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ITMA Asia Makes Its Move

The second edition of ITMA Asia will offer visitors a vast array of textile developments in every sector.

Written and compiled by Jennifer Dennard, Managing Editor

M overs and shakers in the textile industry will soon converge during the 2nd Asian International Exhibition of Textile Machinery (ITMA Asia 2005) to see the latest in technological textile developments and trends, meet potential customers, and keep an eye on the competition.

The exhibition will be held in Singapore Monday, October 17, through Friday, October 21, at the Singapore Expo - also the site of the inaugural ITMA Asia in 2001.

Show organizer CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, selected Singapore as the host city again because of the positive experience at the premiere event, due in part to support and cooperation provided by local organizer Meeting Planners [International Pte Ltd.] (MPI). That support enabled the first edition of the show to attract 802 exhibitors from more than 33 regions, and nearly 30,000 visitors from 67 regions.

"ITMA Asia has a strong reputation in the global calendar of textile machinery exhibitions," said Sylvia Phua, CEO, MPI. "This is evident from the fact that the majority of our past exhibitors have signed up; more importantly, some 30 percent of them have upsized their booths after the 2001 experience."

Show organizers have received so much interest from potential exhibitors that additional exhibition space was added. Eight hundred exhibitors from 33 regions are expected to attend this year's show, as are close to 50,000 visitors.
ITMA Asia will once again be held in Singapore in 2005.

Post-Quota Expectations
"The upcoming ITMA Asia exhibition will be a significant one, as it is the first show we have held following the lifting of textile quotas at the beginning of this year," said Edward Roberts, president, CEMATEX. "The post-textile quota era is exciting and challenging for both manufacturers and buyers of textile machinery, and we anticipate that it will draw tremendous interest from Asian textile makers who are eager to modernize and upgrade their operations."

Eighty-nine percent of visitors to ITMA Asia 2001 were from Asia. Figures such as this perhaps encouraged the Japan Textile Machinery Association to sign an agreement with CEMATEX to become an official partner of ITMA Asia 2005.

What To Expect
Exhibitors will be organized into 15 sectors encompassing such facets of the industry as: yarn formation; nonwovens; weaving; knitting; dyeing, printing and finishing; making-up; testing and measuring; pneumatic equipment and air conditioning plants; transport, handling and packing; liquid, solid and air recycling; design, data monitoring, processing and integrated production; dyestuffs and chemical products; and associated goods and services.

The top three product groups at the exhibition are expected to be weaving, spinning and finishing.

To assist visitors and exhibitors, CEMATEX recently launched an on-line exhibitor directory, located at www.itmalive.com, that includes a comprehensive listing of exhibitors and hall plans, among other features.

Fashion Week
ITMA Asia organizers have announced support of Singapore Fashion Week (SFW), which will run concurrently with the exhibition. Organized by the Textile & Fashion Federation, with support from International Enterprise Singapore, SFW will hold fashion events throughout the city, as well as promote trade exhibitions related to the fashion, garment and textile industry. These include ITMA Asia, which will kick off the week's activities; and Apparel Asia 2005 and the International Yarns, Fibers, Fabrics & Accessories Exhibition - both of which will be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Selected Exhibitors'
Preview Of Show Offerings

"One show fits all" is perhaps a fitting phrase to describe ITMA Asia 2005. With expanded show floor space, it will no doubt offer visitors interested in every sector of the textile industry a glimpse into the latest developments. Below is a list of a few of the exhibitors and their offerings.

The Man-Made Fiber Division of Fleissner GmbH & Co., Germany, will present jumbo crimpers, cutting machines, cutting wheels and drawstands, and a number of specialty processing lines for a variety of fibers, among other recent developments.

Heberlein Fiber Technology Inc.
, Switzerland, will show its MigraJet™ line and PolyJet® range, which includes the redesigned PolyJet-SP and new PolyJet-TG TopAir™ models. The Taslan® air-jet texturing program and the HemaJet®-LB04 jet housing also will be presented, as will new T-2, S-2 and A-2 HemaJet cores. The SlideJet™-2 jet system will be shown as well, along with the new P142-2 jet insert with air twist chamber. Lufan® string-up devices, the new l100 cutting head, the redesigned DripDetector and the AirSplicer™ 17-2 and 40-2 also will be exhibited.

Loptex S.r.l
., Italy, will have on display its new Optosonic Sorter, as well as other systems that detect and remove contamination in the opening process at spinning mills.

