Interview with C Kamatchisundaram

C Kamatchisundaram
C Kamatchisundaram
VP-Textile Machinery Division

How well-equipped is Voltas to cater to the needs of the spinning industry?

  • Voltas offers the entire range of products needed for the spinning industry.
  • Our principals LMW is one of the only three manufacturers in the globe who offer the entire range of spinning machinery from blowroom to cone winding. LMW offers cutting edge technology products and solutions, which cater to the needs of different segment in the industry irrespective of the size. The spinning industry has become a leader by capturing more than 30 per cent of the market share in the global yarn trade mainly because of the quality equipment's manufactured by our principals LMW. We are proud to say that our principals LMW support the customers by supplying parts and components throughout the lifecycle of the machinery.
  • We also have a comprehensive product suite of accessories and the replaceable needed for the spinning industry. While the ring travellers are offered from Lakshmi ring travellers, the card clothing needed for the carding machines are supplied by Lakshmi card clothing. Both LRT and LCC are market leaders in their respective field, serving the customers for more than five decades.
  • We also offer specialty lubricants from Klueber, which not only enhance the lubricant cycles but also improve the performance of the machinery. In addition, we offer allied machinery from the following principals.
  1. Elgi Electric for overhead travelling cleaner, bobbin transportation system and yarn conditioning system;
  2. Elgi Equipments for air compressors;
  3. Veejay Lakshmi for two-for-one twisters;
  4. LEDL for electric motors;
  5. Airmaster for humidification plants and waste collection system.
  • Further, Voltas is the largest employer of textile engineers in the country. We recruit the finest layers into our fold-around 30-40 engineers are recruited every year, both from campus and lateral. We have a structured and robust training process in place for them wherein they are given adequate training on respective machines at our principal's works as well in the mill premises. This process makes them skilled in the installation and commissioning of machines as well as process technology. This team takes care of all the service related requirement of the industry.
  • We offer special services to all our customers. We have a bouquet of special services, which deliver outcomes related to the productivity, quality, power conservation and the recurring cost. Special services have been well received by our customers. We have carved out a service team into two different teams-one offers hygiene services, while the other offers only special services.

What are your growth opportunities in weaving, knitting, processing and finishing segments?

Weaving: The Indian textiles industry is poised to reach a size of $225 billion by 2021, driven by the domestic market and by enhancing the market share in the global market much from the current level of 4 per cent. However, this would be possible only if our country invests in the latest technology weaving machinery, which the industry is aware of. In the last three years, the import of weaving machinery has grown significantly; however, dominated by low cost rapier machines from Asian countries. 
Nevertheless, the last couple of years have witnessed a shift with investment on high-speed airjet and rapier technology machines. As you would be aware, the major installed base of weaving machines in our country is in the weaving clusters like Ichalkaranji, Bhiwandi, Malegoan, Somanur, Salem, etc, as more than 90 per cent of woven fabrics are still produced by decentralised sectors.

Learning the insights from our customers that the high-cost European machines would be unaffordable for customers in these clusters, we have partnered with Shandong Rifa, which is the largest manufacturer of airjet and rapier machines in the world. Shandong Rifa manufactures more than 7,000 machines per year which are supplied across the globe. The weaving machine manufactured by Shandong Rifa enables customers to produce almost at the level of European machines but with much less cost in investment. Voltas has partnered with Shandong RIfa and has already created an installed base of more than 1,500 machines in the country at various clusters. Our customers are quite happy not only about the performance of the machines but also because Voltas's service team is able to meet their service needs on time. We expect that the investments on high production weaving machine would accelerate further and we are well placed to contribute to the growth story.

Knitting: We represent Terrot for circular knitting and Shima Seiki for computerised flat knitting machines. Both are global leaders in their respective segments. Terrot has the capability to offer the entire range of circular knitting machines-single jersey, double jersey and machines meant for technical applications. The USPs are productivity, quality, user friendliness and the longevity of the machines. If you take the customer voice, the customer would always rate Terrot right at the top. You can find Terrot machines as old as 30-35 years still working in the industry without any problem. 

Shima Seiki is way above other players in the flat knitting industry. Flat knitting technology is relatively new for the Indian textiles industry. These machines were used to make winter sweaters/collars in the past. Shima Seiki from Japan has taken flat knitting to the next level. It is identified more as a machine for creating high fashion garments. Shima Seiki offers various models in the flat knitting itself, which enables customers to make panels with endless possibilities of design. In addition, Shima Seiki is the first to offer the whole-garment making machinery for the industry. 

Processing: Thies is the global leader in soft flow dyeing machines. Exactly 10 years back, we partnered with them and enabled Thies to become the market leader in the Indian textiles industry. The knitted garment manufacturers in the knitting clusters like Tirupur, Ludhiana, Kolkata, etc, who want to produce high-quality fabrics meant for export market or for the upper end of the domestic industry always prefer Thies as their first choice. 

We also have a very good installed base of Thies machinery in each knitting cluster. The USP of this machine is the dyeing quality, consistency, repeatability, low liquor consumption, and high level of user-friendliness. The consistent quality of the fabrics produced from Thies machine does not vary irrespective of whether it is a new machine or a 10-year-old machine. 

Finishing: Brueckner is the market leader in finishing-not only in terms of market share but also in terms of deliverables. We have supplied Brueckner machines in the knitted segment, woven segment and also in the technical textiles segment. Brueckner is the only company which can produce Stenter with a width of 6 metres. Normally, the width of fabric used for classical textiles is either 1.8m or 3.2m in width, but the Stenter needed for technical textiles is as wide as 6m.

So, when it comes to finishing in knits or woven / technical textiles, Brueckner is the undisputed leader. The USP is the consistent quality. Anyone who wants to finish the fabric with lycra in it, the first and only choice will always be Brueckner. We have a lot of installations of Brueckner machines in Tirupur, Kolkata and Ludhiana, which are the clusters for knitted fabrics. We have also made huge in-roads in the woven segment. Almost every major player in the woven segment has the equipment from Brueckner. We have Brueckner machines in Vardhman, Arvind, Morarjee, Indo Count, to name a few.

Brueckner is also known beyond stenters. They also have a product called "Power Colortherm", which enables the customers to do continuous dyeing of the cotton fabric as well as polyester cotton fabrics. Brueckner also offers sanforisers and relax dryers. The product portfolio of Brueckner is quite rich. Wherever we have supplied Brueckner machines, we have always received repeat orders.

In the field of continuous processing, we represent Benninger, who is the undisputed leader in continuous processing. Each leading player in the woven segment is doing continuous processing mainly with the Benninger machines. Benninger machines are known for absolute consistency in processing. In processing and finishing, the value loss is a key measure. By using Benninger machine, the value loss will be almost negligible and conversion from lab to bulk is also done accurately. Obviously, if you speak of productivity and longevity, these machines are way above the others. 

For digital, flat and rotary printing, we represent Efi Reggiani, who are the manufacturers of cutting-edge technology machines in the printing field. In addition to offering a range of digital printing machines, Efi Reggiani has recently launched the single pass digital printing machine which produces almost at the same level of a rotary printing machine.
Published on: 03/01/2019

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