Chinese technical textile industry bets on German machinery

Chinese technical textile industry bets on German machinery

State-of-the-art machinery and application technologies and sustainability formed the centrepiece of VDMA lectures given by 16 speakers of member companies in Jinan (March 5), Hangzhou (March 7) and Quanzhou (March 9) in China.The VDMA conferences were organised by German VDMA Textile Machinery Association and VDMA China Representative Office and in cooperation with China Textile Information Center (CTIC) and China Textile Leader (CTL)

A total of more than 500 interested participants were registered at the three different locations, no wonder because China’s technical textiles market is growing and in the automotive sector it is expected to double from 755 t to 1400 t in 2017 and since the Chinese 12th five year plan asks for energy and material efficiency in production also the chapter on sustainability was of great interest. To underline this, Fritz P. Mayer, President of VDMA Textile Machinery Association and Managing Associate of GermanKarl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik stated at the opening meeting: “Worldwide leading German technology suppliers can play a key role to reach such targets in the transformation process of China’s textile industry”. He further made reference to the Blue Competence sustainability initiative and Li Binhong, President of China Textiles Development Center added that the future competitiveness of China’s textile industry is closely related to the higher added value development in technical textiles demanding renewable energies, environmental protection and making contributions to the sectors of construction, transport, aerospace and in geo-technology and to generally stimulate further technical textiles applications and for that German textile machinery will play an important role for the Chinese industry.

Another highlight delivered Zhuang Yuexing in Quanzhou, vice general engineer of Goldwind (one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers) and head of the fan blade R&D department of the company with his paper “China Wind Energy Development). The 16 speakers of VDMA presented their latest technologies for the production of technical yarns, technical fabrics and the finishing process. In view to applications they covered the sectors automotives, hygiene and medical textiles, aramide, reinforced-concrete textile bridges for architecture and civil engineering but also topics such as 3D Warp Knits (e.g. for car seats), multifunctional fabrics for sports fabrics as well as felts for filter purposes, geo-textiles, insulating sleeving for thermal applications, carbon fibre and composites (e.g. rotor blades for wind turbines).

The participating VDMA members were Benninger, Zell, DILO-Group, Lîndauer Dornier, Groz-Beckert, August Herzog, Lenzing Instruments, Mahlo, Karl Mayer Malimo, Merz, Monforts, Georg Sahm, Oerlikon Saurer, Textechno, Trützschler Spinning, Trützschler Card Clothing and Trützschler Nonwovens.

The Chinese visitors of the events participated in a visitor’s survey and 59% is confident of the economic prospects and 39 % consider them as excellent. The highest attention (15 %) was attributed to ecological technology, followed by 13 % for mobile technology and 12 % for industrial technology.

German textile machinery supplies enjoy a strong position in China and these exports were 2011 growing 24 % to EUR 1.2 billion whereas the worldwide exports grew 23 % to EUR 3.3 billion. It is noteworthy that many of the VDMA company members do have production facilities in China, a fact that is adding to the total share of installed German textile machinery in China.

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