India becomes more and more an important manufacturing base in the company's global environment.
Erwin Stoller, Executive Chairman of Rieter Holding Ltd. tells us about the growing importance of developing regions, during an interview with Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Manushi Gandhi.
Rieter is a renowned name in the world for textile machinery and components used in short staple fiber spinning. The company comprises two Business Groups: Spun Yarn Systems and Premium Textile Components. It has 18 manufacturing locations in 10 countries. Its sales in 2012 were 888.5 CHF million. The company is based in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Erwin Stoller is the Executive Chairman of Rieter Holding Ltd. since August 2009. In 1991 he was Managing director of the Group company Rieter Ingoldstadt (Germany). He joined Rieter Machine Works Ltd.’s production engineering office in 1978. He holds a degree of Master of Science ETH in Mechanical Engineering , Switzerland.
How machines in the textile industry have changed the demand for human resource?
Todays’ machines have more electronic inside to ensure automation, exact control and high sliver and yarn quality. Therefore it is important to offer also services accordingly in training and repair services. Beside that the higher degree in automation enables customers especially in China and India to counteract the growing shortage of skilled spinning mill personnel.
What kind of alterations/changes can be done in old spinning machines so that it uses less power and produces more?
To reduce power consumption it needs the development of reducing the weight of moving parts and design to optimize moving at all – as well as to reduce air consumption. In spinning automation we focus on three important issues: reduction of transport, automation of often necessary manual tasks and automation in order to increase quality.
As machines of today’s generation are more energy efficient of course the replacement of old machines by new modern machines helps to save a lot of energy. Integrated spinning systems optimize the energy consumption over the whole spinning process which means that such solutions are more energy efficient.
Do you feel that textile industry today will be handicapped sans machineries?
Spinning is a capital intensive industry. Spinning would no longer be economic without machines.
What is that one thing in the textile industry that can never be replaced with machines?
Knowledge and expertise throughout the textile value chain from raw material to end product, customer support and service, which are of great importance to us. Other values important to us are for instance quality, reliability, trust and our traditional pioneer spirit. All these values will never be replaced by machines even when they are the best.
Which country/region still needs a lot of mordernisation in textile trade?
Our main markets already invested a lot in modern machinery; state of the art machinery secures both a sufficient economical and quality level. However I believe markets like Africa could better participate in the global textile trade if investments in new technologies also in the spinning sector would be increased.
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