Innovative, future-oriented ideas for improved efficiency as a key distinguishing feature in the highly competitive textile industry was the central topic presented to the audience from different perspectives at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Albstadt at the end of November.
The Technical Textiles Cluster of the Reutlingen, Tübingen and Zollernalb IHK invited members to an afternoon textiles expert forum on energy efficiency and new technology. The invitation was taken up by representatives of the entire textiles value chain in a region with a longstanding, chequered textile industry tradition.
The presentation included a process, a knitting needle and a machine. What all three had in common was that their use helps to save energy and to increase the efficiency of the respective process. Klaus Weireter of Ingenieurbüro Weucon explained how he sets about optimising – and thereby reducing – the use of energy at textiles companies. Roland Simmendinger, head of development at Groz-Beckert, explained why and how a knitting needle can make a (significant) contribution to reducing a machine’s CO2 emissions and at the same time improve its running properties. Michael A. Tuschak, in charge of spinitsystems® marketing and sales at circular knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie., presented his company’s spin-knit technology. Compared with conventional technology, spinitsystems® uses around a third less energy, takes up much less space and generates less waste and less CO2.
Why sustainability is so important and cannot be an empty promise from a business point of view was summarised by Klaus Weireter as follows: “You can only hold your own in the market in the long term if your processes and the products you supply are efficient. Where energy is concerned, efficient also means sustainable. So you can no longer afford not to be sustainable.”
That sustainability has gained significantly in importance across the entire market was an impression that visitors to this year’s ITMA brought back from the textile machinery fair in Milan. “In contrast to, say, ten years or so ago, customers really are actively asking for and about the new, eco-friendly technologies. Where the customers come from is immaterial. Energy has become a cost factor all over the world,” Michael A. Tuschak said.