President Changzhou Wujin Wuyang Textile Machinery Co Ltd
India is the biggest warp knitting market
The Industry 4.0 project has not just been embraced by German machinery manufacturers; Chinese machinery manufacturers are equally excited and geared up for the same. Wang Minqi, president of Chinese textile machinery manufacturer Changzhou Wujin Wuyang Textile Machinery Co Ltd, talks to Fibre2Fashion.com about the strengths of the company in terms of technological innovations and the products they are going to display at ITMA 2015.
In the face of fierce competition in the industry in recent years, does your company have any innovations in knitting machines? How are technologies helping knitting manufacturers improve their productivity?
Our company believes that technological innovation is the driving force for development. For the last five years, Wu Yang has been looking at solutions to improve efficiency and limit production costs for customers. We have developed an intelligent knitting production management system. In machine production innovations, we have improved production equipment to be automatic and numerical for customers, such as Numerical Controlled Double Needle Bar Plush Raschel Machine and Numerical Controlled Mesh Cloth Warp Knitting Machine.
Wu Yang plans to bring three machines to ITMA:
1. High Speed Double Needle Bar Warp Knitting Machine: This machine has been developed for producing backing fabrics, short pile plush fabrics, shoe fabrics and spacer fabrics. The maximum speed is 800 rpm.
2. Numerical controlled mesh cloth warp knitting machine: This machine has been developed for producing different kinds of shoe fabrics, apparel fabrics, protective nets, fishing nets, packaging nets, wire nets, luggage fabrics, fibreglass nets for spaceflight and sports nets and other kinds of nets. The maximum speed is 850 rpm.
3. Plush Pattern Fabrics And Blanket Warp Knitting Machine: This machine has been developed for producing short, middle and tall plush fabrics with pattern. Fabrics mainly used for filter material are for air conditioners, apparel fabrics, plush toys, blankets, upholstery fabrics and other fabrics. The maximum speed is 700 rpm.
What are the challenges facing the knitting machinery vertical, and what would be your formula to resolve them?
The challenges we face are high labour costs, competitive pressures, and that of markets developing slowly. As for formulas,
Formula 1: To win the trust of our customers with excellent quality. We adhere to the 'quality wins' principle.
Formula 2: To be proactive. We participate in various countries' exhibitions, not only in China, but also abroad every year.
Formula 3: To provide timely and qualified after-sales service.
Formula 4: To meet different customer demands for developing a more diversified range of products.
Formula 5: To provide a website in different languages, to open up every aspect of our product and our company to (the corresponding) customers.
What markets do you plan to penetrate into in the near future?
The answer would be: India and Turkey. India is expected to become the fastest-growing economy in the world. It has the biggest warp knitting market. The advantages of India are low labour costs, rich variety of yarn, traditional design techniques, and a huge domestic market. Turkey is different from India. The Turkish market is not that big, but Turkish people require better quality and timely after-sale service.
Any near-future investment plans?
With the Industry 4.0 wave and the implementation of 'Manufacturing in China 2025' development strategy under way, Wu Yang Textile Machinery actively engages in promoting, transforming and upgrading textile industry to the development of the automatic and the intelligent. Wu Yang Digital Machinery Company is moving to the 'German Industrial 4.0' and 'Manufacturing in China 2025' design, construction and layout. The investment of Wu Yang Digital Machinery Company so far is already 150 million yuan, the construction area is 35,000 square metres. It is equipped with first-class production equipment, including truss type industrial robots, automatic guided vehicle (AGV), stereoscopic warehouse, etc.
In the future, robot - as the main body of the automatic production line - will change the manufacturing dependence on labour to further optimise production costs. The internet will speed up the production process. At the same time, management of the front supply chain, production plan, and management of back-end storage logistics will also rely on the internet, implement unmanned management, lower the storage, and transport channel costs.
Published on: 05/10/2015
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