Rieter Textile Systems, Switzerland, will display complete systems, suitable for tire cord and industrial filament, that feature improved extrusion components such as the new RIEVAP 54 draw roll and the RIEMAT CD 300 HP take-up winder. The company also will display the new CP 10 tire cord cabling machine, as well as a new high-performance blowroom line, new piecing technology, the new BT 923 rotor-spinning machine with 360 spinning positions, new core yarn devices and the new UT 50 two-for-one twister for industrial filaments.

Saurer GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, and its Allma, Barmag, Neumag, Melco, Saurer Embroidery, Schlafhorst, Volkmann and Zinser brands will occupy 1,500 square meters of exhibition space at the show, providing the company plenty of room to tempt passersby with such developments as Barmag's i-QOON® winding heads and MPS® texturing machine; and Neumag's S3 and S5 BCF (bulk continuous filament) machines, and new Swinging Sunflower can coiler system, among other products.

Saurer also will show the Schlafhorst Autocoro 360 and Autoconer 338 Gold, Zinser ring-spinning technology, the new WinPro spinning/ twisting process, Allma's new MultiCorder two-for-one twisting machine, Volkmann's CompactTwister two-for-one twisting machine, and the Amaya System and DesignShop software from Saurer Embroidery and Melco.

Italy-based Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A. - a member of the ITEMA Group - will promote the FlexiRotor S 3000 rotor-spinning frame, the Orion F for wet-spun linen yarn, and the AES-Fenix high-density and high-quality electronic assembly winder, as well as the Geminis S range of two-for-one twisters including the Duo-Pot version, among other machines.

SML Maschinengesellschaft mbH, Austria, will exhibit its line of multifilament spinning lines including the Austrofil® HT (high tenacity) and Austrofil MT (medium tenacity); Austrofil BCF; Austrofil POY (partially oriented yarn); and Austrofil POY/MT, which, as its name suggests, combines two spinning processes in one.

Spindelfabrik Suessen GmbH, Germany, will share a booth with Bräcker AG, Switzerland, and Novibra GmbH, Germany, to show the companies' full range of ring-spinning drafting systems, spindles and spinning rings. The companies will focus on ring and rotor spinning, and will display the EliTe® CompactSet spinning system for short- and long-staple fiber, EliTwist®, EliCoreTwist®, HP ComponentSet drafting systems, various SpinBox models, and spinning parts and spare parts for Autocoro rotor-spinning machines.

Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG
and its subsidiary, Trützschler Card Clothing - both based in Germany - will exhibit a blowroom line for optimal cleaning and maximum fiber protection, and the TD 03 draw frame with automatically adjustable Auto Draft break draft. The company also will display the TC 03 card with integrated draw frame for rectangular cans, and the new generation of Novostar wires.

Switzerland-based Benninger Co. Ltd. will show the new Ergotec sectional warping machine for the weaving sector.

Lindauer Dornier GmbH & Co., Germany, will exhibit its line of rapier and air-jet weaving machines. An Indian silk sari will be woven on a 170-centimeter (cm)-wide rapier machine with 16 colors in combination with a 5,120-hook jacquard machine, which will be shown equipped with the AirGuide® patented air-cushion guide.

Two air-jet machines will be on display at the company's booth. A 360-cm-wide machine will use the new EasyLeno® 2T leno method, which works with two warp end systems, to demonstrate new leno fabric creations. The second, a 400-cm-wide machine with an insertion performance of more than 2,000 meters per minute, will produce stretch denim styles with Lycra® and fancy yarns. The machine will be shown equipped with ServoControl® patented pressure regulation, as well as a patented positive weft clamp filling thread clamp.

Dornier weaving machines also will be shown at the Stäubli and Bonas booths.

Switzerland-based Grob Horgen AG will invite visitors to see new heddle frames for high-performance weaving machine applications, heddle frames for intermediate applications, and new KFW 5600 warp stop motions.

Jakob Müller AG, Frick, Maschinenfabrik, Switzerland, will offer an array of technology for narrow fabrics that span multiple textile sectors. It will present warping systems, narrow fabric weaving systems, warp crochet knitting systems, label production systems, dyeing and finishing systems, and winding and make-up systems; as well as belt inspection, measuring, cutting and stacking machines; and software systems for the development of woven jacquard patterns, knitted fabrics, article cards and enterprise resource planning.

