ITMA 2019 forums draw strong industry support – Nonwovens, and chemical and colourant forums unveil key speakers

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7 February 2019 – The world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA 2019, will be complemented by several key forums when it is held in Barcelona in June, two of which are the ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum.

Mr Fritz Mayer, President of CEMATEX, said: “As technological developments are happening at breakneck speed, and collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary in a globalised economy, the industry has to stay abreast of the latest developments and trends. Hence, ITMA will be staging several forums to help participants be ahead of the competition curve.

“The forums also offer a valuable platform for various associations and professionals to connect and network with the right players. This is especially important as collaboration and partnerships from research institutions to technology, chemical and raw material providers and users are increasingly more critical to business success.”  

ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum

The Nonwovens Forum is jointly organised by ITMA and EDANA. To be held on 21 June 2019, it will highlight the latest innovations in nonwovens. The theme of the forum is ‘Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable’.

Mr Pierre Wiertz, EDANA’s General Manager said: “The nonwovens industry is a bright spark in the textile world. We are glad to be able to collaborate with ITMA to bring these exciting opportunities to visitors who are involved in or have the intention to move into nonwovens manufacturing.”

Providing the latest industry insights will be keynote speaker Mr David Allan, Editor, Nonwovens, RISI (United States). His presentation is titled ‘Global Trends in Nonwoven Processes under Economic and Sustainability Constraints’.

The forum will feature three sessions:

  • Circular economy/challenges & opportunities for processing bio-based & recycled materials on nonwovens machinery
  • Latest trends and innovation in nonwoven processes – including hybrids and composites
  • Innovations in nonwovens technology

In addition, there will be a panel discussion with experts from leading centres of excellence in nonwovens who will exchange their views on the nonwoven processes of the 2030s.

Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum

The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 on 23 June will focus on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy and how innovation will drive future industry success. Launched at ITMA 2011, the forum, is an industry initiative that draws lively participation from dyestuff, colour and chemical professionals from around the world.

Themed ‘Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy’, the 2019 forum explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can help create a more sustainable future for the textile and garment industry.

Presentations at the forum are clustered into three sessions:

  • Resource management and Industry 4.0
  • Responding to sustainability challenges with innovation
  • Envisioning the future of the colourant and chemical industry

Chairing the forum is Mr Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director of Society of Dyers and Colourists. He said: “The forum has been an eagerly-awaited event at each ITMA edition as it is an inclusive industry platform that takes in perspectives from all stakeholders of the textile and garment supply chain. Organised by the industry, it allows like-minded industry players to exchange knowledge on the latest innovations and solutions, understand current issues and trends in a global context.”

Speakers confirmed for the forum include Ms Christina Raab, Global Implementation Director of The ZDHC Foundation. She will speak on the role of chemistry for circularity in textile, leather and fibre production. She will also elaborate on ZDHC’s approach and tools to drive the transition and uptake of safer and more circular chemistry, as well as the current state and findings of circular implementation projects from the sector.

Another speaker is Ms Dunja Drmač, Sustainability Officer of the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX). Her presentation will enlighten participants on resource sustainability and relevant strategies in the journey towards a circular economy.

In addition to the forums, other knowledge sharing activities include the ITMA Innovation Lab. An important element of the lab is the ITMA Speakers Platform where all ITMA exhibitors have been invited to participate. The Platform will be complemented by a video showcase. A new highlight, the ITMA Innovation Video Showcase will provide a new channel for visitors to learn more about innovative exhibits at ITMA 2019.

Registration for both forums is open at Details of other co-located events at ITMA 2019 can also be found on the website.

ITMA 2019 will be held from 20 to 26 June at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue. The exhibition will feature over 1,600 exhibitors who will be showcasing their latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibres, yarns and fabrics.


The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) comprises national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA and ITMA ASIA. Considered the ‘Olympics’ of textile machinery exhibitions, ITMA has a 65-year history of displaying the latest in machinery and software for every single work process of textile and garment making. It is held every four years in Europe.

About ITMA Services
Headquartered in Brussels with a subsidiary in Singapore, ITMA Services is the appointed organiser of ITMA 2019 and future ITMA branded exhibitions. It is managed by professionals with extensive experience in organising ITMA and other major trade exhibitions around the world. It aims to maintain and expand ITMA’s unique selling proposition and relevance to a global audience.

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BRÜCKNER Heat-recovery and exhaust air pollution control at Getzner AG

Getzner AG in Vorarlberg, Austria is today the leading company for the production of African damask fabrics and one of the leading manufacturers of shirt fashion fabrics.
Brueckner Heat-recovery Getzner
Figure 1: Getzner AG in Bludenz, Austria.

