ITMA Asia + CITME 2012 Exhibitor Preview: Picanol
Besides the OMNIplus Summum, also the OMNIplus-X will be on display. This machine is developed and produced in Picanol's Suzhou plant in China, but using the proven OMNIplus 800 technology. The OMNIplus-X responds to the requirements of the Asian mid-end segment and comes in weaving widths of 190 cm and 220 cm.
As for the rapier machines, the highlight is an OptiMax weaving a technical fabric. On ITMA Barcelona Picanol presented the OptiMax in a guided positive gripper execution. Although available in all widths (up to 540 cm), this especially opens new perspectives in technical segments such as Coating fabrics, Primary and secondary carpet backing, Geogrids etc.. Other rapier machines on display are the GT-Max with jacquard and GTX-plus, both machines produced in Suzhou.
In total 6 Picanol machines will be on display. Five on its own booth (Hall E3, booth C10). One Picanol OptiMax with jacquard will be on display at the Bonas booth.
Picanol in Asia
As one of the world's leading weaving machine manufacturers, Picanol has always had a very close relationship with the Asian textile industry. This relationship is not a matter of chance or coincidental developments: on the contrary, it is the result of long-term, strategic planning by the Picanol management.
In this firm belief, Picanol sent its first pioneers to explore the possibilities in the Far East, already in the early 1950s. Picanol took part in one of the first international exhibitions held in Beijing. This was the period when Picanol salesmanagers, still based in Ieper, criss-crossed the Orient to promote its weaving machines at exhibitions and technical seminars.
The growing installed base of Picanol machines in Asia, as well as the increasing demand for a higher level of service & support resulted in the establishment of the Picanol Service Centre, which was set up in Shanghai in 1987. A network of local service engineers was also established to serve the other South-Asian countries. As the installed base was steadily growing a local training centre was established in Bandung Indonesia. This served also as servicing and spare parts facility.
The next step in the history of Picanol in China was the set-up of PST, Picanol Suzhou Textile Machinery Works, thus starting its career as a Chinese textile machinery manufacturer. This set-up took place in 1994.
PST was Picanol's first production line outside Belgium, and the technology and organisation were based entirely on the assembly concept employed at the company's headquarters in Ieper. Today PST houses a complete production unit with 3 assembly lines for 4 product types, a mechatronics division, a sales, service and spare parts organization. The majority of the Chinese management, engineers and technicians have been trained in Belgium.
Another bridgehead in the Picanol organization is India. With head office in Delhi and branch offices in textile hubs like Mumbai and Coimbatore, the company has spread itself closer to customer. Picanol already had a good presence in the Indian market since year 1956 and the machines were seen at almost all major textile and apparel companies. For Picanol also, India is one of the top markets, next only to China and out of all its networks, the Asian region particularly has helped the group in sustaining during the downturn of the last global crises.
Headquarters in Belgium
One of the big assets of this cross border entrepreneurship is the mixture of drawing upon the know-how & quality standards from the Picanol Group, combined with good understanding of its local customers.
With more than 150 engineers and strong R&D teams headquartered in Belgium, Picanol invests heavily in R&D activities every year. Picanol's R&D aims not just at development and production of the most advanced weaving machines, but also achieving the most profitable weaving process in the world.
Picanol offers seven types of weaving machines: the OptiMax, GT-Max and GTXplus with rapier technology, the OMNIplus Summum, TERRYplus 800, OMNIplus 800 TC and the OMNIplus-X with airjet insertion technology. Together, these machines cover the full spectrum of textiles including apparel, household and technical fabrics. The high degree of digitization of all these machines, together with their Sumo main drive, ensures a lower weaving cost, higher quality of the fabrics produced, greater flexibility and exceptional ease of operation in comparison with other weaving machines.
Picanol weaving machines on display at ITMA Asia + CITME 2012
OMNI plus Summum 4-P 190 weaving a lining fabric
Warp yarn count dtex 78
density 35 ends/cm
Weft yarn count dtex 83/36
density 22 picks/cm
Drawing-in width: 150 cm
OMNI plus -X 4-P 190 weaving a shirting fabric
Warp yarn count Ne 100/2
density 55 ends/cm
Weft yarn count Ne 100/2
density 29 picks/cm
Drawing-in width: 163,5 cm
GTX plus 4-R 190 weaving a bottomweight fabric
Warp yarn count Ne 20
density 38,6 ends/cm
Weft yarn count Ne 10 + Ne7 slub
density 18,9 picks/cm
Drawing-in width: 160cm
GT-Max 8-J 340 weaving an upholstery fabric
Warp yarn count dtex 167/48
density 64 ends/cm
Weft yarn count 300 den, Nm 4,5, Nm 57
material polyester, chenille, lurex
density 32 picks/ cm + 45 picks/cm with cramming
Drawing-in width: 304 cm
OptiMax 2-R 250 weaving conveyor belt fabric
Style Conveyor belt
Warp yarn count dtex 1100/Z60
density 28 ends/cm
Weft yarn count dtex 1100
density 15 picks/cm
Drawing-in width: 240 cm
OptiMax 8-J 190 weaving a ladies wear fabric on the Bonas booth
Style Ladies wear fabric
Warp yarn count dtex 50/24
density 108 ends/cm
Weft yarn count
dtex 167, Ne 8/1, Ne 40/1, den
material polyester, flax, cotton, lurex
density 51 picks/cm + 48 picks/cm
Drawing-in width/ 148,2 cmInnovation is a constant at Picanol. An R&D team of over 150 researchers are working day-in-day-out on performance, efficiency, user friendliness and versatility of the Picanol weaving machines, so that the weaving industry can get the most out of its energy, time, material, market and talent. This makes the Picanol machines the most innovative in the world.
Teaming up with Picanol is the best guarantee for weavers of being competitive and profitable - now and in the long term. See you at booth C10 in Hall E3!
Posted on April 24, 2012