Trusted quality from Catalonia
Spain’s circular knits finishing specialist Tinfer has
recently taken delivery of a new Montex stenter at its Barcelona
In opting to partner with Monforts for the supply of its
third fabric stenter, commission dyer and finisher Tinfer put
service – along with the proven reliability of advanced Montex
stenters – at the top of its list of priorities.
The new six-chamber Montex stenter has a working
width of 2.2 metres.
Founded in 1973, originally as Tintes Fernández, in Arenys de
Munt, the company shortened its name, expanded and relocated to
its present plant in Pineda de Mar just down the coast from
Barcelona at the beginning of the 1980s.
Tinfer has adapted over the years from being a supplier of
commodity textiles to establishing a reputation as Spain’s
specialist in swimwear and sportswear – and especially in the
dyeing and finishing of circular knits with a high degree of
stretch, based on elastanes with polyesters, polyamides, cottons
and their blends.
Tinfer General Manager Xavier Alabau Basart.
While 90% of its customers are third party distributors in
Catalonia, the fabrics Tinfer treats are subsequently supplied
to garment makers for the global brands and retailers and the
company is a firm believer in thinking global while acting
“The emphasis can only be on constant high quality, which our
customers expect as standard,” says General Manager Xavier
Alabau Basart, who is the son in law of the company’s founder
Juan Fernández. “This in turn relies on both our own high
standards and working with trusted suppliers. We needed to
invest in a third stenter to increase our capacity in response
to higher demand from our major customers, and this time decided
to opt for the Monforts system.”
The Monforts Qualitex 800 control system makes
operation intuitive on the fully automatic line.
The agent for Monforts in Barcelona, Aguilar and Pineda,
benefits directly from the technical know-how of its Technical
Director Karl Sonnleitner. He was previously a Senior Engineer
for Monforts at its Mönchengladbach HQ, so Tinfer couldn’t be in
more experienced hands at a local level.
“Not surprisingly, Karl’s an expert in this field and located
just 30 kilometres from our factory,” says Mr Alabau. “There are
always teething problems with any new line but the response from
both Aguilar and Pineda and Monforts has been tremendous.”
The new six-chamber Montex stenter which was commissioned at
the Pineda de Mar plant has a working width of 2.2 metres. It is
one of the first in Europe to benefit from the integration of
the self-cleaning Monforts Eco Booster heat recovery unit.
View from the operation deck.
The Eco Booster is equipped with an electric drive for
computer-controlled optimisation of the heat exchanger’s
performance to the prevailing exhaust air streams – something
that is not possible with purely static heat exchanger modules.
“The Monforts Eco Booster heat recovery unit puts an end to
maintenance downtime as a result of its automatic cleaning
control, which means the machine doesn’t have to be stopped at
all,” says Aguilar and Pineda Sales Engineer Oriol Canet. “In
addition, the degree of soiling of the rotating heat exchanger
wheel is monitored automatically, deciding when cleaning is
required and to what degree, so the mill no longer has to rely
on the operator.”
The new line is fully automatic, with all the intuitive
features operators will be familiar with from touchscreen smart
phones and tablets provided by the Monforts Qualitex 800 control
The stenter is one of the first in Europe to benefit
from the integration of the
self-cleaning Monforts Eco Booster heat recovery
This makes navigation extremely easy and has considerably cut
down the time required for Tinfer’s operatives to become
familiar with the system.
“In my opinion the latest Monforts Montex is without doubt
the best horizontal chain stenter on the market,” Mr Alabau
concludes. “We are now building on the additional capacity it
has provided us with and expected it to be fully booked out this