Often companies do not adopt the necessary waste management systems because of the costs involved in it. What kinds of steps should be taken to ensure that the wastage is managed in a correct way?
Yes, definitely the cost of installing Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) is quite high due to which the industry is reluctant to invest. Moreover so far somehow industry managed the show in spite of polluting the environment badly. However the pollution control board is becoming strict now. Industry will have to think from long term point of view towards the investment rather than one time capital cost. A.T.E offers a very comprehensive solution for waste water treatment, recycling including zero liquid discharge and also offers up gradation of the existing plants. A.T.E.’s highly successful and proven AAA (air-floatation, anaerobic and aerobic) process gives economical but very efficient and effective solution.
What are the latest innovations in printing technology that are being sought after or are having a good demand?
The trend all over the world is towards digital printing. We represent Zimmer, Austria for digital printing. Zimmer is the world leader in printing technology. They have successful machines like 'Chromojet’ for carpets and 'Colaris’ for normal textiles. Gradually the conventional printing is getting changed to digital printing. The main reason being it’s a much cleaner process compared to rotary or flatbed printing and also simple to handle apart from being very precise in the quality of printing. In my opinion, in the next 5 to 10 years most of the conventional printing is likely to be replaced by digital printing.
What is the current market scenario of fabric dyeing machines worldwide? How do you look at the prospects of Fabric dyeing machines market by 2020?
The trend in fabric dyeing is more and more towards saving water and hence technologies with low MLR (material: liquor ratio) are preferred. There are some technologies on the way to commercialization where it is waterless dyeing as dyeing is done by use of carbon dioxide. We represent Fongs from Hong Kong, who is the world leader in both yarn and fabric dyeing technology. In the current scenario the market for fabric dyeing and processing in general is picking up due to increasing investments in shuttle-less weaving. The next phase of growth is certainly going to be in the fabric dyeing and finishing in order to have value addition. I think by 2020 certainly we will have most of the dyeing machines in the world working with either very less or no water requirement.
There has been a rise in fuel costs. How has this affected your business?
Increasing fuel costs in general are affecting everyone including the manufacturer as well as the consumer as the cost of production goes up. In the textile industry energy cost is quite important part of the overall cost of manufacturing due to which any increase in the fuel or related costs impacts the industry both directly and indirectly. This in turn also affects the fresh investments in the plant and machinery.
What innovations are under pipeline in your company? Would you like to convey any message to our readers?
A.T.E., apart from bringing the latest technologies from its world renowned principals, also focuses on home grown technologies. In the last couple of years we have launched innovative products like 'TeraSpin’ spinning components like drafting system and spindles. A.T.E.’s clean technology solutions are all innovation led, may it be waste water treatment solutions (AAA) or Comfort conditioning (energy efficient environ friendly air conditioning). Through its remote monitoring solutions (from EcoAxis) it becomes easier to monitor industrial plants and equipment as well as energy and environmental resources. This cutting edge technology has gained widespread acceptance in different industries including textile, sugar, power etc. A.T.E. has also developed innovative 'Energy Efficiency Solutions’ with its R & D set up creating technologies which can help customers save the energy.
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