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Countdown To ITMA

ITMA 2003 offers the industry a first-hand look at some of this year's newest textile technology developments.

The National Exhibition Centre, England, will host a record number of visitors and exhibitors at ITMA 2003.October has arrived and Birmingham, England, awaits the global textile industry at ITMA 2003. A record number of exhibitors and visitors are expected to attend the event, to be held at Birminghams National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Oct. 22-29.Owned by the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), ITMA 2003 has maintained its appeal as an important event on the calendar of textile shows, despite emerging competition from other major, global exhibitions. In addition to perusing the exhibition floor, visitors may participate in a number of events surrounding the show. During the day, the ITMA Forum, entitled New Frontiers in Textiles Moving MarketsandStrategic Innovations, will give visitors and exhibitors alike a chance to network and discuss major issues affecting todays global industry. Six sessions, offered Oct. 23-25, will cover a broad range of hot topics (See Table 1).A panel of speakers will lead each session in a roundtable discussion the format of which is designed to let the speakers, visitors and exhibitors drive the discussions. Each two-hour session, which will open with a presentation by a panel member, is divided into a 90-minute discussion period and 30-minute conversation break. Refreshments will be served during the break, and attendees will have an opportunity to meet with panelists and industry colleagues.Participants must have a good command of the English language because the forum is an English-speaking event, and simultaneous translations will not be available.There is plenty to do and see in and around Birmingham each evening. The city boasts a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs, as well as a large canal network for evening walks and barge rides. The NEC Arena is hosting a variety of concerts during ITMA, including Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera; and various classical music, show tunes and other entertainment can be enjoyed at NECs Symphony Hall almost every night during the show.Historically, ITMA has marked the introduction of many great innovations in textile machinery. And, with the postponement from June to December of another international show in 2003, ShanghaiTex, ITMA is the industrys first opportunity this year to see key advancements first-hand (See Savio Unveils Technology, TW, this issue).Following is a look at some of the wares to be displayed during ITMA 2003 (For additional listings, see ITMA 2003 Exhibitors, TW, September 2003). ExhibitorsAlbany International Italia S.p.A., Italy, will feature its endless needled felts and silicone-coated belts for textile finishing processes. Hall 19, Stand DF19-1B.Aletti GiovanniandFigli S.r.l., Italy, will exhibit its range of finishing lines. A special band buffing machine; and peach pile, sueding and pattern buffing equipment will be highlighted. Hall 7, Stand DF7-6J.Atlas Copco, Sweden, will introduce two new oil-free air compressors, the ZR315 VSD and the ZH7000. Both compressors provide 100-percent oil-free air power for spinning and weaving operations. Hall 11, Stand W11-4B.
Atlas Copco's ZR315 VSD oil-free air compressor
Brugman washing rangeBrugman, The Netherlands, will exhibit its full line of desizing, scouring and bleaching, mercerizing, and continuous dyeing equipment. The Vanwyk Group of companies, which acquired the rights to the Brugman name in 2002, has decided to reintroduce the Brugman machinery program to the international textile market at ITMA. Primary stand contact: Patrick Paap. Hall 6, Stand DF6-12A.Crosrol UK Ltd., England, will exhibit a new web belt that can be retrofitted to existing Crosrol Mark 4 and Mark 5 cards. The belt offers enhanced performance with output increases of between 11 and 22 percent, according to the company. Hall 2, Stand SP2-9B.Datacolor, Lawrenceville, N.J., will showcase its latest tools for maintaining first-run color efficiency for virtually any textile or apparel application. Around the theme From Mills to Market, Datacolor will demonstrate: ColorTools, Windows®-driven software for color quality control; Spectraflash Series X lab-grade spectrophotometers; the Mercury color measurement device; AutoLab Modulo GT dispensers; Autofoam chemical application technology; DCIMatch complete color matching and correction system; and many other products. Hall 6, Stand DF6-16A.Devrekha Exports, India, will feature its patented jet-dyeing machine; a multi-nozzle, soft flow dyeing machine; a scouring machine with caustic recovery system; a long-tube dyeing machine; and a sample dyeing machine. Hall 16, Stand DF16-8D. Elad Trading BV, The Netherlands, exhibiting for the first time, will present information on its spare parts for Stork and Vald Henriksen machines, in addition to its new lab padder. Hall 19, Stand DF19-15D.Fibreguide Ltd., England, will show its FG air-jet technology featuring a tungsten carbide jet core. Products include the latest-generation FG5 twist jet, FG10 range for spinning applications, FG8 and FG8M technologies for microdenier spinning and draw texturing applications, and FG9 jets for twisting and detorque. Primary stand contact: Philip J. Leah. Hall 1, Stand SP1-9C.Fongs National Engineering Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, will exhibit the Ecotech series of dyeing machines, which includes the ECO-6 high-temperature dyeing machine, the ECO-38 atmospheric dyeing machine, and the ECO-8 double-rope soft dyeing machine. In addition, the company will highlight the ALLWIN Series package-dyeing machine. Hall 17, Stand DF17-7A.
