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Petsa Made Big Progress in a Short Time with its Environment-Friendly Products

Petsa Tekstil has become the first integrated facility in Turkey that produces both recycles, and pet film and leakproof containers.

Petsa Tekstil is a brand new brand. Regardless of that, it made a fast entry into the business with an immense capacity. Can you tell us about the foundation history of Petsa based on the motto “Inexperienced mind cannot achieve anything”?
Petsa entered the sector in the year 2009 with PET recycling work and started to make investments quickly. It purchased the first PET film machine in the year 2010 and started to produce plaque and film and became one of the leading companies of the sector in the years 2011 and 2012 with its additional 2 Pet film machinery. By starting the leakproof disposable food container production in the year 2012, it increased its capacity and reached a higher capacity within food container production targeted to final user via additional investments. Right now, it became the first integrated facility in Turkey that produces both recycled, pet film and leakproof containers. Today, there are a total of 3 – 4 integrated facilities. We have approximately 1200 tons of PET plaque capacity per month.
In the year 2015, Petsa directed its attention to textile sector and made an investment in polyester spunbond nonwoven fabric and started the operations of a facility with 5000 tons capacity yearly in the last months of 2015. All of the investments here are works that are specific and not really open to competition, has as its Company Partner and General Director Professional Mechanical Engineer Aykut Peltek, who is experienced in textile and extrusion works for 20 years. He pioneered many investments related to textile and plastic works and transformed his experiences together with Hasan Sarıoğlu (Financial Advisor) in the year 2009 into investments within the body of the company Petsa Tekstil Amb. Plastik San. Tic. Ltd. Şti. he founded.

Can you tell us about the product variety and innovative works targeted towards the needs of the market?
Petsa Tekstil company produces approximately 1000 tons of raw materials out of PET bottles monthly through recycling in its Küsget complex located at a 4000 square meters of indoor space. We contribute greatly to environment and economy by processing 1000 tons of monthly garbage of the Southeast Anatolia region. These raw materials are firstly transformed into PET Film and then into disposable food containers in our factory of 4500 square meters located in 3rd organized industrial area. When producing the food containers, the recycled raw material is used with original materials in the middle, below and above thanks to the 3 layered new technology and thus food containers are produced in compliance with the world food codex. These products are sold to the whole world under the brand of PETSA within the inspection of the ministry of the food and rural affairs. Our new investment polyester spunbond fabric work is operating in the newly opened 5th organized industrial area within a space established on an area of 1500 square meters. We are selling our products to the whole world with a brand called Petsabond. Petsa is the only producer company within Southeast and Eastern Anatolia regions in terms of food containers. Since the shipping and transportation of these food containers are high, we provide products suitable to the usage and needs of our region. Petsabond fabric work is completely a specific work and there were a total of two companies producing in Turkey. Thus we entered into the market as the third company.

What kind of policy do you follow in terms of customer satisfaction? How do you assess your technological investments in regard to that aspect?
All of the businesses we conduct are customer oriented and we produce company specific products. As an example, in Gaziantep that is famous with its dessert, we have the capacity to design dessert containers and to put them into market. We can constantly play an active role in the market by providing the necessary fiexibility in accordance with the customer demands.

When talking about your quality polity you mentioned “We Awareness”. These are not the definitions we always come across with. Can you please be more specific about that? Are there social responsibilities lying behind?
All the productions we make are environment friendly and 100% recyclable products. Besides, we contribute greatly to the economy through raw materials acquired from the local resources. Using the latest technologies, we think that our company fulfills its social responsibilities with its quality product, good service and environment sensitive products.

Which products and technologies will you be displaying in your participations to fairs and especially to Index 2017?
At Index fair, we will be displaying our PES spunbond nonwoven fabric product under the brand of Petsabond. Our production, which started its operations approximately a year ago, took as to the highest ranks in terms of fabric quality thanks to the high technology machinery and system usage. The fabrics ranging from 15 to 180 gr per square meter with a width of 320 cm can be produced in addition with varying colors and features. Our fabric that can be especially used in sectors such as automotive, filter, lamination, roof insulation and construction, furniture, bed, agriculture and packaging, are heavily demanded in technical textile works thanks to its waterproof / air permeable features. Exporting to many countries in the world, our company will be in the stand no. 4381 at Index fair so as to meet its new customers and to get in contact with the new partners.

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Secret of Teknolmelt’s Success: Know-How, New Product and R&D

Entering into the nonwoven sector in the year 2010, Teknomelt proved its power within the sector by accomplishing great things in the short period.

Operating in Kahramanmaraş, Teknomelt continues to attract the attention both via its production capacity and product quality. Teknomelt Chairman of the Executive Board Ökkaş Gümüşer answered the questions of Nonwoven Teknoloji.

