MILKAY Continues To Be a Reliable Partner for Its Customers with Superior Quality and Service Understanding

Established in 1995, MILKAY produces felt and wadding for spring mattress, spring sofa, automotive, furniture and isolation industries. Having a daily production capacity of 150 tons of felt, the company continues to maintain its quality and fast service in the nonwoven industry.

Use of technical textiles and nonwoven products increase day by day in Turkey as well in the world. In this month’s issue of the Nonwoven Technology magazine, we held an interview with Abdullah Nursaçan, Vice General Manager of MILKAY. Enjoy reading.

Can you tell us about the development of your company from the day it was founded until today? What is your most important philosophy?

The word MILKAY, which has an Italian partnership since its foundation in 1994, consists of the first 3 letters of the cities of Milan and Kayseri. Our company produces felt and pads for the spring mattresses, spring sofa, automotive, furniture and isolation industries. Using the latest technology in our sector, our products that we produce with utmost care are offered to the foreign markets as well as domestic markets. We work with the philosophy of being a company that loves production, and has a wide perspective open to development, and is respectful to human and environment.

Could you tell us about your product portfolio and usage areas? Which products of yours are the most demanded?

We produce standard products such as soft felt (thermobonds), hard felt, ultra hard felt in various weights and sizes from 500 g/sqm to 2500 g/sqm as well as special felts in a variety of technical requirements. Hard felts are especially used for spring insulation in spring matresses and soft furniture groups. In addition, we produce pads made of cotton, wool, and other synthetic and natural products.

What are the most important criteria in your production? What are the most important features that distinguish your products from other brands?

We believe that our future depends on our ability to satisfy our customers. We maintain this desire by providing superior quality and service for our customers, and continue to be a reliable partner for them. We believe that our customer relations are not solely based on a bond of communion, but also the formation of culture, and that development can be achieved together with our customers. What makes us different is not just our product, but the way we do our business.

What is your daily production volume? Can you tell us about your market dominance in Turkey?

We have a production facility with a daily capacity of 150 tons. As one of the market leaders, we dominate 55% of the domestic market. We have become known with the MILKAY’s generic felts.

Which brands do you cooperate with, and which countries do you export to?

Our target audience is all the market players, who have a daily purchase capacity of 50+ units/beds, however we have cooperations with all the valuable companies in Turkey, that have reached a certain brand value. MILKAY is the sought-after and preferred brand in 55 countries. We have been supplying for the world’s largest mattress manufacturers for more than twenty-five years.

What do you think about the development of smart and technical textiles in Turkey?

Technical textiles have become more common in Turkey thanks to mass production, ease of use, cost benefits and benefits in the recyclability. Based on the usage areas, technical textiles occupy more than twenty main sectors. Our products, classified in the nonwoven and non-knit textiles, are used extensively in furniture and construction industries.

What is your company’s approach to sustainability and environmentally friendly products? What kind of activities do you have in this regard?

We act with a vision to be an environmentally friendly company in the industry. We recycle 40 thousand textile waste per year into the economy. We believe that there is not enough practice on the recycling of textile wastes in our country and that it is essential to create a national textile waste collection strategy action plan. We are also working on this.

As MILKAY, what is the importance you attached to R&D? What kind of activities do you perform on this?

We believe that quality is one of the most important criteria to be a sustainable company. For this purpose, our company, which manages a process from raw material input control, to intermediate control and ultimately the last control, constantly undergoes product development and research improvements and substitutes staff accordingly. Our %100 polyester product MILFORM, which we have been producing since 2016, is in use as an alternate to polyester sponges in the industry.

Can you tell us about your targets, projects and investments in 2019?

The economical conjuncture always keeps our investment capabilities ready and vivid. In addition, this year, we aim to recycle at least 40 thousand tons of textile waste for re-use in the economy.

Interview: Kubra Karaca

Mogul Continues To Be the Address of Firsts In the Nonwoven Industry

Mogul, which is a major player in the Turkish and global nonwoven industry with its 15 production lines, producing with seven different technologies, exports to 56 countries. Mogul’s basic philosophy is to prioritize quality, employees and customer satisfaction.

