Thanks to the strong and stable production of combed cotton yarns, a new segment has opened up in China for the air-jet spinning machine J 26, as high-quality terry towels can be produced with this yarn, for example. That is not the only advantage, however.

For mills that want to produce air-jet cotton yarns, Rieter has the appropriate solution: the optimised spinning system and the technical and technological expertise. The mills benefit from low production costs and a quality of yarn significantly superior to that of competitors.

Cost and quality advantage in production

One of the largest Chinese mills carried out a comparison of the air-jet spinning machine J 26 with a competitor product over a period of six months. The J 26 convinced in a number of criteria.

Fig. 1 With slightly higher production, the Com4 jet yarn of the J 26 achieves better yarn values and lower fibre loss on the air-jet spinning machine.

The yarns spun on the J 26 at a higher production speed showed considerably better values for imperfections, evenness and strength (Fig. 1). The yarn hairiness was ideal for a soft touch with a low pilling tendency. The significantly lower fibre loss with the J 26 allows the mill an excellent raw material yield and this achieve annual cost savings of around 17 tons of cotton per air-jet spinning machine (basis of calculation: J 26 with 120 spinning units, yarn count Ne 32, delivery speed 420 m/min).

From the idea to the product

In China, a middle class with high purchasing power has emerged and that continues to grow. This lucrative consumer group is prepared to spend more money on high-quality products. Statistics confirm a strong growth in products in the higher price bracket.

Based on the properties of the Com4 jet yarn, the yarn of the J 26, an idea emerged of creating terry towels that meet the following criteria:

  • No pilling, even after a number of washing cycles

  • Brilliant colours throughout the entire lifetime

  • Quick absorption of moisture from the body

  • No fluffing, no loss of fibres during washing