Around 370 decision-makers and experts from the textiles and nonwoven related industry attended the VDMA conference and B2B event called German Technology meets Indian Textiles and Nonwovens in Mumbai, from May 15-16, 2018. Among participating companies were A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, Andritz Kuesters, Autefa Solutions, Benninger Zell, Brueckner Textile Technologies, Dilo Systems + Temafa, Lindauer Dornier, Groz-Beckert, and more.
India is an important market for the German textile machinery industry, with exports of more than €255 million in 2017. Many German machinery builders have longstanding relations with Indian customers and quite a number of them also provide production plants and training centers in India.
According to a survey, both the event and German textile machinery engineering received the highest marks among the visitors. About 57% of the visitors stated very good and 38% good experience with machines and components from German suppliers. The performance and service promise, as well as the high-quality standards, have made German machine suppliers among the most reliable partners in India and other countries. This positive result has by far not been reached by any other manufacturing nation from Europe or Asia, according to the association.
Asked for future processes, investments in technical textiles and/or nonwoven production seem to be the most favorite sectors in India. Around 74% of the visitors plan to expand their production capacities with new machines and components whereas 26% intend to replace old machinery by new machines and components. High productivity, after-sales service, end-product quality, low operating and acquisition costs are the decisive machine procurement criteria in this order.
The investment plans are based on a positive business and investment outlook in India. Forty-five percent of the visitors surveyed plan to invest more than 10% within the next 12 months and 30% up to 10%. A quarter of the visitors expect a sales increase by more than 10% for the next 12 months and 60% anticipate a sales growth of up to 10%.
“Considering this positive business climate and the high interest from the Indian industry, the 32 well-known VDMA members participated in the conference have good chances to offer the right technologies and to place new orders,” the association adds. “The presented technology topics, along the entire textile value chain, will help the Indian industry to fulfil their expansion plans and to meet the challenges such as rising salary costs and shortage of labour in industrial regions.”
The major topics of the conference programme included:
- Higher profits throughout the entire textile value chain
- Energy, material, water and dyestuff savings for an environmentally friendly production
- New applications such as technical textiles, nonwovens (e.g. hygiene products, geotextiles for the infrastructure) or home textiles (e.g. terry towels)
- Automation, industry 4.0, digital communication and smart factory solutions
- Quality improvements e. g. with measurement and control systems
- Lower investment costs in spinning preparation with integrated draw frames
- New technologies to combine spinning and knitting
- Smart textiles and added value products e.g. with embroidery machines
Whereas the event focused on customers, a training session at the prestigious Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute VJTI in Mumbai on May 17 was addressed to future engineers. More than 220 textile manufacturing and mechanical engineering students followed the technical presentations. In 2018, the Association’s next sales supporting activities take place in Belarus, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Iran, China and Egypt.