Serkan Göğüş – Mogul Company Ceo

Founded in 1997 to produce nonwoven products, Mogul boasts to be the first company to produce spunbond and meltblown fabrics in Turkey. The company started sales in the EU and USA markets within a short time, and today they supply nonwoven roll products for a wide range of applications all over the world. Today Mogul produces nonwovens and composite products at three plants in Turkey and one plant in Gray Court/ South Carolina. These plants manufactures products for filtering, cleaning cloths, hygiene, personal care, medical, industrial, construction, environment, home flooring, packaging, automotive and agricultural applications in the American, European and Asian markets.

Awarded twice with the “IDEA Achievement in Entrepreneurship” by INDA and ranked among the top 1000 industrial enterprises in Turkey, Mogul is the first companyin our country, which is a member of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA). Mogul is also a member of INDA and ANFA.

We made an interview with Mogul Company CEO Serkan Göğüş for our Nonwoven Technology magazine. We talked with Göğüş about the new products and projects of the company.

Can you tell us about the development of your company from the day it was founded until today? Can you tell us about the innovations of Mogul as a leading company in the nonwovens industry?

Our company was founded in 1996, and become operational in 1997 with the first PP spunbond production in Turkey. In 2000, it started production of Meltblown and SMS for the first time in Turkey. In 2001, it was awarded by INDA, the North American Nonwoven Union, with the ‘’Entrepreneurship” award. Another facility of ours was opened in 2002 in Bayrampaşa, Istanbul for domestic sales and storage. In 2003, it started the first pet spunbond production in Turkey.

Our second production facility was opened in 2007at the Organized Industrial Zone 3 in Gaziantep. We started the new facility investment on an area of 56,000 sqm in Lüleburgaz and the first production line became operational at the second quarter in 2016. In the last quarter, the microfilament line started operations.

What are the most important criteria in your production? What are the most important features that distinguish your products from other brands?

We attach great importance to high quality standards in production, diversification and product development. Process and product diversity is the main factor that distinguishes us from our competitors.

There are innovations in the filtering application in the nonwoven fabrics industry with the advent of technology. What kind of productions do you have in this area, and what kind of advantages do you offer?

As you said, the filtration market has grown rapidly in recent years, and has become a significant market for nonwovens. Mogul offers services in this field with a  rich product portfolio including  PP spunbond, pet spunbond, bi-component, microfilament, meltblown and sms. Thanks to our rich variety of options, our company offers products with different levels of air permeability, filter efficiency and pressure drop. These products are used in various air and liquid filtration markets.

As Mogul, you have been manufacturing cleaning cloths from microfilament fabrics. What are the differences and properties of these fabrics?

Asterion® cleaning cloths provides a very effective performance for cleaning of dust, dirt and professional cleaning in the lightweight and heavy-duty manufacturing processes. Asterion® cleaning cloths are useful tools for cleaning stains and removing uneven surfaces. It is ideal for sensitive and difficult surfaces. Thanks to its unique infinite microfilaments, Asterion® cleaning cloths offer an ideal solution for cleaning and drying of glass and painted surfaces as well as tough and sensitive surfaces. Continuous microfilaments allow cleaning process to be safe, without scratching the surface and spreading stains.

Can you tell us about the properties and usages of the Madaline® fabrics?

Manufactured under the patent by Mogul in one of the two facilities in the world, Madaline® provides a new and improved performance for nonwoven fabrics. Madalina® is made of microfilaments, that are 100 times thinner than human hair, and 5 to 10 times thinner than microfibers. The micro-channels are activated with the application of hydrophilic finishes to these very fine microfilaments. Unlike other nonwoven fabrics, it is lightweight and compact, and it has unique and attractive features such as good moisture management, breathability, feathering, good thermal insulation, and fast drying.

Thanks to its enhanced performance, Madaline® can be used in applications with conventional textile products or microfiber fabrics. Some of the application areas include home textile products, clothing, cleaning, hygiene and medical areas, technical packaging, graphics and printing grounds, automotive and aerospace, acoustics, filtering, food contact, and labels.