Under which phases Teknomelt has gone since its establish ment? Can you tell us about Teknomelt’s story?
Teknomelt is the first and only company producing nonwoven in the textile city of Kahramanmaraş. We entered into the sector through Nonwoven Meltblown production in the year 2010. We are a company that underwent dificult development stages by having very valuable experiences together with our research team that can improve itself regardless of the technical dificulties that have occurred since the process of establishment. Today the company has a production capacity of 8000 tons annually through different covering and connecting techniques together with Teknomelt Nonwoven Meltblown, Spunbond, Spunmelt (SMS, SMMS) production lines and continues its operations while growing constantly. Every year we try to actualize the works increasing capacity and investments we aim to make on new production technologies.

Can you tell us about the production and the sectors that you provide service for?
When starting the nonwoven production, the target market in Meltblown production was filter applications, masks for medical and general use purposes and industrial cleaning cloths (Sorbents). Though it has a very limited market, today we became one of the most known companies within this production group by meeting the standards and high quality expectations of the sector with attentive works and entering new markets with new value added products. In the following years, we continuously increased our production range and capacity via Nonwoven Spunbond, and later Spunmelt (SMS, SMMS) investments. We came to a very significant point through quality and customer oriented service we provided in hygiene (disposable diaper, adult hygiene products and sanitary towels) sector. In addition to that, Medical, Agricultural Cloths, Bed and Furniture, Packaging and Promotional products, Automotive, Roof Covering and Construction are main sectors that we provide product and raw material for.

What is your assessment of the year 2016 and expectation from the year 2017?
The year 2016 was a year in which a lot of important events took place in Turkey and in the world. Majority of these are events that had regional impacts in terms of economy. We managed to overcome the coup attempt on 15 July in our country by being one as a nation. Although this situation caused an uneasy environment for the customers and suppliers with whom we have commercial relationship, we proved that we could consistently continue our way both as a country and as a company. Regardless of everything that happened, it was a year in which we actualized our sales targets. Among our targets for the year 2017 are to increase our foreign market share via value added products and to actualize our new investment plans.
Teknomelt is a company of many firsts. In that sense, how do you define your differences and what do you pay attention to? This subject is very crucial for us. When you consider the sector as domestic and abroad, there are certainly competitors that perform similar productions. It is necessary to have close relationship with and listen to the sector and customer groups that you provide service to and to understand their expectations very well. Developing the products suitable to the novelties by following the sector, creating the technical infrastructure for products that can meet the needs immediately and sharing the knowledge through correct channels in a way to meet the expectations of the customers. We do not only perform production for our customers, we also conduct collaborations within the framework of know how, new product and R&D works. When you blend all these works with a conscious understanding of quality, you reveal your difference.

Nonwoven and technical textiles are quite successful sectors in the world. What is the situation in the Turkish market? What are the areas that can be improved?
In terms of Nonwoven, disposable baby diapers, personal cleaning and hygiene products and medical usage areas can be seen as the sectors with the biggest market share. In our country, there are companies and brands within that field in terms of raw material, semifinished goods and end products. Although it may seem appealing due to its market share, when raw material and semi-finished good production increase but the end product consumers do not increase at the same rate, it will force the sector to search for different customer groups within certain production groups. When we take a step outside and look at the technical textile and its value added products, there are more qualified areas that necessitate long life. Automotive, Construction and Geotextiles are some of them. It is important to head towards more qualified new production technologies and to expand the production ranges via value added products. Thus you expand the areas that you will compete in both domestic and foreign markets.

Can you tell us about your fair participations? What kind of novelties will we see in the fairs?
Index fair held every three years in Genova and Techtextil fair held every two years in Frankfurt will take place at very close dates to each other in 2017. As Teknomelt, we will be joining both of these two fairs that are very significant for the sector. We will be sharing with our customers and visitors the new works in the products we conducted in the field of absorbing cloths used for industrial and environment cleaning purposes together with the ultra fine and soft Nonwovens we produced for the hygiene sector.

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The World Brand Sika Attaches Great Importance To The Turkish Market

Sika, a global company having more than 150 production and marketing partners in 80 countries, is a global integrated company supplying specialty chemicals and application know-how. Sika is a leader in processing the materials used in water insulation, bonding, joint fillings, strengthening and protecting the constructions carrying loads. The product range of Sika includes roofing and water insulation systems as well as high-quality concrete admixtures, special mortars, sealants and adhesives, damping and strengthening materials, structural reinforcement systems and industrial flooring. Providing innovative opportunities for its customers the complete solutions of Sika replaces the old technologies such as bolting, clinching and welding with the new ones. Our objective is to help our customers to produce added values and always to be one step ahead of the competition.  With its subsidiaries in 80 countries and almost 17.000 employees its local presence across the world links its customers directly to Sika and guarantees the success of all the partners. Achieving annual sales of 5 billion Swiss francs Sika creates a value for all its shareholders. The product line of the company includes high-quality concrete admixtures, special mortars, joint fillings and adhesives, damping and strengthening materials, structural reinforcement systems, industrial flooring and water insulation membranes.

