German technology meets the Pakistani textile industry

SBS systems for business solutions collaborated with the German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) - and the technical support of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, in organizing a business delegation of German textile machinery producers to Pakistan – on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Fourteen selected highly innovative and technologically-advanced German companies specialized in production of technologies from spinning, knitting, weaving, nonwovens and finishing; attended five days of conferences, individual business meetings and institutional and technical visits in Pakistan from 12th to 15th November 2019.

It was a unique opportunity for Pakistani companies and institutions to meet the delegation and foster bilateral cooperation and exchange views on innovations, technologies and business opportunities.

The German companies in attendance included the renowned Brückner, Dürkopp Adler and PFAFF, Groz-Beckert, Heusch, Kaulhausen & Sohn, Karl Mayer, Mayer & Cie., Monforts, Saurer Group, Setex, Trützschler, WEKO and WELKER.

Brückner: Leading in the field of textiles since six decades

Founded in 1949 by Kurt Brückner, Brückner is a worldwide acting mechanical engineering company with many years of tradition and experience, leading in the field of textile dry finishing.

Their portfolio includes the finishing of woven and knitted fabric technical textiles, nonwovens, carpets and other planiform materials. Among others, typical processes are drying, heat setting, curing, continuous dyeing, sanforizing, compacting, relaxing, coating and laminating, lining and compacting. Innovative energy saving concepts such heat-recovery and exhaust air purification lines complete our profile.

BO Michael Kristoffersen, Area Sales Manager,
Brueckner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG.

Their customer base includes companies which are active in the textile industry, for example: Textile finishing, coating, companies treating the surface of technical textiles and the companies providing chemical or mechanical modifications of technical textiles.

DURKOPP ADLER and PFAFF: The merger of seven giants in textile industry is ready to produce world’s best products

Under the umbrella of the Shang Gong Group, two of the world’s leading brands in the textile industry, joined a  few  years ago with five other prestigious brands. DURKOPP ADLER, BEISLER, PFAFF, KSL, MAUSER, SG GEMSY and RICHPEACE which are now part of this large family, concentrating hundreds of years' worth of collective expertise in the field of industrial sewing and joining different materials and technical textiles.

  • DURKOPP ADLER offers a highly flexible modular machinery system for the garment and textile industry.
  • BEISLER delivers special sewing units for the automated manufacture of trousers.
  • PFAFF provides sewing machines for jeans, leather and the shoe industry, as well as a wide range of welding solutions.
  • KSL is the leading innovator for automated processes and robotic units.
  • MAUSER, SG GEMSY and RICHPEACE complete the range of products with embroidery, quilting and laser cutting machines.

Bernd Brauer, Director of Sales and Marketing,
Duerkopp Adler AG.

They are mostly focused on Jeans, Garment, Leather and HOME textile manufacturers; for these segments, they have the best automation solutions for quality optimization and cost reduction and exactly what they are looking for in other companies.

HEUSCH: The only blade manufacturer providing services all over the world

Founded in 1850 in Aachen, Germany – the company is the world leading supplier for cutting solutions in the textile and leather industry and the oldest, most experienced shearing device manufacturer. For the textile and carpet industry, the company supplies concave spirals and ledger blades for the shearing process. Shearing is the part of the finishing process that gives the final touch to the material.

Maria Hennes, Key Account Manager,
Heusch GmbH & Co. KG.

Through the company’s global network of partners, its application support team and its service technicians, HEUSCH provides onsite service, trainings and troubleshooting for shearing related problems, as well as workshops at its headquarters and operates a center of excellence for research and development and customer support.

The contacts with customers are established and maintained by a local agent but invoicing is done directly with the customer due to customs duty and other potential charges.

HEUSCH currently operates through a network of partners in 58 countries; from Japan to the US and from Sweden to South Africa, all textile and carpet producing markets are addressed. The company has experience with shearing all kinds of fibers like microfibers, sisal, coconut and all other manmade or natural fibers.

J. Kaulhausen & Sohn: The world wide sole producer of Aprons

A German family-owned business, founded in 1872. JKS is a quality-oriented producer of Aprons & Cots and is the worldwide sole producer of Aprons made of rubber and leather. Mainly influencing the produced yarn quality.

Christian Kraemer, Managing Director,
J. Kaulhausen & Sohn.

They have developed a special compound of a rubber mixture with high Shore hardness performance and lifetime stability. Their customers achieve less maintenance demand in grinding and after several grinding cycles the performance does not change.

