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Dyeing Printing & Finishing

Park Valley Dyers Installs Thies Equipment

Park Valley Dyers Ltd., United Kingdom, a joint venture between contract fabrics weaver Camira Fabrics Ltd. and Holmfirth Dyers Ltd., has installed 10 dyeing machines and a horizontal pressure dryer manufactured by Germany-based Thies GmbH & Co. KG. Thies also designed the layout and auxiliary equipment specifications at the plant, a former dyeing facility that has been recommissioned after serving for some years as a storage facility. The operation is the first dedicated dyeing plant to be installed in the UK in more than 20 years and represents an investment of 2 million British pounds, Camira reports.

The machinery at Park Valley Dyers dyes 25 tons of yarn weekly and is operated by six employees. The plant features an energy-efficient hot water boiler with a recovery unit, and recycles and reuses all water used. The drying machinery uses hot air instead of radio frequency. In addition, the plant recycles all yarn delivery pallets and packaging.

Machinery installed includes an eco-bloc quattro lab sampling unit, and seven horizontal and two vertical eco-bloc yarn-dyeing machines — including two 840-kilogram-capacity units that can be linked and operated using one control unit. Park Valley also installed a pharmaceutical standard recipe preparation booth that enables the company to achieve a 98-percent right-first-time rate, according to Philip Brearley, managing director, Camira Fabrics.

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