In 2012 textile machinery was less demanded in certain segments

In 2012 textile machinery was less demanded in certain segments

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The latest statistics published by ITMF International Textile Manufacturers Association reveals that, after increasing demand in 2010 and 2011, shipments of textile machinery was in most segments decreasing, but remained at a relatively high level

The sectors with lesser demand, and against 2011, were short spindles (-27 %) and OE open end rotors (-21 %). On the other hand long staple spindles increased by 29 %. Down were also draw texturing spindles (-13 %), shuttle less weaving looms (-44 %) and flat knitting machines (-34 %) while circular knitting machines increased (+27 %).

The ITMF report covers the six segments of textile machinery: spinning, draw texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing machinery. In the survey participated some 122 textile machinery manufacturers thus a representative sample of the world’s textile machinery production.

The spinning machinery situation

Already in 2008 shipments of new short staple spindles dropped by 33 % and 2009 another 17 %, but in 2010 they soared 75 % and in 2011 another plus of 15 % resulted, to an all time high of 14.33 million spindles. The drop of 27 % in 2012 brought the total to 10.51 million spindles, and thereof 94 % or 9.91 million went to Asia. China alone was absorbing 6.39 million spindles, or a share of 65 %, followed by India with 1.97 million or a share of 19 %, then Indonesia with 594000 spindles or 5.7 %, Turkey 441000 spindles, or a share of 4.2 %, and Bangladesh with 23100 spindles or 2.2 %. This explains why some short staple spinning machinery companies reported declining turnovers, a trend that continued into 2013 so far.

In contrast, long staple (wool) spindle shipments added 29 % to 146400. Thereof the major part (53 %) went to Europe or a total of 77000, Asia (45 %) absorbed 65600 spindles and the Americas (2.3 %) 3300 spindles, followed by Africa with 430 spindles (0.3 %). The largest customer in this sector was Turkey with 60300 spindles, followed by Thailand with 29100, China 27300, Italy 9400 and Iran 6800.

21 % lesser OE rotors were shipped, or a total of 451200, and thereof 408260 (90 %) went to Asia, thereof 363950 (81 %) went to China, followed by India with 19400 (4.3 %), Turkey 17500 (3.9 %), Brazil 11100 (2.5 %), Uzbekistan 8900 (2.0 %) and Malaysia 6800 (1.5 %), all reflecting the economic development, respectively the investment mood in these countries.

The weaving machinery sector

Total delivery of shuttle less looms accounted for 86450 machines (-44 %), whereas in 2011 the figure was 153750 machines. The drop was mainly caused by the decline in demand of water jet looms, these jumped 2010 537 % to 73250, whereas in 2010 the shipments dropped for the first time 65 % to 39920 machines. Rapier looms increased 2012 from 19250 to 23250 (+ 20 %), and shuttle less rapier and projectile deliveries augmented 2012 from 21500 to 23300 (+ 8 %). Shuttle less looms went to 93 % or 80600 to Asia, thereof 58900 looms (68 %) went to China, thereof 34400 were water jet looms, 16000 air jet looms and 8500 rapier/projectile looms. Further 10200 (12 %) went to India, 3730 (4.3 %) were delivered to Indonesia and 2570 (3 %) to Turkey, followed by 1600 (1.9 % to Bangladesh and 2350 (1.6 %) to Korea. These figures reveal the upgrading of the textile industry in China, and the investment assistance granted by Indonesia and Turkey and the modernisation challenge met in Bangladesh.

The texturing machinery situation

2012 was earmarked by the fact that there were no deliveries of single heater draw texturing spindles, mainly used for polyamide filaments, already 2011 these shipments fell from 13200 to 1824 (-86 %).

On the other hand, double heater draw texturing spindles, mainly used for polyester filaments, decreased in 2012 from the all time high of 82500 in 2011 to 717800 (-13 ). 90 % of the deliveries went to Asia, mainly to China with 489600 spindles (68 %), followed by India with 44400 (6.2 %), Thailand and Japan, each 36500 or each 5.1 % and Turkey 17000 (2.4 %). These figures reflect mostly the enhancement of production in these countries. 

The circular and Flat Knitting machinery situation

Worldwide shipments of large circular knitting machines increased 2012 from 28900 to 36650 (+ 27 %) thus a new record. Again most of the shipments went to Asia with 33600 (92 %), thereof 28280 were destined to China (77 %), followed by Turkey with 1420 (3.9 %), Indonesia 1350 (3.7 %) India 1200 (3.3 %) and Bangladesh 735 (2.0 %), confirming the statements for other textile machinery sectors.

Electronic flat knitting machines showed decreasing tendencies with 46100 machines (- 34 %) delivered. Again the bulk of shipments went to Asia with 40940 machines (89 %), thereof 33040 (72 %) to China, 4360 (9.5 %) to Bangladesh, 2660 (5.8 %) to Turkey, 1090 (2.4 %) to Hong Kong and 826 (1.8 %) to Italy. To Europe went 4670 machines (10 %).

It has to be added that for the eights time also data on finishing machinery (wovens and knits continuous machinery) are included in the statistics. Further details can be had from the following website address.

www.itmf.org


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