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ITM 2004 Regional & International

Istanbul, known for centuries-old bazaars, positions for growth in the international textile machinery marketplace.

Jim Borneman, Editor In Chief

T he recent ITM 2004 International Exhibition of Textile Machinery, held at the Tüyap Exhibition and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey, illustrated the global atmosphere of 21st-century textile production. With nine halls and most major textile technology suppliers present, there was little question that the exhibition reached its organizers' goal of creating an international show. Weaving and spinning halls had significant traffic, and the exhibition gathered a strong showing of guests, particularly from Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Guests said travel and visa restrictions that made ITMA 2003 in Birmingham, England, difficult to attend did not hamper attendance as much at ITM 2004. They found the Turkish venue convenient and travel-friendly.

Hüseyin Birben, BENEKS; and TEMSAD, shows the BENEKS Maxiflux jet-dyeing machine.

"Turkey is the most suitable country in terms of transportation, accommodation and infrastructure opportunities," said Necip Güney, sales and marketing director, Teknik Fuarcilik Ltd., organizer of ITM 2004. "Turkey has a unique location as a bridge at the confluence of Europe, Asia and Africa - the heart of textiles in this region."

Ümit Vural, technical operation director, Teknik Fuarcilik, said the exhibition hosted 650 exhibitors from 25 countries and nearly 2,500 technical support staff. According to show organizers, ITM 2004 drew 56,229 visitors from more than 40 countries - 82 percent were from Turkey, while 18 percent were classified as international visitors. A reported 2,382 visitors came from Iran; 1,728 from Syria; and 867 from Pakistan. There were 585 visitors from China, 492 from Egypt and 479 from Russia.

Industry executives, officials and organizers gathered at the Tüyap Exhibition and Congress Center for the ITM 2004 opening ceremony.

Shifting Markets
There was no shortage of analysis and opinion among exhibitors and attendees regarding the volatility of the global textile marketplace. The influence of China takes center stage globally. "China will peak in 2008-2010, with turbulence to that peak as it grows," stated Y. Tomii, corporate officer and general manager, sales department, Tsudakoma Corp., Japan. "We continue to develop the markets of Brazil, Turkey, India and Russia. Turkey is used to the rapier, but Bursa, as a silk center, is familiar with the potential of our technology [air- and water-jet insertion]. The market in India is like the sleeping giant, or sleeping elephant, for more than 20 years - recently it has opened one eye." Tsudakoma exhibited, among other machines, the redesigned ZAX 9100 air-jet weaving machine featuring a 20-percent increase in speed, 10-percent reduction in air consumption and 35-percent reduction in vibration. Regarding the US market, Tomii said: "I hope [US companies] will invest more and well. The survivors are strong. Industrial fabrics, high-value-added products and fashion are keys to the survival of Japan, the United States and Europe - balancing commodity production from China. Even with this competition from China, we must live together with China."

Left to right: Fritz Morger and Heiner Eberli, Rieter Textile Systems; with Haluk Erbel, Erbel; and the C 60 card

Viktor F. Vollmer, head of exhibitions and organization, Saurer GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, commented that there was more visitor participation from Syria and Iran than expected, with interest shown in ring spinning and some open-end (OE) interest. The majority of OE interest came from Turkish visitors. "In the future," Vollmer said, "this will be a very interesting exhibition for Turkey and the surrounding area."

Eduard Strebel (right), Jakob Müller AG, Frick; and Naili Bilol, Bilol Tekstil Servis, with the RASCHELINA® RD3 warp-knitting machine with weft insertion

Spinning Sector
Representatives from Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A., Italy, expressed their satisfaction with ITM 2004, mentioning a general interest in machinery at Savio's booth and attendance numbers that met the company's expectations.

Savio's presence in Turkish mills includes more than 50,000 winding heads on Espero and Orion automatic winders, more than 150,000 spindles on two-for-one twisters, and more than 7,000 installed spindles on Savio's Espero Volufil winder for HB acrylic yarns.

Savio exhibited the Orion E winder, equipped to process cotton/Lycra® blends, utilizing the Twin splicer for enhanced joint appearance and strength.

Mireia Rovira i Campdelacreu (left) and Ester Rovira i Latorre, Electro-Jet S.A., show the ADR Rovematic automatic roving frame.

The new Savio FlexiRotor S3000/Duo-Spinner, introduced at ITMA 2003, also was displayed. The machine features two totally independent sides, which were demonstrated spinning a denim Ne 8 yarn at a rotor speed of 95,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) on one side, and a Ne 30 yarn at a rotor speed of 150,000 rpm on the other side.

ITM 2004 drew all major spinning suppliers, often with local representation. Rieter Textile Systems, Switzerland; Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Germany; Murata Machinery Ltd., Japan; Marzoli S.p.A., Italy;  Electro-Jet S.A., Spain; Loepfe Brothers Ltd., Switzerland; Uster Technologies AG, Switzerland; the Saurer Group; and others made ITM 2004 a valuable exhibition for spinners in the region.

