Bangladeshi Thermax Group adding second Monforts stenter
After successful use of a first Monforts Montex 6500 stenter less than one year Bangladeshi Thermax Group (founded in 1996) is adding the second Monforts stenter at its woven dyeing plant on the outskirts of Dhaka in order to further increase flexibility and diversity to its production
The first Monforts stenter (eight chamber Montex 6500) together with a Monfortex sanforising range commissioned early 2011 Thermax has ordered now the second Montex 6500 stenter. The formerly installed stenter is now handling 1.8 million metres of material per months with fabric weight ranging between 120 to 330 g/m2. The Mofortex sanforiser forms part of the new generation of redesigned compressive shrinking machines with residual shrinkage at lower contact pressures between the rubber belt and the heated shrinking cylinder allowing shrinkage rates from 8 to 12 % with low water consumption, thus it is a critical factor in view to cost and reliability especially in a city where water supplies are not always consistent.
The second stenter again with eight chambers will be equipped with an infrared pre-dryer for pigment-dyed fabrics and will be commissioned in early June 2012 and allowing to extend the product range.
Both stenters are manufactured by Monfongs, the joint venture between Monforts, Mönchengladbach (D) and Fong’s industries in Shenzhen (PRC). The machines are being supplied and serviced by the exclusive Monforts agent Bengal Technological Corporation Ltd. in Bangladesh. A decisive factor for the decision was the confidence in the combination of German technology and Chinese manufacture and this has been already confirmed in terms of both performance and servicing.
Termax Group is supplying 90 % of its output to the EU and most of the reminder goes to America. The company plans to increase the output to North and South America and will examine other potential markets. The factory operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week and the workforce of the group amounts to 15000 workers.