The new production halls at Getzner AG’s main plant in Bludenz, fabrics are woven and finished for ready-made garments. The fabrics are finished in special processes mainly on new BRÜCKNER stenters.

As substances evaporate from the fabric during the textile finishing processes, the stenters have to be vacuumed off and this exhaust air has to be cleaned before being emitted into the environment.

The exhaust air treatment on the new stenters of Getzner AG is carried out by a multi-stage BRÜCKNER ECO-HEAT and ECO-AIR system.

In the first ECO-HEAT heat-recovery system, heated fresh air is generated for the drying process, which noticeably reduces energy consumption. In the second ECO-HEAT heat-recovery system, water is heated for the company’s internal heating system and thus, depending on the heating requirement, up to 85% of the invested heat energy is recovered.

The pollutants from the exhaust air are condensed and separated in the subsequent ECO-AIR exhaust air scrubber. A silencer behind the exhaust air fan reduces the exhaust noise to a minimum.

Brueckner ECO HEAT air Getzner
Figure 2: BRÜCKNER ECO-HEAT air/air heat-recovery system.

The proven ECO-HEAT components guarantee high heat transfer efficiency and a particularly robust and maintenance-friendly design. Since the heat exchangers have to be cleaned at regular intervals from unavoidable deposits in order to maintain full performance, they are easy to remove. The heat exchangers are boiled regularly in the cleaning bath supplied.

As Getzner AG has replacement heat exchanger modules in stock, the heat exchangers are cleaned without any time pressure.

With this modern multi-stage exhaust air system Getzner AG achieves a high energy efficiency because most of the exhaust air heat is recovered in BRÜCKNER ECO-HEAT systems.

In addition, the picturesque environment is not polluted by smoke, noise, and odors from the production process, thanks to the BRÜCKNER ECO-AIR exhaust air cleaning system.


FEBRATEX Blumenau Brasil 21. – 24. agosto 2018
CINTE TECHTEXTIL Shanghai China 04. – 06. septiembre 2018
CAITME Taskent Uzbekistan 11. – 13. septiembre 2018
KTM Kahramanmaras Turquia 27. – 28. septiembre 2018
EXINTEX Puebla Mexico 02. – 05. octubre 2018
ITMA ASIA Shanghai China 15. – 19. octubre 2018
Vliesstofftage Hof Alemania 07. – 08. noviembre 2018


A Sustainable Improvement of the Production and Efficient Use of the Resources

Brückner presented in Frankfurt a wide range of application examples for Technical Textiles which can be finished on the tailor-made and resource-saving Brückner machines. A great number of special machines for very specific purposes show the competence of the creative Brückner team. The Southwest of Germany is a center for Technical Textiles which amount to about 50 % of the textile production. The family-owned company Brückner, managed in the second generation by the owner Regina Brückner together with her husband Axel Pieper, is just in the right place in Leonberg in Swabia and Tittmoning in Bavaria.

The proximity to textile research institutes such as e.g. the ITV in Denkendorf allows many joint projects and developments which are used in the special machines made by Brückner. Manifold product examples invite to discussions with the Brückner experts. Models of a Supra-Flow BX double belt oven for nonwovens and of the innovative Etro bow-shaped dryer which is particularly suitable for the coating with PVC or adhesives show only two of the machines offered by Brückner for the finishing of nonwovens and foils. In addition Brückner offers very different application systems for the coating of technical textiles and one of them is the Eco-Coat minimum application unit (in the picture). In the Technology Center in Leonberg the customers can develop their own innovations on different machines. Also padders, drying, heat-setting and curing ovens with maximum production capacity and lowest possible energy consumptions and the highest precision in the temperature distribution and air circulation are part of Brückner’s product range. Various cutting and winding machines to give a shape to Technical Textiles of any kind round the product portfolio.

KARL MAYER will be showing an HKS 3-M

German Village Park in Blumenau on stand 67/68/81/82, sector 1, street 6 at Febratex, 21.-24.08.2018

Febratex, the Brazilian Textile Industry Fair, will again take place from 21 to 24 August 2018 for the 16th time. This leading textile machinery will is open to visitors in the German Village Park in Blumenau (SC) and will show innovations for the entire global production chain. More than 2,400 national and international companies will be exhibiting, including KARL MAYER. This global company will be showcasing its Warp Knitting Business Unit on the stand 67/68/81/82, sector 1, street 6, of its regional agent, MBR – Máquinas Têxteis Bernhard e Rampani. One of the first high-speed tricot machines, type HKS 3-M, with a working width of 130″ and featuring the KAMCOS® 2 computer platform, will be on show.

