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ITM In Istanbul

Turkey, surrounding region adapt to changing global markets.

Jim Borneman, Editor In Chief

T urkish, Iranian and Syrian visitors dominated among attendees at ITM 2006, a textile machinery exhibition organized by Teknik Fuarcilik ve Yayincilik Ltd. and held at the CNR International Fair and Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Some 400 Turkish technology manufacturers and 800 international firms exhibited the latest in textile technology.

Traffic at the show increased with each passing day, and the six-day event concluded with 48,907 total registered guests. International visitors from 72 countries made up 16 percent of the attendees, while 84 percent were from Turkey. Twenty-four percent of the international visitors were from Iran, 21 percent from Syria and 8 percent from Egypt.

Exhibitors’ opinions ranged from “disappointed” to “extremely pleased,” with show traffic building from a slow start. Recent Turkish lira fluctuations were cited by many as a threat and an opportunity for the industry.

Visitors registor for the ITM 2006 textile machinery exhbition in Istanbul, Turkey.

Changing Market

“Turkey is feeling pressure,” said Haluk Erbel of Istanbul-based Erbel Mümessillik, a service company and representative of Switzerland-based Rieter Textile Systems since 1974. “Companies are vertical — yarn to garment. Fashion changes once a month. You have to be creative and produce quickly in the fashion sector — this is the future of Turkey. Today, our clients are more concerned with quality. It used to be quantity, but now it is higher and higher quality. China’s exports were large [affecting Turkey] because the Turkish lira was strong. Just in the past several weeks, the Turkish lira has fallen 20 to 24 percent in value. So this has changed things.

“Textiles are the main industry in Turkey,” Erbel said. “With Rieter, we offer a full range of equipment from bale opening through spinning. There is a growing awareness of compact yarn and its advantages. We have good technology, and we can provide turnkey operations with full support — from installation forward.”
SMIT S.p.A., Italy, exhibited the GS900 and JS900 weaving machines at ITM 2006.

Italy-based Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A. also has recognized the challenges the region faces and sees premium compact yarn, fine-count yarn and specials like compact with Lycra® as a possible solution. Mauro Rizzo, area sales manager, Savio; and Selim L. Sarfati, Turkey-based Alfredo Modiano — Savio’s representative in Turkey, spoke of Savio’s expertise supplying automatic winders with computer-aided package technology. “Orion winders produce a quality package — a quality package necessary for quality yarns,” he said. Savio highlighted a list of field installations throughout the region that are manufacturing compact yarns and using Savio winding technology.

Pablo Canora, sales director, textiles, Switzerland-based Santex Group, said the company had good results and saw clients from Egypt, Iran and Syria. “The Turkish region and Uzbekistan have been present,” Canora said. “The business is stable, but I hope with the change in the exchange rate, that this will be a relief for Turkish exporters and a signal that something is happening for Turkey. This will also help our clients continue to invest in the industry.”

Massimo Soffriti, general manager, Italy-based Loptex S.r.l., agreed the Turkish market is changing. “Turkey is turning more toward quality,” he said. “If the process needs higher quality, we have a place in this market. We may not see big new installations, but rather replacement of older machines or upgrading for quality.”
(Left to right) Aldo Tempesti, director, Milan-based Tex Club Tec; ACIMIT Chairman Paolo Banfi; and ACIMIT Director Dott. Federico Pellegata

Germany-based Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG drew interest with its TC 03 card and TD 03 draw frame. The company reported being quite satisfied with the show and had serious discussions with Turkish, Syrian and Iranian customers.

Switzerland-based Stäubli AG introduced two new electronic jacquard machines, the LX 1602 and LX 3202. Both models are designed for weaving flat and terry fabrics at high speeds and were developed from predecessor machines LX 1600 and LX 3201.

According to the company, depending on the format chosen, the LX 1602 and LX 3202 deliver up to 30-percent greater load capacity and approximately 10-percent greater maximum speed. The new models feature the M6 module for driving the hooks. The new machines are built on a reinforced chassis and have undergone several mechanical optimizations to absorb the higher load and improve reliability, as well as minimize maintenance. The overhead space requirement and machine width have been reduced.

The LX 1602 is available in a format range of 1,408 to 5,120 hooks; and the LX 3202, in a range from 6,144 to 14,336 hooks. Both machines are controlled by the color-touch-screen-equipped jacquard controller type JC6.

“Turkey is a main market, and it fluctuates,” said Eduard Strebel, manager, marketing services, Switzerland-based Jakob Müller AG, Frick. “We have continuity in Turkey, with relationships with many companies. They use very modern technology. The exchange rate has made machines expensive. With the Turkish interest in lace, our 24-bar MDR 42 knitting machine is very strong in this market.”
Eduard Strebel (left), Switzerland-based Jakob Muller AG; with M. Galip Bilol, Istanbul-based representative Bilol Tekstil

Italy-based Itema Weaving featured Somet and Vamatex weaving machines. “The up-to-date technology is here and is more about versatility than mass production,” said PierMarco Arnoldi, commercial and technical manager, sales department. “This means increasing the quality of production. Jacquard sales have improved. The new Silver Dyno Terry is on display here for the first time. The main interests of Turkish clients are the rapier Silver and Alpha. The market is stable and is moving from dobby to jacquard, just as it used to compete with Asia and now competes with Europe. Turkish clients are very knowledgeable and continue to invest in up-to-date technology.”

Fritz Legler, vice president and head of technical service at Switzerland-based Sultex Ltd., a member of Itema Weaving, spoke of the interest in special applications. “Turkish denim producers are interested in double-wide projectile machines,” Legler said. “Over the last 12 months, we have delivered several P7300 HPs for denim, with one installation in excess of 400 machines, and clearly outrunning air jet in this field of application. It is also interesting to see the market accept and develop technical products.”
Fong's Industries Co. Ltd. executives celebrated 30 years working with its Xorella representative, Sarteks Tekstil.

“Last year was a panic for Turkey because of China, but now we see confidence,” said Erwin Devloo, marketing communications manager, Picanol NV, Belgium. “We have seen technical textiles establish a foothold, and emerging businesses are important at fairs like this one. We believe in Turkey, and it is one of the main markets along with China, India, Pakistan and Brazil. Together they are 80 percent of the market in numbers of machines,” Devloo continued. “As for the show, first-day problems with air conditioning and power were solved quickly, and the rest has been very professional. You don’t have a lot of red tape to get things done.”

Michele Zampieri of the technology department of Italy-based Cimi S.p.A. explained the changes available in dyeing and finishing technology. “We are here to explain to the market the move in recent years to be both economical and environmentally friendly,” he said. “Over the past five years we have reduced water consumption by 50 percent, chemical consumption by 50 percent, power consumption by 50 percent; and reduced the space necessary for the machine by 30 percent.

“We have also made the machinery versatile — from wool processing to cotton and synthetics,” Zampieri said.

September/October 2006