Fully integrated production lines from single source suppliers have increasingly become the norm in the textile industry. Subsequently, mechanical machines and electronic drive systems became much more integrated, and more recently, with the advent of digitalization, entire production lines are becoming centrally controlled with remote, instantaneous connections to their suppliers for service and maintenance.
“In this context, the integration of machinery and automation specialists as single-source suppliers makes perfect sense, while partnerships between machine builders and their customers have never been more important.” Therese Premler-Andersson, Secretary General of Swedish Textile Machinery Association TMAS, Stockholm
The recent acquisition of Nowo Textile Machinery OÜ, Turku/Finland, by ACG Kinna Automatic AB, Skene/Sweden, is a good example of this general trend.
Nowo, designs, manufactures and exports high-end textile production machinery mainly for the fiber processing industry. At the end of the 1980s it introduced the successful Nowo Vac pillow filling system and in the 1990s the Noworoll ball fiber machine.
Nowo’s machine range covers the entire production process from bale opening to weighing and filling, and complete production lines are tailored to the specific needs of customers. The company can also deliver individual machines such as bale openers, cards, cross-lappers, pickers, mixing devices, material silos, sucking devices, anti-static units etc.
Founded in 1977, ACG Kinna Automatic specializes in customized and cost-efficient solutions for the production of pillows and quilts. All of its design, manufacturing and final line testing is carried out in Sweden and the reliability and longevity of its machines has earned it the trust of furniture and home decoration retailers worldwide.
The aim of the acquisition is to continue the good cooperation with Nowo’s current suppliers and partners, and the development of fully integrated production lines based on the know-how of both companies.