Sika Turkey
In terms of the point which the activities that started 25 years ago has reached today Sika Turkey formation is one of the leading organizations in production, sales, human resource and R&D and takes the task of leadership in the geographical regions where it operates. Sika Yapı Kimyasalları A.Ş. production plant is located in Istanbul Tuzla Leather Organized Industrial Zone. The production facility which has an indoor area of 19.000m2, the latest technologie9245s in its field and the capacity of 450.000 tons operates in the construction and industrial manufacturing sectors to which it appeals with its 7 regional offices and more than 200 employees. Furthermore, its new facility commencing production at Mersin Tarsus Organized I
ndustrial Zone in 2012 was put into service in such a way that it would be able to perform both powder and liquid production. The facility is located on an area of totally 6.600m2, 2.200m2 of which are indoors. Additionally, Sika Turkey maintains the regional management responsibility of the Turkish Region countries which it has been continuing for years. François Bauduin, Sika Hot Melt Marketing Field Manager has replied our questions.

Could give brief information on Sika?

François Bauduin: Sika is a global company. We have an annual income of approximately 5 billion Swiss Francs. We have 17.000 employees. 80% of our business is composed of construction materials but at the same time we have an income of 1 billion in industrial production. The field of technical textiles also has a significant coverage in the history of Sika. Previously our technical textile products were known as Tivoli. In fact we are highly effective in technical textile; however we have not been able to give weight t it. Because we are now mostly focused on automotive industry.

Are you focused only on automotive?

François Bauduin: We are focused on automotive for the industrial field. We globally sell automotive products worldwide. We cover a lot of demands in the field of automotive. Particularly Sikaflex which we have developed is widely used in many fields, the automotive industry being in the first place.

The area in which we mainly operate is construction and building, however, our concentration is on automotive in industrial terms.

On which subject are you focused in the textile industry?

François Bauduin: 80% of our production in the textile industry is Hot-Melt. We have specialized personnel working for this field. The working are on which we are focused in terms of textile is Hot-Melt.

To which countries worldwide do you export?

François Bauduin: Our export rate is very high. 80% of our actual export is for Asia-Pacific countries. We export to China and Taiwan.

Products of average quality are sent to the Asia-Pacific countries. But for the high-quality ones, they are exported to Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Turkey. Turkey is a new market for us.

Could you inform us on the usage areas and the industries of the products?

François Bauduin: Sika sets its marketing strategy according to the target audience. In the military area not-flammable products for the security personnel and fire fighters and medical products are offered. We develop particularly durable and high-quality military products. However, we do not even know for the military of which country we produce since we work with an intermediary company.

What kind of objectives do you have for 2015?

François Bauduin: We are focused on the medical industry in particular for 2015. We take an active part in the industry of white appliances. There are companies and products with which we intensively work. For example, we work with Arçelik. We export a lot of products to Turkey in terms of construction panels. We also want to have a place in the market for textile products.

In that regard, could you inform us on your place and position in the Turkish market?

François Bauduin: We consider Turkey as a part of Europe. Therefore we export all the products that we marker for Europe to Turkey as well. Turkey is at a very important point for our company; it is a country that has a large population and a stable economy within the region. The economic stabilization of the countries is very important for us to make investments. Due to its economic stabilization we consider Turkey as an appropriate one in terms of investment. It is in a good position particularly in textile and automotive industries.

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Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment Attaches Importance To Sustainability

In the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment, sustainability stands as a fundamental principle in all dealings with customers and its own employees. With the Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag brands, the company is a global market leader in the field of filament spinning machines for manmade fibres, texturing machines, and BCF, staple fibre spinning and nonwoven systems. In this interview, André Wissenberg, Vice President Marketing, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, describes the multitude of aspects under which the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment develops future-oriented products and applications.

How significant is the issue of sustainability to the corporate culture of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment?

André Wissenberg: Sustainability has always played an important role in the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment. The development of new products and customer solutions, as well as the production, manufacture, assembly, and sales and service performed by our 2,500 employees around the globe have always been bound by the requirement to save resources and protect employees. This is why we launched, among other things, our e-save programme in 2004, which we have consistently expanded through other ‘Health, Safety and Environment’ initiatives over the years

Which advantages do your own employees gain from the company identifying itself as sustainable?

