Johann Philipp Dilo, (Source: DiloGroup)
Now the Index is finally taking place in person in Geneva, what do you hope/expect from this fair?
Since early 2020, our contacts have been restricted to phone calls and internet communications. This has offered insight and answers to which type of contact is to be preferred at what type and stage of communications. Interestingly, we have learned that in a workflow process of highly detailed communication that the internet and video exchange is in many cases surprisingly fulfilling many expectations and can, in some cases, serve as a replacement for travelling.
Now, however, after almost 2 years of abstinence from real contacts we are looking forward to getting back some reality and personal exchange, which is most important when suppliers of technology can explain in person innovations and progress to customers and experts needed to evaluate future and joint possibilities in a face-to face environment.
What will you present at the Index?
Based on our complete line business which includes the daily and continuous improvement process for higher production efficiency and product quality of the manufacturing lines, DiloGroup will present and discuss the range of longer term development goals and achievements in the area of smart industry elements of monitoring and efficient manufacturing and process aspects of recycling fiber material in the textile economy and related plant engineering which includes air systems engineering for dedusting and filtering.
Textile additive manufacturing, possibilities of patterning as well as reinforcing 3-dimensional molded structures for the car interior, and lastly the progress in the field of intensive needling for medical and hygienical light-weight products.
At the moment, every new development, every new product should also be sustainable and environmentally friendly. What is your approach to a greener world?
Dilo, as a specialist for the needling technology and staple fiber web forming, is highly engaged to provide solutions for the application of natural and recycled fiber used in the needling process and technology which is a mechanical and highly efficient manufacturing method with a low energy consumption per kilogram of nonwovens. Intensive needling will apply this mechanical approach also to the manufacturing of disposable nonwovens and at the same time not only reduce the energy requirement but also use biodegradable fiber.
What will be the biggest challenges for the nonwovens industry after the corona pandemic?
Like in most sectors of industry and manufacturing, our problems currently are mostly related to a timely and economical supply of materials. As we are still seeing a lot of disturbances in the supply chains and logistics shortage prevail in many raw material supplies. At the same time the price increases are considerable, and in some areas also disturbingly dangerous for the general economy. This is not only true for machine manufacturing but also for the nonwovens industry where the cost increases for energy and petrochemical products create a lot of challenges. These circumstances could continue for the foreseeable future and would necessarily result in price increases in all areas. This could drive the general inflation rate further and be a limiting factor to economic growth.
The interview was conducted by our nonwovensTRENDS team with Johann Philipp Dilo, CEO, DiloGroup GmbH, Eberbach/Germany.