Thies Supplies Machines To Cromos, Pongs

Thies GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, has
supplied three of its Luft-roto Plus fabric dyeing systems to Italy-based finishing specialist
Cromos, to partially replace production on older Thies units. The delivery of the new machines
brings Cromos’ number of individual Thies dyeing chambers to 55.

Cromos is a developer of finishes that impart such properties as robustness, elasticity,
silkiness, hydrophilicity and others to circular and warp knitted fabrics weighing between 60 and
and 350 grams per square meter. The new Thies machines, which are capable of dyeing all types of
fibers, fabrics and blends, enable Cromos to finish woven fabrics, have increased load capacity
between 10 and 15 percent, and reduced dyeing liquor ratios, according to Gieuseppe Galmarini,
managing director, Cromos.

In addition, Thies has supplied its largest beam jigger to Pongs Textil GmbH, a
Germany-based manufacturer and distributor of wide-width fabrics used to make wide-format screens
for special events and textile fitted ceilings, as well as fabrics for store displays and other
applications.

“The main advantage of the machine is that at 5.4 meters wide, it is, as far as I know, the
only one of this width in Europe,” said Bernd Lautenbach, managing director, Pongs. “In addition to
the flexibility of dyeing smaller lots in cotton, it is also very useful for the washing process of
technical textiles made from filament yarns. The washing process is also more intense than in a
continuous process, making it much easier to wash out sizes.”

Lautenbach added that the new jigger is currently working over two shifts. The company
expects to add a third shift soon.



July 10, 2007
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