The Warp Preparation Business Unit will also be exhibiting at Febratex 2018 on an infostand showcasing products that can be manufactured on a variety of machines and equipment for producing warp beams.

Scoring points with country-specific machines

For KARL MAYER, Brazil is a market with a long tradition. Many small warp knitting companies are located there, as well as many larger ones that are becoming increasingly well established, thanks to their vertical production strategies and willingness to invest. “We also want to appeal to smaller customers in order to increase the range of products on offer,” says Nelson Da Cruz, a Regional Sales Manager at KARL MAYER. As a result of national protectionist policies, most of the products manufactured in Brazilian warp knitting companies are sold on the domestic market. The market been experiencing a recession since 2015, but this now seems to have bottomed out. “We are hoping for a recovery in the near future,” says Nelson Da Cruz. His expectations are supported by the number of orders placed for tricot machines over the last few months. This Sales Manager hopes to get an even better understanding of the market, so that he can offer his customers new business opportunities. “We must supply products for niche sectors and meet the specific requirements of this country,” explains Nelson Da Cruz, since domestic manufacturers do not focus on mass production, nor are they innovative pioneers. Instead of this, they tend to follow trends in areas that are already well established and where there is no strong competition.

KARL MAYER is also targeting its exhibits at weft knitting companies at Febratex. In Blumenau, an HKS 3-M will be processing elastane to produce a stretch filet fabric for use in sportswear. This product and the performance of the machine are designed to offer producers of weft-knitted fabrics an attractive, alternative technology.


Inauguration of the new BRÜCKNER production facility in Tittmoning

On Saturday, 23 June 2018 the new production facility of BRÜCKNER, the world market leader in dry finishing machines for textiles and technical textiles, was officially opened in Tittmoning, Bavaria. Representatives from politics, the church, banks and industry were present when Regina Brückner inaugurated the new, generously dimensioned production plant together with Dr. Peter Ramsauer, former Minister of Transport and approx. 800 other guests.

Pic 1: New BRUCKNER production site in Tittmoning, Bavaria

“Our old factory simply became too small. Increased incoming orders and ever-increasing demands on machine sizes and delivery dates were the reason for planning a new plant in 2014. We were not able to start construction until November 2016, as many hurdles in the approval process and with regard to nature conservation had to be overcome in advance. With the new plant with 25,000 m² of production space and a spacious office wing, we will continue to meet the high expectations of our customers in the future. The possibility of producing components
with a height of up to 12 m and a working width of up to 8.80 m offers us great potential for the future.
Our employees are also pleased about the new, more spacious workplaces, more effective logistics and more powerful lifting gear. With a large number of new, highly automated processing machines, we are in a position to manufacture and supply even larger machines as before, and we will also be able to increase our delivery volume and significantly shorten delivery times,” emphasized Regina Brückner in her address.

Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
Benzstrasse 8-10, 71229 Leonberg, Germany
Tel.: +49 7152 120 Fax: +49 7152 12 9254

In her speech, she explained the many advantages of the new plant and presented details of the highly automated and efficiently organized production: the new modern CNC machine tools, the additional welding robots
and the new highlight of the plant: the highly automated powder coating and wet coating system. She emphasized that the installation and commissioning times can be further reduced thanks to the significantly improved lifting, transport and assembly options. The now ceremonially opened new plant in Tittmoning is another forward- looking step of BRÜCKNER to reposition itself in the world market for the finishing of textiles and technical textiles as a system supplier with great future potential.
The former German Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer emphasized in his speech the importance of the manufacturing industry in Germany and expressed his joy that BRÜCKNER, the leading manufacturer of textile machines, is so clearly committed to the location Germany and does not transfer jobs abroad. He congratulated BRÜCKNER on the successful move to the new plant and emphasized the outstanding importance of such tradition-conscious family companies as BRÜCKNER for the German industry and the location Bavaria in particular. He once again emphasized the considerable investment of 40 million at BRÜCKNER’s long-term production site in Tittmoning and expressed his pleasure that great importance was attached to a sustainable and environmentally friendly implementation already during the planning phase.
The celebrations were preceded by a BRÜCKNER agency conference in which more than 90 Brückner representatives  worldwide were informed and trained about new technical developments. Representatives from industry, trade, banks and politics as well as invited planners, architects, neighbours and staff members focused on the new plant for a total of four days. Executing companies and local residents as well as many of the numerous employees present will be pleased when “calm has returned” and BRÜCKNER can concentrate again on the essential:
the production of textile machines of the highest quality “made in Germany”.

Pic 2: Company owner Regina Brückner honors the employees involved in the construction