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Komotex debuts new Thies iMaster H2O dyeing machine
Apr '11
New internal winch system, featured in the recently introduced Thies iMaster H2O dyeing machine, meets the high 'spec' tolerances demanded by Greek tubular knits specialist, Komotex AG for its range of 'sensitive' articles.

Greek tubular knits specialist Komotex AG has taken delivery of the country's first, recently introduced, Thies iMaster H2O dyeing unit with immediate highly successful results.

Producing narrow 'body width' tubular fabrics, ranging in diameter between 20 to 90 cm, it is, according to Production Manager, Arno Stumpp. “Not easy to find a dyeing machine able to produce high quality results for such narrow and very sensitive articles.”

He further explains, “The reason for our success with the new Thies unit is a direct result of the internal winch technique, which ensures a gentle treatment of the fabric without affecting it elasticity”

As part of the German-based International Group ESGE Textilwerk Maag – a 4th generation family-owned company founded in 1881 - Komotex was established in Xanthi, North West Greece, almost 40 years ago.

The company specialises in high quality tubular knit goods for ladies, gents and children's underwear, which includes the brands ESGE, Pompadour, CITO and Schöller as well as producing under the Bugatti licence.

It also produces products for 'branding” by other international companies.

The Greek operation carries out knitting, dyeing, bleaching, finishing and cutting before transferring the cut peices to ESGE's facilities in Bulgaria and Romania for make up and final shipment.

“We specialise in producing 'body size' tubular knits guarantying that with most of them there are no side seams in the finished products” said Arno Stumpp.

The company works with a wide mix of fibres and blends including cotton, wool, micromodal, viscose and polyamide together with elastane.

Many knits feature, for example, cross dyed white polyamide and cotton to produce striped effects. A special product, Jacquard-streifen ( jacquard stripped effect) may contain 40% polyamide, 30% viscose, 25% micromodal and 5% elastane. Another typical product contains, for example, 95% micromodal and 5% elastane.

“As one of Europe's leading producers of knitted underwear, we are highly experienced in producing top quality products, where the specifications and parameters are constantly monitored.

These include the weight (gm/m2) and the all important residual shrinking – where very stringent tolerances are specified, particularly for knits containing elastane.”

Where the knits contains lycra they undergo a heat setting pre-treatment at temperatures of up to 185°C.

Generally, Komotex works with knitted weights of between 120 – 180 gm/m², but if it includes cotton/elastane ribbing on for example sleeve cuffs, the weight can increase to 250 gm/m².

“When working with a 3 minute rope cycle, for example, wemust closely watch all the specified parameters to ensure that the tolerances are met.”

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