Fong's ECO-6 high-temperature drying machineH. Hergeth GmbH, Germany, will show various preparation equipment, including automatic bale tie cutters, horizontal and inclined pluckers, single and multi-roll openers and cotton cleaning machines, among other products. Hall 1, Stand SP1-12B.Kluber Lubrication Munchen KG, Germany, will highlight its special lubricants for textile machinery applications. Hall 20, Stand DF20-11A; and Hall 5, Stand K5-3A.Knotex Maschinenbau GmbH, Germany, will introduce its new TS/2 TapeMaster warp tying machine, Knotex OptimalSpeed® for program-controlled knot-tying speed efficiency, the DISPOS® spare parts management system and a tying frame for monofilaments. Hall 9, Stand W9-5A.Macart Spinning Systems, England, will exhibit its S300 machine, which represents a new approach to yarn manufacturing combining roving, spinning, twisting, yarn bulking and take-up winding operations into a single operation. The S300 is suitable for acrylic yarns in counts from 2/16 Nm to 2/42 Nm. Primary stand contact: David Titheridge. Hall 2, Stand SP2-9B.Marzoli S.p.A., Italy, will debut its C601 card, among other technologies. Hall 1, Stand SP1-16B.Meera Industries, India, will show a new TFO twister for polyester and silk yarns, and a high-speed servo-controlled rewinder with a touch-screen display panel. Hall 2, Stand SP2-2E.Morrison Textile Machinery, Fort Lawn, S.C., will present its new SPECtrUM Indigo Dye and Wash Boxes; FCS monitoring and control system; the Micro Saturator for high wet pickup applications; as well as Morrisons Rubber Belt Unit, an integral part of its SANFOR compressive shrinking range. Hall 6, Stand DF6-7D.NedGraphics BV, The Netherlands, will feature its software and services for textile design, color matching, color separation, fabric and carpet simulation and 3-D presentation. Hall 8, Stand S8-4A.Novozymes A/S, Denmark, will have information on its enzyme products for textile applications, including Scourzyme® L for cellulose fabric preparation. Scourzyme L breaks down cotton pectin, thereby assisting in wax and oil removal. According to the company, the enzyme provides effective, eco-friendly scouring of cellulose fabrics. Hall 8, Stand DC8-5B.Osthoff-Senge GmbHandCo. KG, Germany, will exhibit its line of atmospheric and high-temperature jigs with combined PC and PLC control systems, and inverter-controlled AC drives with brake-drive power return, among other features. Hall 18, Stand DF18-3A.Roaches International Ltd., England, will exhibit in Hall 7, Stand DF7-3A.Georg Sahm GmbHandCo. KG, Germany, will present the new Twinstar fully automatic doffing precision cross winder, to be demonstrated in combination with a doffing and handling system. The company also will display the 302E high-performance rewinder and assembly winder with a Texkimp SA/M creel, and the Sahm 3002 R automatic high-performance winder. Hall 1, Stand SP1-11A.Stalam S.p.A., Italy, will show the most up-to-date versions of its radio frequency dryers including: the RF and RFA standard and air-assisted models for all types of fibers and yarns; the LtrF and RFA/S low- and medium-temperature dryers for loose stock, unwound tow/top slivers and hanks of yarn; the TCRF thermocontrolled batch-type dryers for temperature-sensitive yarn packages and tops in bump/bobbin form; and RF/T continuous drying and finishing equipment for woven fabrics. Hall 18, Stand DF18-9A.Strahm Textile Systems AG, Switzerland, focuses on drying, coating, impregnating and thermobonding solutions for the textile, nonwovens and composites industries. Strahm will launch the Fibroline unit, a high-voltage powder impregnation system, at the exhibition. In addition, the company will show a newly developed line of convection drying and thermobonding systems; and foulards, calenders, winders and accumulators. Machinery on display at ITMA will be transferred to the companys new research and development showroom after the exhibition. Hall 4, Stand NW4-4A.Tatham Ltd., England, will demonstrate new developments in its Microweigh technology for carding machinery, its full line of woolen and nonwoven cards, the Tatham Mule spinning system and the Magnum card for carpet yarns, among other products. Primary stand contact: Tim Porritt. Hall 2, Stand SP2-9B.U. Engineering Co. Ltd., Japan, will highlight its WE400 weft straightener, a web-guiding device, and Flat Expander and Miravo wrinkle-removing rolls. Primary stand contact: Makiko Kosaka. Hall 19, Stand DF19-11B.Vetri Engineers, India, will display Vetri top rollers for draw frames and combers, metal top rollers for roving and ring frames, and spinning machine spare parts. Primary stand contact: S. Jaya Prakash. Hall 4, Stand SP4-2B.Ph. Welker GmbH, Germany, will exhibit the Condibox-S conditioning system, which provides up to a 50-percent reduction in energy costs, according to the company. Welker also will show the Welkodur, a new stainless steel multi-layer protection system, which offers an alternative to costly stainless steel housings for its machinery. Hall 2, Stand SP2-14B.In November, Textile World will begin its post-show coverage of ITMA 2003 and the innovative technologies unveiled during the exhibition. The November issue will feature a Flash Report comprising pictures taken during the show. The December issue will contain an overview of the show, highlighting general trends. The first three issues in 2004 will offer in-depth coverage of the technology offerings broken down by segment: January will feature opening, blending, carding, spinning and material handling; February will cover weaving preparation, weaving, knitting and nonwovens technologies; and March will wrap up TWs ITMA coverage with dyeing, printing, finishing and quality control developments.
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October 2003