stitch types vary in the geometric arrangement of the threads and, according to 61400 or ISO 4916, are classified into six basic forms:

Live: Stitch type 605


There will be a unique opportunity to experience the stitch type 605 at ITMA Asia 2018: At the Groz-Beckert booth, you can experience the interplay between machine, needle and thread in a fascinating animation, as well as an acrylic replica of a sewing machine.

Canot take up our invitation to visit the Groz-Beckert booth at ITMA Asia? The animation for the type 605 stitch formation, along with other animations for stitch types 301, 401 and 504, are also available in our Customer Portal.

Proven quality from Groz-Beckert

Sewing machine needles have formed part of Groz-Beckert’s product range for over 35 years. To guarantee an optimal interplay between machine, thread and needle for the stitch formation, Groz-Beckert sewing machine needles are always manufactured with state-of-the-art technology and maximum precision. Whether for standard applications or applications with special requirements – at ITMA Asia 2018, you can discover which sewing machine needles from Groz-Beckert can help you produce perfect seams.


ITEMA exhibiting two brand-new weaving machines and breakthrough weaving innovations

Itema, the world’s largest privately held provider of advanced weaving solutions, including best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services, has prepared an impressive product line-up for ITMA ASIA+CITME 2018  (Hall 3, Booth C25)

Itema in China

Featuring a top-notch organization in China – Itema Weaving Machinery China – counting 150 employees and an assembly line based on the most modern lean manufacturing concepts implemented at the Company’s headquarters in Italy, Itema assembles the latest generation machinery in the world-class manufacturing sites both in Europe, as well as in China, with the same attention to detail and quality, reliability and performance guarantee that Itema Customers look for when they purchase Itema machines. The only manufacturer in the weaving industry to adopt this future-oriented strategy, Itema firmly believes that Chinese and worldwide weavers always deserve the latest and most advanced technology available in the market.

Itema at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018

Visitors to ITMA Asia will have multiple chances to appreciate and study the Itema weaving technology, with a total of 15 Itema weaving machines on display, of which 6 in Itema booth (Hall 3 Booth C25) and the rest in Partner booths across Hall 3.

Absolute stars of the Itema machines’ line-up will be two brand-new rapier machines, both representing the Second Generation of well-known Itema models, the R95002denim and the R90002.

Itema R95002denim: to make its debut in China

The second generation of the Itema denim-dedicated rapier weaving machine, the R95002denim will be exhibited for the first time in China for the benefit of Asia-Pacific weavers.

Launched in April 2018, the Itema R95002denim already became the success case of the year, amassing interest and requests from all over the world. ITMA Asia visitors will see first-hand the extraordinary advantages provided to denim weavers by the R95002denim.

Unparalleled cost savings, superior fabric quality and outstanding user-experience are the key words of the R95002denim which features breakthrough devices and enhanced skills guaranteeing an unrivalled competitive advantage in the market to denim mills.

Saving is the crucial point of the R95002denim. Not only the optimization of the main mechanical components allows a considerable energy consumption reduction, but the machine is equipped with the iSAVERTM, a revolutionary device, never-before-seen in the industry, that eliminates the waste selvedge on the left-hand side of the fabric thus leading to unparalleled savings.

Designed and developed by ItemaLab – the Itema advanced innovation department, the iSAVERTM combines the most innovative mechatronic principles and provides the saving that the weaver never expected that would have been possible to get. Furthermore, for the first time in the weaving industry,  a  sustainable  approach   to   fabric   production   is   possible   thanks   to   a   significant reduction in resource use and wastage.

The R95002denim is produced with the same quality guarantee in both Itema world class manufacturing plants in Italy and in China, guaranteeing the fastest time to market and the same excellent machine to worldwide Customers.

Itema R9002: presented to the weaving world for the first time at ITMA Asia 2018

Produced and assembled in the Itema manufacturing plant in China, the R9000 comes at ITMA Asia in a fully revamped version by borrowing some of the latest Second Generation technological advancements implemented on the Itema R95002denim. The R9000 Second Generation will set the machine even further apart from its competition due to tangible and substantial benefits for the weaver. In fact, the R90002 has been implemented with optimized components and mechanical highlights leading to significant energy saving and performance improvements compared to the previous model. Moreover, the new machine’s ergonomy guarantees an outstanding user-friendliness by facilitating machine accessibility for the weaver when carrying out daily textile operations and the Itema Electronic NCP – New Common Platform – comes here loaded on a high-performance, super sensitive touch-screen console. The R90002 on show at ITMA Asia – weaving a fashion apparel style – is equipped with the Itema FPA – Free Positive Approach weft transfer which – due to no guiding elements in the shed – ensures superior versatility. Furthermore, the R90002 will run with the Stäubli dobby 2678 providing enhanced speed and superior machine’s performances.

Itema booth: the complete line-up

In addition to R90002 and R95002denim, two more rapier machines and two airjet machines will be exhibited in the Itema booth.

The R9500terry, the champion of the worldwide high- end terry weaving market comes to ITMA Asia fully loaded with its famous and unique advantages and will weave a heavy bath mat style to show its unparalleled textile versatility and superior fabric quality.

Last, but not least, Itema will showcase at ITMA Asia the R9500 in the widest weaving width of its range, 540cm. The continuous roll-out of customized special versions tailored for technical fabrics, as well as dedicated devices for each application, make the R9500 by Itema the perfect machine for the manufacture of the full range of technical textiles, including ones with the finest monofilament yarn, multifilament yarn with high tenacity, and multiple pick insertion fabrics. Considering the prevalence of technical fabrics production in China and in Asian Countries, the R9500 540cm weaving a coating fabric style will definitely represent an attention point in the weaving hall.

On the airjet side, ITMA Asia will be the stage for two Itema airjet machines, the A9500 weaving an apparel fabric and the A9500p weaving a bottom weight fabric.

Developed to run faster and launched in the market during ITMA Asia in 2014, the A9500p is today a real market success due to its tireless production capacity demonstrated in the most demanding Indian mills where a huge number of A9500p daily weave non- stop and with superior fabric quality the widest range of apparel fabrics at the highest production speed. The A9500p on display during the upcoming ITMA Asia will be equipped with all the outstanding

technological advancements which make this machine the most innovative airjet in the playground, including the Itema Double Tandem Nozzles which provide superior fabric quality and significant cost savings.

Moreover, an absolute key improvement for the benefit of apparel and fashion fabrics weavers will be exhibited on the A9500 – 280cm – on show. The machine will be equipped with the new Pneumatic Tuckers for 10mm selvedges which ensure a superior fabric quality and represent a substantial added value for weavers.

Itema booth: spare parts and after-sales service

In addition to Itema’s line-up of the latest and most innovative new weaving machines in the market, the Company will also feature its spare parts and after-sales support: fast and reliable service when it comes to offering Customers peace of mind through high-quality replacement parts, customized upgrade kits to optimize machine performance and retrofit latest Itema innovations on existing looms, electric, electronic and mechanic repairs to give new life to looms, as well as training to ensure Itema weavers get the most out of their weaving machines. Come by Itema booth to meet our dedicated Product Care and Spare Parts teams.

Lamiflex – an Itema Group Company – booth

In Hall 3 – Booth E9, Lamiflex representatives will be on hand to demonstrate the most comprehensive portfolio of original flexible rapier tapes, sprocket wheels and other accessories on the market. Lamiflex invented the first flexible rapier tape in the market and is now an undisputed technological leader when it comes to advanced composite materials design and manufacture of best-in-class tapes and accessories for weaving, as well as a broad range of other industries. First result of synergies between Itema and Lamiflex is the brand-new TLC triple-layer carbon tape featured on the R95002denim.

To learn more about Itema’s technological innovations, make sure to visit ITEMA Stand @ ITMA Asia: Hall 3, Booth C25.


  • Rapier R95002denim – 220cm – Stretch Denim
  • Rapier R90002 – 220cm – Fashion Apparel
  • Rapier R9500terry – 280cm – Terry Bath Mat
  • Rapier R9500 – 540cm – Coating Fabric
  • Airjet A9500 – 280cm – Apparel
  • Airjet A9500p – 190cm – Bottom weight

Itema is a leading global provider of advanced weaving solutions, including best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services. The Company is the only manufacturer in the world to provide the top three weft insertion technologies: rapier, air jet and projectile, with an ample product portfolio and a commitment to continuous innovation and technological advancement of its weaving machines. The Company is also unique in its sector with two R&D units, of which one – ItemaLab – is dedicated entirely to breakthrough innovations and the development of the “loom of the future.”


Mayer & Cie. to exhibit three e-machines at ITMA Asia

From O as in OVJA to S as in spinitsystems

German Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is focussing entirely on electronic machines. All three machines scheduled to be on show in Shanghai – the Spinit 3.0 E, the OVJA1.6 EE 3/2 WT and the OVJA 2.4 EC – come in this category. It will be the first time the Spinit spinning and knitting machine and the OVJA1.6 EE 3/2 WT, designed specially for knitting shoe uppers, have been exhibited in China. And it will be the first time ever that the OVJA 2.4 EC has been on show. It is an electronic jacquard machine that Mayer & Cie. China (MCN) has added to its product line

OVJA 2.4 EC: Mayer & Cie. China’s first electronic machine

“We have noticed for some time an increase in demand in the high-end machine segment in China,” says Rudolf Crass, Mayer & Cie.’s regional sales manager with responsibility for China. “High-output circular knitting machines are trending too.” The new OVJA 2.4 EC that Mayer & Cie. China will present to trade visitors for the first time at ITMA Asia is just such a machine. With its 2.4 systems per inch it is a full jacquard machine that outperforms Chinese manufacturers’ conventional models in productivity. Thanks to its three-way-technology, the OVJA 2.4 EC offers great variety in design patterns. It is aimed at discerning Chinese customers who produce fabrics for outer garments, sports- and leisurewear.

Its design is borrowed from that of the successful OVJA 2.4 SE mini-jacquard machine and its functionality is based on that of the OVJA 2.4 E full jacquard machine. The most important difference between it and the two machines on which it is modelled is the implementation of the needle selection. The OVJA 2.4 E relies on electronic individual needle selection on one track via control board and the Chinese model uses 16 athermal electromagnetic actuators on eight tracks. “That has advantages in terms of user friendliness because gauge changes are faster and easier,” Crass explains. “It is also more attractive in terms of pricing combined with high productivity. Not to mention easy spare parts availability for it being domestic system.”

The OVJA 2.4 EC is the first electronic machine to be finally assembled at Mayer & Cie. China. During the past years, the Chinese works have continually expanded their portfolio. The most successful – and first – Chinese model is the MSC 3.2 II single jersey machine and its double jersey counterpart the MDC 2.2. Since the end of 2017, a Relanit 3.2 SC with Mayer & Cie.’s tried and trusted relative technology has completed the portfolio for the domestic market. All four machines come with a knitting head made in Germany. Different frame and control panel components are manufactured in Shanghai for final assembly.

Spinit 3.0 E: making the potential of spinning and knitting tangible

“We are delighted to be able to present our Spinit 3.0 E spinning and knitting machine ‘in the flesh’ at this year’s ITMA Asia,” says Michael A. Tuschak, Mayer & Cie.

