Benninger Supplies Finishing Machinery To Esquel Group

Switzerland-based textile machinery manufacturer Benninger AG has delivered two finishing machines
for treating shirting fabrics to Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer Esquel Group’s
manufacturing facility in Gaoming, China.

Esquel has purchased a Dimensa mercerizing machine for use in finishing yarn-dyed shirting
fabrics. The machine — specially developed following joint trials conducted by the two companies —
provides superior fabric feel and glossiness, Benninger reports. Features include the Section
Control system, which offers improved width shrinkage control especially in the selvage areas.
Esquel selected the machine based on its low consumption of water, power and chemicals. The Dimensa
machine operates according to the wet/wet principle, which eliminates the drying process before
mercerizing, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption by 5 percent. In
addition, the machine’s technology reduces cutting waste during tailoring.

Esquel also has purchased its ninth Extracta high-performance washing machine from Benninger.
The machine features a strict counterflow-based design, which separates wastewater into partial
flows and integrates waste heat recovery, saving 50 percent of the steam required for heating the
wash baths.

Both machines are equipped with state-of-the-art safety equipment. Prior to the new
investment, Esquel Group already had purchased nine Benninger machines for finishing shirting
fabrics and knitwear since 2005.

April 26, 2011