André Wissenberg: Sustainability relates to three areas: economy, environment, society. We are constantly making improvements for our customers and in particular for our employees in all three of these areas. In production, for example, in recent years we have improved processes where appropriate in all production facilities as part of the company-wide Oerlikon Operational Excellence programme.

In Remscheid, the newly developed One-Piece Flow Concept has been implemented for the new Wings Poy 1800 production line and for the production of the traverse beams. This has not only allowed us to increase production capacity by 15%, it has also brought ergonomic benefits for the assembly workers. And it has been possible to reduce energy consumption. We then use such experience at our other German sites, and international sites in China, India and the USA. We are also very active as far as health and safety is concerned. Our employees are able to benefit from ageappropriate workstation optimisation and the redesign of break rooms, to the food on offer in the canteen.

What financial and human resources does the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment have at its disposal for research and development?

André Wissenberg: The entire Oerlikon Group is constantly investing in innovations to strengthen its leading technological position. Compared to the previous year, expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) in 2014 rose by 19.8% to CHF 121 million, which is around 4% of turnover. In concrete terms, last year’s R&D activities resulted in applications for 108 new patents.

With the Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag brands, our Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment, as a world leader in the area of filament spinning machines for manmade fibers, texturing machines, and BCF, staple fiber spinning and nonwoven systems offers solutions along the entire textile value added chain. We always provide our customers with cutting edge technology. With an annual R&D spend of around CHF 30 million, more than 200 engineers and almost 1,200 patents, we have been building on our leading innovative position in the manmade fiber industry for decades.

Are your customers prepared to pay for the sustainable technologies and considerable energy efficiencies of the products of both of these brands?

André Wissenberg: Yes, because our solutions increase the competitiveness of our customers and allow them to achieve a quick return on investment compared to other solutions although those may appear more cost effective at first glance. In the medium and long term, our customers are considerably more successful with our technological solutions – in terms of profitability and quality.

What is behind the “e-save” philosophy and its four subsections?

André Wissenberg: The leading technological position of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment is based on a corporate culture in which considerable importance is placed on future-oriented developments and close partnerships. Superior performance, innovative capacity, integrity and team spirit are the values that shape our daily work, the results of which our employees are happy to be measured against.

With the constant expansion of our “e-save” philosophy we are pursuing constant value creation and enhancement for the manmade fiber industry with high-grade, innovative solutions. We are renowned world-wide for being the experts in our industry. This is thanks to our more than 90 years of experience in all areas of manmade fiber production technology. Today, all innovations are developed by us under the four “e-save” aspects of “energy, economics, environment and ergonomics”. The products and technologies developed by us enable our customers to secure sustainable success in the market.

Can the scope of energy savings in textile production be quantified by using the latest machines of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment?

André Wissenberg: Or product solutions for the spinning of manmade fibers in particular make a significant contribution to sustainable and economic production. I can give you two examples: Our latest Wings technology (Winder Integrated Godet Solution) reduces the average energy consumption per ton of POY (Preoriented Yarn) by 40% and that of FDY (Fully-drawn Yarn) by as much as 55% compared to the machines produced in the mid-1990s. Our latest solutions are therefore highly energy efficient.

Our new technologies also increase productivity, as illustrated by another example: The efficiency of the latest model of the Wings FDY 32-end yarn winder is more than 2.6 times that of the previous ACW FDY 12-end model. This was enabled by the larger number of yarn ends and the optimization of the production process. The savings potential of the POY winder is similar.

How is the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment able to keep the negative effects of industrial production to a minimum?

André Wissenberg: Industrial production will always affect the environment. By consistently minimising these effects, we are emphasising our responsibility for creating a worthwhile future. Our German sites in Remscheid, Neumünster and Chemnitz are all DIN ISO 50000-1 certified. This means we have enforced a strict energy management programme which has to achieve a 1.5% reduction in energy consumption year on year. Using a centrifuge to recycle cutting oil from machined metal, processing lubricating greases, recycling waste and recovering energy with a heat exchanger are all examples of how we manage our resources in a sustainable manner. We likewise apply these aspects on the customer side: The manufacture of textile products and the components, machinery and systems used in this are traditionally responsible for a number of consequences relating to the environment. We help to reduce negative influences to a minimum by applying the latest scientific and technical findings. Our products achieve this by, among other things, making the best possible use of all the raw materials used in our production process, a clear reduction in emissions, optimal energy balances and in some places, a significant reduction in required space.

What will be the scope of fibers in the near future?

André Wissenberg: We’ve already successfully launched two innovations onto the market back at the beginning of this

year. One was the new, high-efficiency RoTac³ rotating tangle unit in which the compressed air supply is reduced by up to 50%, depending on the type of yarn; the other was the new VarioFil rPET with Wings POY developed in close cooperation between Oerlikon Barmag and our affiliated company BBE Engineering. We are also working on new technology and service solutions in all of our product ranges to offer our customers solutions which will continue to allow them to be competitive.

