Oerlikon Textile at China Textile Round Table Forum
Oerlikon Textile has been co-sponsoring the 8th annual China Textile Round Table Forum “Surmount the difficulties and outlook for future development” on January 20, 2013 at the China Textile Economy Research Centre and Press Center of China National Textile and Apparel Council
The meeting’s main sponsor was the China National Textile and Apparel council and the forum was chaired by Sun Huaibin, Deputy Secretary-General of this body.
Wang Tiankai, Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council delivered the opening speech and stated that the textile industry has entered into a new historical stage of development, but there is a need to accelerate the pace to make necessary adjustments, transformation and upgrading.
Yao Jingyuan, Special Researcher of the Counselor’s Office of the State Council and former Chief Economist of the National Bureau of Statistics gave an outlook on China’s macroeconomic situation and analysed the prospects of exportation, investment, consumption and explained the facts leading to the recent downturn of China’s economy. He voiced the opinion that the Chinese economy will be performing better in 2013 with stimulating investment and higher rate of domestic consumption, as well as support of the industries such as the textile industry to maintain a growth at more moderate speed and committed to reforms.
Gao Yong, Vice President and Secretary-General of China National and Apparel Council presented an analysis and its countermeasures of economic aspects of the Chinese textile industry in 2012. He stated that the pace of growth slowed also in the textile industry but was still profitable and exports were slightly higher. He estimated that for 2013 the economy will be on a steady course with a low rate of growth at the beginning of the year and then picking up later on. And he added: “Due to the fact that cost of production is comparatively high in China and the great gap between the price of domestic and imported cotton, China’s competitiveness declines and also exports will face difficult situations. However, the domestic needs are growing and the international markets show signs of recovery that is why the Chinese textile industry is expecting a growth of exports in the second half of 2013. Also this speaker pleaded for adjustments of the Chinese industrial structure and adaptation to the 12th Five Year Plan and its specifics for the textile industry. He expects further that the textile industry will adapt itself to the changing requirements of international markets.
Stefan Kross, President of the Chemical Fibre Division of Oerlikon Textile was representing the Oerlikon Textile Group and his speech focused on “How to realise sustainable development of China’s textile industry. According to his findings, China now covers 60 % of the world chemical fiber production capacity and on the other hand the segment is still faced with the challenges of rising costs of raw materials and labour. He pleaded that the sector is geared to high quality and high efficiency in the future. Exactly there Oerlikon Textile Group seeks its opportunities, the Manmade Fibres Division focuses on developing energy saving green products, and the Manmade Fibres Divisi8on has developed the state-of-the-art WINGS POY winding machine with better performance than the well sold (over 10000 since market introduction in 2007) previous machine, needing less space and energy, producing less silk waste and allows lower labour cost. He added: Oerlikon continuously adjusts its strategies to the requirements of China’s textile industry and with active innovation spirit and this is why Oerlikon can realise a sustainable development in this largest market of the world.