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Record levels in global shipments of new textile machinery
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May '12
International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) releases shipment statistics Vol. 34/2011. After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.

In comparison to 2010 global shipments of new spinning machinery increased by +15% (short-staple spindles), by +35% (longstaple spindles) and by +27% (open-end rotors), of new draw-texturing spindles by +42%, of new shuttle-less looms by +44%, and of new electronic flat-knitting machines by +37%.

Only worldwide shipments of new large circular knitting machines dropped in 2011 by -16%. These are the main results of the 34th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) just released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF). The report covers six types of textile machinery, namely spinning, texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing machinery.

The 2011 survey has been compiled in cooperation with some 118 textile machinery manufacturers, representing a comprehensive measure of world production. Spinning Machinery After shipments of new short-staple spindles plummeted in 2008 (-33%) and 2009 (-17%) they jumped back in 2010 (+75%) to pre-crisis levels and increased in 2011 by a further +15% reaching 14.33 million, an all-time high.

94% of all shipped short-staple spindles were destined for Asia (13.46 million), with China alone absorbing 8.90 million or 62% of global shipments, followed by India as distant second (2.49 million spindles or 17%), Bangladesh (639,000 or 4.5%), Turkey (628,000 or 4.4%) and Indonesia (517,000 or 3.6%).

Global shipments of long-staple (wool) spindles soared in 2011 by +35% to 113,250. Europe was the main recipient (53,750 or 47%), followed by Asia (49,000 or 43%), the America (8,750 or 7.7%) and Africa (2,000 or 1.8%). The single biggest investor in long-staple (wool) spindles was Turkey (32,500), followed by China (23,400), Iran (14,300), U.A. Emirates (9,000) and Italy (8,800).

Investments in open-end rotors jumped in 2011 by +27% to 572,250, a new record high. Asia was once again by far the biggest investor in this spinning technology installing in total 463,250 new rotors or 81% of global shipments. China was by far the biggest single investor in rotors absorbing 388,250 or 68% of global shipments. India was again distant second with a total of 37,750 new open-end rotors (6.6%), followed by Turkey with 35,250 rotors (6.2%), Uzbekistan with 10,250 rotors (1.8%), Brazil with 30,250 rotors (5.3%) and the USA with 12,250 rotors (2.1%).

Texturing Machinery
Shipments of single heater draw-texturing spindles (for polyamide filaments) fell from 13,200 in 2010 to 1,824 in 2011 (-86%). Only two countries, Taiwan, China (1,536) and Vietnam (288) were installing new texturing spindles of this type.

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