Stefan Flöth (Source: Monforts)
Now the Techtextil and Texprocess are finally taking place in person in Frankfurt/Germany, what do you hope/expect from these fairs?
I think it’s great that the Techtextil and Texprocess shows are taking place together with the Heimtextil Summer Special exhibition. This is a welcome, once-only opportunity for Monforts to showcase its advanced finishing and coating technologies to help our customers to manufacture value-added products for 2 of our major fields of applications – technical textiles and home textiles. We are looking forward to reconnecting with customers old and new in Frankfurt because there is really no substitute for face-to-face meetings, however much digital technologies increasingly provide us with convenient options.
What will you present at the Techtextil?
Energy prices are rising steeply everywhere and a particular emphasis for Monforts in Frankfurt will be on the energy savings and savings of water and chemicals that can be achieved with Montex machinery and our technologies for the finishing of all kinds of fabrics or nonwovens materials. We have developed a range of options for improving the energy efficiency of our lines, both incorporated into new installations and to be retrofitted into those already in full operation.
At the moment, every new development, every new product should also be sustainable and environmentally friendly. What is your approach to a greener world?
As said before, we supply customers involved in the manufacture of a wide range of end-use products and from our position, the emphasis is always on maximizing production efficiency and minimizing the use of natural resources. Drying is an energy intensive process so we are familiar with solutions to safe energy over decades.
What are the biggest challenges for the textile industry in times of pandemic and war in Europe?
The Covid-19 pandemic has opened up and accelerated a wide range of digital possibilities and new ways of working remotely across the world. Meanwhile, at a time when energy prices continue to soar for textile manufacturers virtually everywhere because of the unprecedented situation in 2022, we remain committed to our focus on faster, more efficient technologies that minimize the use of all resources.
The interview was conducted by our TextileTechnology team with Stefan Flöth,
Managing Director of A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany.