ITMA Preview Part 3 (continued)

We continue our series on the ITMA Barcelona preview with various selected textile machinery manufacturers, and textile chemicals, colorants and additives companies, as well as printing firms from different countries, and in alphabetic order

Archroma prepares for ITMA with 5 innovations and 24 system solutions for enhanced sustainability, colour and performance

Archroma, a global leader in colour and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be at ITMA to launch its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help textile manufacturers with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their markets.

Archroma offers a wide portfolio of dyes and chemicals aiming to increase sustainability and innovation along the entire value chain, from fibre to finish.

Archroma is reputed for its continuous flow of ground-breaking innovations, such as the EarthColors®, a range of dyes made from non-edible natural waste from the agricultural and herbal industry, Inkpresso®, a digital printing system that enables ink mixing on site and on demand, Smartrepel® Hydro, a nature-friendlier protection that keeps cotton, polyester and polyamide textiles dry, the Color Atlas, a revolutionary color system comprising of a physical and online library of 4320 new colors developed on cotton poplin.

More recently, Archroma introduced the purest indigo, Denisol® Pure Indigo, an aniline-free* synthetic pre-reduced liquid indigo launched in 2018, Appretan® NTR, a new nature-based binder for nonwovens, and Fadex® AS New, a new “super UV protector” for automotive & transportation textiles, both introduced in May 2019.

At ITMA, Archroma will present 24 solution systems and 5 innovations, and will hold “Innovation & Solutions Sessions” at its booth to present them. (See “Agenda” below).

The systems and innovations presented by Archroma have all been selected for their compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The approach finds its origin in Archroma’s deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable. For further information:

At ITMA, visitors will be able to discover how the innovations and ingredients selected in each system are combining to help create value in their application process and end market:

  • Denim & casual wear;
  • Home & intimate textiles;
  • Fashion & formal wear;
  • Automotive & transportation;
  • Outdoor & active wear;
  • Workwear & uniforms.

Archroma has set up a dedicated webpage ( to keep visitors informed the systems and innovations that will be introduced for each market.

The web page also includes a complete agenda of the “Innovation & Solutions Sessions” and events that Archroma will participate to during the exhibition.

Stay tuned for the media release that will be dedicated to each innovation launch by checking the calendar under agenda in the said webpage.

“The textile industry is currently undergoing deep transformations and challenges, such as the constant consumer demand for more innovation and performance in apparel and textiles, as well as the growing concerns about resource scarcity and product safety”, comments Marcos Furrer, President, Brand and Performance Textile Specialties, Archroma. “With our new approach based on system solutions, Archroma is further supporting our customers in addressing those challenges – and opportunities. Because it’s our nature!”

EarthColors®, Inkpresso®, Smartrepel® Hydro, Denisol® Pure Indigo, Appretan® NTR, Fadex® AS New are trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries.

BMSvision will be focusing on Industry 4.0, mobile MES solutions and smart textile manufacturing

BMSvision will be exhibiting at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona with a stand in the weaving Hall H4 Booth B204, focusing on Industry 4.0 , mobile MES solutions and smart textile manufacturing.

Through intelligent wireless networking of all production equipment in the mill, the BMSvision MES solution transfers the huge amount of data originating from the various production machines and processes into meaningful information for the 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 different software modules into one single web based report showing important KPI’s 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 mobile phone.

The complete BMSvision MES suite is now available for both Oracle and SQL Server as database engine.

ITMA Barcelona will also see the introduction of several new BMS products:

–              MyMES is an App available for both Android and iOS and includes a cockpit and an alert module. The cockpit shows the KPI’s and most important production data of the plant while the alert module highlights problem areas that need immediate attention.

–              Smart Bracelet: This low cost wearable device promptly informs operators when there is a need to intervene on a machine. As soon as the “Events & Alerts” software of the MES system detects a warning or alarm condition on a certain machine, the operator in charge of the machine is informed as his bracelet starts vibrating and the machine number and type of alarm is displayed on the bracelet’s screen.

–              BI Connect: With this optional extension to the BMS reporting tool, all data in the BMS database is available for use in standard business analysis tools such as QlikView and Power BI. With these tools, the user can freely search and explore across all data, instantly pivoting his analysis when new ideas surface. Innovative visualizations put all data in the right context allowing fast and smart decisions.

–              Argus: 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, …

–              QT: The widely used QT fabric inspection terminal is now also available as a standalone unit, without the need for a QualiMaster central system. The QT standalone includes all software for inspecting and cutting pieces and for label printing. At the end of inspection, a piece map is created and is available for export to third party systems. As such, mills with a small number of inspection frames can have all benefits from this powerful device with a minimum investment.

The BMSvision KnitMaster system is also on display with a live demo monitoring 5 circular knitting machines on the Monarch stand in Hall 8.0 at Booth B203.

BMSvision, established in 2007 as a carve-out from the Barco group, is a leading supplier of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for discrete manufacturing, with focus on the textiles, plastics and pharmaceutical industry.

Under the brand name BMSvision (formerly BarcoVision) and with over 40 years of experience as a former division of the Barco group, 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 world wide network of agents and service centres.

Colorjet to Launch 16 Head Vastrajet® Digital Textile Printer with AiS™

  •                Colorjet to launch Vastrajet®- 8164 digital textile printer with 16 heads
  •                Vastrajet®- 8164 comes with the latest technological innovation called AiS™
  •                ColorJet will also show high-speed Metro-8166 with speeds of up to 294 sq. metre per hour

Building up on the success of the Vastrajet®- 8824, ColorJet India Ltd, the biggest Indian manufacturer of digital printers is launching Vastrajet®- 8164, a digital textile printer with 16 heads at ITMA Barcelona 2019 in Hall-3, Booth B-102.

The advanced, high speed direct to fabric printer Vastrajet®- 8164 has the ability to become a commercial winner by providing users with outstanding performance, increased productivity, superior printing accuracy with minimal maintenance needs.

The latest Vastrajet®- 8164 comes with the latest technological innovation from ColorJet –AiS™ (Adaptive Ink System). The AiS™ provides the customer flexibility to use ink of their choice to address his various issues of logistics, procurement, colour consistency, etc.

ColorJet has always strived to support their partners by bringing technological modifications by fine tuning the machine as per the inks. The new Vastrajet®- 8164 also comes equipped with AIVC™ technology which provides consistent print performance at varying environmental conditions.

With these technological innovations and additional refinements, the Vastrajet®- 8164 is in true sense, a commercial winner.

“Being the leader of textile digital printing industry in India it comes as a responsibility for us to create state of the art products while keeping in mind the demands of the customers and ColorJet is dedicated to being at the forefront of fulfilling customer needs,” Jitender Pal Singh Vice President (Textiles) at ColorJet India said.

These improvements and the development of AiS™ technology is further proof of ColorJet’s commitment to address the global digital textile printing industry’s most urgent needs.

Founded in 2004, ColorJet India Ltd, the largest manufacturer of digital inkjet printers in India, maintains its operations via two manufacturing facilities in India and China and sales offices spread across seven countries, which include India, China, Bangladesh, UAE and Sri Lanka.

“When developing the Vastrajet® 8164, our R&D team aimed to increase productivity, performance, and reliability, which ultimately resulted in a product whose performance increased by up to 70 % from its predecessor, making it one of the fastest printers in the market in this category,” he added

ColorJet will also be demonstrating it shigh-speed Metro-8166 which delivers industrial-level production with speeds of up to 294 sq. metre per hour. The Metro-8166 will be operated at ITMA 2019 on reactive ink, whereas the Vastrajet®- 8164 will be run on pigment ink on cotton blended fabrics.

As per the latest IDC report with more than 34 % market share in India, which is the second fastest growing digital textile printing industry in the world, ColorJet gears up to command a strong position in the textile industry globally.

ColorJet supplies the very best in digital textile technologies in the industry, whereby, ColorJet printers have production speeds which are 45 % more than the nearest competition, takes up 47% lesser space and consumes 42 % less power as compared to other machines. Additionally, other digital textile printers consume 51 times more water as compared to ColorJet printers, making it the most sought after brand with its products starting at USD 59000.

ColorJet Becomes Platinum Sponsor at ITMA 2019

From a net consumer of textile machinery to being a platinum sponsor of ITMA is a long way to come for the Indian textile machinery industry. ColorJet is the first Indian digital textile printing company to strike a platinum sponsorship deal at ITMA 2019and will have a stand at Hall-3, Booth No-B102.

ITMA is the world’s leading showcase for textile and garment technology, including textile printing, and it provides the ideal platform for the industry to present a wide rangeof the latest technologies. ITMA 2015 featured 1,691 exhibitors from 46 countries, 95 supporting media from 19 countries and 123,000 buyers from 147 countries. Of these visitors, 21 % were from the printing and dyeing sectors.

The textile printing industry represents 30 billion square metres of material volume on an annual basis worldwide while global digital textile printing market was valued at EUR 1.17 billion in 2016 with growth forecast to reach EUR 2.42 billion in 2021. Digitally printed textile is growing at a steady annual rate of 25 %.

“ColorJet is proud to be Platinum sponsor of ITMA 2019. This partnership is aligned with our aspiration of becoming a global digital textile printing brand coming out of India with a face of efficient Indian engineering product and technology,” says Mr Jitender Pal Singh, Vice President (Textiles) at ColorJet India.

Ms Sylvia Phua, ITMA 2019 Project Director adds, “Printing is an exciting sector at ITMA 2019 as the industry has seen vast transformation in the digital arena. We are pleased to welcome ColorJet, a leading Indian manufacturer of digital inkjet printers, to showcase their innovations at our exhibition.”

About ColorJet India Ltd:

ColorJet India Ltd, the largest manufacturer of digital inkjet printers in India, markets its products in 25 countries worldwide. Founded in 2004, the company maintains its operations via two manufacturing facilities and sales offices spread across seven countries, which include India, China, Bangladesh, UAE and Sri Lanka. To-date, ColorJet has installed and implemented over 4000 of its printing solutions and products across 450 cities around the world backed by a strong 278 member team, of which almost 100 are in technical related functions.

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DiloGroup at ITMA

At ITMA 2019 DiloGroup will once again exhibit Hall 5, Booth No. B201 a complete operating production line on a booth space of ca. 1100 m². This line will illustrate improvements and modifications as well as innovations in numerous machine design-engineering aspects. The complete technological process starting with fibre preparation via card feeding, to precise web forming and the new Hyperpunch Hα needling will be shown. Elements of “industry 4.0” have been incorparated to design the assisting operating system “diloline 4.0”.

Dilo needlefelt production line, working width 7 m

In the fibre preparation phase with DiloTemafa components, the “Baltromix Pro” will show a faster blend changeover which is a prerequisite for even higher throughput. An exact control of the filling level avoids idling or over-filling by feeding fibre bales with the aid of a “bale timer”. The sensor module “DI-LoWatt” assures fibre transport with a minimum of air and thus saves energy.

The current universal card feeder VRS-P Vibration Chute is supplemented by a fine opening stage to further improve feeding quality. After the “VectorQuadroCard” the latest version of our high speed crosslapper “HyperLayer” will be included which allows highest throughput at small to medium layering widths and which is especially suited for hydroentanglement lines.

The advantages of the elliptical needle beam kinematics of Hyperpunch technology is even better used in the “Hyperpunch Hα” loom as a very economic version of the classical Hyperpunch technique. The needleloom on show – DI-LOOM OD-II SLHαV – is equipped with the new needle pattern 6000X to give a very homogeneous stitching distribution.

Needle arrangement “8000X” for a more even needlefelt surface

An automatic starting-aid “smart-start” for the card with automatic threading to crosslapper and needleloom reduces the number of manual interventions.

In the field of “textile additive manufacturing” the “3D-Lofter” will offer further chances of fibre savings for needlefelts used in the automotive and other applications because topologically distributed fibre masses can be positioned in the felt where needed by so called “individual webforming spots”.

“diloline 4.0” includes a wide variety of “smart manufacturing” actions in collaboration with Siemens which all aim at further simplifying operation, increasing transparency in web forming and consolidation thereby increasing efficiency. Production data are stored, documented and compared.

An “alarm monitor” indicates disturbances. A production analysis documents the reasons for standstill times. This data can be used to avoid disturbances. Numerous information modules can be recalled via mobile apps and cloud data (mindSpheres). All these methods to control the machines and to generate production data will be helpful to further secure the complex functions within the production system independently of personnel and shift.

DiloGroup looks forward to meeting numerous visitors from around the world at this most important textile machinery exhibition in Barcelona from June 20 – 26, 2019.

DORNIER to present its newest “Green Machines” and an expanded service offering at the ITMA

Environmentally-aware and efficient

The modern weaver faces many challenges: Digitalization is advancing deeper and deeper into the fabric of the production chain, sustainability requirements are growing more demanding, new employees and experienced technicians are thin on the ground. Flexibility in manufacturing is turning into an existential question. At the upcoming ITMA, DORNIER will present answers to these trends – in the form of the latest weaving machines and weaving solutions.

When the subject of sustainability is raised, businesses are often called upon to take the lead. Lindauer DORNIER is doing precisely that, as enshrined in one of our seven guiding principles: “We strive to design and manufacture our products so that they are as safe and environmentally compatible as possible.” This commitment was formulated by the company founder, Peter Dornier over three decades ago.

Our presence at the upcoming ITMA exhibition – the International Textile Machinery Exhibition – is further proof that sustainability is not just a passing fashion at DORNIER, but rather the foundation and result of a long-term corporate strategy. At this event, under the banner theme of “The Green Machine” we will present the latest machines and lines, “Made in Germany” for the sustainable, efficient manufacture of clothing, home textiles and technical fabrics and flexible, economical production of high-quality composite semi-finished materials.

World premiere of the new Rapier Weaving Machine P2

The new Dornier P2 Rapier Loom

Highlights include the new rapier weaving machine P2, which will be presented in its standard configuration for the first time in Barcelona. It combines the strengths of the P1 All-rounder with many innovations to equip the weaver optimally for the future. “We didn’t reinvent rapier weaving, but we improved every major aspect of the process”, says Thomas Laukamp, DORNIER’s Head of Advanced Technology Development Weaving Machines. Accordingly, with improved shed geometry and a more rigid frame, greater productivity, maintenance-free operation and optimized positive centre transfer movement, the P2 rapier weaving machine offers the highest flexibility and process reliability available on the world market.

The new machine structure with clearly defined primary and auxiliary modules represents a further advance. “The modular design and clear interfaces between the machine modules make conversion and expansion work simpler”, explains Laukamp. He adds that this translates to greater investment security for the weaver, because the P2 can easily be adapted for processing different yarns for clothing, domestic and technical textiles as well as high-quality composite semi-finished materials. So, the weaver can respond faster to unpredictable market developments. “Who knows what orders weavers will have to deal with in five years” said Laukamp, who sees DORNIER as a solution provider.

Besides, the P2 was the perfect example of a technology approach conceived for total sustainability: Not only did the ultrafine precision fabrics it produced keep air and water clean or filter exhaust gases, the machine itself was designed for sustainability: “The resource-saving operating principle and long service life of the P2 make it a truly ‘Green Machine’”, says Head of Advanced Technology Development Laukamp.

A milestone in rapier weaving technology: The new P2 from DORNIER give modern weavers the flexibility demanded by rapidly changing markets DORNIER rapier weaving machine P2, Type TKN 8/S G24 with a nominal width of 190 cm

Future-oriented: The encapsulated air-jet weaving machine

On the subject of air-jet weaving, DORNIER will exhibit an encapsulated air-jet weaving machine. This solution is designed to bring different, individually controllable climate zones into the production workshop for the first time: This means that each weaving machine can be run in its own climate, adjusted to create the ideal conditions for the respective manufacturing process, regardless of the heat and humidity in the rest of the production workshop.

This approach too makes for the greatest possible flexibility in accepting and completing orders, since it is then possible to process different fibres ranging from wool to glass simultaneously in the same workshop. The lower levels of noise, dirt and mechanical vibration that prevail as a result of the encapsulation also make the fabric manufacturing workstations safer and more comfortable – a convincing argument for recruiting young employees and experienced technicians.

24/7 online shop for original parts: The new myDoX® customer portal

The new myDoX® customer portal will also be presented at the ITMA. Based on the latest database technology, the portal adds digital order management to the personalized technical, installation and maintenance service for which DORNIER is known. It will provide an online shop with permanent availability for original parts (DoXPOS – Parts Order System) for all product lines. Remote maintenance and networking of weaving machines – to improve run characteristics, for example – will also be possible in future via myDoX®.

More ITMA highlights from DORNIER: The new colour selector and feed system DORNIER DisCoS (DCS) for rapier weaving machines, enabling more efficient processing of up to eight colours. The DORNIER Weft Saver (DWS) weft saving device which enables weaving without a left catch selvedge, reducing weft; the double weft rapier heads DORNIER DoPPIO with free colour transfer and parallel weft insertion.

From wool to glass in one weaving workshop: The future-oriented encapsulated air-jet weaving machine brings different, individually controllable climate zones into the production workshop for the first time

DORNIER air-jet weaving machine, Type AWS 6/S G16 with a nominal width of 210 cm Nennbreite Article: Car upholstery fabrics

Lindauer DORNIER GmbH and its Weaving Machine, Specialty Machine and Composite Systems product lines has earned its place as a global technology leader. In 2018, the family-owned German company with about 1000 employees (including 66 trainees) recorded incoming orders totalling about EUR 325 million. The weaving machines from 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 catalogue of specifications demanded by today’s market. The machines are manufactured in the production workshops at Lindau in Germany. 90 % of the machines produced are exported.

DyStar unveils latest sustainable innovations to help ITMA’s visitors future-proof their businesses

As the leading dyestuff & chemical manufacturer and solution provider, DyStar will present itself at this year’s ITMA from 20 to 26 June 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Located at Hall 3, Booth D134, DyStar aims to help its visitors source for a sustainable future with their latest product innovations. 

Visit DyStar at Hall 3 Booth D134

Amongst DyStar’s diverse portfolio of eco-friendly products, its existing Cadira® modules have expanded its application to encompass a majority of materials, helping the entire textile value chain save on water, energy, waste, greenhouse gas emissions and process time. The following Cadira modules will be showcased during the ITMA 2019:

•             Cadira Polyester, a module that enables environmentally friendly exhaust processing of polyester fibers with Dianix® dyes and Sera® process auxiliaries

•             Cadira Reactive, an innovative dyeing technology for cellulosic fibers to achieve savings on water, energy and time

•             Cadira Vat, a new dyeing concept for vat exhaust dyeing, significantly reduces dyeing time, energy and water consumption, and with the new reduction agent, it is possible to eliminate the Sulphur load in the wastewater by up to 85 %

•             Cadira Wool, a concept that provides a reduction of water, energy and wastewater, and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions

•             Cadira Denim, a dyeing technique for Indigo to reduce or eliminate the salt freight in wastewater streams

•             Cadira Laundry, using DyStar’s innovative product range in the ultra-low liquor ratio machines, a variety of effects on denim can be achieved, saving valuable resources.

Alongside with the Cadira modules, DyStar will be presenting on Dianix®, the solution for the high wet-fast textiles, and Remazol®, the reactive dyes with advanced fastness properties.

Forming part of the extensive Dianix® range are the Dianix XF/XF2/SF dyes designed to meet the highest wet-fastness requirements for sportswear, apparel and workwear, and the Dianix AM/HLA dyes made to meet the highest light fastness requirements for automotive textiles, home furnishings and outdoor textiles.

To keep up with the industry demands, DyStar also rolled out Remazol® MAP Blacks, competitive MAK Amine Purified Reactive Blacks for cellulosic fibers and new Remazol SAM items. This innovation is suitable for brands and retailers who require low amounts of para-chloro Aniline and other regulatory controlled aromatic amines on their finished garments.

As the market leading supplier of high-quality water-based inks for digital printing, DyStar’s experts will be presenting a new generation of the renowned Jettex® reactive, acid, disperse and vat ink ranges. All featured Jettex ink ranges will enable digital printers to achieve digital prints with high fastness levels, outstanding depth, sustainable process results as well as extended printhead lifetimes on all major printheads, making it a preferred solution for all fibers and end-use segments including fashion, home textiles, sportswear and outdoor.

With sustainability being a key driver of the industry, information on many Cradle to Cradle® certified products will also be made available during the exhibition.

In mutual pursuit of innovation, DyStar and RotaSpray jointly developed Pad-Spray Steam (PS2 Process), a new continuous dyeing process without intermediate drying for woven cellulosic fiber fabrics with Remazol®, Levafix® and Indanthren® dyes, together with Sera® auxiliaries. This latest breakthrough helps to achieve a low carbon footprint dyeing, hence significantly reduce the environmental impact.

Other key innovations of this partnership that will be highlighted during the exhibition include:

•             Single side spray coating of Imperon® pigment preparations to reduce water and energy consumption as a more sustainable solution

•             Novel dyeing technology on Denim warp yarn sheet dyeing ranges to eliminate huge dye baths by using different application methods

Visitors will also be introduced to the Optidye® N Process Optimization, where the Optidye N tool is now integrated into eliot®, DyStar’s free, Internet-based tool providing quick-access guidance on product selection and process optimization. The Optidye® N Process Optimization determines the optimum dyeing conditions when using Telon® and Isolan® dyes and Sera® auxiliaries in the exhaust dyeing process, thus helping textile producers achieve better results.

Visitors are welcomed to visit DyStar’s booth and talk to the experts on their newest products and innovative concepts.

The DyStar Group is a leading dyestuff & chemical manufacturer and solution provider, offering customers across the globe a broad portfolio of colorants, specialty chemicals, and services. With a heritage of more than a century in product development and innovation for the textile industry, DyStar also caters to multiple sectors including the paints, coatings, paper and packaging industries. Its expansion into the food & beverages and personal care sectors reinforces the company’s position as a specialty chemical manufacturer. DyStar’s global presence offers customers reliable access to experts from offices, competence centers, agencies and production plants spanning over 50 countries.

DyStar’s key service divisions assist brands & retailers and their industry partners from their first inspiration throughout the entire supply chain to ensure that they meet stringent quality and ecological specifications, reduce costs and shorten lead times. We offer state-of-the-art color communication through Color Solutions International, as well as textile and ecology testing through Texanlab.

The DyStar econfidence® program is designed to provide assurance to textile customers that the dyes and chemicals supplied by DyStar comply with legal requirements. econfidence® also provides expertise so that selected products are compliant with voluntary Restricted Substances Lists (RSLs), including those of brands and retailers. Backed up by the most extensive eco-testing program of any chemical supplier in the industry, econfidence® supports long-term partnerships along the supply chain and fosters a more sustainable textile production.

Fully dedicated to quality management, DyStar is an ISO9001 Guardian Independent Certification (GIC) certified company. Our products for food & beverage undergo additional certifications, such as FPA, GFSI (SQF 2000), Kosher, Passover, and Halal. Each batch of certified food colors is tested and approved by a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory.

TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association

Innovate or die –  TMAS at ITMA 2019

A focus on customer service, aligned with the drive to constantly innovate, has long ensured that the member companies of TMAS – the Swedish texile machinery manufacturers’ association – stay well ahead of the curve.

TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson

“All of the Swedish textile machinery companies are doing really well in major markets such as Europe, China, India and the USA,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “They are now gathering forces to prepare for the most important show – ITMA 2019 in Barcelona in June. I expect to see new players and partnerships as we enter the industry 4.0 era for real. We are ready to display an even higher degree of the real time monitoring of processes, automation, flexible customisation, and the incorporation of robots into production lines.  Our customers expect a lot of in terms of knowledge and our ability to customise and offer turnkey solutions.”

The forward-looking attitude of the Swedish companies is perhaps best summed up by Reimar Westerlind, the owner, since 1961, of ACG Gruppen.

At the age of 90, Reimar still travels to his office every day to oversee the operations of the diverse companies operating under the ACG umbrella.

“Everything now is about automation and digitisation,” he says. “We have to be on that track or we will be lost – innovate or die.”


One ACG Gruppen company moving rapidly forward with new innovations in this area is ACG Kinna, which at ITMA 2019 will be providing dramatic live demonstrations of its new robotic pillow filling system.

This has the ability to fill and finish some 3,840 pillows per eight-hour shift, which is a considerable improvement on what is currently possible with existing systems, resulting in significant savings in both labour and energy for busy home textile businesses.

“There has been much talk about the potential of Industry 4.0 enabled by advanced software, but I believe we are at the forefront of pioneering it in the textile industry,” says ACG Kinna CEO Christian Moore. “The use of robotics is now standard across many industries dealing in solid goods, but the handling of soft materials such as textiles is a little more complex. Nevertheless, we have already begun commercial shipments of our new system and we believe it will make a real splash at ITMA 2019.”

“Successful Swedish brands such as IKEA and H&M ensure that we are constantly on our toes and this latest technological breakthrough from ACG Kinna Automatic is a good example of how Industry 4.0 is helping our companies to further develop their products,” adds TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “The latest Eton Systems concepts for fully automated work flows in finished garments and textile-based products are another strong example of this.”

At ITMA 2019, Eton will be demonstrating a complete material handling solution with advanced software providing real-time information covering every aspect of the process.

“Our systems are a natural fit with the major Industry 4.0 networked manufacturing plants that are now being constructed worldwide for sectors such as the garment and home textiles manufacturing and automotive industries,” says Eton’s Sales and Commercial Director Roger Ryrlén.


Advanced senor developments are playing a large part in moving many areas of the textile industry forward too.

Eltex of Sweden, for example, is achieving considerable success with its yarn fault detection and tension monitoring systems across a range of sectors, including the tufting of carpets, the creeling of woven materials and even the production of woven reinforcements for the composites industry.

“Unlike scanning inspection systems, we are monitoring each individual yarn position in real time,” says Eltex managing director Brian Hicks. “As a consequence, we have concentrated on the further miniaturisation of our sensors, as will be demonstrated at ITMA 2019.”

At successive ITMA shows, IRO AB has also consistently introduced new milestones in the field of yarn feeding technology for weaving machines, and ITMA 2019 will be no exception.

“Following significant investment in our R&D capabilities, we have been making great progress in further boosting the efficiency and performance of our expanding X3 range,” says IRO AB Managing Director and Chairman of TMAS Mikael Äremann. “I can’t remember a time since the 1980s when we had so many new innovations to unveil at an ITMA, and I’m greatly looking forward to the positive response to them we are anticipating in Barcelona this June.”

Resource savings

ITMA 2019 will meanwhile see the launch of TexCoat G4 – the next generation of Baldwin Technology’s non-contact precision application system for fabric finishing. The TexCoat G4 enables a continuously high-quality and productive textile finishing process with zero chemistry waste and minimised water and energy consumption.

Some of the TMAS innovations to be introduced at ITMA 2019 (clockwise from top left) – Texo AB wide-width weaving technology, Baldwin’s new TexCoat G4, the latest bias cutting system for technical textiles from Svegea, Eton’s advanced material handling solutions,  the Eltex EYE yarn fault detection system on a synthetic grass line, and robotic handling from ACG Kinna.

The non-contact spray technology brings a range of advantages including single or double-sided application,  the elimination of Foulard bath contamination, low wet pick-up levels leading to the elimination of drying steps, zero chemistry waste in changeovers , of chemistry, colour or fabric, and the possibility of batch reporting, visibility of pad loading, chemical usage etc.

“We are immensely proud to be launching the TexCoat G4 at ITMA 2019,” says Eric Norling, Baldwin’s segment leader for precision application technology. “This is an opportunity to assess innovation-enhancing productivity, while saving valuable resources and contributing to a sustainable future. The TexCoat G4 can process a wide range of low-viscosity water-based chemicals, such as water-repellents, softeners, anti-microbial and more.”

Other TMAS companies exhibiting in Barcelona include Texo AB, whose wide-width weaving looms make the belts for machines on which half of the world’s paper is made, ES-Automatex, which specialises in bespoke automation concepts and Svegea, a company leading the field in a number colarette machines and cutting and slitting equipment.

“At the last ITMA in 2015 in Milan, there was much talk about Industry 4.0 technologies but certainly from the perspective of TMAS, ITMA 2019 will be the place for concrete solutions as to how data and the new tools we have available can be exploited to the full,” says Therese Premler-Andersson. “There is already much more networking between the companies, with software very much the enabler and common interfaces bringing ideas closer together. We are greatly looking forward to further exchanges of ideas when meeting with customers old and new in Barcelona.”

Members of the Textile Machinery Association of Sweden at ITMA 2019:

ACG Kinna Automatic AB               H3 D239

Baldwin Technology  AB              H2 A204

Eltex of Sweden AB                         H4 B102

ES Automatex Solution AB             H3 C250

Eton Systems AB                              H2 A214

IRO AB                                            H4 A206 B

Svegea of Sweden AB                  H3 D250 

Arville and Svegea – finding new angles on what technical textiles can do

Arville Textiles has recently taken delivery of a new wide-width bias cutting and winding line in order to meet the demand for advanced technical textiles that are employed in a range of components by the aerospace and automotive industries.

The line is being supplied by Svegea of Sweden, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association.

Bespoke products

Privately-owned Arville, which is headquartered in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, UK, is currently going from strength-to-strength in the supply of bespoke products for specialised markets, based on its long-standing and highly-integrated expertise in design, circular and flat weaving, coating and fabrication, at five plants in the north of England.

“We have achieved a 30 % increase in turnover over the past three years and we are on track to achieve a further 10 % growth this year, despite the uncertainty that Brexit is causing for us here in the UK,” says Arville’s head of marketing Andy Smith. “We are building on this success with a solid investment programme that has seen the installation of new weaving looms, warping equipment and a new finishing stenter, as well as the new bias cutting and winding line from Svegea.”

Originally founded back in the 1950s as a weaver of heavyweight cotton fabrics for uniforms for the public transport services industries in the UK, Arville has been training its focus on niche and highly-specialised technical textile applications since the advent of synthetic fibres.

Today, it supplies bespoke fabrics to over 50 countries, with its major customers involved in manufacturing high performance  products and components for the aerospace, automotive, medical, filtration, personal protection and industrial sectors.

Circular woven materials are fed to the cutter via a revolving winder and slit at angles

“Our approach is always to determine exactly what customers require in terms of performance and function, by exploring all the potential parameters in respect of weight, tensile strength, chemical and thermal resistance etc.,” says Smith.

“The aim is to design something that meets the customer’s needs exactly. We enjoy a challenge so the more complex and demanding it needs to be, the more we can leverage our technical expertise. We cast a very exacting eye over the manufacturing process, ensuring that  ISO processes are applied throughout,  with stringent quality assurance checks to back this up. Our integrated approach of design, weaving, coating and fabrication makes us unique in the UK.”

From apparel to technical

By coincidence, Svegea of Sweden was founded around the same time as Arville, and now has over 60 years of experience in exclusively designing, manufacturing and installing the highest quality collarette and band cutting machines, as well as other specialised systems such as the new installation at Arville.

The new Swegea bias cutter being prepared for installation at Arville’s weaving plant in Wetherby, UK

Svegea’s cutting machines have traditionally been employed to make components for apparel such as waistbands, cuff and neck tapes and other seam reinforcements, but increasingly, the emphasis has been on products for technical end-uses.

The special bias cutting machine which is being installed at Arville is based on an ingenious system in which circular woven materials are fed to the cutter via a revolving winder and slit at angles, so that both the warp and weft of the weave are skewed at specified angles rather than just in the vertical and horizontal directions, as is usual.

This allows the slit fabrics to drape and form much more easily to the complex shapes of components such as circular rubber hoses and special diaphragms and seals which are employed in the aerospace and automotive industries, and for which they act as critical reinforcements.

“Our ability to produce tubular fabric which is cut on the bias allows us to provide textiles which not only have improved drape and elasticity properties for complex and intricate shapes, but also offers ways to reduce our customers’ production costs by eliminating unnecessary wastage from the manufacturing process.” says Andy Smith. “Pre-cutting the fabric to a specific bias reduces extra handling of the fabric in further processes, saving our customers both valuable production time and costs.”

“This is a much bigger and wider bias cutter than we usually supply, but it’s a good example of the number of specialised machines we are now installing in Europe where we are definitely experiencing a boom,” adds Hakan Steene, managing director of Svegea of Sweden. “Even in our traditional area of collarette machines for apparel making up, Industry 4.0 is seeing new business arise in developed markets where for many years it has been uncompetitive.”

As a member of TMAS, Svegea will also be at the ITMA 2019 textile machinery exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, from June 20-26, in Hall 3 Booth D250.

“Svegea continues to find major niche markets for its advanced cutting systems which go way beyond their original intended purpose,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “The company is a great example of the TMAS attitude of being always open to new ideas and applying fresh thinking based on many years of engineering know-how.”

Baldwin Technology to launch the TexCoat G4 at ITMA 2019

Revolutionizing textile finishing by enhancing sustainability and total process control

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, is pleased to announce the launch of the TexCoat G4 at the ITMA trade show in Barcelona from June 20-26, 2019. The TexCoat G4 is the next generation of the company’s revolutionary non-contact precision application system for fabric finishing.

The new Texcoat G4

The system enables a continuously high quality and productive textile finishing process with zero chemistry waste and drastically reduced water and energy consumption. TexCoat G4 will be demonstrated by Baldwin in Hall H2, stand A204.

“We are immensely proud to launch the TexCoat G4 at ITMA 2019,” said Eric Norling, Vice President Precision Application Segment, Baldwin Technology. “This is an opportunity to experience an innovation that drastically improves both the process and product quality, while saving time, valuable resources and contributing to a sustainable future.”

The new Texcoat G4

The non-contact spray technology brings numerous advantages compared to conventional methods of applying finishing chemistry. The chemistry is uniformly distributed across the textile surface and is applied only where it is required – on one or both sides of the fabric. This is highly beneficial e.g. when applying water repellants on laminated fabrics, as it eliminates the problem of chemistry affecting the quality of the adhesion layer. Furthermore, the non-contact technology eliminates chemistry dilution in wet-on-wet processes, allowing full control of maintaining consistent chemistry coverage rates. Additionally, with no bath contamination during the finishing process, there is zero downtime during colour or fabric changeovers.

The TexCoat G4 significantly improves sustainability, leading to increased profitability. 100% of the over sprayed chemistry is recycled and 0% chemistry is wasted during changeovers of chemistry, colour or fabric. As only the necessary amount of chemistry is applied to the fabric, a reduced wet pick-up level of 50% can be achieved, further leading to a 50% reduction of water and energy consumption. The low wet pick-up levels together with a single side spray application enable combined processes and can completely eliminate drying steps, e.g. for laminated fabrics and in the finishing of upholstery textiles.

 “One of the biggest challenges facing the textile finishing industry is the environmental impact in terms of energy, chemical and water consumption, with continuously increasing environmental legislations and consumer demands to meet,” said Norling. “Since the TexCoat G4 reduces both water and energy consumption and has zero chemistry waste in changeovers, a significantly more sustainable finishing process is achieved.”

The TexCoat G4 offers the possibility of unprecedented tracking and control of the finishing process to secure a consistent quality. Changeovers are easily and quickly performed thanks to the recipe management including automated chemistry and coverage selection. Furthermore, the system offers automated speed tracking, fabric width compensation, real-time monitoring possibilities to track system uptime, performance, and chemistry usage, as well as active care alerts.

The TexCoat G4 can process a wide range of low-viscosity water-based chemicals, such as water-repellants, softeners, anti-microbials and more, in wet-on-wet applications and lamination processes. Additionally, the system is completely sealed, encapsulating all aerosols and thereby securing a healthy working environment for the operator.

Baldwin Jimek AB is a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association which will have a significant presence at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.

“We’re all very excited about the introduction of the Texcoat G4 because it’s not often that an entirely new technology comes along in such a traditional field,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.  “Baldwin’s latest technology has the potential to have a huge impact on the sustainable credentials of the textile finishing industry.”

Taking quality to the next level for tufters

“Such companies are typically manufacturing very expensive carpets made in a myriad of patterns and if faults are allowed to occur they can be very expensive to mend,” says Brian Hicks, managing director of Eltex of Sweden, the developer of the technology. “If all goes to plan – and all the testing results are very exciting so far – we will be unveiling the latest version of the Eltex EYE at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, from June 20-26th.”

Eltex EYE system installed on an artificial grass manufacturing machine

The latest advanced tufting machines, he explains, put significant limitations on the space that is available for yarn fault detection systems, and the Eltex EYE is very comprehensive, with each yarn individually controlled for a 100 % detection of every tufting yarn break and end out.

Unlike scanning inspection systems, each individual yarn position is monitored in real time

“Unlike scanning inspection systems, we are monitoring each individual yarn position in real time,” says Mr Hicks. “As a consequence, we have concentrated on the further miniaturisation of our sensors. Our sensors are usually fitted between the feed rollers and the needles and based on the well proven piezoelectric principle. Their special compact design already enables them to be fitted on machines with gauges as dense as a tenth of an inch.”

The EYE for tufting uses the Compact yarn sensors

All of the data from the sensors is processed by a master control unit which provides stop and warning light indications to the extremely user-friendly operator terminal in response to any detected yarn fault.

Trans-Atlantic service

Eltex reports major gains with its first generation Eltex EYE in the carpet and artificial grass manufacturing sectors in recent years.

“We have been cementing our position in this industry over the past few years and I believe that the system we introduce at ITMA 2019 will take yarn fault detection to a whole new level of security and quality assurance for tufters,” Mr Hicks says.

The USA remains the world’s epicentre for carpet tufting and Eltex customers are served there from the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in South Carolina. Western Europe, however, still has a strong manufacturing base, particularly in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, while Turkey dominates in woven carpets.

With its research and development work primarily carried out at its headquarters in Osby, Sweden, the company’s manufacturing plant has been located at Templemore in Ireland since 1976, providing significant advantages in terms of high flexibility and logistical services to customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eltex is a member of TMAS – the textile machinery association of Sweden which will have a significant presence at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.

“The innovations of Eltex solve customer problems in real time, with a direct impact on operational costs,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “The Eltex case perfectly illustrates the strong customer focus of Swedish textile machinery producers, combined with their long experience and drive to innovate. There will be many more innovations on show from our members at ITMA 2019.”

Eltex of Sweden will introduce a yarn tension monitoring system for woven fabrics with a big difference

Unlike yarn tension monitors that are fitted solely on the weft insertion systems of the weaving machines in a modern mill, Eltex is introducing the EyETM system for the warping process prior to weaving – and instead of monitoring only the tension of the six-to-eight yarns fed by the weft insertion system they are keeping a close eye on literally hundreds.

“Several hundred yarns can be fed from the creels during the warping process compared to only a few weft insertion yarns during weaving,” explains Brian Hicks, managing director of Eltex. “In 2015 we decided to broaden our portfolio and move into multiple end application in the warp preparation in response to customer demand. It’s obviously a much different process, but we completed development in Spring 2018 and in less than a year have had better than expected demand from a diverse sub-set of markets, with a first full installation already operational at a premier UK fashion customer.”

The EyETM installed on a creel

With warping that can operate at speeds of 500 metres a minute, the yarn tension values from all yarns are continuously updated and displayed on a screen. Tension values outside the warning level are indicated both on the sensor’s LEDs and on the screen. It is possible to expand a sector of the display to have a detailed view including the position ID and the cN value for the yarns in this sector.

The EyETM system for the warping process prior to weaving

“Tension monitoring for multiple ends has been a great challenge to achieve but we’re confident the system will generate a lot of interest at ITMA 2019,” Mr Hicks says. “Perhaps the biggest challenge of all has been getting such a comprehensive system – with a sensor for each individual yarn – down to an acceptable price for the industry, but I’m happy to say, we’re there now. The EyETM will allow mills to greatly reduce problems, not only when warping, but also in the subsequent weaving or tufting processes.

With its research and development work primarily carried out at its headquarters in Osby, Sweden, and North American sales and service operated from its subsidiary in South Carolina, the manufacturing plant of Eltex has been located at Templemore in Ireland since 1976, providing significant advantages in terms of high flexibility and logistical services to customers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eltex is a member of TMAS – the textile machinery association of Sweden which will have a significant presence at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.

“The latest technologies being developed by Eltex perfectly illustrate how Sweden’s long tradition and history of textile production are being combined with a good climate for innovation,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “There will be many more innovations on show from our members at ITMA 2019.”

Eltex will be in Hall 4 Booth B102, at the Barcelona exhibition.

Materials handling for Industry 4.0 concepts from Eton Systems

With over 5000 tailored installations for a range of industries installed in over 60 countries, Eton Systems, headquartered in Gånghester, Sweden, has established a reputation as a clear leader in the field of complete material handling systems.

The company will be demonstrating a complete installation based on a future production concept, with advanced software providing real-time information covering every aspect of the process.

“Our systems are a natural fit with the major Industry 4.0 networked manufacturing plants that are now being constructed worldwide for sectors such as the garment and home textiles manufacturing and automotive industries,” says Eton’s Sales and Commercial Director Roger Ryrlén. “We have had a very busy last 12 months, with more major projects in the pipeline. We understand, however, that one solution does not fit all situations, which is why we think in terms of custom-made solutions matched to specific customer needs. Buying a system from us, is buying a solution and a partnership. Each system includes support, service, training and knowledge built on more than 70 years of experience. When a customer invests in an Eton System the increased efficiency normally results in savings of between 40-60 %.”

Multiple rails enable rapid sorting at individual workstations

A typical system consists of overhead conveyors with individually-addressable product carriers which automatically steer their way through programmed operation sequences. They are monitored by a computer providing all the necessary data for optimally measuring and managing processes. The systems are also highly flexible and can be rapidly modified to changes in the production line or the need for expansion.

Options for smart factories

Eton’s Flexible Productivity Concept (FPC) is based on two system platforms with a wide range of options, including:

•             Multiple rails for sorting at workstations.

•             Buffering

•             Automatic loading devices, pick-ups and work delivery robots.

•             Bridges and elevators that link systems and floors.

•             Historical links to products after completion.

•             Module-based software.

Via an addressable product carrier, an Eton system transports all the components of a complete product through the manufacturing process.

Overhead conveyors with individually-addressable product carriers automatically steer their way through programmed operation sequences

“The result is fully automated flow with complete control of every component for the end product – where they have been, where they are now and where they are going” Mr Ryrlén explains. “These are real Internet of Things installations and every component has its own unique identity due to the integrated transponder in each carrier.”

Eton is a member of TMAS – the textile machinery association of Sweden which will have a significant presence at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.

“Eton Systems is truly embracing the latest Industry 4.0 concepts for fully automated work flows that are now revolutionising the textile industry,” says TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson. “There will be many more innovations on show from our members at ITMA 2019.”

Eton Systems will be Hall 2 Booth A214 at the Barcelona exhibition.

A proposition for pioneers is imogo’s new Dye-Max

imogo is a new Swedish company formed by a team with long experience in textile processing technology. It is now boldly aiming to change the face of the textile manufacturing industry with its new Dye-Max spray dyeing technology, to be introduced to the market at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona

While still at the prototype stage, and with a first full-scale line currently under construction and due to be demonstrated this Autumn before delivery, the DyeMax nevertheless promises to slash the use of fresh water, waste water, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems.

The new imogo Dye-Max system

Spray cassettes

Its application unit consists of a closed chamber containing a series of spray cassettes with precision nozzles for accurate and consistent coverage, in combination with the patented imogo pro speed valve that controls the volume to be applied. The chamber is equipped with an exhaust system and droplet separator to ensure that the environment around the unit is free from particles.

“The spray cassettes are a key part in the Dye-Max line,” explains Imogo’s founding partner Per Stenflo. “There is one set of spray cassettes for each of the three separate dye dispersion feed lines and they can be easily exchanged without the need for tools in less than a minute. This allows for extremely fast changeovers between different colours without the need for cleaning. And because the spray cassettes are removable, all maintenance can be performed off line.

After applying the dye dispersion the fabric is rolled onto a shaft and moved to the autoclave for deep dye fixation via heat and pressure.”

The savings in treatment water the Dye-Max achieves are due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.5 litres per kilo of fabric Stenflo adds.

“At the same time, the low liquor ratio and the spray process require considerably less auxiliary chemistry to start with, and all of it is used in the process, which also greatly reduces the production of waste water, with only 20 litres being required for wash at changeovers. The low liquid content in the fabric meanwhile minimises the energy needed for fixation.”

The Dye-Max has a working speed of up to 50m/min with the practical speed determined by the fabric weight and application volume.


The application volumes and speeds can be pre-determined by running tests in the Mini-Max laboratory unit.

“With the Mini-Max it is possible to run miniature production tests to set the precise colour recipe,” Stenflo explains. “This frees up valuable production time by avoiding wasteful pre-runs. The user simply sets the recipe with the Mini-Max and transfers the parameters to the Dye-Max recipe database for the system to be fully production ready.”

Imogo is partnering with fellow Swedish company ACG Kinna to build the first Dye-Max line and will be present at the ACG Kinna Automatic bppth at ITMA 2019 (Hall 3 Booth D239) from Sunday 23rd June onwards.

“We have conducted full testing of the system at the University of Borås here in Sweden and we have been more than satisfied with the quality which has been achieved,” Stenflo concludes. “There can be no doubt that the textile industry will transition to more sustainable production processes and it’s not a question of if this will happen, but what will replace the current established process technologies and how quickly new solutions will be accepted.

“There is often a hesitancy to be a pioneer in adopting and advocating new technology due to the risks involved, and government regulations and consumer pressure are still necessary to force brands and producers to adopt new technology. It is the willing pioneers, however, with whom we hope to have fruitful discussions at ITMA 2019.”

“Half the world’s paper passes over fabrics made on our machines…”

Ahead of ITMA 2019 in Barcelona this June, Texo AB, a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association, reports a surge in demand for its specialised weaving machines for the production of paper machine clothing (PMC).

“Rather surprisingly, given that China is now by far our biggest single market and the paper manufacturing industry has been gradually consolidating in Asia, we currently have new orders from both long-established North American and European customers,” says Texo President Anders Svensson. “The current global political tensions in combination with insourcing to Europe and North America have been important factors for these projects and I’m sure the evironmental benefit of significantly reducing transportation played a part too.”

The paper industry

Despite the on-going Digital Age, it’s estimated that there are still approximately 7000 paper machines operating worldwide, the most modern of which can run at approaching 2,000 metres a minute.

These machines are responsible for manufacturing over 400 million tons of paper each year, in thousands of separate grades of paper, paperboard and tissue.

All paper manufacturing machines require a regular supply of PMC, which as large continuous engineered fabrics, carry the paper stock through each stage of the paper production process. With technologically sophisticated designs, they employ fibres and other polymeric materials in complex structures and each paper machine has an average of ten separate fabrics installed on it.

Although the PMC business represents just a small proportion of the total cost of manufacturing paper, it can have a significant impact on the quality of the paper, the efficiency of a machine and machine production rates.

Yet due to many years of contraction and consolidation, only a handful of companies are now manufacturing PMC globally – and there are even fewer suppliers of the advanced technology for making them.

“I find it quite staggering to consider that of all the paper that’s in the world today – and just think for a moment how much that actually is – around half of it has passed over fabrics manufactured on our machines,” says Svensson.


Principal products in the PMC segment include forming, pressing and dryer fabrics, all of which convert the initially wet mass of fibres through the paper machine as water is progressively squeezed out of it, ensuring it is held in place and air can be effectively blown through it at the dryer stage, to ensure a regular shape and extremely even surfaces.

PMC products can be up to 140 metres long and in the past have been made in extremely wide widths – the largest weaving loom manufactured by Texo had a working width of 31 metres.

Nowadays, however, due to advanced seaming technology, such extreme widths are not necessary. Nevertheless, Texo’s PMC weaving machines are still generally supplied today in working widths of between five and 20 metres.

Texo’s TCR high-speed loom developed specifically for the production of forming fabrics for paper machines

The company’s TCR loom has been specifically developed for the production of very fine and tough forming fabrics where the highest quality is critical.

The FSX model is designed for the production of both forming fabrics based on medium-to-coarse yarns as well as press felt base fabrics, while the TMR is an extra heavy high-speed loom developed for both forming and dryer fabrics, as well as industrial fabrics such as filter materials employed in applications such as dewatering in the mining industry.

All of these looms are characterised by advanced features based on Texo’s over 60 years of know-how and constant development, including the company’s proven Pozi Grip rapier insertion system, Disco dobby unit, LoCoMo control system and TDD direct drive.

At ITMA 2019, however, Texo will be showcasing a section of one of its latest models with a more traditional cam drive, for which there is still market demand.

The TMR is an extra heavy duty high-speed hybrid loom developed specifically for the production of forming and dryer paper machine fabrics, as well as industrial fabric

“We introduced the first weaving loom with an electronic drive for this industry over a decade ago and it’s been very successful, but there are still some companies who want to go the traditional way,” Svensson explains. “At ITMA we will be emphasising the fact that we have all alternatives available.”

TMAS companies will have a significant presence at the Barcelona show, where their emphasis will be on the latest automation concepts and the use of advanced sensor systems for enhanced and more resource-efficient manufacturing, according to TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.

“It’s ironic that while TMAS member companies are very much involved in accelerating Industry 4.0 concepts, their technologies continue to be crucial across many traditional industries such as paper making, where the use of technical textiles is perhaps not so widely appreciated,” she observes. “This is just one example of the huge and sometimes unexpected number of end-use markets served by our members as they have diversified from conventional textile technologies over many years.”

FONG’S EUROPE GMBH, a member of CHTC FONG’S International Group celebrates a century of innovation

FONG’S EUROPE, based in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its flagship THEN brand for advanced dyeing technology with a special reception for customers and agents at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona.

The company, which has been a member of the CHTC FONG’S group since 2004, has its origins in the German city of Chemnitz, where back in 1919 Rudolf Then founded a barrel-making business which soon branched out into piece dyeing machines.

The company’s reputation for innovation began early, with the introduction of ceramic linings for dye baths, which were then made of wood, in order to avoid staining and allow easy cleaning. At the end of the 1920s, Rudolf Then was also quick to recognise the acid-resistant advantages of stainless steel for dyeing vessels.

THEN has its origins in the business founded in Chemnitz in 1919

Relocating to West Germany after World War 2, Rudolf Then ran a number of businesses in Schwäbisch Hall, eventually founding THEN in 1955 with partner Karl Kurz, who later took over the business specialising in dye vats and other textile equipment.


Throughout the 1960s and 70s, the company continued to further improve its technologies, but it was the introduction of the first THEN AIRFLOW system at ITMA 1983 in Milan which significantly boosted the company’s fortunes, representing a milestone in the development of dyeing machines.

THEN began specialising in dye vats and other textile equipment in 1955

Prior to this, the dyeing of just one kilo of fabric required around 150 litres of water and THEN’s AIRFLOW system, invented by engineer Wilhelm Christ and colleagues, drastically reduced the requirement to between just 35-40 litres. Instead of the traditional dye liquor used for hydraulic fabric transport it efficiently distributed much smaller amounts of dye liquor via aerosol. This technology has subsequently been further developed in successive machine models and has made an enormous impact on sustainable dyeing operations.

Now, as FONG’S EUROPE, the company continues to innovate, and at ITMA 2019 is showcasing the THEN SMARTFLOW TSF hydraulic high temperature dyeing machine, designed to achieve the lowest possible energy and water consumption rates available on the market for jet dyeing.

The first THEN Airflow system, introduced at ITMA 1983 in Milan, represented a milestone in the development of resource-saving dyeing machines

The company has a number of patents pending on the innovative new features of this machine, including the SMARTFLOW’s fabric transport design. This is based on a smart, winchless fabric transport system which eliminates the need for a loading rope, and a circular plaiter with programmable rotation speeds which provides full filling of the drop zone.

Its newly-developed nozzles and reel-less transport, in combination with smart controlled circular plaiting and variable chamber adjustment, provide even fabric treatment without entanglements and the highest loading capacity with the lowest kier volume


“Further developments, including the new THEN AIRFLOW PLUS system with a round design are in the development pipeline and will once again result in further reductions in power consumption without sacrificing performance,” says FONG’s Europe Sales Director Richard Fander. “Similar innovations are being made to our hydraulic long shape machine, the THEN SUPRATEC LTM. The ability to transport fabrics with reduced tension and without the need for a transport winch which is being introduced on all of our recent machines will allow new fabrics to be created and further increase the efficiency of textile finishing.

“FONG’S EUROPE has invested significantly in research and development activities over the past few years, in order to deliver these unique and patented developments for discontinuous dyeing machines to the market,” Mr Fander concludes. “The innovation will continue.”

Fong’s Europe will be in Hall 2 Booth D101 at ITMA 2019.

The new Goller Knit Merc for perfect dyeing results

At ITMA 2019 in Barcelona from June 20-26th, Goller, a member of the CHTC FONG’S International Group, will introduce the new Knit Merc for achieving the highest quality mercerization of knitted fabrics at the lowest tension and with under 3% variation in dimensional stability with high grade fabrics, for perfect dyeing results every time.

Mercerization is an essential textile finishing step for all cotton and cellulosic fibre-based fabrics in order to improve dye uptake and tear strength while reducing fabric shrinkage and imparting a silk-like lustre to the materials.

The Knit Merc is the result of intensive R&D developments at Goller and follows the successful introduction to the market of the company’s Sintensa Cyclone drum washing compartments for achieving the highest washing efficiency at the lowest tension.

The new Goller Knit Merc will be displayed at ITMA 2019

The Knit Merc being exhibited at ITMA 2019 can accommodate 8.4 metres of fabric in its impregnation compartment and a further four metres in its first chain section to achieve a production speed of 25m/min at 30 seconds dipping time.

It is designed for dry-on-wet mercerizing, either cold or hot, and is equipped with an inlet combination of scroll and slat rollers for fabric guidance, a Tandematic uncurler in front of a rubberized de-airing roller and a grooved 320mm bottom roller with 320mm and 600mm perforated upper drums.

It benefits from automatic tension regulation and the low liquor content is ensured by the integrated lye tank and automatic circulation and filtration units.

An 8-ton high efficiency squeezer is stationed at the exit before the chain section and a 5-ton squeezer at the exit of the chain field.

Further fabric control and stability is provided by a cast iron pin chain with automatic optical and mechanical sensors, the Tandematic uncurler, an overfeed device and a driven belt arrangement for fabric support.

Perfect combination

The Goller Sintensa Cyclone drum washing system

The Knit Merc combines easily with the high efficiency Goller Sintensa Cyclone drum washing compartment with its Cyclone Rotor specially designed to create an adjustable under-pressure, for optimised fabric transport, the highest washing efficiency and minimised elongation.

Goller was founded by Fritz Goller in Schwarzenbach, Germany in 1899 and since 1948, has been designed and manufactured wet finishing ranges to the global market.

In 2006, Goller became a member of CHTC FONG’S International and has continued to increase its market share while benefiting from international manufacturing and sales support.

Now based at Schwäbisch Hall in Germany, as part of FONG’s Europe, Goller offers a wide number of wet finishing ranges for woven and knitted fabrics, from the desizing and spun oil washing stage to final washing. These are all designed to enable users to achieve the minimum level of resource consumption while optimising reproducibility and productivity and are tailor-made to meet the specific requirements of each customer.

Goller and FONG’S Europe will be at Hall 2 Booth D101.

Groz-Beckert presents product and service innovations

Groz-Beckert will be presenting its product innovations at ITMA Barcelona in Hall 8.0, Booth C101.

ITMA Europe is held every four years as a meeting point for the sector and is the ideal technology platform for forward-looking innovations in the textile world. Approximately 1,600 exhibitors from around 50 countries will be presenting their highlights from research and development – including Groz-Beckert.

Knitting SAN SF

The company will be present with all six product areas and the Groz-Beckert Academy and the Technology and Development Center (TEZ) will also be represented with their service range spanning across all fields and product areas. While the TEZ will be presenting its wide range of options for problem solving, optimizations and new developments, the Academy will be showing its comprehensive training range. A new feature: The plans for digital expansion of the analog range – to help us remain independent from the event time and location.

Carding SiroLock plus inLine

The individual product areas offer completely new virtual insights into the product and service world of the company thanks to augmented reality. The Knitting area also has several new products up its sleeve: A knitting machine needle that was specially designed for use in large diameter circular knitting machines that work with staple fibre yarns. A sock needle that is particularly suitable for high loads due to its optimized geometries. A needle for application-oriented use in the field of technical textiles for flat knitting machines and a needle that enables penetration into new dimensions of fineness in the flat knitting sector. In addition, the Knitting division is planning various sales campaigns for visitors at the booth.

Tufting gauge part system

Automated and digital processes in the sense of Industry 4.0 play an increasingly important role – also and especially in weaving preparation. Groz-Beckert’s Weaving department is taking on these challenges and presenting live at the ITMA about how innovation and automation could look within weaving preparation. Visitors will learn everything there is to know about high-performance machines for weaving preparation, as well as the extensive range of weaving accessories.

Weaving Jacquard Heald

The Felting product area will present its comprehensive contribution to the global nonwovens industry. Whether the new customer product improves our customers’ know-how protection or simplifies needle logistics, the customer-specific label offers numerous advantages that visitors can learn about in detail at the ITMA.

Felting customer product

Increasing demands on the quality of products are shaping the demands of end customers in the area of Tufting as well. The corresponding tools demand maximum performance. Groz-Beckert takes on these requirements with the unique quality promise of its gauge part system, which we use to meet the highest demands of our customers.

Around four years after integrating Groz-Beckert’s newest product area, the Carding area will present numerous new developments at the ITMA. Visitors can look forward the new InLine clothing series for the nonwovens industry, further developed cylinder and doffer wires, and stationary and revolving flats for the spinning industry.

Sewing Smart INH Trolley

The Sewing product area is presenting various innovations that meet various requirements. Because the variety of materials is immense: From the finest knitted goods to the thickest leather. The process of sewing is faced with different challenges at every turn. To ensure that we have the right product for every situation, Groz-Beckert offers an extensive product range and provides support far beyond the actual sewing process with additional services.

Further exciting innovations and new products and services await visitors at the Groz-Beckert booth during the ITMA Europe – live on-site in Barcelona.

Groz-Beckert is the world’s leading provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools as well as systems and services for the production and joining of textile fabrics. The products and services support the fields of knitting, weaving, felting, tufting, carding and sewing. The family-owned company, founded in 1852, employed more than 9,000 people and generated a turnover of around EUR 745 Mio. in 2018. Groz-Beckert operates with agencies, production and distribution subsidiaries in more than 150 countries around the world.

HUNTSMAN Textile Effects introduces a new era of digital printing solutions

As the industry’s focus on sustainability and performance increases coupled with the rising market demand for polyester/cotton blends, these two new product ranges offer state of the art performance substantially enhancing sustainability and environmental standards.

Next-generation of digital inks

NOVACRON® ADVANCE ink is the next generation of reactive inks for cellulosics with outstanding shade depth and colour gamut, developed for the latest industrial digital printing machines. The full range achieves remarkable deep shades with perfect reliability and reproducibility compared to currently available technologies.

“We are excited to introduce our next generation ink solution that deliver high performance in terms of remarkable brilliancy, gamut and colour depth,” said Mike Mordente, Business Unit Director for Digital Inks at Huntsman Textile Effects. “More efficient to use with higher mileage, these products require minimal maintenance and result in greater savings while meeting stringent industry standards.”

ERIOFAST® VISTA ink enables printers to achieve brilliant lasting designs on polyester/cotton blends and outperforms the best alternative solutions in digital printing in terms of brilliancy, color depth, fabric handle and wash fastness. Using inks from this range enables printers to adopt a simple urea-free process with significantly reduced energy consumption, washing, machine maintenance and carbon dioxide emissions.

Unrivalled expertise and experience

Huntsman Textile Effects will showcase its comprehensive portfolio of dyes, chemicals and digital inks at ITMA 2019 from 20 to 26 June 2019. Featured products include, AVITERA® SE and TERASIL® W/WW high washfast dyes and HIGH IQ® Repel Durable Water Repellents. We will also share our unparalleled technical support and application knowhow with mills to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

Visit Huntsman Textile Effects at ITMA in Hall 3, Booth B129.

ITA shows New 3D braiding machine and mixed reality learning environment for the weaving process

At the ITMA in Under Linkway Booth D221 (UL D221), the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), will demonstrate the digital retrofitting of a 3D braiding machine for the production of three-dimensionally reinforced ceramic turbine components and a mixed reality learning environment for a weaving process to qualify new and also experienced employees.

Digital retrofitting of a 3D braiding machine for the production of three-dimensionally reinforced ceramic turbine components

3D braiding machine, source ITA

Developed from an existing conventional mechanics, a 3D braiding machine was digitized and rebuilt according to industry 4.0 standard. This enables, for example, the prototyping and production of three-dimensionally reinforced ceramic components. As a virtual micro factory, the processing of very sensitive or brittle fibre materials can be simulated in an appropriate software environment. Subsequently, the process data is generated and the production is mapped in the real machine. The process stability is thus almost doubled, the machine speed could be increased by 150 percent. The location-independent simulation and control software (open source) allows extremely flexible process planning and control of the process chain with a mobile terminal – in our application for the production of a textile preform for a ceramic component in turbine construction.

The exhibit demonstrates on the one hand the successful digital retro-fitting of analogous machines and on the other hand the holistic (virtual and real) process design for the processing of sensitive fibre materials, which are used in highly efficient energy conversion as lightweight construction materials.

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Mixed-reality learning environment for weaving process

Training and qualification of new and existing employees are important prerequisites for a company’s success, especially for machine and textile manufacturers. The ITA has developed a learning environment based on a 3D model of a tape loom using mixed-reality technology. Mixed reality is the combination of data from reality with artificial 2D or 3D objects (virtual reality).

Mixed reality learning environment for weaving process, source: ITA

The 3D model of a wide loom is presented to the employee in the room for illustration using mixed-reality technology. Mixed reality glasses transfer step-by-step work instructions for setting up the machine to real machine components. Now, for example, the employee can interactively correct a process error that led to a machine standstill on the 3D model without any further assistance being required. In this example, it is the breakage of a weft thread.

A new feature of this model is the interaction of real and virtual machine parts within an application using mixed-reality technology.

The target groups for this learning environment are in particular textile and textile machine manufacturers as well as textile training institutions.

The learning environment described above can be viewed in the shop window of the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt in the Digital Capability Center in Vaalser Straße 460 in Aachen, Germany. An individual application can be developed within one to six months, depending on the level of detail and the scope of the mixed-reality applications. For further information please contact

We look forward to seeing you at ITMA in the Under Linkway booth D221 (UL D221)!

The core of the ITA Group is the research and teaching institution, the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA. The ITA Group is an international research and training service provider for fibre-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing processes with 350 employees.

ITEMA Group Innovation on stage

Itema, the Italian global leading provider of best-in-class weaving solutions, participates at ITMA with the goal to establish and confirm once again its technological leadership in the industry.

Itema, that recently launched Itematech – the new division dedicated to technical textiles born as a result of the agreement signed with PTMT (ex Panter) – will feature 3 stands and 11 weaving machines, plus more in partner’s booths. Itema will showcase on the ITMA global stage new innovations set to amaze worldwide weavers and experts.

Itema – Hall 4, C101

Seven are the machines displayed – along with special products highlights – in the Itema booth including two absolute new market launches, a never-before-seen weaving insertion concept and a series of weaving novelties:

  • Itema unveils the Loom of the Future. The Itema Discovery, at ITMA as a concept, features breakthrough mechatronic platform and completely new weft insertion system to demonstrate Itema dedication to innovating the weaving industry
  • The Second Generation of the Itema Airjet machine, the A9500-2, will be on show providing further increased speed, reliability and textile efficiency, including a machine version exclusively dedicated to bed sheeting weavers, the A9500-2bedsheeting, featuring one of the latest Itema in-house developments the SKYFRAME heald frames
  • The Itema denim dedicated rapier machine R9500-2denim comes to ITMA equipped with the one-of-a-kind iSAVER™ that represents the unique real sustainable weaving tool in the weaving industry and with a further enhanced weft transfer system and innovative IOT solutions. The brand-new iBOOSTER package and iCARE system implement the most modern principles to provide unparalleled performances and predictive maintenance
  • ITMA is the official stage for the R9500-2, the Second Generation of the Itema rapier, now providing significant energy consumption reduction and new valuable features to make weavers life even more easy
  • Last but not least, the high-end terry market leader – the R9500terry is exhibited with all the unique technological highlights that make since longtime this machine the most reliable and versatile rapier terry machine on the market

Let’s go through the main innovations on stage:


Developed to provide even the most demanding bed sheeting weavers with an airjet weaving machine capable to reach the highest performances and to guarantee unparalleled fabric quality and design versatility, the Itema airjet A9500-2bedsheeting makes its debut at ITMA 2019. Coming within the framework of the Itema unique market positioning to develop weaving machines fine-tuned to weave a specific fabric, the A9500-2bedsheeting has been tailored on bed sheeting weavers desires.

Key machine components – such as main and tandem nozzles – have been redesigned along with the whole pneumatic platform to ensure superior performances in terms of speed coupled with superior fabric quality and textile efficiency.

Absolute new launch and core advancement featured on the A9500-2bedsheeting are the brand-new heald frames SKYFRAME – Itema exclusive proprietary technology – made of aluminium and carbon and designed by Itemalab in cooperation with Lamiflex. Itema invested on the development of its own airjet heald frames to answer its Customers specific needs. In fact, heald frames represent key components on airjet technology and the Itema SKYFRAME, thanks to its superior lightness and sturdiness, allows to run at the highest speeds without compromising reliability and resistance.

Key machine components – such as main and tandem nozzles – have been redesigned along with the whole pneumatic platform to ensure superior performances in terms of speed coupled with superior fabric quality and textile efficiency.

Absolute new launch and core advancement featured on the A9500-2bedsheeting are the brand-new heald frames SKYFRAME – Itema exclusive proprietary technology – made of aluminium and carbon and designed by Itemalab in cooperation with Lamiflex. Itema invested on the development of its own airjet heald frames to answer its Customers specific needs. In fact, heald frames represent key components on airjet technology and the Itema SKYFRAME, thanks to its superior lightness and sturdiness, allows to run at the highest speeds without compromising reliability and resistance.


The second airjet weaving machine on display is the A9500-2, the Second Generation of the Itema airjet A9500 and A9500p. Summing up all the best features of its predecessors, the A9500-2 further enhance speed and machine performances.

Thanks to a new and optimized pneumatic platform, the weft insertion cycle is significantly improved leading to a quicker system response when handling air load and pressure guaranteeing minimized vibrations and higher structural reliability.

The whole machine structure has been revised to increase the air tank capacity ensuring superior textile performances even at the highest speeds.

The A9500-2 features the brand-new Bi-Power stretch nozzle which ensures perfect weft catching pick by pick. Compact, powerful and cordless, the Bi-Power stretch nozzle allows air consumption reduction and increased fabric quality by keeping the weft perfectly straight in the fabric.

The user-experience has been further optimized thanks to a new machine ergonomy with a lowered front frame to improve machine accessibility. Moreover, the new layout of the fabric formation area reduces style change downtime and enables easier maintenance operations.

The brand-new Itema SKYFRAME will be exhibited also on the A9500-2, ensuring the highest machine speeds whilst guaranteeing maximum reliability.


Certainly, the loom who recently revolutionized denim weaving cannot be missing on show.

The denim dedicated rapier R9500-2denim that, since market launch at ITM 2018 in Istanbul has become a real market success, will be equipped with iSAVER™ – the Itemalab™ latest mechatronic marvel which completely eliminates the weft and warp waste on the left-hand side of the fabric. iSAVER™ represents the unique real and tangible innovation introduced in weaving since longtime. Establishing a new benchmark in sustainable weaving and guaranteeing a significant money saving, iSAVER™ is gathering an exceptional interest from worldwide denim weavers.

New innovative and cutting-edge solutions have been developed to further boost the R9500-2denim as the racehorse in its category and will be showcased during ITMA:

The Itema denim dedicated rapier machine, figures in hand, in real weaving conditions is the fastest on the market. At ITMA, the R9500-2denim comes with a further optimized weft transfer system that reflects what weavers always dreamed of: maximum speed and maximum reliability, together. The iBOOSTER package literally boosts machine’s performances, without compromising reliability. When running extremely fast, key rapier insertion system components are subject to considerable stress. Thanks to a deep materials study made by Itemalab, in close cooperation with Lamiflex, Itema succeeded in developing new reinforced tapes, sprocket wheels and micro smart coolers to ensure extended lifetime. Moreover, a revolutionary detection system through sensors and digital intelligence allows a real-time control of the components health status.

iCARE, part of the iBOOSTER package, is a future oriented system which – thanks to an advanced sensors mechanism – monitors in real-time the state of health of the Itema tapes and sprocket wheels suggesting possible adjustments or interventions through the machine latest generation console.

iCARE brings significant benefits to the weavers, including the possibility to run the machine at the highest speeds without compromising components reliability and to adopt a future-oriented preventive maintenance solution.


The most successful rapier machine in recent history comes at ITMA in its Second Generation. The R9500-2 is ready to establish a new technological benchmark in rapier weaving by further improving key machine’s functionalities.

Always working on improving Itema Customers’ benefits and to make weavers’ life easier, Itema focused in implementing on the Itema R95002 key advancements that now make this machine the most energy efficient rapier weaving machine on the market while ensuring best-in-class textile performances and fabric quality. Moreover, the R95002 – already renowned for its user-friendliness – has been further optimized to ensure the best user-experience ever.

The machine lubrication system and main mechanical components have been optimized to guarantee a considerable energy consumption reduction.

Moreover, the Itema R95002 is equipped in its standard configuration with a direct drive motor with oil cooling which ensures a double valuable advantage: reduced maintenance and energy saving.

The Itema best-in-class shed geometry is worldwide renowned for its uniqueness. Featuring the smallest shed in its category, the Itema shed geometry guarantees zero stop marks thus leading to superior fabric quality and top fabric hand-feel even when running at the highest speeds.

The R95002 features a lowered front frame to facilitate machine accessibility for the weaver when carrying out daily textile operations.

The weaver has a complete machine control through the brand-new latest generation, high-performance, super sensitive console which guarantees the highest reactivity and maximum reliability.

Monitoring the Itema weaving machines efficiency and performances has never been so easy. Thanks to the brand-new Itema plant management software iMANAGER, the plant manager can easily control and access machines data and statistics from computer or portable devices. iMANAGER is available for all the Itema machine models.

Two R9500-2 will be exhibited, the first equipped with top fancy beam and weaving a high-end shirting fabric and a wide Jacquard loom weaving a complex fancy furnishing style, field where Itema is traditionally recognized as best-in-class.

Three more R9500-2 machines will be on show at ITMA in Stäubli, Bonas and MEI booths.


Unmissable in the Itema booth is the R9500terry. The champion of the worldwide high-end terry weaving market comes to ITMA fully loaded with its famous and unique technological highlights to show its unparalleled textile versatility and superior fabric quality.


Last but not least, ITMA 2019 will be the absolute world-premiere of what Itema named a while back “The Loom of the Future”. The brand-new Itema Discovery, developed by Itemalab™, comes to the world to demonstrate Itema’s mission to tirelessly work to innovate the weaving industry. Introduced at ITMA as a concept, Discovery completely redefines weaving foundations by basing its operations on mechatronic principles and not anymore, as it happens on current weaving machines, on mechanical drives. The machine – that will run only a couple of times during the exhibition daily demo hours – is set to amaze worldwide weaving aficionados.

OEM Spare Parts

In addition to Itema’s line-up of the latest and most innovative new weaving machines in the market, Itema 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.  

Itematech – Hall 4, A101

In the Itematech stand (Hall 4 – A101), the focus will be on technical textiles with 4 weaving machines on display to demonstrate the most comprehensive product portfolio in the market to weave the widest range of technical fabrics.

Thanks to the strong know-how resulting from the merger of Itema and PTMT (formerly Panter) expertise and competences, Itematech will offer the most comprehensive weaving portfolio available in the market to weave technical fabrics and the most skilled and experienced technical textiles team in the industry.

Technical fabrics manufacturers will now on find in Itematech a unique partner and technological reference point to meet and exceed all their needs when it comes to weaving the full range of technical applications.

At ITMA, Itematech will exhibit 4 machines:

•             the famous UniRap, capable to weave the widest range of carbon fiber and composite yarns, on show weaving a linen tape fabric (due to exhibition’s carbon fiber restrictions)

•             the Hercules rapier machine – 380 cm – weaving a heavy filter fabric style

•             the Hercules in extra-wide width – 550cm – running geotextile

•             the R9500-2 – 280 cm – with FPA-Free Positive Appoach weft transfer weaving a complex filter fabric style

The line-up has been prepared to show the widest range of weaving solutions that Itematech offers to the market, by covering every single and specific textile requirement.

Lamiflex – Hall 4, C106

Last but not least, Lamiflex – the leading supplier of technical composite products of which Itema acquired majority stakes in 2017 – will be present at ITMA (Hall 4 – C106) with its ample catalogue of key rapier weft transfer components available for a wide range of rapier machines on the market, such as tapes and sprocket wheels, with an offering that allows the weavers to find in a unique partner the best European quality and sector know-how with the advantage of a competitive offering.

Itema Group will welcome visitors in its three stands with a product line-up designed to confirm and demonstrate its dedication to innovation and the Made in Italy excellence in the weaving sector.

KERN-LIEBERS shows entire range of parts and needles

KERN-LIEBERS TEXTILE will be represented by KERN-LIEBERS KNITTING PARTS, SAXONIA and LEISTNER. The entire range of our parts and needles will be presented.

Casted and plastic blocks for the warp knitting industry

The world’s largest product range from Saxonia, one of the world leaders and the specialist for accessories for the warp knitting industry, includes needles, guide needles, sinkers and blocks for all warp knitting applications.  Building on our extraordinarily long experience in development, the product range is being expanded continuously.

Because the warp knitting market is creating more and more complex end products, the technical requirements for these products, and in particular for blocks, are constantly increasing. Meeting these increased requirements again and again presents new challenges for our developers, but it also means that we achieve the highest standards in terms of quality, the lifespan of our end products, and development expertise.

Saxonia is the brand for all leading machine manufacturers and end users who rely on the highest quality standards in the warp knitting industry.   

Flat knitting STOLL CMS

Kern-Liebers now offers the complete range of needles and parts for CMS machines

Flatbed knitting machine manufacturer Stoll and Kern-Liebers have been working together for decades. This long partnership between the two companies means that Kern-Liebers can offer the complete range of needles and parts for Stoll CMS machines, and it also means that all needles and spare parts meet 100 % of OEM specifications. All components working in the needle bed are therefore available from a single source and are fully compatible with each other. Since 2018, this has also been the case for all holding down sinkers.  Kern-Liebers thus offers the best solution, not only for machine manufacturer Stoll, but also for all quality-conscious end users.

Quality of KERN-LIEBERS Textile means:

•             Highest demands in terms of product quality, evenness, rounding and tempering

•             Renowned and proven KERN-LIEBERS quality for all needle bed elements

•             OEM cooperation means we meet the toughest requirements and provide optimum consultation

PAUL LEISTNER offers a comprehensive assortment of circular combs for cotton combing machines

Combs for different machine types of all leading combing machine manufacturers can be delivered.

Paul Leistner’s special expertise shows in the exact and repeatable configuration of the teeth and the accuracy of densities and projections. Thereby the tops can be kept extremely clean which is a prerequisite for an optimum spinning process.

Mayer & Cie. at the industry’s leading trade fair ITMA

Focus on sport and new customer experiences

Albstadt, Germany based circular knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is exhibiting at this year’s leading textile and garment technology trade fair ITMA with the slogan “Stay a winner. With Mayer & Cie.” The focus of the company’s presentation will be on sport. Sportswear, active leisurewear and sports shoes are increasingly made of circular knitted fabrics and the long-established German firm has the right machines to cater for this trend. Mayer & Cie. is also going for the improved customer experiences that consistent digitization makes possible

The sportswear market is a growth market

“Circular knitting is one of the most efficient ways to manufacture textile surfaces,” says managing partner Marcus Mayer, in charge of technical development at Mayer & Cie. “A Mayer machine manufactures up to 40 kg of fabric per hour, enough for around 380 t-shirts. Jersey fabric is elastic too, which is good for wearing comfort, especially in the sport and leisure sectors.”

For years global demand for circular knitted goods has increased continuously. An important growth driver is the sportswear and sports fashion sector, including sports shoes. According to Euromonitor the market segment grew by about seven per cent per year between 2013 and 2017. By 2017 Euromonitor estimated its total market value to be around USD 78 billion. Lightweight synthetic fibres, new patterns and attractive functionalities are the key requirements in this area.

Mayer & Cie. can already fulfil many requirements with a portfolio of machines considered to be the largest in the industry. Lightweight mesh structures, often requested for running shirts, are a speciality of the IG 3.2 QCe interlock machine, for example. Jacquard machines from the OVJA family, in contrast, are suitable for the manufacture of shoe uppers. Hardy Bühler, trend scout and regional sales manager at Mayer & Cie., says that “for a sports shoe to be made of knitted fabric has only really been an option since the 2012 Olympics”. Compared with the conventional methods flatknitting and warp knitting, circular knitting scores points for productivity and significantly shorter set-up times.

“Because we think there continues to be a great deal of potential in sports- and leisurewear, our new machine developments are mainly located in that area,” says Marcus Mayer, summarising his company’s ITMA presentation.

Spinning and knitting on the way to new applications

The fourth generation secures the leadership of the company

Series production of the Spinit 3.0 E spinning and knitting machine has been under way since the end of 2018. It combines two previously separate processes – spinning and knitting – in one machine. That saves time, space and energy compared with conventional manufacturing processes. Mayer & Cie. has already won several awards for this approach, the latest being the Innovation Prize for the Climate and the Environment (IKU) that the Federal Environment Ministry and the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) award every other year.

The company is presenting at ITMA its further developments of this machine. “We aren’t of course revealing yet exactly what they are,” says Marcus Mayer. “All I will say is that with this machine we aim to increasingly target sports- and leisurewear.”

Regeneration as part of sporting performance

Many top-flight athletes have long realised that a good night’s sleep is part of successful preparation for competitive events. Mattress covers and sportswear are a good match for Mayer & Cie. too. One ITMA exhibit is aimed specifically at this market segment. “The fully electronic circular knitting machines that are in demand can confidently be described as the premium class,” Marcus Mayer says. “Even though probably no-one remembers the pattern on their mattress, it is one of the most elaborate patterns that are made.” That was why a wide range of patterns, ease of use and, of course, the productivity of its circular knitting machines were key considerations for a mattress cover manufacturer.

Runners to race to the finish line of the marathon

Make collaboration easier, improve service

Along with machine development Mayer & Cie. has set itself another target for ITMA and thereafter: to improve the customer experience, a task of which Sebastian Mayer is in charge. His responsibilities at Mayer & Cie. are for corporate development and digitization. Digitization of the company’s extensive customer and machinery know-how is currently under way. Customers will be able to see and test the initial results at ITMA. Available for testing will be the new Web shop, linked with an analogue model of the high-bay warehouse in Albstadt-Tailfingen, and machine maintenance by means of HoloLens.

“And that is just a foretaste of what is to come,” says Sebastian Mayer. “We want to offer our know-how to our customers on a customer portal. That will make efficiency optimisation and predictive maintenance possible, delivering genuine customer benefits.”

Focus on sports – and athleisure wear

Stay a winner: With Mayer & Cie.” is the Albstadt-based circular knitting machine manufacturer’s slogan at this year’s ITMA. Four of the five machines on show at the Mayer & Cie. (MCT) stand, C 204 in Hall 8.0 of the industry’s leading trade fair in Barcelona, will have a clear sports orientation. The MJ 3.2 E, a Single Jersey machine for body mapping; the OVJA 1.1 EETT, the specialist in knitted sports and leisure footwear; and the Spinit 3.0 E, which comes with new functions and can now process polyester. The new OVJA 2.4 EM mattress machine consistently fits into this environment in that peak physical performance demonstrably requires optimal regeneration.

ITMA machine No. 5 is the only one with no special sports connection but it is very much in line with the company’s innovative tradition. The prototype on show puts a tried and trusted process to a very modern use – with attractive benefits for customers.

“We see a great deal of potential in sports- and leisurewear, so the newly developed machines we are presenting at the ITMA are mainly in that area,” says Mayer & Cie. CEO Marcus Mayer, outlining his company’s ITMA focus. Current market studies underscore this view. According to Morgan Stanley, an annual average growth of seven per cent is to be expected till 2021 in this segment.

Made to map your body: the MJ 3.2 E

“Body mapping is one of the biggest trends in sportswear,” Marcus Mayer explains. “During sporting activity perspiration is greater in certain parts of the body than in others. Body mapping takes this factor into account by means of light and moisture-repellent areas.”

From the textile perspective, body mapping is a kind of mesh fabric with a central characteristic: the ground thread is usually thinner than the plating thread, but also can be used up to the same thickness. Supplying an elastomeric yarn at the ground or the plating thread provides for the required elasticity. In body mapping, the plating thread in combination with the ground thread of a different colour is responsible for the characteristic colouring.

The new MJ 3.2 E is Mayer & Cie.’s high-quality option for body-mapped fabrics. Unlike the Relanit 1.6 E, the previous option for body mapping, the MJ 3.2 E can process elastomeric yarns. Customers can expect an extraordinarily high level of secure plating due to less yarn fluctuation during the stitch formation process. The MJ 3.2 E also sets standards for productivity with a speed factor of 850 at 30 inches and an E 28 gauge.

Pattern variety combined with productivity: the shoe specialist OVJA 1.1 EETT

Since the 2012 Olympics, sports shoes have been known to be available with knitted fabric uppers. All electronic Jacquard machines in the Mayer & Cie. OVJA range score points for productivity and short set-up times for shoe uppers. The main trend is toward multi-colour spacer fabrics with 3D effects, realised by lay-in yarns. And that is exactly what the new Mayer & Cie. OVJA 1.1 EETT can deliver. A multi-colour Jacquard machine with double electronics, it produces a wide range of patterns. This includes a variety of hole structures with bigger and smaller holes, thanks to double transfer. Thereby, the latest OVJA model combines top flexibility and high productivity. This combination takes the OVJA 1.1 EETT to the top rank of shoe machines.

Most productive mattress machine in the market: the OVJA 2.4 EM


Regeneration and peak sporting performance are known to be closely associated. That is why, for Mayer & Cie., the OVJA 2.4 EM, its new mattress cover machine, fits neatly into the ITMA concept. “With this machine we offer our customers outstanding productivity along with variety of patterns and ease of use,” says Marcus Mayer, pinpointing the benefits of the OVJA 2.4 EM. It is the youngest member of the family of fully electronic OVJA machines and the premium machine star, producing up to 30 kg of fabric per hour, making it the most productive machine of its kind in the world, as demonstrated by a speed factor of 950.

In general it produces fabric weights of between 200 and 300 grams per square metre, but can also reach more than 500 grams per square metre. Thanks to an improved thread guide and its thread fluctuation control system the OVJA 2.4 EM is also extremely reliable. The horizontal weft thread guide on each cylinder segment ensures that customers can also look forward to improved user friendliness and a wide range of patterns.

Enhanced performance: the Spinit 3.0 E

Spinit 3.0 E

The Spinit 3.0 E, in series production since the end of 2018, is part of Mayer & Cie.’s focus on sport at the trade fair. With “Enhanced Performance,” the circular knitting machine manufacturer has further developed its multiple award winning machine so that the spinning and knitting machine can now process polyester and athleisure and sportswear can also be produced on the Spinit 3.0 E. Speed is a further improvement; the latest model is, depending on the knitted structure, up to 20 per cent faster, in processing cotton as well as polyester.

“Digitisation, which we are taking forward throughout the company, also improves machine performance,” says Mayer & Cie.’s managing director Marcus Mayer. “With ‚Digital Spinit, we are presenting attractive innovations for all three central aspects of any machine – Create, Operate and Control.”

Taking innovation forward: Modern machine study of tried and trusted technology

“Along with the answers that we can provide to current requirements with the MJ 3.2 E, the two OVJA models and the Spinit 3.0 E,” Marcus Mayer says, “our philosophy includes regularly developing entirely new processes – such as spinitsystems for example.”

This year, Mayer & Cie. is doing justice to this aspiration by going back to a well-known process for the manufacture of textile surfaces. It offers the customer attractive advantages. For one, the material used is less expensive and the needle service life is longer than those of conventional knitting processes. For another, the fabric quality differs from that of conventional circular knitted fabrics. At ITMA, Mayer & Cie. wants to discuss future applications fields with their customers.

Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is a leading international manufacturer of circular knitting machines. The company offers 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. Furthermore, Mayer & Cie. regularly develops new approaches underlining its leadership in technology. spinitsystems is the latest example in this field.

Since 2019, Mayer & Cie. has augmented its portfolio by braiding machines which produce sheathings for hydraulic tubes used in aviation, automotive industry as well as in further, very specific fields of applications.

Founded in 1905, Mayer & Cie. generated sales of EUR 110 million in 2018 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, sales partners for circular knitting and braiding machines in around 80 countries represent Mayer & Cie.

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NCTO & AAFA Unite in Letter to President Opposing Proposed Tariffs on Mexico

Worth Reading

WTO issues 2019 Annual Report

WTO WTO Goods Council agrees on 2019 chairs for subsidiary bodies