Responding to the big issue

Posted by on set 21, 2011 in ITMA | 0 comments

As Kofi Annan and industry leaders are providing their views on the bigger issues facing the global textile industry at the 1st World Textiles Summit today, final preparations for the opening of the show tomorrow are preoccupying some 1,350 ITMA 2011 exhibitors.

Former world diplomat Mr Annan, of course, is now an advocate for sustainable business practice, which at this year’s 60th anniversary ITMA can be considered the key driver for machine and process innovation.

ACIMIT and the VDMA, for example – as the respective textile machinery trade associations for Italy and Germany – are by no means unique in emphasising the ability of their member companies to develop processes, technologies and machinery that are efficient from an energy standpoint and provide a low environmental impact.

“The primary goal of our associated manufacturers must be that of supplying sustainable technologies resulting in production cycles that are more responsible and attentive to consumption,” says Sandro Salmoiraghi, president of ACIMIT. ACIMIT is launching its new Green Label here in Barcelona as a self-declaration of the carbon footprint and specific technologies behind machines and production cycles.

Similarly, the VDMA is introducing its BLUecoMPETENCE initiative for ecological design and energy efficiency.

“Rising energy and raw material prices are obliging textile manufacturers around the world to optimise their cost structures and processes,” says

the organisation’s chairman Fritz P. Mayer. “Here at ITMA, the German textile machinery manufacturers are presenting advanced technical solutions offering excellent value for money through production increases and savings in both energy and material.”

Tomorrow at the show, the Sustainable Textile Leaders Roundtable, organised in a co-operation with the Textile Exchange will be taking place at Conference Centre 4, Room 4.1 from 3.30pm, will also focus on sustainable innovations, machinery advances and trends for the future that will impact all players in the textile and garment making value chain.

“Textile sustainability enables the entire value chain to find cost savings and production efficiencies and pass those savings on to customers, while reducing the impact of textile production on people and the environment,” says Textile Exchange senior director LaRhea Pepper.

It’s difficult to single out individual companies contributing to this progress, but Swiss dyeing and finishing machinery specialist Benninger (in Hall 7 at stand A134), for example, is now providing lifecycle carbon footprint assessments of the textiles manufactured on its equipment.

A special emphasis is also being placed on energy saving solutions and environmental protection by Germany’s Monforts (in Hall 6 at stand C106). This company’s new Montex 8000 stenter has an ‘intelligent’ heat recovery module which can adjust the exhaust air volume and air temperature to ensure it is always working at its highest efficiency.

Another Swiss company, Xorella (in Hall H1 at stand A104), is making water and energy savings the keys to its latest  range of EnviroTec steaming and conditioning solutions.

“Despite the fact that in certain regions water availability and cost is not yet a problem, customers are becoming aware of the importance of making savings,” says the company’s head of sales Patrick Zuppiger.
Greener textile dyestuffs and chemicals, of course, can be just as critical as machinery to sustainable processing, especially in the economical use of water and reducing the amount wasted in dyeing and finishing processes.

New innovations and challenges will be addressed at the Textile Dyestuff and Chemical Industry Leaders, Forum which is taking place in Conference Centre 5, Room 5.3, between 9.15am and 12.30pm on the mornings of Sunday (25th) and Monday (26th).

source: ITMA

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