Karl Mayer: The innovative market leader in textile machinery

Set up in 1937, they are the driving force for innovations in textile machinery, offering perfect solutions for warp knitting, technical textiles and warp preparation for weaving. The company’s aim is to provide its clients with the best economical and technical products & services, as well as offer innovations which bring fresh impetus to the world.

It boasts a total of 2,300 employees with subsidiaries in the USA, India, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, China and Switzerland, as well as agencies all over the world.

Mark Smith, Regional Sales Manager, Business Unit Warp Knitting, Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH.

Karl Mayer offers various machine concepts and tailor-made solutions for warp-knitting machines, technical textiles and warp preparation units for weaving and warp knitting. All the machines offer tried and tested ‘Karl Mayer’ quality along with innovative solutions.

Karl Mayer has a worldwide presence in all markets, production and engineering in the main markets and a qualified agency network in more than 90 countries. It operates in a very competitive environment and for them, quality is key to open up new markets and engage talented employees.

Monforts: Leading the finishing machine industry for more than 135 years

The name Monforts has been synonymous with cutting-edge technology in finishing machine engineering for more than 135 years. This is reflected in not only in innumerable patents registered by Monforts over the course of decades, but also in the faith of their customers.

The most important markets besides Europe are Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China and Turkey. In Pakistan, they boast the following companies among their well-known customers: Soorty, Artistic Milliners, Azgard-9, US-Denim Mills, Artistic Denim Mills, Naveena, Nishat Mills, Sapphire Group etc.

Manfred Havenith, Area Sales Manager,
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG.

Their major competitive advantages include:

  • Technology Center – ATC: together with experienced technologists and practitioners, extensive fabric trials can be carried out under real production conditions and the results are examined in their in-house laboratory
  • Technological Support: the experienced technologists, advice reliably and comprehensively on one’s application and ensure the use of full potential of the Monforts’ range
  • Operator Training: the operating personnel is trained by proven specialists in extensive training courses; being taught the safe operation of the advanced Monforts technology in simple forms.

Mayer & Cie: Providing technologically advanced and customer specific

A family-owned and family-run company, founded in 1905; Mayer & Cie. is a leading international manufacturer of circular knitting machines, with a sale generation of over euro 110 million in 2018 and about 500 employees worldwide.

Fabrics for home textiles, sportswear, nightwear and swimwear, seat covers, underwear, shoe uppers and technical uses are made on MCT knitting machines. Its headquarters are in Albstadt, Germany; the subsidiaries being in China and the Czech Republic. Mayer & Cie. is represented by sales partners in about 80 countries worldwide.

Hardy Buehler, Key Account Manager,
Mayer & Cie Rundstrickmaschinen.

Their portfolio consists of about 50 different circular knitting machines for both single and double jersey; this includes both mechanical as well as electronic machines.

OVJA stands for overkit jacquard machine.  The product family consists of 14 machines, some of which feature double electronic, transfer systems or three-way technology.

It represents innovative, durable, high quality and reliable machines and stands for a sound and dependable company. In 2018, it received an innovation award by the German Federal Environment Ministry and is currently holding around 300 patents; interested in continuously opening up new fields of businesses.

Saurer: Providing technologically advanced and customer specific automation solutions

The Saurer Group is a leading, globally operating technology group, focusing on machinery and components for yarn processing. Today, it comprises of two segments: Saurer Spinning solutions and Saurer Technologies. Offering high quality, technologically advanced and customer-specific automation solutions for processing stable fiber from bale to yarn; the group has annual sale revenues of EUR 1,175 million, and 4,700 employees worldwide.

With locations in Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, USA, China, India and Singapore, the group is well positioned to serve the world’s textile industry centers.

Gerd Moch, Key Account Manager (TME),
Saurer Spinning Solutions GmbH & Co. KG.

Consequent extensions of the value chain from bale to package, including twisting, has brought Saurer Spinning Solutions the complete control of the yarn quality along the value chain. While focusing on delivering perfect package quality for each spinning application, the systems have been divided between ring spinning (Zinser Systems) and open end (Schlafhorst Systems).

At Saurer, a customer-focused solution consists of more than just machinery. Automation, digitization, service, training, consulting and even project financing are integral parts of a smart offering.

SETEX: Providing solutions with continuously optimized systems

A family owned and operated company, SETEX stands for long-life quality, long term availability and sustainable innovation. Their global network of subsidiaries and partner companies allows operating fast and flexible.