Are you going to be presenting new Oerlikon Barmag and/or Oerlikon Neumag textile machines or equipment at the Techtextil or ITMA shows?

André Wissenberg: In an ITMA Europe year, most companies focus on market launches at the industry’s leading exhibition. As will we. At this point, all I’m going to reveal is that we are definitely going to be presenting new filament spinning solutions in Milan. We will use the Techtextil in Frankfurt to present our entire industrial textiles portfolio and discuss individual industrial solutions such as industrial yarn, tyre cord, filtration or geotextiles, with our customers.

What is your strategy for dealing with the attempts by China as one of the core market for textile machines to develop their own high-tech production industry?

André Wissenberg: In almost all fields of technology we operate in oligopolistically structured markets and have in the filament spinning market, for example a global market share of over 50% and a share as large as 80% in the BCF market. We are keeping a close eye on the development of specific Chinese competitors. A consistent patent system and the prosecution of infringements by our international IP department protect our expertise. As the most important production processes remain constant over a comparably long period, a competitor would need to come up with a revolutionary new process not already protected by us under patent law in order to be able to offer suitable products in today’s high-tech fields.

What motivated the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment to join the VDMA’s “Blue Competence” sustainability initiative?

André Wissenberg: As a pioneer in terms of sustainability in our industry, it was logical for us to combine our “e-save” programme with the “Blue Competence” initiative launched by the VDMA in 2011. This creates synergies for both sides, and we can jointly market the VDMA initiative around the globe and thus strengthen the position of Germany as an industrial location.

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Intelligent Production Modules By Dienes Aid Development Of Innovative Filaments

Headquartered in Mühlheim am Main, Dienes Apparatebau GmbH was founded by Fritz Dienes in 1930. The company produces pilot and laboratory systems for manufacturing and processing filaments, fibres and yarns. It also supplies mechanical and electrical components associated with textile machines, such as induction-heated godet units and control systems for synthetic fibre production lines.

With modular platforms and flexible machinery concepts, Dienes Apparatebau GmbH in Mühlheim am Main supports research facilities in the development of innovative filaments. As Managing Partner Steffen Müller-Probandt explains in an interview, the MultiMode systems in particular are well adapted to enable intelligent networking of the production steps for product development. In this way, Dienes ensures that it continues to meet the ever increasing demands for efficiency and productivity in textile machinery construction.

Dienes has been cooperating with textile machinery manufacturers for something like 60 years. How is your company helping to advance the cause of sustainability in the industry?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: The trend towards manufacturing technical textiles as the primary focus of textile manufacturers in Europe has been gaining momentum steadily. Against this background, much effort is being devoted to perfecting processing technologies. In this respect, the main objective is to be able to carry out complex manufacturing processes as efficiently as possible. Of course, one of the principle points of reference for this purpose is the reduction of energy consumption by the machinery.

What does function integration mean to Dienes as a provider of machines and components for manufacturing synthetic fibres?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: The trend toward function integration is an important issue for us on two levels. Firstly, Dienes has set itself the task of creating a modular pilot line in order to help research institutions in fibre technology in their efforts to develop new, innovative filaments. To this end, we ourselves have developed intelligent production modules that can be combined in a modular arrangement, so the pilot line can be adapted to any new discoveries that are made during the development phase. Secondly, as the world of machine building becomes increasingly globalised, there is a constant requirement to increase efficiency and productivity levels. This is why integrated solutions with continuously improving efficiency are in such great demand.

What opportunities does function integration offer for Dienes?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: The opportunity is inherent in the process of continuously improving our modules. The performance of the modules is enhanced to remain abreast of the constant stream of new requirements from an enormous range of applications and the need to integrate them. This in turn creates added value for our customers. Ultimately, our most important objective is to increase efficiency and productivity.

What benefit can the user of your MultiMode systems gain from function integration?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: Function integration stands for the intelligent networking of production steps for product development. We thus use the term function to refer to the manufacture of synthetic yarn as a process. One of the main objectives of Dienes is to enable research institutions that are in the business of developing new, innovative filaments to reach a position in which they are equipped to carry out experimental work that is efficient, systematic, and to some degree self-optimising. In general, every module in a MultiMode system can be operated independently and alone. All individual modules can be configured to create a system by the user via the master functionality. The system may be viewed as an intelligent, modular platform.

Where do you see the greatest potential for function integration in textile machinery manufacturing in the next few years?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: End-to-end system concepts are needed here. As is also revealed clearly in the large-scale “Industry 4.0” project, the trend towards intelligent networking of production process data is becoming more and more clear. This means that more and more powerful machine controllers are also needed.