Picanol NV, Belgium, will exhibit the new OMNIplus 800 air-jet weaving machine, as well as the Olympica air-jet weaving machine, GTXplus rapier weaving machine, and GamMax rapier weaving machine.

Italy-based Promatech S.p.A., also a member of the Itema Group, will promote its Somet and Vamatex brands. The company will exhibit the Alpha PGA rapier and redesigned Mythos E-Tec air-jet looms, and the redesigned DynaTerry. The entire range of Leonardo rapier looms also will be on display, as will the new Silver HS loom, which features reduced power consumption, double beam setting, and main Hi Drive motorization, among other features. Promatech will show for the first time the new EK505 loom, based on Leonardo technology.

Italy-based SMIT S.p.A. will demonstrate the GS900 gripper weaving machine, GS900 F terry weaving machine and JS900 air-jet weaving machine.

Stäubli AG’s Type 2881 dobby

Stäubli AG, Switzerland, will offer attendees a showing similar to that at the recent ShanghaiTex exhibition. The display will include equipment from its shedding machine, weaving preparation systems and carpet weaving machine divisions.

New introductions will include the Type 1781 CAM motion, Type 2881 dobby with T6100 carbo speed heddle frame, DX 100 and DX 110 jacquard machines, JC 6 jacquard controller, CX 170 jacquard machine for name selvages, and the Delta 110 configuration for O- and J/C-type heddles.

As it did at ShanghaiTex, Sultex Ltd. - also a member of the Itema Group - will present information on its P7300HP high-performance projectile weaving machine, Sulzer Textil G6500 rapier weaving machine and L5500 air-jet weaving machine, PowerLeno for leno fabric production, and solutions available from its Customized Weaving Technology unit.

Comez S.p.A., Italy, will exhibit its DNB/EL-800-8B double-needlebed warp-knitting machine with electronically driven pattern guide bars, which will be shown producing flat ribbons and 3D ribbons.

Comez S.p.A.’s DNB/EL-800-8B double-needlebed warp-knitting machine

Germany-based Mayer & Cie. GmbH & Co. KG will display its Relanit 1.6 R and OVJA 1.1 TTRB circular knitting machines. The company will expand upon its Basic-Line range with the unveiling of the D4-2.0 Basic-Line double jersey machine, which produces plain interlock fabrics and interlock structures, as well as 1:1 rib and rib structures on a cotton and polyester basis.

Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
, Germany, will show the Gir-O-Matic sample warping machine, JL 65/1 F knitting machine for the production of lace and net curtains, RDPJ 6/2 and RDPJ 4/2 for the production of seamless goods, and HKS 2-3 E warp knitting machine for stretch fabrics.

Dyeing, Printing And Finishing
In addition to its weaving products, Benninger will display the new TKV combination size box. Trikoflex units for knitwear finishing also will be presented at the show.

Italy-based Cimi S.p.A. will present information on the Lavanova Multifix, Lavableach, Rotodry, Flexifola and Vaporfix machines.

In addition to its weaving machines, Dornier will exhibit the EcoMerc/2 continuous mercerizing machine with the company's patented circular expander. A new contact-free magnetic mounting that ensures nearly pressure-free and distortion-free fabric transport over the expander also will be demonstrated. The EcoSqueeze circular squeezing machine also will be shown.

Fleissner will offer attendees information on its continuous dyeing lines for tufted carpets, continuous printing lines for printing processes and space-dye lines for carpet yarns. It also will present its range of equipment for wool and loose fiber finishing, as well as its drying line for loose stock fibers.

Fong's National Engineering Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, will provide information on a number of products  including the Allwin high-temperature package-dyeing machine, ECO-6 high-temperature dyeing machine, ECO-8 multi-rope soft-dyeing machine and Labwin laboratory package-dyeing machine; the Airflow AFE high-temperature jet-dyeing machine, TDS dyehouse system and color-kitchen system, and automatic dissolving system from Fong's subsidiary THEN Maschinen GmbH, Germany; and the Contexxor® Plus indirect conditioning and heatsetting machine and Mini Contexxor indirect conditioning and heatsetting laboratory machine from Fong's Xorella Hong Kong Ltd. subsidiary.
Heusch GmbH & Co. KG’s high-capacity shearing cylinder

Heusch GmbH & Co. KG
, Germany, will exhibit high-capacity shearing cylinders with hollow or solid bodies, ledger blades, concave or caulked-in spiral blades, and complete shearing units.