Sun Protection Madaline® is a naturally hypoallergenic product that provides protection and complete relief for patients of dust mite allergy and prevention of spreading of bed bugs. The world renowned ECARF awarded Madeline® with the “Allergy Friendly Products and Services” certificate. Madaline® has an eco-friendly production process since it uses recycled water. Its CO2 emissions are negligible, and use less energy than conventional textiles.

Madaline® is performance-oriented, and therefore requires less fabric to achieve similar performance compared to traditional textiles.

What is your company’s approach to sustainability and environmentally friendly products? What kind of activities do you have in this regard?

The sustainability and closed production cycle is gaining momentum in the world, and the environmental problems experienced accelerate this process even more. Pioneers in the global garment industry are leading this process and accelerate the supply chain to the pace of this transformation. As Mogul, our production processes are eco-friendly and produces products with minimum carbon footprint. Production waste is partially recycled in our own processes but mainly outsource companies. In addition, there is no harmful environmental processes such as burying and burning. At the same time, we continue working on the use of regenerated and recycled raw materials without compromising quality in line with the closed production cycle.

As Mogul, what is the importance you attached to R&D? What kind of activities do you perform on this?

Mogul is a company that continuously invests in diversification and develops products. Our R&D projects are currently carried out mainly for Madaline and Durell products.

Can you tell us about your targets, projects and investments in 2019?

As Mogul, we aim to maintain our export weight and create new markets. We expect an increase in turnovers and profitability with the increase in Madaline® sales. We do not have a new investment plan yet for the next few years since we have just completed a new investment phase. However, our studies and researches on products and projects, that will always make a difference and create added value, continue uninterruptedly.

Interview: Kübra Karaca

We Will Provide the Consist of Sense of Trust When Jelly Tekstil is Called

Wholly invested by China’s Dongguan Jelly Cloth & Embroidery Accessories Co. Ltd., which, as one of the leading manufacturers of interlining in China, equipped with over 50000 m2 self-owned workshops and 20 production lines, has the capacity of over 500000 m woven and over 500000 nonwoven interlinings per day.

With the development of business, Jelly kicked start its pace of internation- alization in the year of 1995 and has established its processing factories or service outlets respectively in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnum, Cambodia, Burma, Turkey and so forth. Jelly Tekstil, with the input value of over USD2.20 million, is located in Niğde Turkey, has bought 16.000 m2 land and constructed 2000 m2 workshops locally, equipped with the whole line from the processing of base cloth to the gluing and packing. It already has the capacity of producing 100000 m nonwoven interlinings per day. Further extending its capacity and aims to increase its market share in the Turkey market Jelly Tekstil, has already built strong business ties with some top listed interlining distributers in Turkey.

We made interview with Selim Güleş, Turkish Representative of Jelly Textile for this issue of our Nonwoven Technical Textile Tecnology Magazine.

First of all, could you tell us about yourself and your company?

I am a Turkey representative of Jelly Tekstil. I am interested in Turkey links of our international company which has production facilities in five different countries. The strongest of these facilities is located in China. We will gather all our factories on a land of 40 decares at one point. The area of 20 decares is now completely ready. We have started to produce new products in the field of technical textiles.

Jelly Tekstil, when started its production activities in Turkey?

Our facility, which was established in August of 2013, started to operate as a coating facilitie towards the end of the year. By integrating our facilitie in the course of time, we have become able to produce all of our garment nonwoven interlinings in Turkey.

Could you give us some information about your work?

Out of the garment interlining and nonwoven interlining; We are preparing to produce make-up wipes, diapers and cleaning wipes, masks, gowns, disposable towels, disposable sheets, disposable underpad. We also plan to manufacture several products in the packaging industry. We will produce packaging tapes and double-sided tapes again which we interrupt production. In addition to this, we will also activate our embroidery interlining groups. Easy tearable, water-soluble, embroidery threads are also in our plans. We are planning to produce our new high textile products in Turkey, and will enter the market with a new brand. The most important point is creating brand awareness. For this reason, We will provide to the consist of sense of trust when jelly textile is mentioned about.

Could you tell us about your most popular products?

