Interview with Ralph Knecht

Ralph Knecht
Ralph Knecht
Saurer Zinzer
Saurer Zinzer

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The Saurer Group is a name to reckon with in the textile industry. It specialises mostly in machinery and components for yarn processing. The group's brand Zinser is leading in ring spinning applications. Ralph Knecht, head of Saurer Zinzer, discusses the global market of spinning machines, innovations and challenges faced by the textile machinery industry with

What is the size of the global spinning machinery industry?

In 2015, according to our estimates, the number of new spindles was around nine million. This was lower than before. We expect data from ITMF to confirm this. For the first time in over five years, China, the dominating factor so far, fell to below 40 per cent. On the other hand, India has grown in the same period. For the first time in recent history, over 50 per cent of the market was shared by five countries: India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan. We have been expecting for a while now that India will take over as the new champion in ring spinning.

What is the expected growth rate in the next three years in textile machinery?

Ring spinning machines are getting more efficient, hence spindle replacement is no longer 1:1. The current market seems sustainable at around nine million spindles per year. This should continue till 2020. This could change if a major governmental investment programme was launched somewhere, encouraging investments beyond the current norm.

In which countries do you see demand for textile machines rising?

The top three markets are China, India and Vietnam. Other important markets are Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangla-desh and Turkey. Africa is growing, but the pace is lower than expected.

What are the latest time-saving and energy-efficient innovations in ring spinning?

We are happy to introduce Zinser spinning technology with Saurer E³ - Triple Added Value of Energy, Economics, Ergonomics. Saurer's philosophy of innovation and sustainability, with focus on customer requirements led to its creation. The E³ philosophy is a development guideline that Saurer has set itself to en-sure that every machine generation is more energy efficient, more economical and easier to use than the pre-vious. The Zinser 72 ring spinning machine offers outstanding energy savings in the suction process. The new two-end TwinSuction system saves two-thirds of the earlier energy consumption in combination with the sensor-monitored OptiSuction yarn break suction system. This is a unique milestone in improved energy efficiency. With a length of 2,016 spindles, the Zinser 72 has broken the 2,000 barrier and is setting new standards for economy in the commodity yarn sector. The machine is super-long, super-economical and extremely user-friendly. Zinser 72 lowers production costs by up to 11 per cent and has a footprint up to 21 per cent smaller compared with shorter ring spinning machines. The new Zinser 72 energy monitoring system delivers information about energy consumption per shift or lot allowing specific energy optimisation in the production chain. The Zinser 72 is the most economical ring and compact spinning machine in the world. The ZinserImpact 72 is equipped with the self-cleaning Impact FX unit. It has the ability to be set precisely, and has secure compacting through self-cleaning technology. Zinser compact spinning is famous for that. As a result, Zinser72 guarantees consistent, top quality compact yarn. In addition to the ability to use the procedure flexibly with raw material and yarn counts, the compact spinning technology of the Zinser Impact FX also is the process safety in the market. Zinser 72 ensures minimal operating and maintenance input. The Zinser tangential belt drive and self-cleaning Impact FX compact technology are low-maintenance. EasySpin is now even more user-friendly. Easy-to-understand input assistance reduces input times and prevents operating errors.
Published on: 24/05/2016

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