Techtextil 2011 Exhibitor Preview: French Textile Machinery Manufacturers

France — March 2011 — The French machinery manufacturers group, which considers itself as part of
the technical textiles industry, will welcome technical textiles and nonwovens producers at
TECHTEXTIL (Frankfurt, May 24-26).

“We understand the unique needs of the technical textiles producers and the importance of
providing them tailored solutions to address their specific requirements. Our main objectives are
to help them design new marketable products and produce them in a safe and cost efficient way.
That’s why we encourage our members to attend TECHTEXTIL next May in Frankfurt” states Evelyne
Cholet, Secretary General of the French Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (UCMTF).

French textile machinery manufacturers are often world leaders on their specialties. Their
strategy is to offer tailor made solutions to solve customers’ needs and be their long term
partners. This strategy is particularly fitted to the nonwovens and technical textiles sectors in
which the machinery manufacturers are really integrated. This is how new markets for the technical
textiles can be opened.

Thanks to this strategy, France is the 6th machinery exporter, particularly strong in weaving
preparation, nonwovens, spinning, and finishing machinery. The total turnover is slightly over 1
billion Euros (1.3 billion US$), nearly all of it being exported all over the world. These markets
are complex and limited in size. They do not attract the new and large machinery manufacturers from
such countries as China.

Not to work on technology innovations behind the closed doors of the machinery manufacturers’
laboratories but very closely with the customers to understand their needs and offer them solutions
is particularly important for the technical textile applications which require real partnerships to
design the specific technologies to produce new marketable end products.

Since last TECHTEXTIL in 2009, UCMTF has been very active promoting energy savings and
fighting to protect property rights. The new machines can achieve energy savings through different
solutions: fine tuning the machine to fit exactly the energy profile of the production process,
finding new low energy processes for individual machines and optimizing the energy consumption of a
whole production line. These approaches are not exclusive one from the other, they can be combined.
In many real world examples, the energy savings are in the 30-40% range, same or even more for the
water consumption in dyeing and finishing.

“Protecting our intellectual property rights is also one of our top priorities” states
Evelyne Cholet. UCMTF works closely with a global network of professionals.

Partners for the future

Evelyne Cholet concludes “As a trade organization we can help complementary manufacturers to
offer our customers a “single point of purchase”. More and more, the clients want to get a complete
solution, shop for complete lines or even complete plants. We have understood this trend for
several years and adapted our offer.

On our website we offer ourselves a single point of entry to the
French textile machinery. We welcome all interested parties to visit us.

NSC fibre to yarn (Hall 3.0 Stand B 17)

NSC fibre to yarn promotes innovating spinning lines for processing long staple fibres.
Different processes are proposed: the carding, combing, spinning preparation, stretch breaking,
crush cutting and spinning lines for hard fibres. These different ways are composed of different
machines: cards, converters, pin drafters, blenders, defelters, combers and rubbing, roving and
spinning frames based on 5 trademarks (Cognetex, San’t Andrea Novara, N. Schlumberger, Seydel,
Thibeau) under one banner NSC fibre to yarn.

Long staple fibres include high technical fibres that can be spun with NSC fibre to yarn
machines: Long staple natural fibres such as wool, silk, flax, hemp, jute … and synthetic fibres
such as acrylic fibres, high tenacity polyester or PVA, aramid fibres, carbon fibres are
appreciated for their high resistance, elongation, good softness and uniformity.

SwissTex France (Hall 3.0 Stand A 45)

SwissTex France (previously known under the brands Verdol, ICBT, Rieter ICBT and RITM) and
SwissTex Winterthur are major players in the field of Filament Yarn Technologies. SwissTex France
is a process expert in Twisting, Assembling, Cabling, Covering & Winding of yarns made of
synthetic, artificial, natural and mineral fibers.

Industrial yarns: UT, UTC and UTWUT

Different products can be twisted on each spindle thanks to fully individual driven
positions, from spindle to take-up. The machines fulfill all requirements due to the 733mm and
900mm gauge spindles. A 900mm spindle gauge machine is proposed for twisting heavier yarns, which
increases the yarn count range up to 60,000dtex.

Tire Cord: CP06 and CP10

The open pot technology, allows tremendous labour cost reduction. The success of the CP
machines shows its complete suitability with the market needs, not only in terms of yarn quality
and energy consumption, but also in term of environmental impact of the machines themselves. With
the latest technology used to optimize the Human Machine Interface, the CP06 is equipped with a
friendly self-explanatory touch screen allowing the use of most of the characters in the world,
such as Chinese ones for example.

M.U.S.T. Monitoring Unit System l

SwissTex France will bring out its complete and comprehensive plant management system,
M.U.S.T. is becoming compatible with RFID technology for tag read/write/print tags through hand
held computer traceability.

CALEMARD (Hall 3.0 Stand E 10)

Calemard is an expert in the designing/manufacturing of in-line and off-line slitting and
rewinding machines. Calemard has focused its activities on very technical demanding applications as
nonwovens, textile and industrial markets, whenever quality slitting and/or rewinding are difficult
to achieve.

The company has a proven expertise in crush, shear and razor slitting systems, and also in
sealing/cutting technologies and in rewinding technologies. Originally focused on narrow web
slitting, the company has expanded in spooling technology.

DECOUP + (Hall 3.0 Stand J 31)

Decoup+ is specialized in the designing and manufacturing of ultrasonic
cutting/sealing/splicing solutions, which are applicable at any stage of the textile and nonwoven
fabrication and conversion process. The modules are very compact components and easy-to-integrate
on existing manufacturing lines.