We are currently concentrating on garment products. Our products which attracted the most attention are from the group of nonwo- ven interlining and garment interlining.

Could you give us information about your investments?

We have recently doubled our factory capacity in Niğde. We are planning to increase our capacity by adding new production lines in line with market demands. We also plan to build new factory buildings on our land. In line with the supply-demand-and of course the market conditions are very important – we are aiming for continuous growth. Production doesn’t have in Turkey not provide too much of an advantage in terms of both our country and our company. As Turkey is located on an important point position, making production here will be our first priority.

What do you think about the approach of the market to your compnay and your brand awareness?

We think we are at a competitive level with the market. Making our production in Turkey, gives us the relative price advantage. Especially our customers coming from abroad say that they want to work with us for this reason.

Could you tell us about your after-sales service?

Our goal is to protect the brand value of all of our products therefore we always give importance to quality. We provide solutions to problems that our customer is experiencing. As Jelly Tekstil, we are completely customer focused. We also guarantee that there will be no problem in our products.

Our Priority is Nonwoven Production with Biodegradable Polymers

With the advancements of textile technology and synthetic fibers, smart textiles now covers the fields of nanotechnology, material science, design and textile engineering. Emerged as a result of interdisciplinary researches in electronics and computer engineering and medicine, smart textiles started to occupy  have begun to gain an important place in the textiles and ready-to-wear industries study such as medicine.

Starting its education services in 1966 as İzmir Textile Technical High School, today the Department of Textile Engineering boatsts to be one Turkey’s oldest, modern and comprehensive textile education institutions. Since its inception, it has been training problem-solving engineers for the Turkish textile industry, who are equipped with an up-to-date and high quality education, open to improve, creative, aware of responsibilities, and have a strong communication engineers.

We present to you as the Textile Technology Magazine, the informative interview we have made with Assoc. Prof. Deniz DURAN of the Department of Textile Engineering at Aegean University, on smart textiles and nonwoven surfaces.

Can you tell us about your studies in your laboratory, smart textiles and what innovations it has brought?

In our laboratory, researches are conducted on both smart textiles and nonwoven textiles. Our studies on smart textiles has mainly concentrated on the areas of conductive and electromagnetic protective textiles. Conductive textiles are textile structures that have the ability to transmit electrical charges unlike conventional textile structures. Demand for conductive fibers and textile structures is increasing every day. Researches on conducting polymers have become very important in the last 20 years,. One of the functions that the electrical conductivity brings to textiles is the electromagnetic protection

Why is it necessary to have electromagnetic protection and what is its importance for public health?

Radiation spread from the electromagnetic fields (EMF) in high tension lines, such as high voltage lines, is a social problem. The electrical and electronic devices we use in the daily lfie and in the professional area are emitting electromagnetic waves. There are reports about exposure to the electromagnetic field, causing people to have various health problems. For this reason, electromagnetic protection is an important issue for public health.

What kind of studies are you carrying out in the laboratory to provide electromagnetic shielding?

Our research in this area is carried out by undergraduate and graduate dissertations and the R&D projects supported by the Ministry of Industry and the Scientific and Technological research Council of Turkey.

Conductive and electromagnetic protective textiles are made with production of conductive yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, nonwoven production methods on conductive textiles and coating/lamination techniques. Electromagnetic shielding effectiveness measurements are tested in our laboratory with electromagnetic shielding effectiveness measurement system, which is produced in the frequency range of 30 MHz-6 GHz in a frequency range of 30 MHz-6 GHz, in accordance with EN50147-1 standard. In this way, the closest results are achieved.

Tests on electromagnetic shielding efficiency are conducted with electromagnetic shielding efficiency measurement system in our laboratory, by producing real electromagnetic waves in the frequency range of 30 MHz-6 GHz completely isolated from the environment with the anechoic chamber principle, in accordance with EN50147-1 standard and and applying them on textile materials. Thus, we achieve most real-time results.

This way, designing, production and performance tests on many finished textile products for both daily and professional use are carried out. Researches on the conditions in which healthcare staff who are intensively exposed to electromagnetic radiation in the workplace, and the sensitive products for white collar workers or pregnant women and children who should not be exposed to electromagnetic waves.

