There is a bright future for the textile industry due to
Beauduin, CEO and President, Van de Wiele.
Can you tell us more about Van de
Wiele, and what the group stands for?
For more than a century, Van de Wiele has been a leader in
innovation by offering our customers a comprehensive range of
high performing textile machines, finishing equipment,
accessories, control systems and tailored services for the
textile industry. As leading manufacturer of carpet and velvet
weaving machines, electronic Jacquards, feeders for weaving and
knitting, controllers, finishing machinery, extrusion, heat
setting, tufting machines and equipment manufacturers, Van de
Wiele nowadays touches every continent.
We have more than 2500 people employed in 14 plants
worldwide. That ensures a strong local presence across diverse
and dynamic markets. Through our vast and diversified activities
and our global network, we believe in creating long lasting, and
profitable partnerships with our customers all over the world.
We also believe that it is our core function to create and
develop innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers
for a greener world. Satisfied customers are the reason for our
success. We try to provide total customer satisfaction by
understanding and providing for the needs of our valued
Mr. Charles Beauduin, CEO and President, Van de Wiele.
What do you say about the European
progress of technology? What can it offer to the world? What is
it that makes the European machinery manufacturers so strong
even though the industry has shifted out to the east?
I believe that Europe remains the center of textile technolgy
development. The last ITMA in Milan was my 9th ITMA. The
location of Milan, as one of the main textile regions of Europe
and a very clear focus on technology and sustainable
developments, held the attention of the global industry. You
notice that technology is still being developed and put into
practice in Europe and we as manufacturers are very glad to show
and share our experience of technology with the textile
companies from all over the world.
Subjects around sustainability on energy are extremely
important for textile manufacturing and you also see that the
technology allows the creation of new types of products which
were not possible before like for example a modern aircraft,
built by using basically textile processes. When people fly in
their dream aircraft they are mostly not aware that is actually
made of carbon fibre, a major component of a modern and light
aircraft. The rule says that where there is carbon fibre there
is also a mechanical or textile process to link these fibres
together. These majority of these developments and innovations
have their origins in Europe.
So it’s a whole creation of new
applications, new ideas?
Exactly. And that is why the technological companies, like
Van de Wiele are so excited about the future of textiles.
Because we can really build together with our customers, the
world of tomorrow, which will be a world of many textiles.
Cost-efficient and sustainable traditional textiles as well as
technical textiles that will be an extremely important part of
this endeavour. Van de Wiele, well known for their carpets and
velvets machinery has also made a lot of developments and offers
high-end technology in technical textiles.
Technical textiles as you mentioned
are going to gain even more importance in the future with new
applications. Do you think a market such as Pakistan, which is
mainly a cotton country, can have a significant production of
Yes, I am absolutely convinced that companies in Pakistan,
who are of course famous for cotton-based textiles can also play
a significant part in technical textiles. We have developed
applications and structures from cotton for the technical
textiles used in injection moulding machines. This means that
there will be new opportunities available for textile mills in
Pakistan with technically good engineers. They need to make
their mark beyond the simple cotton products to have an edge
over their competitors.
We have to convince the customers in Pakistan to believe in
themselves. They are talented and they have the resources, but
sometimes they are not confident enough in their own
capabilities and potential. Unfortunately, the general
geopolitical situation has not helped Pakistan for many years as
well and has probably also reflected on some of the business. I
personally observed that people in Pakistan are not only good
human beings but also have many technical abilities.
I would like to invite our friends from Pakistan to ITMA
2019. As you already know the venue is going to be Barcelona
again, which was a very nice venue for ITMA in 2011. Barcelona
also guarantees us that there will be fixed hotel prices and I
think this will be a big opportunity for Pakistan to come and
explore all the latest technological developments.
Van de Wiele China opens a brand new
factory at Goachun Nanjin
On 1st of September, Van de Wiele China opened a brand new
factory at Goachun Nanjin. This factory equipped with high end
robots and machinery will become the main base for the
production of the Ji Jacquards for the Chinese market! The
opening ceremony was held in presence of Mr. Charles Beauduin,
CEO of Van de Wiele , Mr. Ola Samuelsson Managing Director of
China, Mr. Zhang Xiaoping Party secretary of Gaochun Development
zone & Mr. Lambert Consul General of Belgium. “As expanding our
manufacturing footprint in China this is an important part of
our long term growth strategy. The opening of the new factory
puts Van de Wiele in an even better position to support our
customers locally in China, in Asia and grow our business
globally.” Mr. Charles Beauduin - CEO Michel Van de Wiele nv.