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ITMA | June 2019

Innovating Tech-styles Over 1700 Exhibitors from 46 Countries

Industry 4.0 and sustainability are the two big elements, which will be vying for attention of the textile industry from the 46 countries, who will be queueing up to witness the technological innovations of over 1,700 exhibitors at the ITMA Barcelona from June 20 to 26, 2019.

The stage is set for ITMA 2019, the world’s largest and trendsetting international exhibition for the textile industry at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain. This is the second time Barcelona has the privilege to host this mega event, after the 2011 show. The quadrennial event, starting from June 20 to June 26, 2019, is expected to point to a new course and diversified directions in technologies, that are likely to impact ecological changes, paving way for sustainability.

At last ITMA 2015 in Milano, digital printing made a big show, taking centre-stage, demonstrating how the world of designs has undergone a revolution. That revolution is still on. Industry 4.0, hardly its surface was scratched then. But this ITMA is all about Industry 4.0, says grapevine. It will set the tone: The future of the textile industry is more and more determined by Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 has many dimensions and possible fields of application. In three of them (Smart Services, Operations and Factory), key solutions are provided by the machinery industry. The other ones from smart textile products, marketing and sales, employees up to strategy and organisation are specific know-how issues for textile mills. At the ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, visitors will have the chance to see how Industry 4.0 solutions are impacting the textile process chain.

The second most important changes that are bound to impact the textile value chain are energy saving aspects of the entire machinery sectors and water-based issues for the dyeing industry. Research from most of the European companies are focused on energy saving devices and making the process less complicated. The dyeing machinery makers have concentrated on reducing water usage and wastage. With these efforts, ecology is bound to thrive in the long run.

Another factor that is expected to play a key role is events to kindle the mood for collaborations among all the stakeholders. For this special forums have been lined up. Says Fritz Mayer, President of CEMATEX: “As technological developments are happening at breakneck speed, and collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary in a globalised economy, the industry has to stay abreast of the latest developments and trends. Hence, ITMA will be staging several forums to help participants be ahead of the competition curve.”

“The forums also offer a valuable platform for various associations and professionals to connect and network with the right players. This is especially important as collaboration and partnerships from research institutions to technology, chemical and raw material providers and users are increasingly more critical to business success.”

In addition to the forums, other knowledge sharing activities include the ITMA Innovation Lab. An important element of the lab is the ITMA Speakers Platform where all ITMA exhibitors have been invited to participate. The Platform will be complemented by a video showcase. A new highlight, the ITMA Innovation Video Showcase will provide a new channel for visitors to learn more about innovative exhibits at ITMA 2019.

To make it easier for the visitors and exhibitors, ITMA has launched an app, which will enable participants to plan their visit, make appointments with exhibitors before the show, navigate the show floor, and access the latest information at their fingertips.

Speaking with ITJ on a new feature that distinguishes this edition from the previously-held ones, Charles Beauduin, Chairman of ITMA Services, says “For this edition, our theme is ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’. To support this theme, we have launched ITMA Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is a new umbrella branding of a series of activities where participants will be able to explore and share new research developments, discuss new collaborative projects and get insights into future industry trends.”

“In addition, we have invited various partners to co-locate their events at ITMA 2019. Participants can also look forward to attending a number of forums, ranging from sustainability to nonwoven production and digital printing,” added Beauduin.

Here are some of the dropped hints: Brückner has developed an intelligent machine assistance system that monitors the settings of the entire system in the background. Deviations from default values are immediately signalled to the machine operator and stored in the production history logbook; Karl Mayer’s KM.ON’s range of features has been extended considerably. A good example from Karl Mayer is a new digital tool that combines a PDA system with a ticket system to enable any disruptions in production to be managed efficiently. The relevant information can be input easily and quickly at the machine and forwarded to the appropriate location in real time; Sedo-Treepoint is introducing a new series of dyehouse controllers. The new series is specially designed for Industry 4.0. The open connectivity on production and machine level improves the M2M-communication. Important information for the production floor is displayed wherever required.

A.T.E. Huber Envirotech (AHET), a collaboration between A.T.E. Enterprises of India, and HUBER SE of Germany, will exhibit its wastewater treatment technologies. A.T.E.’s AAA® technology is a proven solution for treatment textile wastewaters that enhances biological treatment efficiency and minimises sludge generation. Contrary to conventional wastewater treatment processes, AAA® reduces both chemical consumption and sludge generation, while maintaining consistency in the treated effluent quality. In addition to AAA®, A.T.E.’s state-of-the-art SUFRO and MEE technologies enable wastewater recycle and ZLD for textile wastewater treatment.

Precision Rubber Industries, manufacturers of renowned ‘Precitex’ brand aprons and cots, were the first Indian company to participate at ITMA, which was held in the year 1975. Since then, Precitex has never missed a single show of ITMA. Says the company’s Managing Director, Diven Dembla, “ITMA is like a networking zone for us. We can meet a lot of potential buyers for our products.” For this ITMA, Precitex will be launching a quite a few products: SP Series apron, CC 63 Cot, XP G 83” cot, and CD 6080 cot.

