Interview with Mr Thomas Waldmann

Mr Thomas Waldmann
Mr Thomas Waldmann
VDMA Textile Machinery Association
VDMA Textile Machinery Association

Counterfeiting is one of the major concerns for your industry. What initiatives has VDMA devised to fight out this issue?

VDMA provides member companies active support in their fight against product pirates. Two years ago the VDMA working group product and know protection was founded, contact point for member companies regarding technical solutions and services against product piracy. These services are complemented by the publications and guidelines of the legal department of VDMA.

The VDMA Textile Machinery Association made intellectual property rights a subject of Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, ITMA Asia + CITME. On the initiative of VDMA the product piracy prevention regulation introduced by VDMA in Munich for the ITMA 2007 has been incorporated into the exhibition regulations for the ITMA Asia + CITME, too.

As India emerges to be a key economy, what are your association’s plans to help your members capitalize on it?

We are offering platforms that bring Indian textile manufacturers and German Texile machinery companies together. In 2010 the Conference on German Technology for Indian technical textiles that VDMA organised together with FICCI provided an excellent opportunity for the leading Indian industry community to exchange knowledge on the latest technological developments which are on course in the global arena of textiles. Representatives from 18 companies, members of our VDMA textile machinery association, presented information and know-how on new developments of their product range in order to support the Indian textile sector in achieving sustainable competitive advantages.

The VDMA liaison office in India promotes the activities of the VDMA member companies in India. The nodal office is in Kolkata with regional offices at New Delhi / Noida and Bangalore. E.g.:

- Furnishing of information about the complete product program of the German Textile Machinery Industry to assist Indian companies to identify right partners for mutual business relationship - Providing information on market trends, prospects, future development, new projects and tenders, - Facilitating, Tie-Up / Joint Ventures / Collaborations between German and Indian companies for mutual benefit.

Is there need of any re-work in prevailing trade policies by EU, which may help German textile machinery to reposition itself at best?

Free trade is definitely for the good of the German textile machinery business. The protectionist tendencies that emerge since the outbreak of the financial crisis are obstacles for future growth.

The European policy should actively support the position of the capital goods industry in Europe. On the top of the agenda is securing free world trade by strengthening the WTO (priority for a successful conclusion of the Doha Round, focusing trade policy on a multilateral system).

Few months ago, through our news column, we have come to know about establishment of VDMA’s Composite Technology Network. Please apprise us the developments therein and its functions.

The VDMA Composite Technology Network brings together companies from different machinery sectors involved in the production and processing of composites. The objectives are to strengthen the network among them and to position the machinery building industry as expertise partner for the subject composites. On the agenda are topics like markets and customers, process chains, technique and research as well as trade fairs. About 70 companies attended the December meeting in Frankfurt. For the first time the machinery business is pooling forces in this emerging segment and is offering a platform for all parties involved.

‘Sustainability’ is governing commercial minds these days. When innovation capability is the mainstay of the German textile machinery industry, what level of encouragement VDMA gives to this aspect? How are talent and skill encouraged at VDMA?

Highly skilled engineers are indeed the keys to innovation and therefore to successful business. With the Walter Reiners-Stiftung (foundation) the VDMA Textile Machinery Association is actively engaged in promoting junior engineers. Each year, the foundation provides an incentive for top performers by granting two promotion prizes for dissertations and master/diploma thesis as well as one creativity prize for seminar papers. Students regularly gain an insight into practice with excursions to member companies and to the leading textile exhibition ITMA, which are financially supported by the foundation. Particularly high-performance students from major German universities are supported by scholarships.


Published on: 24/01/2011

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of

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