Which machines do you have in your laboratory and for what purposes do you use them?

We have a meltblown line, an automatic feeder line, an airlaid elbowsheet and binder fixture, a laboratory-type coating and laminating machine, a tufting machine and a recycling line for the nonwoven surfaces. Innovative product development and R&D studies are maintained  by using these machines and relevant methods.

In the needling method, which allows processing of synthetic and natural fibers, fiber bundles are fed to the combs by air-flow after opening and blending. After carding, the cheesecloth are taken to the laying and folding band with the swan-neck apparatus and is laid on top according to the desired thickness. Needling is carried out throughout the thickness of the cheesecloth/padding which is formed by unfixed fibers. The notched needles move fibers from one face of the cheesecloth to the other side to form a complex structure, one part of the fibers which form the cover, which are loose during the needling, stick up to the needles and remain in place, and the fibers are pulled down with the needles reattached. This way, mechanical interlocking of the fibers is completed.

What is the Meltblown method?

The meltblown method is when thermoplastic raw material is melted in the extruder and sprayed in high-speed airflow through the rolls in the form of microfibers on the cylinder, and forms the final surface by self-bonding. In this method, the polymer material/melt dissolved in the extruder is sprayed through the nozzle holes, with a flow of hot air at high speed and the micro-sized fibers, cool and solidify as they move towards the collecting cylinder. The solidifying fibers are randomly orientated in the picking cylinder and form the nonwoven textile surface. The Meltblown method is a single step process, and is the shortest method fpr textile surface production as known currently.

Can you talk about your productions and what areas are they targeting?

In our melt blown laboratory, we conduct production of microfibrous nonwoven surfaces and our studies on this subject. We have some finished and ongoing projects in the fields of medicine and hygiene textiles, insulation, three dimensional sandwich nonwoven textiles, recycling and biodegradation, agricultural textiles, nonwoven-reinforced composites and automotive textiles. By producing surfaces with the combination of melt blowing and some other methods such as needle punching, we focus on nonwoven medical textile products, which speed up the treatment process, increase patient comfort during treatment and facilitate application to healthcare personnel. In addition to all these features, nonwoven surfaces, especially those with microfibers, increase the hygiene by exhibiting very good barrier features thanks to the enlarged surface area and small size pores. We countiue our researches on the meltblown surfaces to increase hygiene.

We have also carried out reserches on the biodegradable nonwoven surfaces for the agriculture field, which are destroyed in nature and do not harm the nature after having fulfilled the function expected of them.

Insulation materials are very important components in terms of both energy saving and enhancing the comfort of life, which are not noticed in the first place by the buyers in the construction and automotive industries. No doubt, nonwoven textile, especially three dimensional sandwich textures, are ideal materials for heat and sound insulation thanks to their random fiber orientation and hollow structure. In this context, we carry out studies in our laboratory to make insulation materials for the automotive and construction industries by combining meltblown, needling and other methods on structures achieved with the methods of needling and lamination.

Today’s most important issues for the automotive industry are energy saving, lightness and recycling, i.e. sustainability. For this reason, the share of textile materials in the automotive industry grows every day. To this end, we are working on nonwoven surface structures and mechanical engineering, which will both lighten the construction and provide insulation in the automotive industry as well as composites with reinforced nonwoven textiles. We also appreciate the use of natural fibers and recycled fibers in this area.

Can you tell us about your researches on recycling and the recycling process in your laboratory?

Sustainability, as it is known, is one of the most important issues in the textiles industry in recent years, as well as in many other industries. We also continue to work on this important issue in our laboratory. All kinds of textile waste are recycled into fibers in the guillotine and chiffon machines in our recycling line.

In the guillotine machine, fabrics, garments or textile wastes classified according to the raw material type or color are separated from the metal parts and fed to the conveyor band. A metal detector detects the metal alloys, which may be contained in the material fed to the conveyor belt, and if it detects any, it stops the band and sends a signal. The machine continues to operate after the metal part is removed. Cutting dimensions can be set by adjusting the speed of the conveyor belt with the frequency setting on the control panel. When it is conveyed with the material supply band, it is compressed in a certain position by the upper pressure rollers and fed regularly to the cutting outlet. The upper knife on the machine is mobile while the lower knife is fixed. The material, fed by the up and down movements of the upper blade is separated into small pieces.

