Headquartered in Germany, Dilo Group together with its subsidiaries companies is international specialist for nonwovens machinery including opening, blending, carding, crosslapping and needling. Its textile machinery and complete nonwoven lines are renowned worldwide for highest productivity, reliability and production efficiency. Numerous innovations and inventions of the DILO Group have repeatedly contributed to progress in the nonwovens industry. In close cooperation with leading partner companies Dilo not only offers complete installations for needling but also for other consolidation technologies such as thermo-bonding, water-entangling or chemical impregnation.The range of nonwoven products manufactured on Dilo lines include floor coverings, mattress and upholstery materials, medical, cosmetic and hygienic products, wipes, technical felts for cars, filtration material, geotextiles and roofing material, sound and heat insulation material, papermachine felts, and synthetic leather. Mr Johann Philipp Oskar Dilo, born July 22, 1953 in Eberbach, is the CEO of Dilo Group. He did his schooling from Abitur in 1972 and earned Diplom-Ingenieur degree in Mechanical Engineering at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt. Along with the management of the Dilo Group, Mr Dilo has also been President of Textile Machinery Association of VDMA from 2005 to 2008, and member of CEMATEX Board during same period. Sharing his views on interrogations made by Face2Face team, Mr JP Dilo remarks on current market needs in the arena of nonwovens and textile machinery industry in particular.
For almost a decade, Dilo Group has been a successful name in the nonwovens/textile industry. Running down the memory lane can you share with us about those encouraging/crucial moments that have been turning points in the path of Dilo’s success?
Well, the start to the success journey ofcourse began with founding of Dilo Inc., Charlotte, USA in 1983. In just two years span we reposed another milestone by incepting Dilo Maschinensystem GmbH, Eberbach, Germany in 1985. After having the accrued expertise and success in a decade's span, in 1996, we did integration of Spinnbau GmbH, Bremen, Germany, as a member of Dilo Group, and in very next year, we launched Dilo Systems as the general contractor for production lines. In 1999, we opened representation office in Shanghai, China. In 2005, again another integration of Temafa Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, as a member of DiloGroup took place. Next year to it, in 2006 we found another representation office in Moscow, Russia. In 2007, New Customer Center in our Eberbach based headquarters had also been started. Year ago we have extended our Technology Center at our headquarters in Eberbach.
In the beginning the basis of our complete line business was established through cooperations with different suppliers. In the meantime Dilo has integrated Spinnbau in 1996 and Temafa in 2005 and has included a large crosslapper production as well. As a consequence Dilo manufactures equipment from bale opening through winding, the complete production lines for needle punched nonwovens in house. For thermobonding or chemical bonding Dilo still relies on partners such as Brückner in Germany.
Amongst present happenings in industries globally, how do you find textile machinery performing these days?
The worldwide financial crisis makes everybody in the manufacturing industry aware of sharp requirements for efficient production and cost savings. Top priority is saving of fibre material consumption. Production efficiency and product quality contribute particularly during a crisis to stay successful. Dilo is prepared to supply state of the art machinery to enable our customers a strong position within their field. In addition Dilo provides newly developed equipment of the so-called A-series with a medium range performance at a new level of cost/performance ratio. A complete package of new equipment is available from Dilo Group to our worldwide customers who look for attractive machinery in a difficult economic environment.
With number of applications in sectors like medicines, cosmetics, hygiene, geotextiles, hometextiles, automotive, construction and industrial use, nonwovens has spread its range really wide. Catering to this industry, among these sectors, where do you notice development the most? What factors would decide this growth?
Automotive: If you look into several nonwoven segments and areas, we find that needlepunched material offers a competitive edge for moulded car parts which are particularly on demand when cars need to be more fuel efficient, smaller and lighter in weight. Therefore, the economic crisis and global warming will result in a requirement for smaller cars which use more needlepunched carpet. A chance for the needlepunch industry!
Geotextiles: Many governments worldwide offer financial packages in order to improve the infrastructure. This will offer opportunities and potential for the geotextile industry again with very interesting applications for needlepunched material.
Filters: A new awareness of the necessity to take care of our environment will create additional sales opportunities for filtration material. Needlepunched filters are highly attractive due to their cost efficient manufacturing, low energy requirement at a high degree of separation e. g. for dust particles. Needled filters are ideal for many different filtration tasks. All this makes me very confident that new opportunities are ahead of us.
Medicine, hygiene and cosmetics: Our new Hyperneedling technology is realized by the newly developed Cyclopunch units with approx. 20,000 needles/m/board. The needle barb is adapted to the fibre fineness in order to transport only one single fibre at a stroke. A new kinematics moves the needle on a circular path resulting in an increase of throughput speed to more than 100 m/min. The Hyperneedling process allows production of light-weight felts made from fine fibres at an area weight as low as approx. 30 g/m² at high throughput speeds. Hyperneedled products are applicable in the fields of medicine, hygiene, synthetic leather, interlinings and filter media.
The needling process in general is highly energy efficient and doesn’t consume water.
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