On the other hand, of course, it is equally essential to be able to distil the important information from this welter of data, in order to generate real added value. This is why targeted function integration is becoming more important.

Does the energy efficiency of your systems figure in the considerations of your customers?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: Yes, this subject is becoming more and more significant in our field of activities as well. At the moment, we are cooperating with the company Rauschert and a Fraunhofer Institute to develop an energy management system (EMS) that can analyse and control a company’s energy consumption from a central location. It captures not only all electrical consumers, but also the consumption rates for other media, such as gas, water, etc. An incidentally, the EMS itself can be integrated in the MultiMode systems.

You enter into temporary partnerships with research institutes for the purpose of developing products and processes. How do such cooperations work specifically?

Steffen Müller-Probandt: These partnerships are beneficial to both parties, of course. Dienes benefits primarily from cooperations in multidisciplinary teams, in which new products and processes are developed and researched. In addition, for many trials, infrastructures are needed that are only available in the laboratory facilities belonging to the institutes. Of course, it is also much easier to test innovations in a laboratory environment than in an industrial concern where production is ongoing 24 hours a day. In return, the laboratories are always up to date with the latest technologies and equipment.

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ITM 2016 and HIGHTEX 2016 Are Exhibitions Closely-Followed and Supported By Our Industry

2015 was a year in which both our exports and Turkey in general could not gain acceleration as much as they intended due to negative developments in global conjuncture. We see that upward trend ongoing in recent years was 10broken off in
2015 and there was a decline of 8,7% compared to the previous year in accordance with this year’s total export of 144 billion dollars.In this fall, of course, factors such as political fluctuations, relations with our neighbors and the decline in the purchasing power in Russia in parallel with the fall in oil and natural gas prices played a part. As for the textile and raw materials industry, we completed 2015 with a highly significant export figure of 8 billion dollars, though it was under what we had aimed at. In other words, Turkish textile industry exported a container every two minutes.
We could not gain sufficient acceleration due to limited foreign demand. In that sense, the textile industry, as well as the other export items was affected adversely. We also need to lay emphasis on the parity effect as a significant factor over the fall in our exports. Depreciation of the currency of our main export markets (European Union, Middle East and North Africa, Russia) and the Turkish lira against dollar was the greatest factor over the decline in our export which we value in dollars.

However, considering that crises bring along opportunities as well, I believe that there will be recovery in 2016.

Turkish textile industry in 2016

The global uncertainties and political tensions in our region will be compelling factors also in 2016. Nevertheless, I can say that, I believe, we will have better growth and export performance compared to 2015.

As you know, as the Turkish textile industry, we aim at reaching an export rate with a value of 20 billion dollars by 2023. As for 2016, I believe that we will first achieve the export value in 2015 and then an increase of 10%. Looking back on 2015, we see that markets like Iran and USA stood out as promising markets for our industry while we were having various negativities in terms of export. We are aware that these markets will create a surplus value in the coming years.

For our market strategy which we work on as the whole industry, we pay regard to the effects of speeding free trade and investment agreements as well as of creating new markets over determining the road map for the industry.  Furthermore, also the fall in import demands of the countries generating income from those industries in a period in which energy and commodity prices are expected to decline is another point to take into consideration for 2016.

Despite all the negativities, we see that investments in our industry still continue and, with the intention to make investments, this year lots of participants from our industry visited ITMA exhibition held every four years.

Accordingly, though 2015 seems to be negative by figures, it has created an environment offering potential of investments and exports for the upcoming years and our 2023 vision and our industry maintained its export-oriented dynamic structure also in this year.

Road Map for 2016

We are preparing tangible projects particularly for the USA market in 2016. Our goal and expectation is to transform the regression in export into an increase. For this purpose, we pay special attention to the other markets with rising-potentials as well as EU and Russia. In addition to promotional and commercial activities that we plan to carry out for USA in 2016, we also repeat the committee we created for Iran in 2015 and our goals and activities for Japan are also in progress. In 2016 we will also search for methods to regain East-European countries where we experienced losses in market and failed to make complete use of their potential such as Ukraine and Belarus as well as Russia. Because with the recovery of crisis environment in these countries, we believe that new opportunities will appear for the Turkish textile industry. On the other hand, we have concerns about the current political crisis with Russia and wish our relations to be normalized at once.

I can say that another development in 2015 was the cooperation agreement made with ITA Aachen for the development of the Turkish technical textile industry, which takes an important place among the 2023 goals. This cooperation is an indicator for new developments in the Turkish technical textile industry in both 2016 and the following years.