’s spinitsystems marketing and sales manager. “The technology, how it works and above all the result are always demonstrated the most impressively on the machine itself.” Tuschak anticipates visitors to the Mayer & Cie. stand at ITMA Asia with a strong interest in the spinning and knitting technology. Experience, he says, has shown that the technology is mainly of relevance in established textile markets. Larger companies, such as full-service enterprises or spinning mills with forward integration, are constantly looking for ways in which to set themselves apart from the competition.

“With spinitsystems we can give our customers something new,” Tuschak says. By that he means, for one, the product the machine makes. Spinit Fancy Jersey with its characteristic pattern variations can only be made on the Mayer & Cie. machine. For another, the Spinit 3.0 E offers benefits in the manufacturing process. To produce single jersey it requires much less energy, time and space than the conventional process, and that recently won spinitsystems the German Environment Ministry’s Innovation Prize for the Climate and the Environment (IKU).

OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT: a shoe upper fabric specialist

“The OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT is our first ‘real’ shoe machine,” says Hardy Bühler, Mayer & Cie.’s Key Account Manager Brands. He is keenly concerned with the requirements of the shoe upper fabric growth market. The new machine uses three-way technology in the cylinder and two-way technology in the rib dial. That ensures a very wide range of patterns for the multi-colour jacquard machine, which can at the same time produce a hole structure look by means of multiple tuck loops. It also produces plain and multi-coloured spacer fabrics up to 5 mm thick, which Bühler says is very much in demand for shoe uppers. Producing spacer fabrics on a circular knitting machine makes sense for several reasons. For one, set-up times are much shorter than when using other means of production. A circular knitter also uses much less yarn to make multi-coloured spacer fabrics. That above all, Bühler says, makes manufacturing small batches of spacer on a circular knitting machine a winner.

In addition to the OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT, the Mayer & Cie. portfolio includes several machines that are suitable for making shoe upper fabric, especially OVJA machines. The Technit D3, in contrast, is a spacer specialist. It knits with three threads on the cylinder side and produces spacer structures with four needle tracks.

Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is a leading international manufacturer of circular knitting machines. The company manufactures the entire range of machines required for making modern textiles. Fabrics for home textiles, sportswear, nightwear and swimwear, seat covers, underwear and technical uses are made on MCT knitting machines.

Founded in 1905, Mayer & Cie. generated sales of EUR 105 million in 2017 with about 500 employees worldwide, according to preliminary figures. In addition to its headquarters in Albstadt, Germany, where around 370 people work, and subsidiaries in China and the Czech Republic, Mayer & Cie. is represented by sales partners in around 80 countries.


Innovations related to key issues of our time by Karl Mayer

KARL MAYER’s exhibition full of future opportunities presented at ITMA ASIA + CITME, 15.-19.10.2018, Stand B 11, H 4 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai

No ITMA without KARL MAYER! At the upcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME, the world market leader will be present on Booth B 11, Hall 4, with an innovation show on the mega trends of our time, demonstrating how it is possible to implement such major topics as innovations, digitization and sustainability.

As far as digitization is concerned, KARL MAYER underlines its position as the undisputed number one in the market. For the development of new digital solutions with high customer benefit, KARL MAYER recently set up its own company. KARL MAYER’s new, digital brand will be launched at ITMA ASIA + CITME.

Concerning the topic of sustainability, the company will provide versatile solutions under the motto „Cleaner.Productions“. These include new warp knitting machines which have a lower energy consumption due to their intelligent technology, and application concepts with increased advantages for the environment. One of the highlights will show how it is possible to replace formerly mainly woven articles by warp-knitted textiles as an ecological alternative. An example in this respect is TERRY.ECO for the manufacture of terry articles.

The warp preparation business unit will be displaying a sizing machine with minimum resource consumption. Less demand for water, energy and sizing agents also means less costs and, thus, even more advantages for the customers. The technical core of the machine with focus on the ecological aspect will be presented during the trade fair. Besides, a new direct beamer with improved price-performance ratio will also be premiered at ITMA ASIA + CITME.

For the production of technical textiles, KARL MAYER will be demonstrating comprehensive expertise in Shanghai. Especially in the building and construction industry it is possible to open up new, lucrative areas of application by using textiles produced on KARL MAYER machines. Important keyword here is textile concrete.

Moreover, during the trade fair in Shanghai, KARL MAYER will invite its guests to take part in an in-house show at its plant in Changzhou. Here, the visitors will have the opportunity to see a performance show of the new COP 5 EL equipped with five guide bars, as well as lace raschel machines featuring an excellent price-performance ratio, and new developments in the double-raschel and terry-fabric fields. Besides, the visitors will also have the chance to see market-oriented developments for the warp preparation business, especially for the players in the shirting and sheeting market, and in the denim sector.

In other words: an exhibition full of future chances will be waiting for KARL MAYER’s guests.

KARL MAYER will be presenting its latest innovations at ITMA ASIA + CITME, which will be held from 15 to 19 October 2018. This global player is using its latest developments to tackle the changes taking place in the world today.

“The mega trends of digitalisation and sustainability are changing the world as we know it. As an innovative global market leader, we see these changes as an opportunity for our customers. At ITMA ASIA+ CITME, we will be showing our visitors how KARL MAYER is implementing these strategic themes, digitalisation and sustainability by delivering integrated solutions offering a wide range of advantages,” says KARL MAYER’s Managing Director, Arno Gärtner.

KARL MAYER can be found in the Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai on Booth B 11, Hall 4, where a new umbrella brand will be launched, offering innovative digital solutions known as the KARL MAYER Digital Factory, which was introduced last year. A look at KARL MAYER’s CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS will also be on the cards. Other highlights include a performance show of the latest generation of machines, a fashion show showcasing decorative, trendsetting fabrics, and a presentation of the Technical Textiles centre of excellence. An in-house show at KARL MAYER (CHINA) in Changzhzou will also be held at the same time as the fair, scheduled for 15 to 18 October.

Development of the best digital solutions

As a pioneer in textile machinery building, KARL MAYER is following a broad digitisation strategy. An important element of this strategy is to support its customers with new digital solutions at a market leader level.

The initiatives for this strategy are being coordinated by Antonia Gottschalk, the Head of Digitisation. The expertise for doing this is based on an efficient network. Since March 2018, KARL MAYER has been part of ADAMOS, an alliance made up of industrial and software companies. At the end of 2017, KARL MAYER also set up its own start-up company in Frankfurt, known as the Digital Factory, for developing new, innovative digital business models, products and services. In future, these will be combined under a new umbrella brand, which is being launched at ITMA ASIA + CITMA. “Management is focusing on the KM Digital Factory. Together with our involvement in ADAMOS, the new company will enable us to quickly make the best digital solutions available for delivering maximum benefit to our customers,” says Arno Gärtner.

KARL MAYER will be launching its own digital brand: The new umbrella brand combines the products of a company, which had especially been set up by the world market leader for the development of new digital solutions with high customer benefit. Exclusive information about the young KARL MAYER start-up company and its offers will be presented on October 16, 17 and 18, 2018 at the press conferences.

Networked machines

Knowing what is going on and being informed at all times, regardless of where we are – mobile digital solutions have been making inroads into out daily life for many years now and, have changed our perception of what is current.

For the first time, KARL MAYER will present its own solution for networking its machines. This digital solution will provide its customers with transparency in real time regarding the performance of their machines, and can be used in the company’s own network with very little modification.

Integrated sustainability

“We care about your future” is what KARL MAYER is all about. Its philosophy is to take responsibility also for future generations. What KARL MAYER is doing to promote sustainability will be on show at the fair and on the internet at http://www.CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS.

The environmental aspects of this include the LEO® Low Energy Option, which should enable energy consumption during machine operation to be reduced by between 9.5 and 13 %, depending on the type of machine. Costs and CO2 emissions should be reduced at the same time.

Intelligent, end-use-applicable concepts should also reduce environmental loads, as a technology transfer project being carried out by the central government and regional authorities in Wujiang Shengze, China, is demonstrating. One of the aims of this project is to replace the environmentally harmful looms in this industrial area with KARL MAYER’s warp knitting machines offering a comparable product portfolio. The TM 3, with its broad product portfolio, is a particularly good alternative. This tricot machine will be shown in operation at the exhibition, together with examples of its uses.

KARL MAYER will be showing the TERRY.ECO concept for the environmentally friendly production of terry goods, the core element of which is the TM 4 TS-EL machine. Depending on the type of product being produced, this cotton terry warp knitting machine can produce up to 250 % more fabric and consumes approximately 87 % less energy per kg of textile than air-jet looms. Sizing can be dispensed with, which reduces energy, water and effluent loads. The TM 4 TS-EL will be on show at KARL MAYER’s in-house show in Changhzou.

Fig. 2 : PROSIZE® sizing machine

With its PROSIZE® sizing machine, KARL MAYER is offering weaving companies involved in the production of terry goods a sizing machine based on the concept of sustainability. With this machine, the sizing agent is applied by a highly efficient, intelligent process. Compared to conventional methods, this reduces the consumption of sizing agents by up to 10% and reduces bath volumes. A reduced size consumption also means less energy consumption when preparing the chemicals and for desizing. Also, less effluent is produced. The core element of the PROSIZE® system, the VSB Size Box, will be on show in Shanghai.

The latest generation of machines

Fig. 1: HKS 3-M, 280ʺ

For the first time, the widest high-speed tricot machine in the world, the HKS 3-M, 280″ (Fig. 1), will be demonstrated to the public in operation at the exhibition. This new machine delivers maximum flexibility for the usual product repertoire. Unlike previously, articles of different widths and also more fabric webs can be produced simultaneously on just one machine. The unique performance of this machine will be demonstrated as it produces a velour fabric in a gauge of E 32.

The first TM model with KAMCOS® 2 facility is also being showcased. KARL MAYER’S TM 3, 186″, equipped with the next generation of the KARL MAYER Command System, retains the tried-and-tested features of the HKS version. These include an operator interface with functions based on smartphone technology and an integrated laser stop system as well as data access via mobile devices using the KARL MAYER CONNECT app. In Shanghai, this efficient, flexible production machine will be producing a tough fabric in a gauge of E 32 with ecological benefits. This textile can be used as a substitute for fabrics produced by water-jet weaving, with its high effluent loads.

For the warp preparation sector, KARL MAYER will also be showing the innovative VSB Size Box at the fair. Instead of the usual immersion and bath application process, the PROSIZE® (Fig. 2) operates with three, highly turbulent, homogeneous application zones, spray bar technology and a subsequent application/squeeze roller system. This reduces the volume of the size bath and sizing additives, thus decreasing the environmental loads. Other benefits include an extremely uniform size film and less fibre dust – guaranteeing maximum weaving efficiency – and a 20% larger yarn coating zone.

KARL MAYER will also be showcasing the ISODIRECT direct warping machine – a world first with a unique cost:benefit ratio. This all-round machine can process every type of staple-fibre yarn and produces high-quality beams at warping speeds of up to 1000 m/min-1.

Textiles with trendsetting features

This demonstration of KARL MAYER’s technology and strategies will be complemented by a presentation of the wide range of applications of warp-knitted fabrics. Seductive lace, high-performance fabrics for sportswear, original creations for athleisure wear, and apparel fabrics with a certain pizzazz – KARL MAYER’s textile innovations show the wide variety of warp-knitted textiles available and are setting the trend in every sector.

Building on textiles

Fig. 3: Textile reinforcement for concrete

KARL MAYER has the right technology and expertise to cater for a wide range of applications in the technical textiles sector. The company’s weft-insertion, biaxial and multiaxial warp knitting machines can be found in the plants of manufacturers of inlays, tarpaulins and advertising substrates, as well as in those of producers of geogrids, composites and automotive fabrics. The focus of the exhibition at ITMA ASIA + CITME will be on textiles for the construction sector. The Chinese construction sector is one of the growth areas in the country but, unlike the construction industries in Europe and America, for example, the Chinese building industry focuses on conventional materials. Textiles can offer the construction sector many advantages, especially when used in concrete components. By replacing conventional steel reinforcements with carbon- or glass-fibre textiles (Fig. 3), the amount of concrete used can be reduced by up to 70%. Other promising applications for warp-knitted structures are in tear-resistant plaster grids for increasing the tear resistance within the plaster, self-adhesive tape for repairing holes and cracks in walls, cost-effective, flexible roof canopies and bitumen roofing materials with excellent mechanical properties. Examples of these types of textiles will be used to illustrate the advantages of warp-knitted building textiles during the exhibition.

An in-house show with exclusive machines

KARL MAYER (CHINA) is sending out invitations to attend an in-house show with performance demonstrations of selected machines for the Chinese market from 15 to 18 October in Changzhzou.

The new COP 5 M-EL, 180″ (Fig. 4) five-bar tricot machine will be unveiled to the public for the first time in Changzhzou. This machine will be producing a shoe fabric in a gauge of E 20, just one of the fabrics in its extensive production repertoire. The electronic guide bar control facility and five guide bars make the machine extremely flexible.

Fig. 4: COP 5 M-EL

A new machine will be representing the RD machine series at the in-house show. This new model is part of the RD 7 series and puts the emphasis on speed. This high-speed machine will be producing a shoe fabric at the in-house show in a gauge of E 22, and will be demonstrating a speed that has never been achieved before.


KARL MAYER’s TM 4 TS-EL is a versatile terry warp knitting machine for processing cotton. In Changzhou, the TM 4 TS-EL, 186″ will be producing a double-face fabric in a gauge of E 28 with fluffy micro-fibres on the outside and absorbent cotton on the inside. Its technology makes this machine an environmentally friendly alternative to looms.

From its range of warp preparation equipment, KARL MAYER will be showing a LONG CHAIN BEAMER (LCB) (Fig. 5) and a BALL WARPER (BW) (Fig. 6) for processing denim, especially for rope dyeing. The efficiency of the LCB may be up to 20 % higher than comparable machines, and the beams are of the highest quality. The BW produces high quality warp balls and guarantees maximum performance. KARL MAYER will also be showing the ISOWARP, a sectional warping machine with an excellent cost:benefit ratio for standard applications. Compared to similar machines on the market, the performance of this machine may be as much as 30 % higher in warp preparation, and weaving efficiency may be up to 3 % higher.


Ahead of progress with Monforts

The potential of Industry 4.0, in combination with the drive to reduce waste and minimise raw materials usage, has led to some significant new developments by Monforts.

At this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME, in Hall 6 at Booth H6/D05, visitors can learn about the company’s latest Qualitex 800 control system, which along with the Web-UI app, allows the remote visualisation of Monforts technologies via smart phones and tablet devices.

The new Monforts Qualitex Web-UI provide machinery data visualization for remote control on handheld devices.


“We are already embracing many Industry 4.0 principles in our approach to new machine concepts and the Qualitex 800 has all the intuitive features operators will be familiar with from touchscreen devices,” explains Monforts Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Klaus Heinrichs. “It is making navigation extremely easy for operators, cutting down the time required for becoming familiar with a new system and allowing complete control of all machine parameters.”

Denim finishing range at customer BERTO inItaly

Resource efficiency is being addressed via the latest technologies such as the company’s Eco Line for denim, based on two key technology advances – the Eco Applicator for minimum application of the selected finishing chemicals and the ThermoStretch.

As an alternative to conventional padding, especially for wet-in-wet solutions, the Monforts Eco Applicator can significantly reduce the amount of finishing chemicals required prior to the stretching and skewing of the denim fabric.

In many textile mills globally, the cost of energy for running integrated manufacturing lines – especially those for fabric finishing that can involve numerous sequences of heating and subsequent drying – is now eclipsing the cost of paying people to operate them.

The ability of the Eco Applicator to significantly reduce energy costs has seen it rapidly accepted on the market.

The Monforts ThermoStretch unit meanwhile carries out the skewing (weft straightening), stretching and drying in a continuous process.

“The Eco Line system reduces energy requirements and losses, increases thermal transfer and keeps the drying energy on the textile material longer,” says Monforts Area Sales Director and Head of Product Management for Denim Hans Wroblowski. “As a result energy savings of up to 50 % are being achieved.”

Advanced technical textile web finished on the Monforts TT-Range

Monforts is also the only manufacturer which is able to offer completely integrated coating lines from a single source and at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, the company’s specialists will be on hand to explain how its latest coating heads are being tailored to drying technology for maximum benefits.

For an unprecedented range of options, Monforts now offers multi-functional coating heads for both its industrial texCoat and Allround coating units. Module options include those for screen printing, magnetic coating and knife coating, either integrated into new lines or retrofitted into existing installations.

“Our system has the shortest fabric path from the coating unit into the stenter and all of these options are available in wider widths,” says the company’s Head of Technical Textiles, Jürgen Hanel.

“Whatever your company’s specialism, we have the technologies and the process knowledge to help you take your business to the next level,” adds Klaus Heinrichs. “We look forward to meeting customers old and new in Shanghai.”

Novibra will present the latest innovations in spindle technology

Novibra highly welcomes the interested visitors in Hall 1, Booth D01

Novibra, based in the Czech Republic, is a trend setter in spindle technology and the biggest spindle producer worldwide. Since the revolutionary High Precision Spindle (HPS) concept introduction 30 years back, the company has been continuously launching innovative products for the modern spinning mills to the market. Novibras’ goal is to bring beneficial and customized solutions to the customers helping them to keep their leading position in the market.

Among the biggest issues of the textile industry today is the demand for energy savings and the call for reduction of maintenance costs in the mill. Novibra is looking forward to discussing with the customers the new products that are reflecting this trend.

LENA: The energy saving spindle LENA has been designed for the highest speeds with the main goal of achieving lower energy consumption. It features Novibra premium double damping system for minimum neck bearing load and the unique LENA spindle bearings with 5,8 and 3 mm diameters only. As a result the lower friction of the bearings and reduced spindle wharve diameter bring an energy saving in the average of 4 to 6 %.


CROCOdoff and CROCOdoff Forte: The new generation of clamping crowns, introduce genuine doffing without underwinding. The crowns work automatically depending on the spindle speed change and therefore, there is no significant adjustment on the machine needed. The major advantages are lower after doff end down rate and minimized fiber fly; leading to reduction of maintenance costs, waste and due to reduced air friction also of energy consumption.

A detailed overview about the full product range of Novibra can be found by clicking at the links below.

Novibra Boskovice s.r.o., the world’s leading supplier of high-speed spindles, is a subsidiary of the Rieter Group. The company, based in Boskovice (Czech Republic), creates customer value through system expertise, innovative solutions, after sales excellence and global presence. The leading position of Novibra spindles is based on patented design of spindle insert and the highest quality of the production. Almost all renowned manufacturers of ring spinning machines specify Novibra spindles for high performance. The company belongs to Rieter’s Premium Textile Components group.


En route to the digital yarn factory with Oerlikon Man Made Fibers Segment

“From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens – Bring it to Life” – is the motto under which the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment will transform itself into a digital machinery and plant manufacturing company showcasing its power as one of the innovation leaders for the production of chemical fibres. ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, taking place in Shanghai from October 15th to 19th, is the world’s biggest textile machinery exhibition this year and with over 750 square meter exhibition space will be a virtual show for trendsetting digital products and services “From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens”. En route to the digital yarn factory, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning or innovative HMI (Human Machine Interface) solutions promise the bridging between material and data flow – for customer value. These topics are also the central point of the “Oerlikon Innovation Forum” at which presentations in English and Chinese will be held several times a day for visitors of the exhibition booth.

The scenario of the future: textile production – from the supply chain through to dispatch – is autonomously controlled in the fully-networked Factory 4.0. The product being created controls and monitors the processes itself using embedded sensors. The manufacturing or order status is known at all times, raw materials are automatically reordered, wear and maintenance are planned as integral parts of the production process and error processes are identified, alleviated or displayed. This should cut costs, convert production lines more flexibly and help reduce downtimes and waste. For this, the machine construction sector has to provide correspondingly intelligent and Web-enabled production systems. No easy feat, as this requires interfaces between all systems involved and the collation, channelling and evaluation of tremendous volumes of data in real time.

Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment wants to face those technical development challenges and has high standards. „We want to become the textile machine construction trendsetter for technologies of this kind,“ says CEO Georg Stausberg. The first steps on this journey have already been taken. The Plant Operation Center (POC) for process monitoring enables the collation of existing production data in a central location and to make these data available. HMI based services such as process monitoring via a service online app on smart phones and tablets were introduced as well as an assistance system based on mixed-reality glasses (Microsoft HoloLens). The system supports predictive maintenance concepts and enables virtual 360-degree tours through spinning systems.

AIM4DTY: Automated detection of error cause

At ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 the company gives an insight to this as well as an outlook for new developments for the digitization of the process chain “From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwoven”. The digital future solution AIM4DTY provides help with the identification of possible error causes in texturing machines to help reduce quality risks. Here, machine learning is being used: The system recognizes and is being “trained” using trend charts and their respective errors. An example: In the texturing machine, the UNITENS monitoring sensor continually measures the yarn tension at all positions. An error is generated if a measurement value does not lie within the prescribed tolerances. In a lot of cases, the form of the graphs can provide information on the error causes and ultimately provide targeted and efficient response to these. A manual analysis and optimization is nearly impossible with more than 125,000 graphs per day. With the automated solution AIM4DTY the information is instantly available to customers, therefore allowing them to immediately optimize the quality during running production. It also ensures that predictive maintenance is now a reality.

Here, data security, data minimization and transparency are extremely important. This means that the data are utilized at the customer site as far as possible and only transferred to the Oerlikon central customer data centre if required – and only following customer approval. “We process all data in accordance with the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), taking all further international data protection standards into account. Our customers always know which data we use and why”, explains Mario Arcidiacono, Business Intelligence & Data Warehouse specialist for the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment.

Wiping robot with intelligent control system

The crucial advantage of the wiping robot used for the cleaning of the spinnerets is automation: intelligent control system which connects machines and processes. The information relating to all wiping positions, cycles and times can be saved in the management system. The robot accesses the saved wiping intervals in an automated and safety-relevant manner. To this end, the robot can cope with up to 48 positions, corresponding to one entire production line. However, more decisive here is the impact of the intelligent control system, with whose help the spinning pump can be moved up and down in an automated and ‘in-time’ manner. To this end, pump stops can be kept to the absolute minimum using a robot, considerably reducing the impact of the wiping on both the polycondensation system process stability and on the yarn data of the spun yarn. The advantages over the manual process are for example extended cleaning cycles, less silicon use, more production time, less operating costs as well as advantages for human resources and health management. The wiping robot has been operating at two major yarn manufacturers in China now.

World premiere: Staple FORCE S1100

There are even more news regarding the exhibition to come: The Staple FORCE S1100 is a one-step plant, which spins, draws, crimps, cuts and bales in a single process step, produces small batches (up to 15 tons per day) and can be swiftly reconfigured for various requirements, including polymer, dye and titre changes. Its process control system for easy operation is absolutely unique.

The service for repair-coating from Oerlikon Barmag for thread-handling parts such as godet jackets also includes the expert’s know-how to identify and review abrasion in order to recreate the correct surface structure at the location. This way they can provide all important requirements to creating optimal plant and yarn quality.

News from the PA6/66 sector

With the acquisition of the PE Polymer Engineering Plant Construction GmbH, based in Thuringia, Germany, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment expanded its now completed polyamide process chain for fibers and filaments. The now available and tested technologies in the melt preparation process include the entire polyamide 6 polycondensation systems division and its PA6/66 co-polymer and the patented dimer-hydrolysis procedures for feeding recycled-lactam with the very highest end-product quality.

En route to digitization with a new mindset

To show its direction towards digitization, the company wants to offer its visitors at the exhibition Booth in Hall 2, B24 alongside machine exhibits mostly virtual experiences. They will be deploying playful solutions to present the topic of artificial intelligence as well as a virtual showroom to allow visitors to experience complex systems live in 3D. “We want to show that the ‘digital factory’ is already in part becoming a reality in conjunction with our machine exhibits and that we are in a good position to further optimize the efficiency of our equipment and quality of their end products – with digital solutions” affirms Georg Stausberg.

According the CEO the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment already started establishing new ideas and mindsets a few years ago, are working between disciplines, departments, areas and companies. An important step was the acquisition of the newly integrated partner AC-Automation who has substantiated know-how in large-scale automation, transport, packaging and warehouse logistics and end product automated quality control. “Together with our process competencies and digital data handling we not only want but will offer further innovative Industrie 4.0 solutions for our customers – all the way to the digitization of the complete process chain”, promises Georg Stausberg.

Oerlikon engineers materials, equipment and surfaces and provides expert services to enable customers to have high-performance products and systems with extended lifespans. Drawing on its key technological competencies and strong financial foundation, the Group is sustaining mid-term growth by executing three strategic drivers: addressing attractive growth markets, securing structural growth, and expanding through targeted mergers and acquisitions. A leading global technology and engineering Group, Oerlikon operates its business in two Segments – Surface Solutions and Manmade Fibers – and has a global footprint of over 9500 employees at 171 locations in 37 countries. In 2017, Oerlikon generated CHF 2.1 billion in restated sales and invested around CHF 100 million in R&D.

With its Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag brands, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment is the world market leader for manmade fibre filament spinning systems, texturing machines, BCF systems, staple fibre systems, solutions for the production of nonwovens and – as a service provider – offers engineering solutions for the entire textile value added chain. As a future oriented company, the research and development at this division of the Oerlikon Group is driven by energy-efficiency and sustainable technologies (e-save). With the continuous polycondensation and extrusion line systems and their key components, the company caters to the entire process with automated and digitally networked Industrie

4.0 solutions – from the monomer all the way through to the textured yarn. The primary markets for the product portfolio of Oerlikon Barmag are in Asia, especially in China, India and Turkey, and – for those of Oerlikon Neumag – in the USA, Asia, Turkey and Europe. Worldwide, the segment – with just under 3,000 employees – has a presence in 120 countries of production, sales and distribution and service organizations. At the R&D centers in Remscheid, Neumünster (Germany) and Suzhou (China), highly- qualified engineers, technologists and technicians develop innovative and technologically-leading products for tomorrow’s world.



PICANOL  launching new rapier weaving machine GTMax-i 3.0


A world premiere: the new rapier GTMax-i 3.0

Picanol’s newest rapier, the GTMax-i 3.0, will be shown for the first time to the textile world. The GTMax-i 3.0 is building further on the success of GT-Max and GTMax-i. The combination of a redesigned gripper drive and extra reinforced sley drive as well as the integration of the future-oriented BlueBox electronic platform allow for even higher production speeds. Moreover, the look of the machine has been reworked completely, with a special focus on ergonomy and user friendliness.

In total 4 machines of this type will be on display at the show. On the Picanol booth, a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving a denim fabric, another one will be weaving a zebra style curtain fabric. On the Bonas booth a decoration fabric is running on a GTMax-i 3.0 with jacquard, whereas on the Tongxiang booth a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving label.

Product portfolio at ITMA-CITME

Next to the all new GTMax-i 3.0, four more machines will be present, completing the Picanol weaving machine range on display.

On the Picanol booth two OptiMax-i 190 cm weaving para-aramide and shirting are being presented. As for the airjet machines, two OMNIplus Summum will be shown, one weaving a bottomweight fabric and the other weaving sheeting. On the Stäubli booth a TERRYplus Summum with jacquard is weaving a high quality terry fabric.

So in total 9 Picanol machines will be on display, of which six on its own booth (Hall H3, booth F01). One Picanol TERRYplus Summum with jacquard will be on display at the Stäubli booth and one GTMax-i 3.0 on the Bonas booth. On the booth of Tongxiang a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving label.

So in total 9 Picanol machines will be on display, of which six on its own booth (Hall H3, booth F01). One Picanol TERRYplus Summum with jacquard will be on display at the Stäubli booth and one GTMax-i 3.0 on the Bonas booth. On the booth of Tongxiang a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving label.

Picanol in China

As one of the world’s leading weaving machine manufacturers, Picanol has always had a very close relationship with the Chinese textile industry.

Picanol sent its first pioneers to explore the possibilities in the Far East, already in the early 1950s. Picanol took part in one of the first international exhibitions held in Beijing.

Picanol’s newest rapier, the GTMax-i 3.0, will be shown for the first time to the textile world. The GTMax-i 3.0 is building further on the success of GT-Max and GTMax-i. The combination of a redesigned gripper drive and extra reinforced sley drive as well as the integration of the future-oriented BlueBox electronic platform allow for even higher production speeds. Moreover, the look of the machine has been reworked completely, with a special focus on ergonomy and user friendliness.

In total 4 machines of this type will be on display at the show. On the Picanol booth, a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving a denim fabric, another one will be weaving a zebra style curtain fabric. On the Bonas booth a decoration fabric is running on a GTMax-i 3.0 with jacquard, whereas on the Tongxiang booth a GTMax-i 3.0 will be weaving label.

The growing installed base of Picanol machines in China, as well as the increasing demand for a higher level of service and support resulted in the establishment of the Picanol Service Centre, which was set up in Shanghai in 1987.

The next step, in 1994, was the start of PST, Picanol Suzhou Textile Machinery Works, being Picanol’s first production line outside Belgium. The technology and organisation were based entirely on the assembly concept and quality standards applied at the company’s headquarters in Ieper.

Today PST houses a complete production unit with assembly lines, a mechatronics division, and a sales, service and spare parts organization. The the Chinese management, engineers and technicians have been trained in Belgium .

Headquarters in Belgium

One of the big assets of this cross border entrepreneurship is the mixture of drawing upon the know-how and quality standards from the Picanol Group, combined with good understanding of its local customers’ needs.

With more than 100 engineers headquartered in Belgium, Picanol invests heavily in R&D activities every year, resulting in the most advanced and performing weaving machines program available in the market. Picanol’s airjet and rapier technology covers the full spectrum of textiles including apparel, household and technical fabrics. The high degree of digitization of all these machines, together with their Sumo main drive, ensures a lower weaving cost, higher quality of the fabrics produced, greater flexibility and exceptional ease of operation in comparison with other weaving machines.

The Picanol Service Team is offering on site technical support in every corner of the world. Our local service teams are being trained on a permanent basis in our training centres in Ieper (Belgium) and Suzhou (China).

Original Picanol Parts to ensure a high performance throughout the whole lifetime of your machines. The Picanol Aftermarket Sales Team is ready to advise you on how to optimize the preventive maintenance of your machines, proposing spare parts packages tailored to your specific needs.

Flexibility is more than a buzz word at Picanol: more than ever, we realize that it is a bare necessity to adjust to the changing market needs at any moment and to be ever more successful. So Picanol also offers “Weave Up” upgrade kits, maximizing the performance and widening the weaving range of your Picanol machines during their entire lifetime.


Let’s grow together!

Picanol weaving machines on display at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018:

  1. OMNIplus Summum 4-P 190 weaving a bottomweight fabric
OMNIplus Summum 4-P-190 bottom weight

This airjet combines performance, flexibility and energy effectiveness.  Waste control and style changes are simplified thanks to the Blue22 EasySet prewinders.

Warp     Yarn count          Ne 10/1

Material               Polyester/Cotton

Density  23.7 ends/cm

Weft      Yarn count          Ne 16.1/1

Material               Polyester/Cotton

Density  25 picks/cm

Drawing-in width              167 cm


  1. OMNIplus Summum 4-P 280 weaving a sheeting fabric

    OMNIplus Summum 4-P 280 sheeting 4

This machine brings the answer to the increasing demand to weave sheeting fabrics on a type 280 at the highest speeds thanks to the air tucking version for continuous reeds.

Warp     Yarn count          Ne 60/1

Material               Cotton

Density  72 ends/cm

Weft      Yarn count          Ne 40/1

Material               Cotton

Density  45 picks/cm (double pick)

Drawing-in width              274 cm


  1. OptiMax-i 8-R 190 weaving a fancy shirting

Machine specified to show the top performance achievable with the new OptiMax-i.

Warp     Yarn count          Ne 100/2

Material               Cotton

Density  47 ends/cm

Weft      Yarn count          Ne 120/2

Material               Cotton

Density  35 picks/cm

Drawing in width              178 cm


  1. OptiMax-i 2-R 190 weaving para-aramide
OptiMax-i 2-R-190 aramide

The OptiMax-I, also perfect solution for a range of technical fabrics, such as Para-Aramide fabric.

Warp and weft provided by Teijin Aramid

Warp     Yarn count          dtex1,680f1000

Material               Aramide

Density  6.7 ends/cm

Weft      Yarn count          dtex1,680f1000

Material               Aramide

Density  6.7 picks/cm

Drawing in width              163 cm


  1. GTMax-i 3.0 8-R 340 weaving a zebra fabric
GTMax-i 3.0zebracurtain

The new generation of GTMax-I 3.0 in wider width execution.  Weaving a high versatility article.

Warp     Yarn count          dtex 78

Material               Polyester

Density  24 ends/cm

Weft      Yarn Count          5,5Nm / 10/2Nm / 2,5Nm

Material               Various filling material

Density  18 picks/cm

Drawing in width              327 cm


  1. GTMax-i 3.0 6-R 220 weaving a denim
GTMax-i 3.0 4R220denim

Thanks to the technological evolutions this machine continuous to set the standard for denim as well as shirting fabrics.

Warp     Yarn count          Ne 16

Material               Cotton

Density  35 ends/cm

Weft      Yarn count          15den + 30den /200den + 40den

Material               Lycra

Density  30 picks/cm

Drawing in width              214 cm



Stäubli Booth:

  1. TERRYplus Summum 6-J 260 weaving a Terry fabric

    TerryMax-i 8-R 260 terry

Warp   Yarn count

Ground  Ne 30/2

Pile                        Ne 30/2

Material                 Cotton

Density                    26 ends/cm

Weft    Yarn count                           Ne 14/1

Ne 58/2

Material                  Cotton

Density                    22-80 picks/cm

Drawing in width                            256 cm




Bonas booth:

  1. GTMax-i 3.0 8-J 340 weaving a decoration fabric


GTMax-i 3.0 8J340 decofabric

Warp     Yarn count      30den

Material           PA monofil

Density            64 ends/cm

Weft       Yarn count     300d / 120d

Material          PES FDY (7 colours) / Lurex

Density           72picks /cm

Drawing in width                    310 cm


Shanghai Tongxiang Booth:

  1. GTMax-i 3.0 weaving labels

Warp     Yarn count          50den

Material            Polyester FDY

Density      43.4 ends/cm

Weft       Yarn count         50den

Material               Polyester DTY

Density  31.4 picks/cm

Drawing in width              170 cm

Teaming up with Picanol is the best guarantee for weavers of being competitive and profitable – now and in the long term. So come and see us at Booth F01 in Hall H3 to see how we can grow together!

The Picanol Group is an international, customer-oriented group specialized in the development, production and sale of weaving machines (division Weaving Machines), engineered casting solutions and custom-made controllers (division Industries). In 2017, the Picanol Group realized a consolidated turnover of EUR 688.93 million euros. The Picanol Group employs almost 2300 employees worldwide and is listed on Euronext Brussels (PIC). Since 2013, the Picanol Group has also had a reference interest in the Tessenderlo Group (Euronext: TESB).


Reiners + Fürst presents latest TURBO rings and enhanced travellers

The latest generation of TURBO spinning rings provide excellent results especially for Compact and Siro-Compact yarns. Since the introduction of this further milestone by leading German ring and traveller manufacturer R+F more than 25 Mio units of TURBO rings have been installed and contribute to the customers’ success. The enhanced surface allows increasing machine efficiencies by up to 10 % – especially when producing yarns of sensitive fibres or with highest spindle speeds.

Managing Director at R+F, Mr Benjamin Reiners said, “The new TURBO rings with benefits including low yarn hairiness, longer service life and increased machine efficiency by up to 10 % are extremely beneficial for the demanding Chinese spinners.”

“We have been in the Chinese market since more than 25 years and R+F products are well accepted by the textile industry. We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback for TURBO rings by Chinese spinners,” Reiners added.

At ITMA Asia 2018 Reiners + Fürst will also present new ring travellers for 100 % Viscose, as well as Modal, Micromodal und Tencel. The end-users benefit from low yarn hairiness and longer traveller service life.

World-wide R+F customers achieve highest efficiencies of the ring frames benefitting from unique traveller surface treatments for optimized spinning conditions of each application.

Customers especially value the professional service and support R+F is providing particularly for finding solutions of increasingly complex applications. Visitors are invited to stop by at R+F’s booth at ITMA Asia: Hall 1 – Booth D 10


R+F is a leading manufacturer of premium spinning rings and ring travellers with a long tradition as a family-owned business now managed by the 4th generation. R+F successfully implements the policy of in-house manufacturing for setting premium quality standards Made in Germany. The inventions of R+F mark several milestones for highest efficiencies and yarn qualities over extended service life in the history of ring spinning. Customers from more than 90 countries benefit from R+F’s continuous product innovations and service for over 70 years.

Swiss Rieter with several new products

  • New digital platform: Digital Spinning Suite
  • Four new G and K models expand product range
  • Premiere for the Autoleveler Draw Frame RSB-D 26
  • SSM with world first winding machine CWX-W
  • Modernization solutions for existing systems
  • Customized spinning systems for maximum efficiency and competitiveness
  • Premium-quality technology components

With the new Digital Spinning Suite platform, Rieter writes a new chapter in the digitization of spinning mills. The platform makes it possible to operate and control spinning mills with just a few clicks. It visualizes potential improvements for the entire spinning process at a glance. The Digital Spinning Suite offers more flexible and more accurate functionality than any other available solution; it is open to third-party applications. The new platform with the Rieter rotor spinning system will be presented at ITMA Asia; in 2019, this solution will also be available for ring, compact and air spinning systems. From mid-2019, the existing Rieter digital systems UPtime and SPIDERweb will also be migrated to the Digital Spinning Suite.


UPtime adds intelligence to the planning of maintenance tasks in spinning mills. Based on the monitored parameters and big data analytics, the system collects performance-critical data, identifies deviations including causes and indicates potential future errors or even failures. UPtime optimizes the maintenance of spinning mills in terms of predictive maintenance.

Four New Ring and Compact-Spinning Machines

Rieter launches the ring spinning machines G 37 and G 38 and the compact-spinning machines K 47 and K 48. G 32 and K 42 remain part of the Rieter portfolio.

The 8 series machines are ideal for markets where staff availability is limited and the requirements for flexibility and yarn quality are particularly high. With these all- inclusive models, customers get the benefit of the highest degree of automation, top performance and complete flexibility for standard and special yarns, based on an electronic drafting system drive, the integrated individual spindle monitoring system ISM premium and the integrated slub yarn device.

The 7 series machines were designed for markets where the shortage of personnel is not an issue and the requirements for flexibility and yarn quality are high. They allow customers a high level of flexibility due to their unrestricted application range with full machine length, even with all special yarns. The electronic drafting system drive reduces the downtime for article change. The integrated individual spindle monitoring system ISM basic increases the efficiency of the operators – and hence the efficiency of the machine.

The new LENA spindle, which is available as an option, facilitates further significant energy savings with the four new models. The compacting system “EliTe® Compact Spinning System” is available as an option on the three conventional ring spinning machines G 32, G 37 and G 38.

Premiere for Autoleveler Draw Frame RSB-D 26

Rieter also has interesting things to offer in the field of spinning preparation. The autoleveler draw frame RSB-D 26 celebrates its premiere in Shanghai. It impresses due to superior sliver quality, low production costs and easy operation and maintenance.

World First at SSM

The new CWX machines from SSM expand the application range for winding machines. With the new winding machine CWX-W, power consumption can be reduced to 35 watts per spindle. It is the ideal system for energy-efficient rewinding of cones used in weaving, knitting and circular knitting.

After-Sales Business Offers Modernization Potential

Rieter After Sales improves the performance of existing Rieter machines through a range of modernization solutions. For example: The latest development from Rieter, the take-off unit, allows the UNIfloc A11 to increase production to a maximum of 1400 kilograms per hour. Energy consumption can also be reduced by up to 20% and maintenance and spare parts costs can be saved.

Advantages of a System Solution

Customized system solutions for every customer need: Rieter enables spinning mills to achieve extremely high efficiency rates and a competitive advantage over the entire life cycle of a spinning mill. At ITMA Asia, Rieter exhibits practical, interactive examples of four different process lines. Exhibits shown are spinning systems with ring spinning machine G 32, compact spinning machine K 47, rotor spinning machine R 36 and air spinning machine J 26.

Premium-quality Technology Components

New EliTe® Compact Spinning System

Premium-quality technology components from Bräcker, Graf, Novibra and Suessen facilitate optimum performance in the spinning mill. These include brand new top combs Ri-Q-TOP 2035 (35 teeth) and Ri-Q-TOP 2040 (40 teeth) from Graf and the “New EliTe® Compact Spinning System” from Suessen.

See for yourself the many advantages on offer from Rieter. Visit us at ITMA Asia in Shanghai from October 15 to 19, 2018: Hall 1, Booth D01.

Saurer Spinning Solutions – Innovating the value chain of spinning

Saurer Spinning Solutions, the specialist in staple fibre processing from bale to yarn, is showcasing an abundance of innovative new products, from the new card to new ring spinning and winding machines featuring the latest technology. Also included are ‘senses’, Saurer’s digital control and analysis tool, as well as quality assuring components. Saurer Spinning Solutions will be exhibiting at ITMA Asia at the Saurer Group booth in hall 1/F01.

Pre-spinning: Saurer’s new Card J328A – Excellent sliver quality 

The carding machine JSC 328A follows the structure of the main carding area of the JSC 326. Several new technologies, such as metal detection, quick-stopping and a self-cleaning function of sliver detection devices, form part of its design. The unique three licker-in design helps remove very tiny trash particles from high-impurity raw material more efficiently and improve the silver quality significantly. The powerful performance of JSC 328A will result in a great improvement of spinning mills’ product quality and create immense value for customers.

Ring spinning: Zinser 72XL – Guarantor of maximum economy and flexibility

The new Zinser 72XL is a highly productive ring and compact spinning machine for large spinning mills, with the new benefit of maximum flexibility in the areas of fancy and special yarns.

With an incredible length of up to 2,016 spindles, it offers high consistency in quality thanks to its new FlexiDrive central drive. It features energy-saving technologies such as TwinSuction and OptiSuction as well as numerous personnel-saving details and customised automation. Premiering at ITMA Asia, the new ZinserImpact 72XL compact spinning machine is equipped with the new generation of the self-cleaning Impact FX unit combined with a new flow-optimised suction tube.

Winding: Autoconer X6 – Flow into the future

Let the revolutionary Bobbin Cloud take you to the next level. This RFID-based advanced material flow system ensures maximum flow rates, maximum process reliability and minimum personnel requirements. With a quantum leap in process automation, Autoconer X6 opens up a new dimension of efficiency with smart technology: The new, E3-certified generation offers sensationally low resource consumption, palpable productivity advantages and even more ergonomic handling (i.e. SmartJet, SmartCycle, SPID, Launch Control, Power on Demand).

Texparts – Innovations for better yarn quality and higher productivity

Texparts is presenting two new products at ITMA Asia. The new Texparts high-speed ring of 100Cr6 ball bearing steel offers optimal running behaviour with perfect roundness and evenness, allowing the highest speed with fewer yarn breaks and less downtime. The new Texparts yarn underwinding system has an advanced seal to lock out dust and is practically maintenance free. It also offers excellent cutting performance for special yarns such as Lycra.

Rotor spinning: Autocoro 9 and BD – Highly productive with a view to the future

Thanks to its single spinning position technology, achieving previously unattained rotor speeds of up to 180,000 rpm and with up to 720 spinning positions, the Autocoro 9 delivers highly productive technical superiority. At the same time, intelligently automated processes increase machine performance and reduce the major costs associated with spinning. Raw material and maintenance costs can shrink by up to 60% and energy costs by up to 25%.

The semi-automatic BD 7 machine is also in a league of its own. It offers convincing performance with all package sizes up to 320 mm diameter due to cross-wound packages in Autocoro quality and integrated digital package quality control. The BD 7 reduces spinning costs and increases profitability with energy consumption savings of up to 10%. It also boasts new time-saving and operator-friendly machine features as well as rapid take-off speeds of 230 m/min for all machine lengths.

Saurer’s new control centre ‘senses’ – Debut for the new production control tool


Textile professionals definitely should not miss this year’s ITMA Asia in Shanghai: The textile machinery manufacturer Saurer is presenting its new “senses” control centre at China’s largest textile exhibition.

Senses is an innovative control and analysis tool that furnishes textile companies with digital senses for more profits along the textile value chain. The innovative Big Data system collects, aggregates and analyses the production, quality and machine data of the entire textile fabrication process across all locations. During ITMA Asia, senses will be shown to the public for the first time and visitors will be able to follow live machinery data on tablets and mobile phones. The basic system and the first modules of senses will be available from the first quarter of 2019 onwards.

Digital senses for bigger profits

The innovative Big Data system collects, aggregates and analyses the production, quality and machine data of the entire textile fabrication process across all locations. The valuable data is available to operators on the mill floor as well as mill and company management via an intuitive web interface and standardized ERP interfaces anywhere – even on the move.

«There’s no life without senses», says Michael Nikolic, the responsible product manager in the Saurer Intelligent Enterprise Solution department (SIES). «Our five senses are our gateway to the world. They help us to find our way around. They reveal to us both the big picture and the smallest details. We use them to find vital resources. They enable us to react in an instant when danger threatens or when a unique opportunity arises. Without our senses we would be lost. The same applies to companies. Without valid information, they lose their competitiveness.»

“senses” are the digital senses that a textile company needs to make use of raw materials, time, personnel, energy and capital efficiently and profitably. With “senses”, operators as well as mill and company management will discover new productivity potential and synergy effects. Anyone who has valid information about their own performance can establish advantageous partnerships and communicate successfully with the markets. “senses” is the gateway to a new world of plannable success.

Modular, non-proprietary and expandable

The new software from Saurer is non-proprietary. It not only evaluates the production and quality data of Saurer textile machines, but also integrates machines from other manufacturers into the innovative information and control system.

“senses” is suitable for companies of all sizes. The software has a modular structure so that customers can book only the modules they need, cost-effectively. A convenient software shop turns software management into child’s play: New modules can be booked or cancelled at the click of a mouse.

«”senses” knows no limits», says Michael Nikolic, «because the system can be extended by new functions due to its modular design. With the help of increasingly intelligent algorithms, we can expand and improve the analysis and big data functions with each new version. We are developing “senses” together with and for the textile industry.»

The basic system and the first modules of “senses” will be available from the first quarter of 2019. In the course of the next year, Saurer will then continuously release further modules in the “senses” software shop.

Photo With our new control centre you get an overview of your entire spinning mill.

SUN – SERVICE UNLIMITED – Our promise: “We keep you competitive”


Over 500 service staff at 20 service stations and three technology centres advise customers world-wide in matters regarding productivity and quality increases as well as energy savings. SUN improves the efficiency of the textile value chain through intelligent lifecycle management with preventative maintenance, clever updates and upgrades for existing manufacturing complexes. This is combined with the responsive original parts service with the SECOS 2.0 e-commerce platform. The Saurer Academy, with its comprehensive and innovative training programme, imparts invaluable know-how to Saurer customers to give them a decisive edge over the competition.

The Spinning Segment supports customers with solutions for staple fibre processing from bale to yarn. The portfolio includes machines, components, service, systems and automation for the processing of all staple fibres. Schlafhorst and Zinser are leading in staple fibre spinning and together with Jintan offer solutions from spinning preparation to winding. Components from Texparts ensure excellent yarn quality and maximum productivity. For decades, we have been the trailblazer in our industry. Our products set milestones for energy consumption, economics and ergonomics.

Saurer Group is a leading globally operating technology group focusing on machinery and components for yarn processing. As a company with a long tradition, Saurer has always been a leader in innovation. Today, Saurer comprises the two segments Saurer Spinning Solutions and Saurer Technologies. Saurer Spinning Solutions offers high-quality, technologically advanced and customer-specific automation solutions for processing staple fibre from bale to yarn. Saurer Technologies specialises in twisting and embroidery as well as engineered and polymer solutions. With annual sales revenues of EUR 1.1 billion, 4,300 employees, and locations in Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, China, India and Singapore, the strongly growing Group is well positioned to serve the world’s textile industry centres. Saurer is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (securities code: 600545).


Savio: a provider of Energy Saving and Industry 4.0 Winding solutions

Since 1911, the Italian manufacturer Savio is specialized in the yarn-finishing segment, being the leading supplier of winding, twisting and rotor spinning machines, with manufacturing plants spanning over Italy, China, India and Czech Republic.

Savio will exhibit in Shanghai energy saving and Industry 4.0 solutions in the winding segment: Polar Evolution and Eco PulsarS winding machines, plus an Industry 4.0 corner with smart solutions for mill monitoring.

Polar Evolution winding machine: a high performance, energy saving and less labor-intensive product for the Chinese customers.

Polar winding machines have been recently developed to the Evolution series, gathering all the innovative solutions in terms of technology, efficiency, quality output and maintenance. A further step for Polar family to catch the world of I.T. connectivity and the new fibers applications.

The machine on display will be a round magazine feeding one, provided with an efficient and fast automatic doffer.

Eco PulsarS: with its innovative platform can save up to 30% power bill thanks to “Suction on Demand” system.

Eco PulsarS winding machine, with its sustainable eco-green advantage, replies to the market demand of energy saving, including room air conditioning, together with improved production performances, high quality packages and utmost automated solutions.

Energy is a major cost component in the textile industry. The rising energy prices, affecting fuel and electricity, have caused soaring costs in the process, thus reduced the competiveness of textile products in some domestic markets, where imported products may be cheaper.

Suction represents 75 % of the total energy of a winding machine. EcoPulsarS’s solution of the “individual and independent suction unit per spindle” represents a real break-through versus the conventional system. Each unit operates at optimum suction values without influencing the rest of the spindles. This means no more compromises in balancing the suction as in conventional centralized systems, in which the fan is permanently in operation. Since suction is generated only when needed, customer can save up to 30% power bill costs, while a better efficiency, a smoother winding process and overall superior package and yarn quality are achieved too.

Reduction of noise is another key aspect. EcoPulsarS combining all new features and design has created an environment in which each part of the machine can operate at its optimum level. Spindles and bobbins feeding systems set independently the level of suction required. Suction is generated as needed and used without losses. The new Controlled Cut System, Yarn Tension Control System, Waste Collection System and Upgraded Splicing Solutions, each contribute to the overall reduction of noise and process downtimes.

Automation – Link system

Smart Bracelet

The Savio Direct Link System (I/DLS) solution, for linking the ring spinning frames (RSF) to the winders, enables a fast and efficient direct feeding of bobbins, along with the full interfacing flexibility with all kind of RSF. From RSF bobbin to the final package, the yarn is processed untouched and with zero transit time, ensuring maximum quality, less material handling and no chances of contamination.

Many important markets are investing on this kind of high-automatic systems for the production advantages that such solution offers, but also for guaranteeing the end-product quality. In order to satisfy each new developments on ring frame design, Savio Direct Link System has been designed in a “modular type” granting the possibility of reaching the highest number of winding heads, to match the trend of the spinning frame manufacturers with longer and longer machines up to 2.000 spindles.

Savio Winder 4.0 – Smart Industry Solutions for Textile Mills

Savio Winder 4

Once composed solely by mechanical and electrical parts, now winding machines have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software and connectivity. These smart machineries can increase the efficiency of the spinning mill and perform predictive maintenance avoiding breakdowns and downtimes. Savio winding machines can be equipped upon request of Smart Industry Solutions for connectivity, data management, remote machine set up and operator real-time interactivity. Savio Winder 4.0 represents an important step towards a wide digitalization process, being a solution for intelligent networking of machines in the spinning/winding room. This data management system is a very modern and important management tool, relieving mill management staff of time- consuming routine work. The mill manager can have the winding room live monitoring directly from his/her desk. Thanks to data analytics, a wealth of data are available, allowing to manage the different production phases in the best possible way and to monitor all significant parameters anytime and anywhere, making use of mobile devices. All these features enable Savio customers to control overall equipment effectiveness, increase workforce efficiency, and maximize quality and working time.

The Savio Booth

Founded in Pordenone, North East of Italy, in 1911 by entrepreneur Marcello Savio as a workshop for the production of textile components for the local industry, Savio is today the leader in the yarn finishing machine sector. It operates worldwide in the manufacturing and marketing of automatic winders, heat- setting winders, two-for-one twisters, and rotor spinning frames with factories in Italy, Czech Republic, China and India. A continuous evolution, that set its roots one century ago, with the talent and skills of Marcello Savio, evolved then through the years by taking as points of reference Research & Development, highest manufacturing flexibility and high quality standards.


Intelligent manufacturing solutions from Sedo Treepoint supporting digitalization of textile industry

With now more than 40 years’ experience, Sedo Treepoint is a world leader for digital systems for textile finishing automation and software systems and delivers best available technology for finishing automation.

Today, the textile industry is facing an environment that is influenced by technological shifts, economic changes and fast-changing consumers trends.

Many countries have responded with strategies that should transform the industry: Germany has Industry 4.0, China Made in China 2015, the US the Industrial Internet Consortium, just to name a few. All these initiatives, that have been launched in many countries have one common goal: Intelligent manufacturing.

For companies it will be challenging to remain with traditional business models. Complexity is rising anyway so sticking to old patterns will not be the solution. Environmental regulations and customer demands are putting additional pressure for more sustainable solutions. Companies need open- minded leaders with a long-term plan, investing in information technology and IT-skills for their team.

To raise the competitiveness, intelligent manufacturing will lead to a more efficient production and higher quality.

Sedo Treepoint’s technology is the core for digitalization, not only for the textile dyeing and finishing, but also for other departments like spinning, weaving and knitting. An integrated system can be build up that does not stop at production management but also includes color management. The build in intelligence of the production planning, simulation and color management can save high amount and will increase sustainability remarkably. EnergyManagment by EnergyMaster will give you the tools to dig deeper into Energy Consumption and to set higher goals for savings.

Processes can be shortened and daily batch production increased significantly.

Routing of orders

Where is this order in production now? Sometimes this question is not so easy to answer. Included routing functions will tell you at a push of a button on which machine the fabric is in process and will support determining capacity requirement and schedule production activities.

Integration of Continuous machines

Beyond the integration of the dyeing department, it is also important not to stop here. Continuous processes are next to be integrated in an overall company system. Having valuable machine data, business intelligence for manufacturing is giving customers important key data for a shift leader, operation manager, technician, management or machine operators. No need to rely on unproved statements like: “Machines type B the most sustainable type”.

Production related reports show the reality: Water consumption per kg fabric or yarn, power consumption for a kg of dyed knitted fabric, etc. Some managers are astonished about their findings and get a real picture of what is going on.

Sedo Treepoint is showcasing all its latest technologies to interested customers in Hall 6, A17.

SETEX shows automation technology for intelligent textile manufacturing

German SETEX is showing automation technology for intelligent textile manufacturing along the entire production chain.

As equipment manufacturer of SECOM machine controller and developer of the manufacturing execution system OrgaTEX, our experts demonstrate how to streamline the planning and execution layers for profitability.

The new version of OrgaTEX X1 comes with modern integration-adapters for a comprehensive planning, controlling and optimizing of orders, machines and processes.

Meet our experts at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Centre on Booth No. H6 E19 at ITMA ASIA.

SETEX and Halo announce Strategic Alliance

Industry leaders collaborate for a comprehensive system towards industry 4.0.