Textile wastes separated into small pieces in the guillotine machine are fed to the chiffon machine. Then, the fiberized wastes taken from the chiffon machine can be used alone or in combination with non-recycled natural or synthetic fibers to produce nonwoven surfaces or as composite reinforcement material. In processing these fibers, needling and airless crimping methods yield good results.

What kind of collaborations have you been engaged in so far?

So far, we have been engaged in collaborations with various companies both in the fields of conductive and electromechanical protective textiles and nonwoven materials in the scope of projects by the Ministry of Industry and the Scientific and Technological research Council of Turkey. Within these projects, we have developed textile products for daily and professional use, which have electrical conductivity and other features of texture, use and comfort provided by conventional textiles. Designing, production and performance tests for these products are carried out within the companies and departments which we are in cooperation with. We also work together with different departments of our university, such as mechanical engineering, for interdisciplinary studies. We would also like to point out that we are always ready to cooperate with companies and other universities, which want to work with us on these issues.

What will be your new projects?

In our new projects, we plan to utilize our know-how and experience in the field of conductive and smart textiles for designing and production of specific products, to bring together different functions, and to cooperate with different sectors.

About nonwoven textiles, our studies will continue to intensify on medicine and hygiene, agricultural textiles, automotive textiles, insulation, recycling and sustainability. Because of the importance we attach on sustainability, biodegradable polymers and nonwoven textile production will continue to be our priorities. In the near future, we will also focus on filtration, for which we have already completed the preliminary works.

Çınar Lamination Answers All Calls for Technical Textile

Established in the last quarter of 2014 after 14 years of experience on in technical textile and lamination, Çınar Laminasyon İç ve Dış Tic.A.Ş. offers services various industries on coating, technical lamination and technical textiles with its know-how.

Performing as a distributor in Asia and Turkey for the companies operating abroad, Çınar Lamination manages manufacturing and sales of the air permeable waterproofing products with hotmelt adhesives. In addition, by making technical lamination for shoes of the world famous brands and sticking membranes to the air permeable shoes, Çınar Lamination also manufactures products which enable brand logos to strongly stick on the shoes.

Striving to offer all of its products to customers with convenient prices and high quality, the company aims to be a global corporation beneficial to society and its home country by constantly improving its development.

EFC Kimya San. ve Tic. A.Ş., established in 2017, will be operative in 2018. Teh company’s production range will include hotmelt film adhesives, hotmelt web adhesives and air permeable membranes as well as films used in food packaging.

In order to get more information on this, we visited  Gökçimen, Chairman of Çınar Laminasyon İç ve Dış Tic. A.Ş. and EFC Kimya San. ve Tic. A.Ş. for an interview and talked about various topics such as their success in the Turkish market, the products they manufacture, their areas of use, and their expectations from the textile industry in 2018.

You have 14 years of experience in technical textiles and lamination, and 4 years ago you established Çınar Laminasyon İç ve Dış Tic.A.Ş.

Also you started another company, EFC Kimya San. and Tic. A.Ş. Could you tell us a bit about your companies?

We wanted to evaluate our experience build-up within ourselves. For this reason, I decided to establish Çınar Lamination company as I noticed the shortage in the market. Our first goal was to serve the footwear and clothing market. With time, we began to work on different sectors. We have reached the point we were aiming and I hope that we will move further than that. Our EFC Chemical company was founded in 2017 and started operations in 2018. In our company we will produce technical textile products such as hotmelt film adhesive, hotmelt web adhesive and air permeable membranes as well as films used in food packaging.

When evaluating the successes of your companies, to what do you relate being at such a good level in the Turkish textile industry?