Technical textiles and nonwovens industry in Turkey

Investments in the industry of technical textiles and nonwovens in Turkey rapidly increase. So much so that the industry achieving a growth of almost 15% in 2015 has become the sub-sector with the fastest-growing investment and production. Our export of technical textiles in 2015 amounted to 1,5 billion dollars. There are some certain fields in the developing industry of technical textiles in which we are highly competitive. As the industry, we aim at giving weight to investments in those fields where we are competitive and at boosting our industry in those with high export rates.

For example, we have developing infrastructure for manufacturing products such as impregnated, smeared and coated fabrics. Additionally, we have a globally competitive position in certain categories like tire cords, metalized yarns, bags and sacks.

On the other hand, though there is a significant market in ready-made garment products made of technical textile materials, our competitiveness is unfortunately far from satisfying our expectations. We believe that the Turkish technical textile sector will position itself depending on the increasing trade and market volume and further increase its competitiveness in each sub-sectors.

Comprehensive service for Turkish textile and technical textile industry through the cooperation with ITA Istanbul and ITA Aachen

I think our industry’s cooperation agreement with ITA Aachen with the purpose of meeting the need for new investments and R&D activities for further progress of Turkey in technical textiles can be regarded as an important development.

We intend to provide comprehensive service for Turkish textile and technical textile industry through the cooperation with ITA Istanbul and ITA Aachen. Solution partnerships will be offered for the industry within the short, medium and long-term road maps through testing services, training, basic R&D and applied R&D activities. In accordance with both current and future requirements of textile and technical textile markets, leading the industry into success through our innovative and economic solutions is our main purpose. For this, there will be contributions towards training first intermediary staff and then specialists with master and doctoral degree. Our training programs will appeal both to university students and industry employees. In a wide context, projects for national and international partnership with Turkey-wide universities and industrialists will be created and put into practice.

I hope that the first solid reflection of the cooperation initiated with ITA Aachen will be the use of technical textiles in the construction industry. Within the scope of this cooperation, we aspire to use technical textiles to build structures resistant to earthquake and other natural disasters in partnership with Turkish – German and Greek R&D centers for textile. Moreover for the upcoming period, I would also like to indicate that holding an international conference on technical textiles in Istanbul simultaneously with our 11th Fabric Design Contest is among our plans. We work hard on this issue. R&D and innovation are among the issues on which we put excessive emphasis. I could gladly say that our industry also attaches special importance to the issue and lots of textile manufacturers and exporters today have their own R&D departments. This trend in the industry rapidly increases. Nonetheless, while considering the industry, it should be kept in mind that the textile industry is one whose investment costs are relatively high. Besides, the share of foreign investment in the Turkish textile industry in general is at a low level. It is important to carefully design and promote all the activities that will carry our industry further since it is a national sector of our country.

ITM 2016 and HIGHTEX 2016 Exhibitions

Within the last thirty years, Turkey has proven itself and risen up to an important level worldwide in the production of conventional textile products and fabrics for ready-made garments and home textiles.

Considering the elements such as investment costs and know-how in the technical textile industry, we can now see more clearly that it has also advanced to a significant position.

ITM 2016 International Textile Machinery Exhibition and HIGHTEX 2016 International Exhibition for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens are exhibitions which our industry closely follows and supports. We believe that ITM 2016 and HIGHTEX 2016 exhibitions, the gathering point for the textile technical textile industry, will rise in importance with the increase in the industry’s capacity of production and investment and being included more comprehensively in the global value chain.

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Santex Rimar Group: “Since ITM 2016 Is Such An Important Appointment We Will Participate With Two Different Booths”

Stefano Gallucci, Santex Rimar Group CEO After his degree in information sciences from the University of Udine, and a Masters degree from the University of Houston, Stefano Gallucci founded his first start-up in Silicon Valley. When he returned to Italy he managed businesses in the fashion sector and then began work in the start-up world. He founded and managed start-ups in the ICT and nanotechnology sectors. He is President of CenterVue (eye care diagnostics), co-founder of QID (nanotechnologies) and M31 (a start-up incubator). He joined Santex Rimar Group in 2008. Stefano Gallucci answered our questions about the ITM 2016 and the new investments.

Could you give us some information about the new structure, group companies and operations?

As a technology partner for knitted, woven and nonwoven fabrics and green solutions the Group started as different companies that today have evolved into Santex Rimar Group: Cavitec and Isotex lead the technical and nonwoven textiles machinery market; Santex and Sperotto Rimar produce machines for textile finishing; Solwa provides eco-friendly machinery for water treatment, food dehydration, agribusiness sector and waste management.

46During last 2015 we have been able to achieve our ambitious objectives and we are well prepared to further growth. Furthermore, we have partnered with customers in mid-term R&D projects, we have funded start-ups, signed partnerships with Universities and big players of the textile, chemical and electronics market.  With more than 150 years of activity and such deep know-how we have the experience to be innovative yet offer reliability, lower cost of production and environment friendly technologies.