ROLL CONCEPT (Hall 3.0 Stand J 31)

Roll Concept’s Alveotubes® are used as Idler, transducer, accumulator, guide, contact, nip,
dancer, lay on, calender, reel spools, roll cores, …The range includes simple profile but also
ready to be installed solutions with a choice of mountings, coatings and coverings, notably
anti-adhesive coatings to avoid when the product is hot, to stick to the roll.

LAROCHE (Hall 3.0 Stand A23)

After equipments for the classical textile industries, technical nonwoven products and
complete textile waste recycling lines, LAROCHE is now proposing complete turnkey airlay nonwoven
lines from several raw material sources to make a huge range of nonwoven products for several
applications. During Techtextil 2011, Laroche will show a full range of products made from their
latest technologies. After 20 years of experience in Airlay technology Laroche will notably
introduce the new “FLEXILOFT+” Airlay machine, a revolutionary low cost Flame Retardant process
specially dedicated for natural and recycling and the latest innovations in bast straw and old
cloth recycling processes. The new LAROCHE Airlay type “FLEXILOFT +” technology improves weight
range, highloft and resiliency capability.

In Cours-La-Ville – France, a 2000 m² demo-room equipped with 3 airlay nonwoven lines is
extensively used for process and product development. Customers are welcome to use these facilities
to develop their new products. With 2 manufacturing plants and after sales support, LAROCHE serves
highly satisfied customers in more than 70 countries.

NSC Nonwoven (Hall 3.0 Stand B 17)

NSC nonwoven designs, builds and supplies turnkey nonwoven lines for needlepunching,
spunlacing, thermobonding, air-through bonding and chemical bonding. NSC nonwoven is a worldwide,
major supplier of Excelle® & Axcess cards, crosslappers, drafters, needlelooms, high speed
Monomatic® winders and slitters-rewinders.

At the Techtextil, NSC nonwoven is releasing its latest innovations: the “T.T Excelle® card”
and the ACS system. The T.T Excelle® card technology is a revolution in its performance and
consistent reliability: it provides the ability to obtain MD/CD strength ratios under 3/1, even at
high production speeds, such as 250 m/min. In addition, Bonding Index values are improved. This
good news opens new market opportunities to the wipes and ADL industries but also to many more
nonwoven industries for all kinds of applications.

Available on new Asselin® crosslappers, the ACS drastically boosts the whole nonwoven
production line productivity, even with literally no draft (difference of speeds) between the card
and crosslappers infeed speed.

ANDRITZ Perfojet (Hall 3.0 Stand B 15)

With the neXline spunlace, which includes the Jetlace hydroentanglement system, a dewatering
unit, through-air dryer, and twin embossing calender, ANDRITZ can provide a single-source solution
with high productivity and very attractive energy efficiency to produce state-of-the-art spunlace
fabrics. In order to customize spunlace fabrics and produce unique webs, ANDRITZ offers a full
range of patterning and aperture solutions using calenders or sleeves. ANDRITZ Perfojet will be
introducing 3D patterning technology called neXimaging. This innovative patterning approach allows
any kind of patterning and/or .aperture at very high speed. The sleeve has been designed to
reproduce logos and artwork of your choice in perfect 3D design and with exceptional quality of

Today, the trend in the spunlaid industry is moving towards lightweight webs in high-speed
production. With the neXline finish, ANDRITZ combines excellent technologies, from bonding to
finishing, and meets the demand for reliable, first-class production equipment with significant
added value. Our process solutions begin with the twin thermobonding calender and include dosing,
application of low add-on, drying, and process control.

A further innovative development by ANDRITZ Perfojet is the spunjet technology for spunlaid
nonwovens. This patented process entails hydroentanglement of continuous filaments, thus creating a
new generation of nonwovens with superior fabric properties as regards bulk, softness, drape, and
tensile strength. ANDRITZ’s customers now have the opportunity to combine two first-class bonding
technologies in one line. Depending on the requirements of the final product, the process can apply
either thermal bonding and/or spunjet technology.

DOLLFUS & MULLER (Hall 3.0 Stand E 66)

Dollfus & Muller is a manufacturer of wide width technical textiles made notably of
Nomex, Kevlar,Teflon, wool, polyester, such as:

– endless needle punched felts, used as machinery conveyors, pressure or water absorbent

– as bearing monofilament fabrics, used as dryer conveyor belts or filters

– fluidization fabrics, used as powder conveyors

– endless cotton fabrics, used as bakery conveyors.

Dynajet has two fire retardant fabric lines: up to 10,20 meters width fabrics, used as scenic
decoration products coated fabrics for ink jet printing.

The company that celebrates its 200 years old anniversary has a R&D team able to develop
products based on precise specifications.

STÄUBLI (Hall 3.0 Stand B 02)

Stäubli is one of the leading suppliers of shedding systems for weaving machines, and weaving
preparation systems. The textile division of the Stäubli Group also includes Schönherr, known as
the supplier of ALPHA 400 carpet weaving systems. Stäubli and Schönherr machinery are well suitable
for producing technical fabrics such as geotextiles, carpet backing, tyre cord, fabrics for
parachutes, fire protection or weather protection, but also for paper machine clothing and many
more. At Techtextile Stäubli will present its UNIVAL 100 single-end Jacquard machine using servo
motors instead of mechanical drives, thus supporting the creativity potential in designing new and
sophisticated fabrics. The LEANTEC carpet weaving machine is a model from Schönherr’s ALPHA 400
Series that is particularly designed for weaving fabrics. Some samples can be seen at the booth.
Furthermore the warp tying machine MAGMA will be demonstrated tying technical yarn types.

Posted on March 21, 2011

Source: UCMTF