SETEX Schermuly textile computer GmbH, Mengerskirchen/Germany, a market leader in designing, manufacturing and implementing automation solutions for the textile dyeing and finishing market, and the company Halo, ERP-provider and specialist for customized solutions from fibre to product, announce to have entered into a strategical partnership.

The strategic alliance allows the teams from SETEX and Halo to put into practice a comprehensive solution for processing and finishing of textiles via integration of Inteos and OrgaTEX components.

Clients, namely the vertical manufacturers with knitting or weaving departments, will be pleased of the benefits of the range of Inteos modules, deeply integrated into the OrgaTEX platform and working out of the box.

“Both SETEX and Halo contribute a rich source of information and technology to the new OrgaTEX-inteos package, which goes far beyond providing just a software solution“ said Oliver Schermuly from SETEX. “Thanks to our SETEX locations around the world, the newly formed project management and excellent relationships with textile machine manufacturers, this collaboration allows us to provide, commission and support the new solution locally worldwide.”

The combination of Halo´s longstanding experience as provider of customized MES- and ERP-solutions and SETEX´s position as a market leader for textile automation solutions, ensures a maximum in competence for fully integrated textile manufacturing solutions. As a result, Industry 4.0 will become a reality at your company”, states Marcus Ott of Halo.

The new OrgaTEX-inteos solution enables SETEX to react adequate and flexible to different customer needs, and to offer one-stop complete solutions that meet the most specific individual requirements.


Leading flat knitting innovator SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. will show its current technology—and future ambitions

Leading flat knitting innovator Shima Seiki MFG., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan will show its current technology—and future ambitions at Hall 4, Booth C07

Recent consumer trends such as increased online shopping activity have changed supply chain requirements in China, with growing interest in on-demand production both in terms of time-compression and mass-customization. The combination of SHIMA SEIKI’s pioneering WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology that allows a garment to be produced in its entirety without the need for linking or sewing afterward, along with the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system yields revolutionary game-changing flexibility in the knit supply chain to support such trends.

New EliTe® Compact Spinning System

Taking center stage therefore at ITMA Asia will be the company’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system. At the core of SHIMA SEIKI’s “Total Fashion System” concept, ultra-realistic simulation capability on APEX3 allows virtual sampling to minimize the impact that the sample-making process has on current manufacturing in terms of time and cost. With this new manufacturing model, the production cycle can be shortened to such an extent that on-demand production is possible without being limited to seasonal cycles. This allows the product planning stage to be extended to allow more accurate analysis of consumer demand. Moreover, virtual samples can be used at the retail level to gauge consumer acceptance of upcoming products, data for which can be used for forecasting demand. Such feedback can be used to adjust production and optimize inventory in order to prevent leftover stock that would otherwise go to waste. If stock runs out mid-season, on-demand production capability of WHOLEGARMENT® knitting can furthermore replenish inventory to prevent lost opportunity. In such a way, the Total Fashion System maximizes profit while achieving zero inventory loss, zero leftover stock, zero lost sales opportunity and most importantly zero waste through smart, speedy and sustainable production. Further details will be revealed through SHIMA SEIKI’s main demonstration to be held at its ITMA Asia booth.

Representing the production aspect of the Total Fashion System at ITMA Asia are four computerized flat knitting machines, each with distinct solutions to current and future needs of the Chinese and Asian markets. WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology will be represented by three machines, each with its own unique capabilities. Featuring SHIMA SEIKI’s original SlideNeedle™ on four needle beds as well as the patented spring-type sinker system, MACH2XS offers great flexibility for knitting beautiful and sophisticated, high-quality WHOLEGARMENT® products in all needles, with a seemingly endless variety of knit patterns at very high speed and efficiency. MACH2XS is shown in 15L at ITMA Asia. MACH2S is a versatile V-bed machine that supports production ranging from conventional shaped knitting in all needles to WHOLEGARMENT® knitting using every other needle. At ITMA Asia MACH2S is shown in 8G for coarse gauge applications. The SWG061N2 compact WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machine is capable of producing a wide variety of knit accessory items for fashion as well as technical textile applications. The “Mini” WHOLEGARMENT® machine will be producing novel 3D shoes in 15G at ITMA Asia. For more conventional solutions, SHIMA SEIKI’s SVR series resets the industry benchmark for shaped knitting, with the SVR123SP featuring a special loop presser bed that can produce hybrid inlay fabrics with both knit and weave characteristics. Demand for such unique fabrics are very high across a wide range of applications, from fashion apparel to sports and medical applications, as well as wearable technology and technical textiles. At ITMA Asia SVR123SP will be displayed in 14G and will feature the i-Plating™ option for expanded capability in inverse plating technique whereby complex jacquard-like patterns can be knit in plain jersey stitch.



Stäubli Textile will be presenting its machinery range and latest solutions at two inviting booths

Stäubli Textile will be presenting its machinery range and latest solutions at two inviting booths at this year’s ITMA Asia. At Booth E01 in Hall 3, weavers will learn about innovations in weaving preparation and see high-speed shed formation solutions for all sorts of woven applications in action

Carpet weavers will see brand new pattern samples that impressively demonstrate Stäubli’s innovative binding technologies. At Booth D14 in Hall 4, knitters are invited to meet with Stäubli knitting specialists and observe the latest automation device in action – it drastically shortens the sock knitting process. ITMA Asia is an ideal opportunity to find out all about Stäubli’s comprehensive product range, which is perfectly suited to the needs of Asian mills.

Stäubli’s extensive range of products and solutions includes:

  • shedding solutions for frame weaving (cam motions, dobbies)
  • electronic Jacquard machines with harnesses, in formats for every woven application
  • weaving preparation solutions for mastering warp preparation and warp tying
  • weaving systems for carpeting and technical textiles
  • Deimo automation solutions for sock knitting

Automation in weaving preparation – Stäubli unveils a world premiere in warp beam preparation


With its SAFIR automatic drawing-in machines, Stäubli has made a name for itself as an advanced solution provider for reliable automation in weaving preparation for the widest range of applications. Visitors to ITMA Asia will now see a further development: the SAFIR S30 set up especially for handling filament yarns. Featuring a new 16 frame/rod capacity, this setup is ideal for high-density warps with fine filament yarns. The SAFIR product range features state-of-the-art AWC (active warp control) technologies such as double-end detection, colour repeat, and S/Z-yarn management. These technologies are the result of continuous research and development driven by Stäubli’s values such as the vision to provide innovations that deliver further advantages to customers. This spirit of innovation has now led Stäubli once again to go one step further in the warp preparation process:

As a world premiere at ITMA Asia, Stäubli will unveil the new BEAMPRO yarn repeat reading-in machine, an automation aid at the sizing machine for sizing coloured warp sheets. Visitors can learn more about this weaving preparation solution at the show.

Frame weaving solutions for water-jet applications

As another novelty, Stäubli will be presenting its latest high-position rotary dobbies for water-jet applications, the S2658 and S2678 series. The S2678 will be on display in combination with the new de82/83 har¬ness motions for high mounting, featuring an ingenious design incorporating valuable features such as maintenance-free bearings. These machines can be installed in the high position on the weaving machine, supporting the production of quality patterned fabrics.

In addition to the electronic rotary dobbies, Stäubli’s S1300 and S1600/S1700 series of cam motions will also be exhibited. These machines are available for high-speed weaving using every type of weft insertion system.

Jacquard weaving – Large format application on display

Visitors will see two complete Jacquard installations featuring different kinds of weft insertion. These installations are equipped with the LX and LXL Jacquard machines, designed for the production of terry and large-format clothing fabrics. Dedicated to large formats, the LXL setup is equipped with 19,584 harness cords (format of the machine exhibited is 10,240 hooks). The display will show the heavy payload capacities of this machine when weaving dense clothing fabrics. The LX setup (format of the machine exhibited is 4,096 hooks) will be shown producing terry fabric, operating 6,652 harness cords with two repeats. At the two-level booth, visitors will be able to observe the precise operation of these machines from the ground floor and from above.

A DX Jacquard machine will be shown in an area also demonstrating the broad range of Stäubli harnesses.

Jacquard weaving solutions for name selvedges

Two different examples of this will be shown: the CX 172 and the UNIVALETTE electronic Jacquard machine. The latter features individual warp-thread control, opening vast possibilities for a wide variety of applications. Both machines allow weavers to apply added value to their woven fabrics.

Carpet samples showing innovative binding technologies

Exclusive samples woven on ALPHA carpet weaving systems will be shown, exhibiting binding technologies and patterns ranging from extra-high-density carpets with traditional patterns to ultra-modern designer carpets.

Automatic toe-linking device for a shorter sock production process

Stäubli will be showing the recently launched D4S device on two circular knitting machines. This automation solution allows closing the toe of the sock directly on the knitting machine. It significantly shortens the sock production process.

Original Stäubli spare parts for extended longevity

Stäubli offers original spare parts even many years after purchase of the machine. A sampling will be on display at the booth.

Visitors to the fair will get a good overview of the vast application areas of Stäubli machinery at many places in the weaving hall and are invited to visit the two Stäubli Booths E01 in Hall 3 and D14 in Hall 4. The pioneering products of Stäubli are the result of a well-balanced combination of performance, technical perfection, and proven solutions.


SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG will show the latest applications at ITMA Asia

The Swiss based SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG is the inventor of the electronic yarn traverse system. Based on the experience accumulated, SSM is able to provide a proper solution for the most economical and flexible yarn production.

World premiere of the new drum winder

After the successful introduction of the XENO-platform in 2016 and the X-Series in 2017, SSM has extended the range of applications on these platforms. With the brand new drum winder the power consumption per spindle is lower than ever (down to 35 watt, depending on parameter settings). The small pitch and integrated control cabinet maximize the space utilization. Thanks to the new developed and single controlled motor, it is the ideal machine for an energy efficient rewinding of cones used in the weaving, warp knitting and circular knitting process. The new drum winder, named CWX-W, is also available for assembly winding as CWX-D.

In the top quality segment, SSM customer can now benefit from a wider range of applications, such as fancyflex™ options for the production of slubs and thick & thin effects, controlled overfeed variations, creation of “neps” and intermittent intermingling of drawn textured yarn (DTY). Another benefit is the maximized productivity and profit, when using the DIGICONE® 2 for the XENO-platform to increase the dye package density with unchanged dyeing recipes.

Last, but not least SSM is exhibiting the winding machine for the preparation of low-density muffs made of high-elastic yarns, which enables to preserve the highest possible residual elasticity of the yarn throughout the dyeing process.

SSM PWX MTC for elastic yarns

Besides the displayed applications in winding (including assembly and sewing thread winding) and air texturing, SSM provides a wide range of renowned textile machines. A detailed overview about SSM machinery and supported applications of the textile process chain can be found under Winding Solutions by clicking on the link below.

Rieter is the world’s leading supplier of systems for short-staple fibre spinning. Based in Winterthur (Switzerland), the company develops and manufactures machinery, systems and components used to convert natural and manmade fibres and their blends into yarns. Rieter is the only supplier worldwide to cover spinning preparation processes as well as all four end spinning processes currently established on the market. Furthermore, Rieter is a leader in the field of precision winding machines. With 17 manufacturing locations in ten countries, the company employs a global workforce of some 5250, about 20 % of whom are based in Switzerland. Rieter is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange under ticker symbol RIEN.