With two business segments – designing, manufacturing and implementing the textile machine controller and production management software – SETEX is a global technological leader. Its controls are known for impressively graphical visualization and outstanding usability. More than 40 leading textile machine manufacturers worldwide trust in SETEX as an authorized automation supplier.

Dr. Michael Woydt, Area Sales Manager, Senior Consultant, Setex Schermuly textile computer GmbH.

Their target groups are all the textile dyeing and finishing companies, interested in modern controlling and optimizing of machines, processes and energy management. While the purpose of their participation was to learn from potential customer trends and find solutions for their market research; as well as scheduling further appointments with potential and regular customers.

Trützschler having global reputation of cutting-edge technology

Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG is part of the Trützschler Group, a German textile machinery manufacturer with its headquarters in Mönchengladbach, Germany. The family business is divided into the business units Spinning, Nonwovens & Man-made Fibers and Card clothing.

Machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens and man-made fiber industry are produced in eight locations worldwide. In addition to four factories in Germany, Trützschler has production sites in China, India, USA and Brazil, as well as a development location in Switzerland. Several service centers provide customer proximity in the important textile processing areas.

Mr. Ralf Muller, Sales Manager,
Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG.

Trützschler: Nonwovens

A leading supplier of machinery and know-how for the production of staple fiber-based nonwovens. The scope of supply ranges from production lines to single components for fiber opening and blending, web forming and bonding as well as drying, finishing and winding.

The company looks back on decades of experience in machinery development and manufacturing, thus, turned into an expert in processing a broad range of both natural and man-made fibers. Their solutions for spun lacing, thermo- and chemical bonding processes are used worldwide for making wipes, hygiene products, cotton pads, coating substrates, filter materials and various other technical end products.

Trützschler Nonwovens is a turn-key supplier of fiber-based nonwoven lines. The company is well represented in Europe, China, East Asia, the Americas and the Middle East; customers mostly being universities, nonwoven specialists serving niche markets as well as quality-minded mass producers – players which turn fibers into high-value everyday products for both the local and the export market.

Torsten Kaiser, Area Sales Manager,
Truetzschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH.

Their fully-equipped, brand new Technical Center at Egelsbach (Near Frankfurt/Main) is at their customer’s disposal for testing new fiber materials, innovative production processes or checking the feasibility of a new product.

WEKO: Furnishing with sustainable solutions for the last 65 years

Since 1953, WEKO has been developing and producing non-contact application systems for product optimization and surface finishing with different types of fluids and powdery substances. Their focus is always on sustainability by reducing waste, use of auxiliary, energy and water to create high quality finished products with the lowest possible, exact and replicable application amounts.

Dietrich Zinn, Senior Process Consultant,
Weko Weitmann & Konrad.

WEKO has textile and Nonwoven customers all over the world for diverse finishing applications like remoistening, softening, hydrophobic, hydrophilic, antibacterial, antistatic, flame retardant, scent/perfume, lubricants etc.

GROZ-BECKERT: Providing experts solutions to more than 150 countries

Groz-Beckert is a family owned company and world’s leading provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools, as well as systems and services for the production and joining of textile fabrics. All over the world, the products and services support the textile processes of knitting and warp knitting, weaving, felting, tufting, carding and sewing.

Rassmee Al Dakheel, Area Sales Manager,
Division Knitting machine parts, Groz-Beckert.

All of their threads come together at the headquarters in Albstadt, Germany. Offering its customers, a comprehensive partnership in over 150 countries, they have production sites in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Portugal, USA, India, China and Vietnam.

Many production and sales affiliates and trading partners give Groz-Beckert a worldwide presence in more than 150 countries around the globe so that their customers have access to direct contact partners. With an all-round know-how and a portfolio of worldwide service, Groz-Beckert offers solutions in all its given facets by its expert knowledge and intensive application advice.

WELKER: Contributing in the field of textile conditioning and heat-setting
for the last 15 decades

Founded in 1856 by Philip Welker, and therefore, one of the most traditional suppliers for the textile industry. In 1941, the world’s first vacuum steaming equipment was developed by WELKER.

Dieter Koch, Managing Director,
Welker Vakuum GmbH.

The company is recognized as the technology and quality leader in the field of Textile Conditioning and Heat setting, as well as plastics, sterilization and Phyto sanitation; with more than 2000 plants installed over the world and agents in all major markets, they provide project sales, installation and services to all textile customers.

WELKER machines are known for their quality, sturdy construction and efficiency in the field; they are customized and manufactured individually, are hand-made and a product of traditional German quality.


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