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The Rupp Report

The Rupp Report: The French Way Of Technical Textiles Machinery

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

Part Two in the Textile World series of country reports about suppliers of machinery for nonwovens and technical textiles -- this time it's France. The report and the interview with the president of the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF), Bruno Ameline, are published in the July/August 2009 issues of Textile World and Textiles Panamericanos ; and also will be published in the July/August/September 2009 issue of Textile World Asia .

The Report
Again, and in view of the ongoing success of these sectors, TW and its sister publications TW Asia and TPA are publishing country reports with the support of the national machinery associations about manufacturers of machinery for nonwovens and technical textiles. TW prepared a questionnaire, which UCMTF sent out to every member company. All companies that participated operate on a global scale and have their own employees, supported by local service operations staffed with local people speaking the local language.

UCMTF's membership comprises 35 textile machinery manufacturers. The total turnover of its members is slightly more than 1 billion euros (US$1.3 billion), most of it being exported all over the world. France, a traditional manufacturer of textile machinery, also plays an important role as a supplier of special machinery and equipment for the promising sectors of nonwovens and technical textiles. France is among the top five countries as a supplier of textile machinery.

The Objectives
UCMTF's main objectives are to support its members to promote their expertise; organize French pavilions at the major machinery shows and technical seminars in selected countries; represent the French textile industry to the national, European and international authorities; and, more generally, provide the services its members may expect from a trade organization. As a member of the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), which owns the major international textile machinery show branded ITMA, UCMTF takes part in the decision-making process for the ITMA exhibitions.

Active Group Of Members In Technical Textiles And Nonwovens
Some UCMTF members play a leading role in the nonwovens and technical textiles machinery sectors. Their strategy is to offer tailor-made solutions to solve customers' needs and be their long-term partners. This strategy is particularly well-suited to the nonwovens and technical textiles sectors, in which the machinery manufacturers are really integrated. At the recent Techtextil in Frankfurt, French producers played a prominent role.

Tasks For 2009
For 2009, UCMTF's task is to convince its members to continue their work for the future, bolster research and development (R&D), and work with their clients as partners. The association will carry on its worldwide promotional efforts. As Ameline said: "[UCMTF] has a clear strategy, we think it fits the markets and will work very well once the [global financial] crisis is over. We are proud to promote the latest technology and improvements in production for tomorrow. We think that only the companies increasing their efforts on R&D and on market presence will survive. And we want to be part of this development."

The complete report can be read by clicking here.

Company information, published in alphabetical order, is available here.

July 28, 2009