Italy-based Lafer S.p.A. will have available information on its Ultrasoft open-width brush sueding machines. The recently introduced UltraSoft-T features a patented fabric expander and exclusive brush configuration, which ensures a larger abrasive brush-to-fabric contact surface, according to the company.

Lafer also will display the new tubular and open-width K compactors, which help to increase fabric-to-heat contact time, and new entry/exit solutions that enable faster run speeds. The new CMI-100 shearing machine, which reduces the number of shearing passes while increasing shearing precision, also will be presented.

Italy-based Loris Bellini S.p.A. will provide information on its range of dyeing and drying machines, autoclaves, dosing systems, dyeing plant robotization, automatic programmers and dyehouse planning and management software, among other products.

MCS S.p.A., Italy, will promote its high-temperature and atmospheric rope-dyeing machines; rope-bleaching and washing ranges for knits; atmospheric and high-temperature dyeing jiggers; continuous open-width and rope tumble dryers; discontinuous rope tumbler dryers; mercerizing ranges for tubular knits; continuous open-width ranges for mercerizing, bleaching, dyeing and washing of woven fabrics; beam-dyeing machines; and discontinuous carpet-dyeing machines.

A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, will debut the MXL moist cross-linking process for non-iron properties, combined integrated heat recovery and exhaust air-cleaning system, high-efficiency fan motors, and nozzles for its DynAir relaxation dryer.

Sclavos International S.A., Greece, will promote its Athenà with Wisdom dyeing machine, among other products.

Nonwovens And Technical Textiles
The Germany-based Dilo System Group will present web forming and needling machinery, such as the Spinnbau Delta-Sigma-Card, Turbo-Unit and Turbo-Card web-forming machines; Hyperlayer crosslapper; Hyperpunch needle looms; VE2 drafter; and ProfiLine CV1 system.

Fleissner also will present a wide array of nonwovens products, including the AquaJet spunlace system for the hydroentanglement of nonwovens, the recently introduced Lean-AquaJet spunlace system, high-performance through-air dryers, and high-performance lines for nonwovens production.

Fleissner GmbH & Co.’s LeanAquaJet spunlace system

NSC Nonwoven, France, will promote its AirWeb® and ProDyn® systems, as well as the recently introduced Excelle® card.

In addition to its spinning equipment, Rieter will exhibit the new Perfobond 3000 for the production of high-quality spunbond fabrics, as well as new Spunjet technology, which integrates spunlaid and spunlacing technologies on-line.

Switzerland-based Santex AG will debut the Cavimelt-TSM trial and sampling machine for hot-melt coating and lamination. The machine features a working width of 500 millimeters and is suitable for laminators and coaters, educational facilities, and adhesive suppliers, among other users. The company also will display a number of other products including the Santatherm double belt oven, thermobonding lines for waste and recycling of fibers, Caviscreen hotmelt rotary screen machine, Caviflex hot-melt machine, and the Cavi-BSC coating and laminating machine, among other pieces of equipment.

Textile Testing
England-based James H. Heal & Co. Ltd. will have on view the FlexiBurn flammability tester introduced at ShanghaiTex 2005, as well as the Apollo lightfastness tester, an enhanced Titan Universal Strength Tester, a SnagPod snagging resistance tester and the range of Nu Martindale testers including the 864 model.

The company also will provide information on its global service and calibration, and the launch of its new Far Eastern Service Center in Hong Kong.

Loepfe Brothers Ltd.
, Switzerland, will provide visitors with information on the YarnMaster Zenit on-line quality control system. Built on the technology of the YarnMaster Spectra, the Zenit model features Loepfe's new P-sensor, which is able to detect man-made foreign matter no matter what the color of the yarn or foreign matter or fineness of the fiber.

SDL Atlas, also based in England, will use ITMA Asia as a chance to debut its redesigned Flammability Tester, enhanced Martindale and ICI Pilling Box. It also will display the Quickspin System for the fiber industry, the DigiEye colorfastness grading and match prediction system, and the Ci3000+ lightfastness tester.

Uster Technologies AG, Switzerland, will exhibit the USTER® QUANTUM® 2 polypropylene foreign fiber detection system for spinning mills, as well as the Uster Quantum Lab On-line, which provides on-line data that may be compared with lab measurements and Uster Statistics.

The Luwa Division of the Zellweger Luwa Group, Switzerland, will present textile air engineering capabilities such as the Total Air Control TAC® air engineering concept.

September 2005