Heberlein Fiber Technology Inc., Switzerland, exhibited components and systems for the production and processing of filament yarns in the Taslan® air-jet texturing program. Such equipment includes the HemaJet®-LB24 jet housing with integrated cleaning system, the HemaJet-LB04 version without integrated cleaning system and the HemaJet jet core T311-2. Heberlein also reported success with its new SlideJet™-2 high-performance jet plate P243-2 featuring approximately 20-percent less air consumption, for a new standard wherever interlacing is practiced using the P221K jet plate. Heberlein also promoted the MigraJet™ and AirSplicer™. The company reported both textile and finer technical yarns can be spliced using the AirSplicer-17-2 .

Jörg Müller, Loepfe Brothers Ltd., shows the Zenit with YarnMASTER®.

Weaving Technology
All the notable weaving companies were on hand demonstrating their weaving machinery. Belgium-based NV Michel Van de Wiele Sales Coordinator Danny Bourgois  said: "Turkey has a booming carpet-weaving market, and Van de Wiele has a dominant participation in the carpet-weaving machinery market. The double-face CRX83 weaving machine is doing well in Turkey. The Turkish market is a high-quality carpet market, and three rapiers are necessary."

The Van de Wiele Group reported the show was very successful. The group comprises the Van de Wiele carpet and velvet machines, IRO-ROJ feeders, Bonas Electronic Jacquards and TITAN finishing machinery. Van de Wiele reported confirming a large number of orders during the exhibition.

Left to right: Rino Morani, Paolo Puntoni and Vittorio Colussi of Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A.

Stäubli AG, Switzerland, hosted a Saturday seminar featuring technical presentations of jacquard weaving to more than 250 guests from Bursa. Joël Jegou, Stäubli communications manager, said there is a shift in interest from terry to upholstery weaving in some Turkish market segments. Jegou pointed to success with Stäubli's LX 30 jacquard machine for label weavers, as well as activity with Syrian, Iranian and Egyptian agents regarding Schoenherr carpet machinery - Stäubli acquired Schoenherr in June 1998.

Promatech S.p.A., Italy, showed in the stands of its two Turkish agents seven looms in its product range. The double-width Mythos Tec for cotton fabric particularly caught the attention of visitors, who thought it to be the fastest loom of the exhibition, with more than 5,000 meters per minute of weft inserted. The Alpha and Leonardo Silver also were on display. Promatech representatives said sales results achieved during the exhibition were positive, with a good quantity of orders for both machines. The company released a statement asserting that "[i]n the future, this show will certainly become one of the landmarks for the worldwide textile industry, not only for the importance of the Turkish and the Middle East markets, but also for the extremely favorable position of this big textile area."

Just a few days after presentation of new technology at an open house celebration at its head office, Switzerland-based Sultex Ltd. showed the new Sulzer Textil G6500 rapier weaving machine at ITM 2004 - its first public display.

"The reaction from the market to this machine is extremely positive," said Fritz Huber, Sultex sales manager for Turkey. "We are very optimistic that the G6500 will have a strong impact on this important market. Very positive was also the feedback we received from the numerous visitors we could welcome from Syria and Iran during ITM."

Sultex also exhibited another significant development in projectile technology - the P7300HP. A performance increase of up to 20 percent may be realized, which makes this machine an attractive investment opportunity for demanding weavers.

Picanol NV, Belgium; Lindauer Dornier GmbH, Germany; SMIT S.p.A., Italy; and Toyota Industries Corp., Japan, rounded out the field of companies showing the latest in weaving technology. Egon Wirth, marketing communication manager,  Dornier, spoke of the dynamics of the Turkish market, the growing demand for flexibility and increased diversity of product being made. Wirth also mentioned interest is developing in stretch denim, fancy denim, jacquard home textiles and technical textiles.

Left to right: Cavaliere Miro Radici, ITEMA Group; Fabio Mazzucchetti and Riccardo Mautino, Promatech S.p.A., show the Alpha rapier weaving machine with a Stäubli Lx1600 and gantry by Leitti.

Dyeing & Finishing Sector
Dyeing and finishing areas of the show had less traffic but few complaints from exhibitors. Walter Leung, senior manager, sales and marketing, Fong's National Engineering Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, pointed to Turkey as one of Fong's major markets and was interested in exhibition attendance drawn from the surrounding region. Fong's featured the Allwin high-temperature package-dyeing machine. "There is interest [in the Allwin] because of the unique design of the V-pump [reversal pump] and the lowest liquor ratio in package dyeing among the global competition," Leung said.

