Interview with Hans Wroblowski

Hans Wroblowski
Hans Wroblowski
Area Sales Director SEA and Head of Denim Technology
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG

The Southeast Asia region is particularly an important market for Monforts
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG manufactures and exports textile finishing machines. Hans Wroblowski, area sales director for Southeast Asia and head of denim technology, shares insights on innovations in denim finishing and discusses the company’s expansion plans and more.

What is the size of the global textile machinery market? What is the percentage pie claimed by textile finishing machines in it?

Within the textile production ‘chain’, finishing is recognised as a ‘value added’ component of the final product to ensure increased profitability. Finishing creates value to the end product. The market globally is therefore important for Monforts. The Southeast Asia region is particularly an important market for Monforts including not only the established markets of India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh but also the emerging nations such as Vietnam. It includes the company’s with denim finishing and dyeing ranges particularly in the denim sector and high-end textile segments.

From which geographies is the demand the most for dyeing and finishing machines- for woven, knits, technical textiles? Which new markets are you exploring?

India, for example, is currently seeking continuous dyeing techniques for knit goods, thanks to its active research and programme, the company is today introducing new and advanced solutions for the sector such as Eco Applicator. The energy saving, Eco-Applicator soft coating process for the application of liquors and functional chemicals is now available for knitted fabric applications as well. Guidance for the knitted fabric has been specifically adapted to the needs of delicate knit treatment to eliminate ‘curling’ of the fabric edges. The Eco-Applicator offers significant energy savings with reduced liquor application. The multi-functional and multi-purpose process ensures the lowest energy input for consecutive drying to its minimal liquor application. It has been developed to apply liquor to one side of the fabric; to both sides of the fabric; and different liquor to either side of the fabric; or to apply two different liquors consecutively to a single side of the fabric.

What are the latest innovations in the field of denim finishing?

Other developments in denim finishing include Eco line offering energy savings of between 20 – 25 per cent plus significant savings on steam. Generating steam is expensive. In India, for example, it costs 15 – 22 Euros to produce a tonne of steam per finishing line. With conventional ranges incorporating cylinder dryers, large quantities of steam are consumed. However, Monforts denim lines with an adapted Thermex acting as a thermo stretching unit is able to ensure savings of vast amounts of steam.

Please tell us about the latest stenter from Monforts to be presented at Filtech in Cologne October 2016.

The new Montex 8500 from Monforts includes several new features and options including an optional integrated support belt for heavy coated fabrics; a newly designed operator’s platform with improved access; enhanced visualisation introducing ‘smartphone’ slider features; a new maintenance free stentering chain; and an Eco Booster heat recovery module where an additional Exhaust Air Cleaning device can be added. The optional Eco Cleaner can be directly linked to the Montex 8500 integrated duct system extracting smell and visible particles in the air. VOC`s (volatile oxygen compounds) can be filtered out with an additional UV-C system. Built to a proven design by the German Company KMA Umwelttechnik GmbH featuring a steel housing, the cleaner is fully integrated on top of the Montex stenter ensuring a space saving modular feature. It is able to fulfill most limitations referring to hydro carbon, aerosol and smoke emissions; ensuring a minimum volume of filtered remainders.
Published on: 17/08/2016

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