Interview with Ralph Knecht

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Ralph Knecht
Ralph Knecht
Head
Saurer Zinzer
Saurer Zinzer

What is the market scenario for Germany-made textile machineries, especially in Asia?

We anticipate overall growth in the segment, especially from big customers and brands and groups with global chains. We are aware of the strong competitive situation and understand needs and problems of customers. So, we have products that consume less energy and provide optimal speed to increase productivity. We provide automation solutions which deliver the largest output with lower labour costs. We also offer, with Saurer Schlafhorst, complete winding machine systems and stable machines engineered by German engineers with low maintenance costs.

What are consumer preferences in the Indian textile machinery market?

There is an overall trend for simple and more productive machines and processes. Efficiency and automation are the buzzwords. There is also a market for flexible systems. For instance, machines including the option for quick and easy modifications like an upgrade to fancy yarns or an upgrade to compact spinning to increase productivity. We also see growing demand in the fields of siro and core yarn spinning. The big trend of industry 4.0 leads to complex data management systems to efficiently control and adjust the whole spinning mill.

What part of textile machineries do spinning machines hold?

When it comes to yarn processing, there has been and always will be competition between the different pro-duction processes. But most of the things we wear closest to our body are staple ring spun cotton or cotton-mix. The touch and feel of the ring spun yarn still remains the benchmark for all the other processes. Saurer Zinser is a competent system, solution provider and reliable partner in ring spinning. We are the only one with all four systems, conventional and compact ring spinning machines both in short staple and long staple segment. The machines are designed with high-end components.

What issues plague the textile machinery industry?

The industry is faced with three major traditional challenges. Labour: Rising salary costs in industrial regions is compounded by labour shortage of qualified and unqualified personnel. The number of workers is limited so they are often attracted to industries that offer more attractive or higher salaries. Natural resources and environment: Availability and cost of energy is a major issue our customers face every day. Cost of raw material with the degree of utilisation is an issue. Then, we grapple with availability and cost of land and building costs that include future-oriented environmental protection. Fashion and individual needs: The ever-increasing pace of fashion with changes in materials, lot sizes with short lead times is a challenge. Completely new supply chain models are rising, based on flexibility and speed of the supplier. Then, we have to consider regional differences in fashion. With traditional challenges, we have new challenges like Industry 4.0 including communication be-tween people, machines and products. Saurer Zinser is a competent system and service provider and reliable partner. We are committed to making customers successful.
Published on: 24/05/2016

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