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Oerlikon discusses latest market trends at India symposium

Feb '20
Jürgen Vogel and Debabrata Ghosh opened the technology symposium in Daman. Pic: Oerlikon
Jürgen Vogel and Debabrata Ghosh opened the technology symposium in Daman. Pic: Oerlikon
The Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon group hosted a comprehensive technology symposium at the beginning of 2020 in Daman, India. Experts from Oerlikon, of the world's leading high-tech industrial groups’, provided their Indian clients with detailed specialist presentations on the latest developments of the product and service portfolio.

For the third time in succession, Oerlikon also entered into dialog with the next generation of managers at major Indian polyester and nylon manufacturers in a separate event hosted in Mumbai beforehand. The technology symposium was again held – for the very first time – just a few days later and in a slightly modified form at a second venue: in Kolkata, a potential second future key location for manufacturing manmade fibres in India. Here, the discussions held by the Oerlikon experts focused above all on the transfer of technologies for manufacturing polyester, nylon, and polypropylene.

The focus of all events was on the latest product and service developments from the Oerlikon Barmag, Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Nonwoven brands. With their ‘Clean Technology. Smart Factory.’ motto, the engineers from Germany presented selected machines and systems specifically designed for the Indian market, along with the associated services, the company said in a media statement.

Philip Jungbecker, Senior Technology Manager for texturing machines at Oerlikon Barmag, presented the new Oerlikon Barmag eAFK Evo generation of machines. In particular, the machine concept’s numerous new value-added features include two that are excelling with fantastic technology: the optimised, innovative EvoHeater and the EvoCooler, a completely newly-developed active cooling unit. These proved to be of huge interest to the attendees of the technology symposium. WINGS FDY is now also available for the polyamide 6 process.

Extending the polyamide yarn production from 12 to 24 ends with DIO and WINGS FDY pays yarn producers dividends, particularly in terms of investment expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenditure (OPEX): significant savings with regards to energy, footprint and due to the more ergonomic design – string-up time are among the concept’s most convincing arguments. The enclosed draw unit ensures low spin finish emissions, offering a safe working environment.

With the new BCF S8 production platform, Nis Lehmann-Matthaei, sales manager at Oerlikon Neumag, promised manufacturers of carpet yarns greater performance within this fiercely-competitive market. Superlative spinning speeds, up to 700 individual filaments and fine titers of up to 2.5 dpf – our new system’s performance data and technological finesse are truly impressive.

With the new VacuFil recycling range, Oerlikon Barmag is now offering a zero-waste philosophy solution. Decades of experience in the areas of extrusion, filtration, and spinning systems have been bundled into a new, innovative core component, the vacuum filter. It unites gentle large-scale filtration and controlled intrinsic-viscosity build-up for consistently outstanding melt quality. The vacuum unit, located adjacent to the filter, swiftly and reliably removes volatile contamination (such as spinning oil, for example). The excellent degasification performance additionally relieves energy-intensive predrying

In addition to presenting the four 2019 world premières, the programme also included talks on further technology innovations. To this end, the latest developments of the relatively nascent Oerlikon Nonwoven brand were unveiled and the upgrade packages for the CW and ACW winder generations were explained. Within the context of a podium discussion, Jochen Adler, chief technology officer of the Manmade Fibers segment, together with further Oerlikon experts, answered questions relating to the future of digitalisation, automation, and recycling along the textile value chain, among other things.

Michael Roellke, head of global factory sales, showed the interested audience how the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment experts execute complex large-scale systems, simultaneously accompanying its customers with its decades of experience and expertise from day one. In his talk, he also once again emphasised the Oerlikon’s performance, including supporting the financing of projects as well.

Eagerly anticipated by the audience, André Wissenberg, vice president, head of marketing, corporate communications and public affairs, spoke about the uncertain times amidst the global trade conflict between the US and China and the emerging countries suffering as a result. He determined that the manufacture of manmade fibres in countries such as India and Bangladesh has tremendous potential for the future.

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