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Texo records rise in demand for PMC weaving machines

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Apr '19
Pic: Texo
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Texo has reported a rise in the demand for its specialised weaving machines for the production of paper machine clothing (PMC), ahead of ITMA 2019 expo. The international textile and garment technology exhibition will be held from June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona. Texo is a leading manufacturer of weaving looms and tailor-made industrial automation systems.

“Rather surprisingly, given that China is now by far our biggest single market and the paper manufacturing industry has been gradually consolidating in Asia, we currently have new orders from both long-established North American and European customers. The current global political tensions in combination with insourcing to Europe and North America have been important factors for these projects and I’m sure the environmental benefit of significantly reducing transportation played a part too,” Texo president Anders Svensson said in a company press release.

Despite the on-going digital age, it is estimated that there are still approximately 7,000 paper machines operating worldwide, the most modern of which can run at approaching 2,000 metres a minute. These machines are responsible for manufacturing over 400 million tons of paper each year, in thousands of separate grades of paper, paperboard and tissue.

All paper manufacturing machines require a regular supply of PMC, which as large continuous engineered fabrics, carry the paper stock through each stage of the paper production process. With technologically sophisticated designs, they employ fibres and other polymeric materials in complex structures and each paper machine has an average of ten separate fabrics installed on it.

Principal products in the PMC segment include forming, pressing and dryer fabrics, all of which convert the initially wet mass of fibres through the paper machine as water is progressively squeezed out of it, ensuring it is held in place and air can be effectively blown through it at the dryer stage, to ensure a regular shape and extremely even surfaces.

PMC products can be up to 140 metres long and in the past have been made in extremely wide widths – the largest weaving loom manufactured by Texo had a working width of 31 metres. Nowadays, however, due to advanced seaming technology, such extreme widths are not necessary. Nevertheless, Texo’s PMC weaving machines are still generally supplied today in working widths of between five and 20 metres.

The company’s TCR loom has been specifically developed for the production of very fine and tough forming fabrics where the highest quality is critical. The FSX model is designed for the production of both forming fabrics based on medium-to- coarse yarns as well as press felt base fabrics, while the TMR is an extra heavy high-speed loom developed for both forming and dryer fabrics, as well as industrial fabrics such as filter materials employed in applications such as dewatering in the mining industry. (GK)

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