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The Rupp Report: ITMA Asia + CITME 2012: Trützschler's Enlarged Portfolio

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

On June 16, ITMA Asia + CITME 2012 closed its doors in Shanghai. With this feature, the Rupp Report closes its reporting from ITMA Asia + CITME 2012. Last, but not least, the report is about Germany-based Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, one of the last few privately owned textile machinery manufacturers in Europe. The Germans are among the world’s leading suppliers for short-staple draw frames, and Trützschler has been building spinning preparation machines since 1888.

Over the last years, led by Heinrich Trützschler and his brother-in-law Dr. Michael Schürenkrämer, the company enlarged its portfolio with some important acquisitions and cooperations: At ITMA Asia + CITME, Trützschler was in the limelight because of the announcement of a cooperation between Japan-based Toyota Industries Corp. and Trützschler to develop, manufacture, and market combing machines (See “ The Rupp Report: Toyata’s and Trützschler’s Joint Machinery Project,” TextileWorld.com, June 19, 2012). In Shanghai, the Rupp Report talked to Hermann Selker, Trützschler’s head of marketing.

Three Divisions
Today, the group is composed of Trützschler Spinning, Trützschler Nonwovens (Fleissner and Erko) and Trützschler Card Clothing. The spinning division presented for the first time its new TC 8 card. This machine has been specifically designed for the Asian market and is built at Trützschler Textile Machinery Shanghai, TTMS. Selker mentioned the exhibit enjoyed excellent feedback.

Overall, the company was pleased with the frequency and the quality of the visitors: “We are satisfied with the number of visitors as well as the quality. We did not expect that many visits at our booth,” Selker said. “However, this is not an international show, but a regional event, and we welcomed virtually only Chinese visitors.” Also, for Selker, there was a difference between this and the last ITMA Asia: “As I mentioned before, in our segments, the Asian ITMA is very important for our Mainland customers.”

There was not demand for any one particular product: “No,” he said, “we had requests for virtually every product. Yet, draw frames and foreign matter detection systems were the main focus of attention. Foreign matter detection is kind of a standard today for every quality-yarn-producing spinner.” What are the reasons for that? “In spite of all rumors about China, there is a possibility to sell. There is still some particular interest. The outcome of the event was better than expected. We signed a considerable number of contracts.”

Nonwovens Machinery Made In Europe
Is the European market still important for the Trützschler Group? “Yes, but only for nonwovens,” Selker said. “For nonwovens, Europe is extremely important for us. On the other hand, the Asian market is vital for our spinning department, yet the nonwovens business is increasing. This is thanks to the growing automotive market in Asia, where the suppliers must be present.”

Also for the group, China is still the number-one market, followed by Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan. And India? “Well, India is very quiet at the moment,” Selker said. “There are not many projects in the pipeline. However, the investment program by the Indian government was extended, so there is some hope.”

Is the current financial situation distorting the business of the Trützschler Group? “Not that much,” Selker explained. “It is less than expected. As a producer in the eurozone, we are quite happy with the exchange rate, which favors exports.”

The Mainland
And how about China? Will the importance of the Chinese market further increase? “We don’t expect any further growth in spinning,” Selker said. “Yarn production will not increase that much because of the very high cotton prices. As a consequence, yarn imports will further increase and the countries around China will become stronger.

“However, China is moving,” he continued. “State-owned enterprises that are not profitable will be closed down, and the industry has to think in a more economical way. Cutting-edge technology will become even more important for textile machinery suppliers: if energy consumption is not low enough, the producers think about buying cheap local machinery.”

Looking to the future, Selker added: “For 2013, we hope that we can keep our sales turnover like 2012. We increased our sales in the segments of card clothing, man-made fibers and nonwovens. To keep our position, we must always be the proverbial step ahead to provide even better solutions for our customers. As I said, card clothing, man-made fibers and nonwovens are doing well, but also the acquisition of Bastian with its rewinders is doing well [See “ Trützschler Nonwovens Acquires Bastian Winder Technologies,” TextileWorld.com, April 17, 2012]. And the cooperation with Toyota will open new markets and opportunities.”

August 7, 2012