The inauguration ceremony of Oerlikon DTY R&D Center.
The inauguration ceremony of Oerlikon DTY R&D Center.
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The years of intensive research and development in the field of texturing, which Oerlikon Barmag is doing in Suzhou, China, bears further fruits. On October 12, 2018, the new DTY research and development center was officially inaugurated at its Suzhou site to focus on texturing machinery.

Around 80 invited guests took part in the inauguration ceremony. The ceremonial opening was done by the government representatives of the city of Suzhou and the top management level of Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment.

Oerlikon holds 34 patents in texturing technology; several more are currently in the grant stage. Meanwhile, the international technology team has grown to a size of over 60 highly qualified employees. This supports the strong focus on innovation and research. In addition to continuous improvement measures on existing machines, various new components and machine concepts are planned and will soon be available for the market.

Innovation is indispensable especially in the field of texturing machines, since the technology has hardly changed in the last few decades. “Only with new approaches can we offer our customers the technological advantage with which they can be successful. The focus of the innovations is on the topics of automation, digitalization, energy saving and the improvement of process quality”, said Georg Stausberg, CEO Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment.

Oerlikon China Technology Ltd. is provided with state funding. “This financial support is partly invested in the most modern equipment, but also in a highly qualified training of our employees. This ensures that we can continue to offer high quality and customer benefits”, said Joachim Diezl, General Manager of the site in Suzhou.

Cooperation with Shaoyang Textile Machinery on spunmelt line solutions

Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers Segment announced to cooperate with Shaoyang Textile Machinery at the fairground.Meanwhile, Oerlikons business unit Nonwoven will cooperate with the Chinese machine and plant manufacturer Shaoyang Textile Machinery for nonwoven solutions in the hygiene market. This was announced by Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers Segment at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018.

The aim of both cooperation partners is to jointly advance the international sales of spunmelt lines for hygiene applications in the field of disposable nonwovens outside China.

Oerlikons business unit Nonwoven will be responsible for the entire project in the future. To this end, the Neumünster-based company will contribute its know-how in plant engineering to the partnership.

Additionally, Oerlikon acquired the CE certifications of all exported Shaoyang spunmelt lines. Oerlikon will also be responsible for product and process guarantees and will provide worldwide customer services outside China. Shaoyang Textile Machinery, on the other hand, supplies the spunmelt plant technologies.

"With Shaoyang Textile Machinery, we have found a renowned Chinese plant manufacturer with extensive know-how in the construction of spunmelt plants for hygiene applications, which achieves international standards with its nonwoven qualities," explained Oerlikon Manmade Fiber Segment CEO Georg Stausberg.

Rainer Straub, Head of Oerlikons Nonwoven Business Unit, added: "The partnership with Shaoyang Textile Machinery enables us to gain a foothold in the highly competitive hygiene market. Our many years of engineering experience guarantee our customers production lines according to international standards for high-quality nonwovens".