Coimbatore-based MAG Solvics, who are participating for the third time, will be exhibiting new products (HVT Genius – Fully automatic fibre tester; AccuNeL – Cotton Neps and Length Tester; LaboDyer R24 – IR Lab Dyeing machine) and re-engineered version of its existing products: (UniStretch XT – Multi Strength Tester) apart from its regular range of products. MAG Solvics’ Director, Dhandayuthapani (CD), thinks that the company is doing exceedingly well in the global markets. “Though we started supplying to export markets from the year 2000, but we decided to participate in big expo with high-valued products in order to compete with global leaders. Our presence in the expos have given us the focus that we needed.”

One of India’s prominent and fast growing textile machine manufacturing companies, Prashant Group will be displaying its top-of-the-line automatic robotic sectional warping machine. Amoli Shah, Director, Prashant Group of Industries, says, “We have entered few new markets in Europe and South America. The product we sold in Europe is our high tech sectional warping machine, while in South America we sold our indigo dyeing range. ITMA is a platform for us to showcase our latest products and innovations as we receive highest number of international visitors.”

Schoch Reeds, who are very famous for their reeds, plans to launch three new products – heald frames, heald wired and drop wires. “We plan to cover the entire spectrum of accessories for the weaving segment,” says Kuldeep Pareek, who recently took over the helm as General Manager – Sales & Marketing of Schoch Reeds India.

On USPs of these new products, Pareek had this to say: “The main USP of these products will be the delivery time and the raw materials used. We are using quality-graded steel, which is imported. The steel used is very hard. For these products, finishing is very necessary. So we are using the best technology of finishing. Pricing wise, it won’t be very much cheaper, but it will be very competitive.” Texcoms Textile Solutions (TTS), a subsidiary of Texcoms Worldwide, plans to meet customers from new countries. The company helps clients develop capabilities that result in improved revenues and reduced costs. R Janarthanan, COO of TTS, says “There are many consultants in the world, but only a few have the capability to undertake Gap analysis and also fill in the gaps with an implementation programme. We will be showcasing this advantage at ITMA. We are targeting countries, whom we have not tapped yet. These countries include South America, Europe, CIS countries among others. We hope to meet more people at ITMA and showcase our projects and methodologies to the world.”

Sushil Verma, Managing Director, Kusters Calico Machinery, feels that for machine manufacturing to sustain growth, it is must to have a presence in the international market. He adds, “And as our market share on export business is significant, we prefer participation at international exhibitions. This helps us to get in contact with customer and showcase our latest technology.”

“From Kusters Calico, we are going to exhibit our newly-designed washing compartment. With newlyadded concept of fabric transport and better washing efficiency with minimum consumption of water, steam and power. From our group company, Jagenberg Textile, Germany we are going to exhibit Padder 222.11, which is one of the best dyeing padders,” says Verma.

Peass Industrial Engineers, one of the leading manufacturers, suppliers and exporters of first stage textile machinery, winding machines, yarn winding machines in India, will be displaying its latest technology precision winding machines. These are used for soft package winding, assembly winding, re-winding. Speaking on the unique features of this winding machine, the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mangesh Chaudhari, says, “It provides huge power savings in twisting by accommodating required yarn content in smaller diameter TFO pots; zero breaks in TFO due to package faults, least increase in hairiness; and best unwinding performance even at high unwinding speeds on high speed air jet looms, minimal bottoms in warping, significant improvement in loom efficiency.”

Apsom Technologies will be displaying Konica Minolta Nassenger 10. Vir Vikram Bhatia, Managing Director, Apsom Technologies, says, “This is high speed digital textile industrial printer with production speed of 580 sq m/hour. The unique combination of printer, print head and inks from the same company, i.e., Konica Minolta enables it give high volume with increased speed and design reproducibility.”

In textiles, Advanced Graphic Systems’ (AGS) principals—X-rite Inc of USA, Copower Technology of Taiwan, CST of Germany, AREL of Israel and TREGI SISTEMI of Italy— will be exhibiting their state-of-theart products. Rajesh Shah, Senior Vice President – Sales, AGS, says, “We have always participated in ITMA as a visitor and not as an exhibitor, attending our principal’s stall to take care of our Indian visitors. From India, most of the high profile visitors such as CEOs, Directors, MDs, CMDs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Dying Managers, Printing Managers attend the show.”

Hiren Patel, Managing Partner of Konica Electronics, who will be visiting ITMA as a visitor, expects ITMA to be a great platform with a lot of new technologies coming in. He says, “It’s basically like an educational institute for us; a five-day course, a global platform wherein we get opportunities to network, collaborate, gain knowledge, develop skills and prepare for the future.”

Gujarat-based Meera Industries is going to exhibit its range of innovative twisting machines for carpet yarns, ropes, twines and thread. Carpet cabler/carpet twister is a heavy-duty direct cabling/twisting machine with sturdy structure designed to produce premium quality yarns for carpet at most economical cost. Having a denier range of 1,200-12,000, this twister/cabler is suitable for all types of BCF (bulk continuous filament) and textured yarns like PP, polyester, nylon, etc.

Other leading textile machinery players are also not behind. Each and every company is making its presence felt with high-end machines at ITMA. A few top companies include: Mayer & Cie. to exhibit MJ 3.2 E, a Single Jersey machine for body mapping; Saurer’s latest generation of CompactTwister; BMSvision MES suite for the textile industry; Benninger’s latest innovations in dyeing and washing; to name a few.

The above are just a very few glimpses of the big changes in technologies slated to woo industries from 46 countries.

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