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Groz-Beckert hosts conference for knitting machine makers
Sep '14
Attendees at the conference
Attendees at the conference
Groz-Beckert, a producer of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools hosted its first ever international conference on 16 and 17 September, to which it invited manufacturers of large diameter circular knitting machines at its headquarters in Albstadt.

On both days, 70 visitors from all over the world gathered in Albstadt –Germany to receive and exchange information about recent developments and up-coming trends in the textile sector.

The event started on October 16, with Eric Schöller, Member of the Management Board, welcoming the guests. After a short presentation of the company, he shared the concept of the conference with the participants.

"We want to create a platform for our customers providing room for ideas and exchange. Bringing all big players together under one roof and getting experts to watch interesting presentations was our aim", said Eric Schöller.

Later, the guests were taken on a guided tour of the Technology and Development Center (TEZ).

The first technical presentation of the conference came from Roland Karle of Solidian GmbH. He spoke on the topic of textile-reinforced concrete, by giving the example of the world's longest concrete bridge made with textile reinforcement, inaugurated in Albstadt-Lautlingen in 2010.

Next, Till Krauss from Forschungsgesellschaft Textiltechnik Albstadt (FTA) gave a detailed presentation on potential of non-crimp fabrics (NCF) – textile scrims of unidirectional fiber systems that can be produced on flat knitting machines as 2D or 3D structures.

After lunch, the participants got a first-hand look of the Groz-Beckert production facility at Albstadt.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to technical presentations on different topics. In the morning, the visitors listened to representatives from Triumph International AG, Memminger-IRO GmbH, Lenzing AG, and Hermann Bühler AG.

Their presentations followed by discussions, included trends in the lingerie sector, innovative accessories for circular knitting machines and innovations from the world of fibers and yarns, specially developed for production of ultrafine knitted fabrics.

Post-lunch, presentations focussed on finishing of textiles, with presentations from Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG and CHT R. Beitlich GmbH. Among many topics, challenges of dry finishing sensitive and ultrafine knitted fabrics were discussed.

Another interesting topic discussed was suitable auxiliary products for finishing of sports and functional wear and the ever more challenging requirements on finishing, considering the increased use of fine microfiber fabrics made of polyester (PES) and polyamide (PA).

As last item of the agenda, Groz-Beckert provided insight into internal market analyses concerning current and future developments of the global large diameter circular knitting sector with a focus on Asian markets.

Groz-Beckert is a producer of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools as well as systems and services for the production and stitching of textile fabrics. Its products service and support the knitting, weaving, felting, tufting and sewing sectors. (AR)

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