Swedish TMAS group ACG completes 100 years of operations

16 Aug '21
3 min read

Leading Swedish textile machinery firm and TMAS member, ACG group, has completed 100 years of operations. The company started with machinery for the garment industry working with suppliers such as Reece, Lewis, and Eastmanm. Apart from ACG Nyström, it includes ACG Accent, ACG Fyrtal, Eskils Tryckeri, ACG Elec Sweden, Kinna Automatik, and others.

In September 2020, ACG Nyström also acquired fellow Swedish company, Fyrtal, significantly expanding it range of solutions for labelling and identification systems for a wide range of products. Although textiles remain the bedrock of the business, under Reimar Westerlind’s management, ACG group has branched out into many other fields of activity over the past 60 years, and its diversity has also led to some highly unexpected developments, the company said in a media statement.

The group, for example, owns the patent to the digital dental X-ray technology that is now standard in dental practices around the world, having identified a need and set its technologists and software developers onto developing a solution. Similarly, it holds a patent on the LED-based exit signs now employed throughout public buildings, as well having developed the standard software and hardware for the RFID tagging and automatic transportation of hospital garments.

In addition to ACG Nyström, the ACG group now consists of five other key companies in Sweden. ACG Accent is the developer of creative labelling and packaging concepts for the textile, sports and clothing industries. ACG Kinna Automatic is the manufacturer of textile machines for filled products such as pillows, quilts and mattresses, as well as filter systems.

ACG Nyström is a complete supplier of CAD/CAM for embroidery and textile print, pattern design and cutting, sewing and welding and PLM solutions. ACG Pulse provides automated management systems with associated RFID technology and software. Eskils is one of the leading printing solutions supplier.

Like many other European manufacturers, ACG also began to expand beyond its traditional borders from the 1970s onwards, initially into the former Soviet Union and subsequently establishing subsidiaries in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, the Ukraine, and Denmark.

“We are a complete supplier of CAD/CAM solutions for adding value throughout the garment manufacturing processes – from product development, technical design and cutting to making up with sewing and other techniques, as well as refining with the help of embroidery and textile printing. Our knowledge of technical production systems and processes, built up over many years of close collaboration with our customers, has given us a unique role as the link between the world’s leading machine manufacturers and our customers in the important garment assembly business,” Thomas Arvidsson, CEO of ACG Nyström said in a statement.

“What we’re seeing now, especially in Western Europe, is the emergence of micro-factories which are closer to the consumer, eliminate many of the transportation costs which have rocketed recently, and can produce on demand. Everything is now about digitalisation and automation and we’re very well placed to assist in this industry transition. We are already shipping the technology for a number of such micro-factories and we are expecting a record year as a consequence,” Arvidsson said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)

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