Interview with Charles Beauduin

Charles Beauduin
Charles Beauduin

In 2012, out of the world's top 10 textile machinery exporters, half were from Europe...
Charles Beauduin, President of Cematex (European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) discusses the vast world of global textile machinery with Fibre2Fashion correspondent, Ridaa Saiyed. Synopsis: Cematex comprises of the textile machinery associations of nine countries in Europe. Its aim is to develop the textile machinery industry in the member nations. Organizing exhibitions is the main business of the organization, and it also indulges in influencing regulations in the fields related to textile machinery industry. Charles Beauduin has been the President of Cematex since 2012. After graduating in Law and Economics from his native Belgium, Mr Beauduin worked for two years at Keio University in Tokyo conducting research and teaching undergraduates. He has served as the CEO of Van de Wiele Group for over 25 years. Excerpts:

What is the contribution of Cematex in the European textile machinery industry? How has Cematex represented the European textile machinery industry on the global level?

Cematex is the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, made up of 9 associations in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Since it was founded in 1951, CEMATEX has dedicated itself to the promotion of the European textile machinery industry, especially through its series of ITMA and ITMA ASIA exhibitions. ITMA is the world's largest and most established international textile machinery exhibition. Each ITMA exhibition occupies some 100,000 square metres of net space, features over 1,000 exhibitors, and attracts visitorship of over 100,000. As a showcase of the latest technologies from around the world, it is an excellent meeting place for the whole industry. Over the years, the vision and principles that guided us from the outset have not changed. The strict rules and regulations have helped us to maintain the quality of the exhibition and to enable European machinery manufacturers network with their buyers. In addition, as the market started to shift to Asia, Cematex created ITMA ASIA to support European manufacturers expanding into the region. After two successful showcases in Singapore in 2001 and 2005, ITMA ASIA combined with the local Chinese show, CITME, in 2008, and ITMA ASIA + CITME is held biennially in Shanghai, with the next event taking place in June this year.

What are the latest technologies and researches introduced in the European textile machinery industry?

The European textile machinery industry is recognised for being at the forefront of cutting edge technology. Energy efficiency and sustainability are the driving forces in the industry's R&D activities.

Countries like India, China and others have been importing textile machinery from Europe? What do you think are the reasons?

Textile industry players all over the world invest in technologies which enable more efficient and flexible production. China and India - both big players in the world market - are willing to invest in sophisticated innovative European manufacturing solutions that provide them with the competitive edge. Their governments are also providing the impetus through policies and funding to modernise their industries. One of the priorities under the China government's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011 - 2015) is to raise technological advancement and improvement in craftsmanship and equipment to an international level for the textile sector. In India's case, the government's objective is to build state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities for all segments of textile industry, including technical textiles. The initiatives taken in this direction include flagship schemes, such as the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) to help modernise the local industry.
Published on: 25/02/2014

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