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Product Development Powerhouse

Cotton Incorporated's Fiber Processing Research division selects Rieter Textile Systems' spinning technology for research laboratory modernization.

By Jim Borneman, Editor In Chief

C otton Incorporated recently welcomed executives from Switzerland-based Rieter Textile Systems to its world headquarters in Cary, N.C., to celebrate the two companies’ more than 25-year relationship.

Since 1979, Cotton Incorporated and Rieter have collaborated on research efforts regarding fiber selection and process optimization to produce high-quality, 100-percent cotton and cotton-rich yarns. Over the last three years, Fiber Processing Research, a division of Textile Research and Implementation at Cotton Incorporated, has completed an intensive modernization of its laboratory at the Cary facility.

“For a long time, Rieter spinning equipment has been part of Cotton Incorporated’s research laboratory,” said Dr. Martin Folini, CEO, Rieter Textile Systems, during a reception at the research center.

“Then, in 2004, Cotton Incorporated decided on a major modernization of its research center. A prime focus was put on the new spinning processes, namely compact spinning.”

According to Rieter, the modernization program includes:

• blow-room preparatory machines;
• C 60 card;
• RSB draw frame;
• E 62 comber and UNIlap E32;
• F 11 speed frame;
• K 44 ring-spinning frame (compact spinning); and
• R 40 rotorspinner.

Cotton Incorporateds world headquarters in Cary, N.C. - site of the recently modernized laboratory

Rieter representatives said they are proud the leading company in the field of cotton research and marketing selected Rieter to supply equipment to its laboratory.

“Today, a complete spinning production line, which represents Rieter’s state-of-the-art technology in short-staple spinning, is now in place in this research laboratory,” Folini said.

“It has been an exciting opportunity for Cotton Incorporated to work with Rieter, the only major machinery manufacturer with ‘whole mill’ capabilities,” said J. Berrye Worsham, president and CEO, Cotton Incorporated. “We are proud to be able to showcase both companies’ significance in the global textile arena. In doing so, we hope to continue to grow our relationship with Rieter, and also seek to attract other important technology partners.”

During his visit, Folini, along with other representatives from Rieter Textile Systems, toured Cotton Incorporated’s research center and attended presentations outlining its research, marketing and strategic planning divisions.

A Step Forward For Customers Worldwide

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an extraordinary day for Rieter to participate here at the inauguration of Rieter’s new machinery in your research laboratory,” Folini said, addressing the gathering. “It’s a great honor and a privilege for me to deliver here the best wishes and regards of my company. Rieter Spun Yarn Systems is extremely proud to have been selected for the realization of this future-oriented research center.

"We are convinced that the cooperation between Cotton Incorporated — the world’s leading cotton research and marketing company — and Rieter as the innovative supplier of complete spinning systems, will lead to further improvements and innovations in the processing of cotton. This research laboratory will therefore be instrumental for the mutual benefit of the two partners.

“For us, this installation of an additional Rieter process line at the Cotton Incorporated base in Cary represents a major step forward towards fulfilling the needs of our common customers all over the world. Identical trials can be run here as in Switzerland. Customers will largely benefit from this opportunity, as new cotton fibers will be perfectly adapted to the needs of the various spinning processes, being rotor-spun, ring-spun standard and compacted, combed and carded.

"Likewise, the fine-tuning of the spinning processes, with regard to choice of spinning components, machine settings and definition of spinning schedule, will henceforth be much more target-oriented,” Folini said.

(Left to right): J. Berrye Worsham, Cotton Incorporated; Ueli K. Schmid, Rieter Corp.; Dr. Martin Folini, Rieter Textile Systems; David M. Clapp, Cotton Incorporated; Heiner Eberli, Rieter Textile Systems; Donald L. Bailey, Cotton Incorporated; Dean B. Turner, Cotton Incorporated; and Charles H. Chewning, Cotton Incorporated, gathered to celebrate the updated capabilities at Cotton Incorporated's Fiber Processing Research laboratory.

“The Cotton Incorporated-Rieter partnership is an attempt to look at the customer’s problem as ‘one.’ It is a win-win situation for all, especially the customers, who can now look forward to enhanced performance of cotton fibers on Rieter machines. The joint efforts by the two companies will undoubtedly go a long way in improving the operational efficiency of spinners,” he continued.

“Success in a competitive market can be achieved by adopting different strategies. One way is to make the production cost-effective and economical so that the yarn price becomes a unique selling proposition. Not only do the machines have to be highly productive, but also the appropriate selection of cotton is of utmost importance. As Rieter has seen and experienced throughout the world, the services of Cotton Incorporated have become the driving success factor for using cotton,” Folini added.

Rieter presented Cotton Incorporated with a crystal asa symbol of their long-standing cooperation and partnership.

Symbol Of Cooperation And Partnership

At the end of his presentation, Folini presented Worsham with a large crystal from Switzerland.

“I wish to reiterate the thanks of Rieter to Cotton Incorporated for the spirit that made this happen,” Folini said. “I would like to offer this symbol to the research laboratory of Cotton Incorporated. It is a symbol for Switzerland and its mountains, but also for purity, structure and sustainability — a symbol for perfection stemming out of passion, of time and partnership. May it also be a symbol for our cooperation and partnership, leading both companies to perfection and leadership.”

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