Under the heading “Transforming the world of textiles: efficient – digital – circular”, VDMA Textile Machinery launched its “Way2ITMA” webinar series on February 28, 2023. With 100 days to go before the international textile machinery exhibition ITMA 2023 in Milan/Italy from June 8-14, 2023, VDMA technology providers presented their solutions along the value chain.
Speakers at the virtual event were Dr. Janpeter Horn, Dirk Vantyghem, Francis Elias Junker, and Tanja Karila.
With regard to the EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles, Horn, Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, Frankfurt/Germany and Managing Director of Herzog GmbH, Oldenburg/Germany, said: “This topic concerns all of us, consumers and producers. We as machinery builders position ourselves as enablers. We want to be part of the solution of this ambitious project”.
Dirk Vantyghem, Director General, Euratex, Brussels/Belgium, introduced the core issues of the EU textile strategy launched in 2022, a very ambitious plan to push the textile sector towards sustainability and transparency, and promote a new circular business model. If wrongly designed, that new framework may collapse the European textile value chain. However, if done correctly, the changes ahead could bring a paradigm shift in the sector, where competitiveness is no longer based on price only, but also on sustainability and innovation.
Junker, Area Sales Manager, Andritz Laroche, part of the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, showed high level of expertise for mechanical textile recycling for both spinning and nonwovens industries that Andritz has. The company has a diversity of solutions to offer and several cooperation partners, covering the value chain from recovery of fiber to the chemical modification and preparation for the production of yarn.
Tanja Karila, Chief Marketing Officer, Infinited Fiber Company Oy (IFC), Espoo/Finland, gave an overview of how IFC is turning textile waste into new fibers. Patented technology turns post-consumer textile waste into brand new premium quality fibers for the textile industry. The textile-to-textile recycling technology captures the value in waste that would otherwise be landfilled or burned. Next topic: Energy management
In the run-up to the ITMA, the VDMA will continue the “Way2ITMA” webtalk series. The next edition is scheduled for April 25, 2023. The topic of the event will be “Intelligent production and energy management for textile dyeing and finishing processes”. Presenting companies will be Sedo Treepoint, Brückner and Thies.
All webtalks and recordings, other videos and company statements are accessible on the VDMA Textile Machinery customer portal