SSM Textile Machinery, based in Horgen (Switzerland), is a subsidiary of the Rieter Group. SSM is the world’s leading supplier of precision winding machines in the fields of dyeing, weaving and sewing thread preparation and enjoys success in individual segments of filament yarn production. SSM comprises the companies SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG in Horgen and subsidiaries in Italy and China. SSM is represented worldwide in all major markets.


Suessen will show the latest applications at ITMA Asia

Suessen will welcome interested visitors in Hall 1, Booth D01.

As the leader in compact ring and open-end rotor spinning technology, the company will demonstrate the competence in handling and processing natural and man-made-fibres, focussing on efficiency and profitability in the spinning processes.

Suessen is looking forward to discussing the latest developments and their benefits:

The new EliTe®: The world’s leading, most utilized and versatile compact spinning system with new innovative components further boosting productivity and yarn quality. For existing installations, Suessen offers upgrade packages to enable the customers to participate in the benefits of the latest developments and innovations. The new EliTe® will be displayed on a Rieter ring spinning machine.


EliTwist®Spinning System

The EliTwist®Spinning System combines compact spinning and twisting of a plied yarn in one single production step, representing the most economical way to produce two-ply yarns.

The HP-GX Top Weighting Arms for short staple, roving and worsted spinning machines are equipped with finely tuned heavy-duty plate springs for frictionless load transmission. The HP-GX 3010 in combination with ACP Quality Package (Active Cradle with PINSpacer NT) reduces IPIs in cotton spinning up to 60 % and Uster CV% up to 15 %. It is the most suitable arm to replace the existing systems on ring spinning machines, while the given top roller equipment may be reused.

Premium Parts: Spinning components, spare parts and modernization packages for rotor spinning machines such as ProFiL®Rotors, ProFiL®Navels, SOLIDRINGs, PS7 TwinDiscs are most precisely manufactured to guarantee homogeneous yarn quality throughout the complete machine in order to ensure flawless textile fabrics.

A detailed overview about the full product range of Suessen can be found by clicking at the link below.


All Trützschler divisions will exhibit current and new products on a 600 sqm area

Highlights to be found at Hall 2 Booth C 01:

TD 10 The new Trützschler autoleveller draw frame

ITMA ASIA marks the launch of the new Draw Frame TD 10. It features increased compactness and has a highly modern regulating system. This results in a significant increase in control dynamics and an improvement in sliver quality.

Despite 20 % less space requirement, it was possible to increase the filter once more.

The intelligent SMART CREEL in combination with T-LED offers an unprecedented level of functional reliability and more comfort for the operator and mill manager.

Digitalization and connectivity are not only catchwords at Trützschler: Machines connected to T-Data allow a real-time quality monitoring.



TC 15 Benchmark in productivity

A whole range of individual measures ensure performance increases compared to the predecessor machine. In addition to high productivity, the 1.28 m wide Card TC 15 stands for increased sliver evenness and improved running behaviour. Trützschler will demonstrate the high flexibility with five different sliver coiling systems on the stand.



TC 10 The most successful card in China

Made in China – for China. The Card TC 10 is the card for the Chinese market. This Trützschler card in the traditional working width of one metre has been specifically designed for the Chinese market.

T-MOVE Space saving and increased efficiency

The can filling station does more than just save space. The new moving head allows a can change at high delivery speeds. This improves card efficiency. T-MOVE is also designed for JUMBO CANS with 1200 mm diameter.

T-SCAN Five technologies work hand in hand for highest separation rates

In the Foreign Part Separator T-SCAN TS-T5, five detection technologies ensure an all-time high separation efficiency:

F-module             Detection of coloured parts G-module      Detection of shiny parts

P-module             Detection of transparent and semi-transparent parts UV-module   Detection of fluorescent parts

LED-module Detection of smallest thread-shaped parts

IDF-Vortex          Shortened preparation system for air-jet yarns

In cooperation with the Japanese company Murata, the leading manufacturer of air-jet spinning machines, Trützschler has developed a new sliver preparation technology. When processing viscose, two of three draw frame passages can be eliminated. This represents an enormous economic advantage.

T-WIND Semi-automatic Surface Winder TWW-SD

Robust master roll winders are used when the production of ready-for-sale rolls is decoupled from the nonwovens production. The two-stage configuration with downstream unwinding, slitting and winding increases process stability. The Surface Winder TWW-SD provides an appropriate solution for spunlace systems, for a variety of thermal bonding processes as well as for technical nonwovens. Winding of master rolls up to 1,800 mm diameter and system speeds up to 300 m/min can be realised.

GX1 The cylinder clothing that no longer requires grinding

The new GX1 clothing has been specifically developed for all spinning processes in the area of cotton. Improved fibre guidance results in less short fibre content and significantly better nep separation. The clothing is basically maintenance-free, but can also be ground when required.









NOVOTOP 30 The very special flat clothing

The flat clothing NOVOTOP 30 has been newly developed for the processing of coarse and/or dyed fibres and reclaimed fibres for rotor spinning.

It is ideally suited for use with yarn counts below Ne 10 and realises high production speeds. The flat type NT 30 is available as MAGNOTOP and CLASSICTOP.

With about 3000 employees, Trützschler is one of the world’s leading textile machinery manufacturer. The family business with its headquarter in Mönchengladbach, Germany, is divided into the business units Spinning, Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers and Card Clothing. Machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens and man- made fibre industry are produced in eight locations worldwide. In addition to four factories in Germany, Trützschler has production sites in China (Shanghai), India (Ahmedabad), USA (Charlotte) and Brasil as well as a development location in Switzerland. Service centres in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan provide customer proximity in the important textile processing areas.

Uster to unveil its novelties at a press conference

The ‘big news’ will actually be revealed on the opening day (October 17, 2018) of the exhibition. At this stage, we cannot say any more…but you will get the full details first hand.

In April, USTER announced the acquisition of Elbit Vision Systems (EVS). At the press conference, USTER CEO Thomas Nasiou will explain the background and outline USTER’s complete fiber-to-fabric strategy. There will also be details of other `new´ USTER systems.

USTER® systems: Hall 1, Booth D36

USTER® EVS systems: Hall 3, Booth C21


Van de Wiele showcases innovations



BONAS, trendsetter in jacquard weaving, will present their latest innovations at ITMA ASIA 2018 Hall 3, Booth C01. The Si range, known as trailblazer in jacquard weaving thanks to its most compact design, lightweight, low energy consumption and high efficiency is now available from 2.688 up to 31.104 hooks, the largest single jacquard machine available on the market.

On the VANDEWIELE booth you can discover the Si27 on an Itema R9500-340 cm with 27.200 installed hooks, weaving wall covering & bed covers.

To date, numerous Bonas Si’s with over 25000 hooks are installed in the market, weaving a wide range of applications.

The performance and stability of the Si is demonstrated while weaving OPW airbags at high speed, with 11520 hooks, on a Dornier Air Jet. The double-sided drive mechanism proves its usefulness.

The Bonas Si range is used for all applications on all possible jacquard Air jet, Rapier and Velvet looms.

Bonas’ other successful Jacquard range, the Ji, is of course displayed as well. This model is available from 1.920 up to 5.760 hooks. The Ji is manufactured in a state-of-the-art factory in Belgium as well as in a brand new plant in Nanjing. Nanjing is producing exclusively for the Chinese market. Hundreds of Ji’s are installed in several countries for numerous weaving applications.

At ITMA Asia, a Ji5 equipped with 5000 hooks will weave Furnishing Fabrics on a Picanol GT Max-340 cm. A Ji2 with 2688 hooks will produce Terry Towels on a Rifa Air Jet.

Another 6 Ji’s will be on display at the exhibition weaving from Label over Terry to Furnishing fabrics.

Bonas’ Ji range, already producing in many countries worldwide, uses the best jacquard technology. The synergy of the micro-selection technology and the state-of-the-art, maintenance-free drive mechanism with integrated dwell, makes the Ji the reference in jacquard double width weaving. Superior technology at the best price.

All the machines are equipped with the latest BONAS Ci Controller. The Linux based BONAS Ci controller and software offer solutions for every weaving application. Use of icons on a 10.4” touch screen is user friendly, self-learning and makes operation very easy and self-evident. The Ci controller is Industry 4.0 compliant and hence ready for the future.

Van de Wiele is proud to present as a world’s first the 3 meter execution of the Velvet Smart Innovator VSi for plain and jacquard velvets. The main specs of the machine include parallel reed motion, reinforced cross members, single beams over the full width and up to 24 servo driven smart frames.

The VSi “345”-type is now available for plain velvets as well as jacquard velvets including light viscose carpets and prayer rugs.

The new showpiece in carpet weaving is the “HCiX2” in reed 1500 dents per meter, 8 colour frames (1500/8). This high density carpet weaving machine, available in 3 and 4 meters width, is able to weave carpets with up to 5 million points per square meter, creating niche high end products, with a handmade look. The same machine is able to weave carpets in reed 750 dents per meter, using 16 colour frames. More colours or effects can be created using a filling selector.


The HCiX2 is perfectly suited for picture weaving: instead of the traditional labor-intensive designing of woven carpet, a photo-realistic picture is processed in real time and converted to a design that fits the weaving machine. The HCiX2 is also available in the common configurations 1200/8, 1000/10, 1000/8…

Van de Wiele Spare Parts Service offers technical assistance to all customers for the order and delivery of original VdW parts. Technical assistance is provided with fast response and genuine parts are delivered within short delivery times. These original spare parts, of course assured of Vandewiele’s high quality standard, will increase efficiency of your loom and extent life time.

A key development of Cobble is the Individual Pile Delivery (IPD) for the Colortec tufting machine, giving a more even pile surface of the tufted carpet, resulting in less yarn consumption.

The Colortec, in combination with the in-house developed software TuftLink, is able to produce carpet with multiple density and color gradients. Also, it is perfectly suitable for the production of imitation hand-tuft qualities up to 4.2 kg/m², even with combinations of different yarns.

On the Myriad tufting machine, designs of 240 m² without repeat are possible for wall-to-wall side matching. The Myriad is available up to 1/12” gauge and can be equipped with double sliding needlebar. All Cobble tufting machines are available up to 5 meters width.

Fabric samples of all these machines will be presented on our stand.

SUPERBA S.A.S (France), member of the VANDEWIELE family of companies, is the world leader in space dyeing and heat setting machinery for carpet yarn (PP, PES, PAN, WOOL & blends).

Present on the Chinese market since 1992, SUPERBA is having a subsidiary in Shanghai (SSRO) with sales & technical Chinese people, as well as a stock of spare-parts to ensure a high level of service to local customers.

The Chinese market has recovered a satisfying level of activity since 2016 and the number of SUPERBA heat- setting lines sold has increased accordingly, not only to existing companies willing to extend their production capacity, but also to new prospects. The Chinese carpet market is currently focused on the use of polyester and polyamide fibres to manufacture rugs; one of the current favourites is the tufted printed carpet for domestic market.

This kind of carpet requires a well-defined pin-point effect to get a precise printed drawing.

SUPERBA TVP3 heat-setting line offers the highest pin-point definition with their saturated steam process.

The recent improvements in SUPERBA’s space-dyeing technology, like bicolor printing, or dyeing polyester yarn, are likely to arise great interest among the Chinese manufacturers looking for innovative end-products.