VDMA reports excellent results from conferences held in India
VDMA Textile Machinery Conferences held at the beginning of December in Mumbai and Coimbatore (IND) where 16 textile machinery manufacturers from Germany, their agents and subsidiaries presented their latest technologies, were attended by more than 270 decision makers and representatives of the technical management of Indian textile manufacturers
The Mubai conference was addressed by the honorary guests A.B. Joshi, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles of the Government of India and Michael Siebert, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Among the attendees was N. Jaanathan, Manger KG Denim Ltd, a renowned denim and home textile manufacturer praised the well organised conference in Coimbatore and added: “Our minds are sharpened with ambitions to improve the technologies in processing and machinery”. Representatives of fine Indian companies were registered, such as Arvind Mills, Birla Textile >Mills, Bombay Rayon Fashions, Century Enka, Kusumgar, Mafatlal Industries, Nakoda, Welspun India, Reliance Industries, Rajasthan International, Raymonds, SRF and VTX Industries.
The focus of the two conferences was on technology for fabric production. The two parallel sessions were given on production, finishing and dyeing of knitted fabrics; production and finishing of woven fabrics. The speakers demonstrated the forerunning technology of German Textile machinery in view to higher productivity, product quality, reliability and their application to new or upgraded products such as Technical Textiles. A major focus was on energy and material efficiency as means to keep mill costs down, and in turn to increase profitability.
Another important topic – also during discussion sessions – were Life Cycle Costs, meaning that the initial price for a German machine pays off after a few years due to low maintenance costs and reliability in production, also the reason that investment costs represent only around 10 to 50 percent of the overall costs that occur during the entire lifetime of a machine. There are costs which are often not taken into account. Reference was made in this respect to a German proverb “Buy cheap, buy twice”.
The 16 participating German companies and institutions were A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, Allma Volkmann, subsidiary of Saurer Germany, Brückner Textile Technologies, Erbatech, Groz-Beckert, Heusch, Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute/OEKO-TEX®, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik, Körting Hannover, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Lindauer Dornier, Mahlo, Mayer & Cie., Merz Maschinenfabrik, Setex Schermuly Textile Computer, Thies, Welker Spintech, and Wumag Texroll.