Karsten Heinz, marketing and sales coordinator, Xetma Gematex GmbH, Germany, reported interest in the Multisystem, which features five hand-altering technologies in one machine. Xetma technology, which drew interest at ITMA 2003, is reportedly growing in popularity in Asia.

Buddy Humphrey, vice president, sales, Morrison Textile Machinery Co., Fort Lawn, S.C., commented on interest directed toward the Morrison Micro-Sat high-wet-pickup applicator for scouring and bleaching applications, and the company's wide, high-speed ranges for pretreatment and mercerizing of wide bed sheeting.

Morrison announced sales to Emin Tekstil, Turkey, which purchased a Morrison compressive shrinking range for processing of twills, drills and bottomweights; and a sale to Sirikcioglu Men. San. Ve Tic Ltd., Turkey, which purchased an integrated denim-finishing range with FCS control system.

Humphrey said Turkey for many years has been a strong market for indigo rope-dyeing ranges and integrated denim finishing ranges. The same applies to Pakistan. This year, Morrison is experiencing increased interest in non-denim wet-finishing ranges. According to Humphrey, Morrison expects continued growth and expansion in both countries, as well as continued expansion in the production of denim fabrics and bed sheeting.

Luca Bardone, sales representative, Cimi S.p.A., Italy, said Turkish clients have been investing in open-width wash ranges for the last five to six years. Cimi has attracted new clients in the last year with the Multifix open-width and Lava Bleach systems for woven cotton preparation.

There was no shortage of top representatives on hand during the show. Roberto Paggi, one of the early developers of the patented technology of the MULTIFLOW® Paggi Patent was present at the Italy-based MCS Group booth; Nikolaos G. Vallis, managing director, Sclavos International, Greece; Uwe Sick, sales manager, Santex AG, Switzerland; Rossano Biancalani, general manager, Biancalani S.p.A., Italy; and many others made ITM 2004 a first-rate exhibition.

The Santex Group - comprised of Santex, Sperotto Rimar S.r.l., Italy; and Cavitec AG, Switzerland - has had recent sales successes in the United States. At ITM, the group featured the SANTAFRAME for high-performance heat-setting and sentering of knit and woven fabrics, among other machines.

Luciano Corain (left), SMIT S.p.A.; and Gürcan Bakkalci, Barok Tekstil Mumessillik Pazarlama Ltd., with the GS900 weaving machine

Nonwovens Sector
In the nonwovens machinery sector, which will have its own Turkish exhibition in 2005, NSC Nonwoven, France, confirmed the signature on a new contract for a complete needlepunching line including the ProDyn® with double closed-loop system, as well as a web-forming line. The web-forming for spunlacing will feature the new CA12 card with the patented LDS doffing system. NSC Nonwoven reported four needlepunching lines and two web-forming lines for spunlacing have been commissioned in 2004 for the Turkish market.

Paolo Dini, sales director, A.Celli Nonwovens S.p.A., Italy, reported three open projects and more than 10 winders currently in Turkish production lines - all in spunbond. "ITM has been a very interesting show with highly qualified exhibitors and guests. Turkey is a growing and important market," Dini said.

Turkish Participation
Turkish firms also made inroads in presenting products. Vural Sagir, general secretary, and Mustafa Sener, president, the Turkish Association of Textile Machinery and Accessories Manufacturers (TEMSAD), were on hand to help TEMSAD members and develop international business relationships. Hüseyin Birben, BENEKS Makina Sanyi Ve Tic Ltd., Turkey, Dyeing and Finishing Machinery - which exhibited at the last ATME-I® - presented the Maxiflux jet-dyeing machine. Birben also is vice president of TEMSAD.

From an international standpoint, Italian machinery companies were strongly represented. "The fact that 120 Italian firms participated in The International Textile Machinery Exhibition held in Tüyap shows how Turkey has a privileged position in this field," said Alberto Sacchi, president, the Italian Association of Textile Machinery Producers (ACIMIT). "Textile machines play a key role in our industry. We have more than 350 firms in the sector. And Turkey occupies the first rank as buyer."

With the growing importance of Asian markets and the demand for textile technology, ITM 2004 appears to have made a significant mark in the crowded field of textile machinery exhibitions. Turkey's proximity to Asian markets, culture and hospitality make it an interesting prospect for the future.

Erwin Devloo (right), Picanol; and Levent Ataünal, GTP Istanbul, with the OMNIplus 6R220

The majority of exhibitors were leveraging well-established networks and representatives; had the highest level of technicians and sales staff on hand; and welcomed the opportunity to reach visitors that travel less frequently to US, Western European or Asian exhibitions. There were few complaints other than the tight customs-clearing process, which slowed deliveries.

With that in mind, look to ITM 2006 to have a larger venue. ITM 2004 required temporary structures to handle the crowd of exhibitors. ITM 2006 looks optimistically for greater attendance from beyond Turkey, as well as even more exhibitors from around the globe.

August 2004