Recently you started the acquisition of Smit Textile. What would you like to say about this joining and which advantages are you expecting from this fusion?

Santex Rimar Group and Smit share values such as quality, high levels of innovation, flexibility, versatility and commitment to fulfil customer’s expectations. Several customers of Santex Rimar have Smit looms, these customers have strongly endorsed this acquisition as now they have one large partner for all their projects. The entrance in Santex Rimar Group is an essential element of the Group strategic development and will allow Smit to use a vast sales and support network worldwide to open up new opportunities and to provide a higher level of know-how for customers. With more than 150 years of history Santex Rimar Group is present in various countries with four factories and more than 10,000 customers throughout the world and has the experience to be innovative yet offer reliability, efficient production and environment friendly technologies. The synergy between SMIT and Santex Rimar Group allows customers to rely on a global service network, high quality products, deep technological heritage and above all on an integrated technology provider for all production processes, from loom to finished – natural and technical – textiles.

Could you offer us some information about this broad variety, the usage area of your products and the advantages of these technologies?

We have customers who have being using the same machine from Santex Rimar Group for more than 25 years and eventually change it only for another Santex Rimar. This is what we call quality. Any entrepreneur making a project in textiles, technical textiles or a new application calls Santex Rimar Group. Our solutions perform consistently. We help our customers achieve their goal: our success is their success. We do this with a full vision on our customers’ business, from looms to finishing or impregnation or coating. No other industrial machine manufacturer can claim the same.

Can you tell something about the importance of the Turkish market for you? What is your market share?

Some of our most cutting edge customers are based in Turkey, indeed a very good benchmark for us. Turkey demands for high standards and cost control, high productivity and quality, and we are very good at this. Santex Rimar and its brands in weaving, textile finishing and technical textile are putting a lot of effort in this high end market.

With which companies of your group are you participating at the ITM 2016 Fair? Which products and technologies will you highlight during the ITM 2016 fair? Which innovations will you present?

Since ITM 2016 is such an important appointment we will participate with two different booths. One for SMIT (Hall 2 | Booth 210 B) and one for the other Santex Rimar Group brands (Hall 14 | Booth 1402 A). With the brand of Sperotto Rimar we are presenting our new Decofast 3.5, an evolution of our concept of decatizing with higher production volumes, lower energy consumption yet with a better hand of natural and of some artificial fibers too. This new machine implements our new sustainability effort of adding value to textiles while reducing the carbon footprint of the finishing industry.

Do you think it is of importance to participate the ITM2016 Fair to enable the most effective access into the Turkish and regional market? We would like to know your opinion in this topic.

ITM2016 allows Santex Rimar to show some of its latest developments in textile finishing, technical textile, nonwovens and greentech and discuss with clients about our technological vision. Sharing with them the outlook of their plans and our solutions helping them is the key to stay close to their needs.

Santex Rimar Improves A New Separate Products Division Focused Only On Nonwovens Solutions

Santex Rimar Group has an history based on innovation as well as on tradition. The new name Santex Rimar Group joins together the Swiss tradition of Santex with the Italian foresight which comes directly from Rimar founded by Giannino Marzotto in the Sixties as the Research & Development department of Marzotto Group, one of the world’s leading textiles manufacturers.

Santex Rimar Group is based on continuous global growth and innovative product development in textile finishing, nonwovens and technical textiles. The long experience in the nonwovens sector is today utilised to fulfil the ever-increasing demands for efficiency and productivity where our oven technology in thermo-bonding process still plays an important role for different and flexible applications like home textiles, hygienic, medical or industrial products.

Santex Rimar Group can use a perfect synergy effect in combination with the Santashrink dryer for textile finishing under Santex brand.

The new Santatherm thermo bonding oven uses the so-called forced-through-air-mode, which is well established in Santashrink dryers. The air reaches a velocity of up to 40 m/s at the nozzle exit.

The heat is transferred to the product surface in an even and effective manner. All kind of fibres can be processed independent from the webforming process. The airflow is adjusted perfectly depending on the actual product with a special flap and nozzle system. A user-friendly control system allows the selection of the airflow parameters, for example direction and kind of airflow. The most important quality feature of the new Santatherm is the uniform quality of the final product on both surfaces.

Efficient heat transfer and temperature stability result in a high productivity. Due to the modular design the machine is very compact enabling a fast installation and easy maintenance. As a result maintenance and service costs are very low. The Santatherm thermo bonding oven can be combined with the Santabond smoothing and calibrating calendar.

Together with the Cavitec coating and laminating systems Santex offers a wide range of solutions for nonwovens applications.