 Although we cannot meet all demands from the companies we are in cooperation with, the fact that we are way more forward than other companies in manufacturing technical lamination pushes me think this way. We also reach to a better level thanks to putting our developments in magazines and exhibitions, thanks to you. In addition to this, Turkey has come to a very advanced level in the laminating industry in the technical textiles market. In this context, we manage successful operations in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Can you tell us about the latest technological developments in the Laytex and Lavyek machines and the S-line brand products?

 Under our Laytex brand, we have Tex-melt film and Tex-melt web products. These are adhesives used in leading industries such as textile, flooring, footwear, underwear and automotive. EVA based Tex-melt lamination films are produced within the body of our company. Our sales and after-sales support services for Polyester and Polyamide based Tex-Melt Web continue.

We have our Tex-melt web products brought from China. We will start production in the coming years. We also make lamination machine productions with S-line brand and sell them abroad. We are also distributing many spare parts abroad.

Could you tell us about the benefits of the roof and roof waterproofing covers to the user and why they should choose you on these materials?

The most important feature of the roof and roof waterproofing covers is the air permability for buildings. Keeping humidity away from the building walls, it allows vapor permability. This way it prevents mold and fungus formation. By ensuring dryness of material for heat insulation, it extends its lifespan. Usually bituminous materials are used in buildings which do not allow permeability. This can cause health issues for people living in such buildings by making the building decay.

When you evaluate the position of laminated fabrics in the Turkish textile industry, what are their contributions and advantages for the industry?

Laminated fabrics, are wind-proof and impermeable, and also have the ability to exhaust vapor. It is a type of fabric which has been recently in high demand in sports clothing, medical and footwear textile products, especially in the production of membrane fabrics and military camouflage clothes which increase the fabric durability against the external conditions. We are also making all kinds of micro-interlogging (bonding), micro-polar, denim-polar, artificial leather, bedding/nonwoven and mattress protective lamination with new generation hotmelt lamination machines. We continue to provide technical services for all kinds of technical textiles including fabric coverings.

Along with today’s rising living standards, changes in the features expected from clothing continue to expand the use of laminated fabrics. With this development, the importance of the comfort features of the products we have produced has reached a remarkable point.

What are your views on the importance of Turkish textile sector and the Turkish market?

Turkey has reached a very good position in the technical textiles field. Last month, we met with the owners of major companies participating in the seminar organized by İTKİB and saw that Turkey has reached a very good level in the field of textiles. We are also producing technical fabrics for major textile companies in Europe. In addition, Turkish textiles are needed in the field of technical fabrics in other industries related to textiles. For example, the Chinese manufacturer, who makes interior parts of shoes, is now looking for a Turkish partner. Because a material from China enters Europe in three months while it comes to Turkey within the same week. For this reason, Chinese manufacturers are looking for reliable companies in their investments. In this context, they prefer Turkish textile producers. Turkey holds a good geographical position in technical textiles. We also enjoy the advantages of this. We also need to continue to take advantage of this in a good way.

As Çınar Laminasyon  İç ve Dış Tic. A.Ş. you attach great importance to protection of the environment. Will you continue to improve your products to contribute to environmental protection? What kind of activities do you carry out in this regard?

We do not use any environmentally hazardous materials in our products. For example, recently we had been experiencing these kinds of problems in materials imported from China used for shoes. Products were called phthalate and azo. Because of these issues, more attention is given to Turkish technical textiles. We also have a testing system which proves our care for environmental protection. Before, we only used to laminate and deliver the product, and the customer would test it themselves to see if there were any hazardous materials. Now they want us to test and ship our products. I believe we have come to a better position now by providing these processes.

How was 2017 for you? Can you make an evaluation about  both the global and the Turkish markets?

2017 was a little passive compared to 2016 for the textile industry, but since we do business in various industries, we can say that it was good for us. We work in many sectors like automotive, construction, clothing, shoes, gift boxes. If we were active only in one field, I think we would suffer some problems.

What innovations will you have in the textile industry in 2018?

We continue our investments related to EFC Chemical company which started operating this year. We also have higher expectations as we have large scale investors. Of the innovations we have, we will start productions for Tex-melt film and Tex-melt Web adhesives in the coming months under the name of our EFC Chemical company.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.