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Keep it alive to survive

Ediz Hun points out that provided the politicians end fighting, war on terror is ended, “We” approach rather than “I” approach is placed and the success to make the functionless people “to make functional” is achieved, the environmental awareness in Turkey will rise and the development rate will accelerate.

Although Turkish people have recognized him as one of the famous juvenile actors of the Turkish moviemaking industry, he is today one of the major activists with his efforts on raising the environmental awareness. We are talking about Ediz Hun. After having won the first place in a contest organized by “Ses Dergisi” (The Voice Magazine) in 1963, Ediz Hun made a stride into movie sector by playing the lead role of “Genç Kızlar” (Young Girls) opposite Hulya Koçyigit. Hun, who leaded about some 129 movies until the mid-1970s, decided to quit the movie sector due to the chaos in the Turkish cinema sector and to focus his energies on environment. He studied ecology, marine biology and environmental sciences in Norway Oslo and Trondheim universities. Ediz Hun today is one of the unique personalities of Turkey as a person who has already won the favor of every single one as a senior biologist, lecturer and politician as well as his acting past. Withdrawing the attention of the world by reproducing the giant reptile Iguana iguana for the first time outside of its natural environment, he owns most unique and specific collection of Europe consisting of 3,000 different species of cactuses. Ediz Hun is still sharing his knowledge, experience and wisdom regarding environmental awareness in his column “Yeşil Sayfa” (Green Page) in daily Turkiye Newspaper. He also explained nature-human relations in details in his recent bestseller book “Yaşat ki Yaşayasın” (Keep it alive to Survive). We have conducted an exclusive interview with Ediz Hun on sustainable development, raising the environmental awareness and Turkey’s position regarding environmental awareness.

How should nature-human relationships be shaped in socio-economic development?

As you know I give conferences in this subject. The environmentalist movement which started with the Stockholm Conference in 1972 has gotten off the ground slowly and has grown since then. It was handled in a broad manner with the Bruntland Report that was published in 1987 and has been internalized in the United Nations as one of the most fundamental principles. We continue to live today in a world where a great process of development occurs. Many sectors contribute to that development in the best way within that process of development, and they will continue this contribution. Considering the relationships between the nature and the human in the socio-economic development, I try to emphasize that the sensitivity should not be abandoned which must be shown in the relationships between the nature and the human in this current process of development, and to emphasize the significance of the nature systems in both the social life and the economic life which follows the social life in the same manner.

Sustainability involves permanently sustainable development in both the economic and the ecological and social realms. Can you evaluate the ecological aspect of sustainability?

There are various biotopes in the ecosystems. It is important to protect them and allow them to go on their lives for the following generations. They may include various families of bugs, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. Their continuity is essential for our children and grandchildren in the following generations to be able to observe them in the nature, to study them and to collect gene reserves due to their professions. For a sustainable development that fact should never be ignored. Today the sustainable life has come to the forefront rather than the sustainable development. It was stated also in the United Nations that a sustainable development can only be possible together with a sustainable life.

Turkey is also a developing country today. Various attempts are performed both for the development of the cities and for assuring the development of the rural areas by conveying there more technical means. We are satisfied about that. Of course, no environmentalist is against the development. But it is necessary to emphasize the importance of the protection of the environment in this process of development. We try to achieve this. Our lives depend on our keeping of the nature alive as can be understood from the title of my published book “Keep it alive to survive”. If we kill our ambience, we also risk our lives. One must live nested in the nature and must be aware that life is impossible without nature. No person, no family, no society or no country can live among only the piles of concrete. Only in the nature, in that beauty, with that enthusiasm, the sense of aesthetics can develop and the protective instinct can arise. Hence we should never give up the nature.

Today an increasing value is placed on energy and raw material efficiency in the whole textile production and distribution chain. How can this challenge can be handled?

The requirement for energy increases each passing day. The population of the world which was 1 Billion in 1830s reached 2 Billion after 102 years, then the interval narrowed and it reached 4 Billion in 1975 after approximately 43 years, in 2000 it reached 6.2 Billion and in 2013 reached 7.2 Billion. In the developed countries where the level of the civilization is high a controlled population growth is in the forefront. First largest six nations in the world population are China, India, the USA, Indonesia, Brasilia and Pakistan. If we leave USA aside, we will see the fact that the rest of the countries have not an effective development parameter. China has succeeded to control the population increase with very effective measures. But India could not manage this because such an approach is not acceptable by Hindus. So, India takes the lead among the fastest growing population in the world.

We use nonrenewable energy resources such as coal, oil and natural gas today. These resources removed from underground like gold and diamond will be exhausted one day. Coke was formed as a result of carbonization of trees before 400 million years and lignite coal was made as a result of not being able to completion of metamorphosis of those coking coal. That time two large continents, which Laurasia on the Northern hemisphere and Gondwanaland on the Southern hemisphere, were present in our earth. The rest of the earth was covered with the Paratehthys Sea. There were billions of living creatures under that sea. Their dead bodies and subsidence produced the oil. Briefly, there is very limited amount of oil in the world. The situation will be worse after 7-8 decades by exhausting or very costly even if not completely finished and will not be effective for conventional usage at all. Reserves for coal and natural can made use of some longer time. So, we need new energy resources. Scientists are painstakingly working for this. These alternative energies are visible especially as sun, wind and wave and also as hydrogen at the forefront.

However, the humanity will certainly solve that energy issue. What is important is not to solve the energy issue, but rather to keep the population under control. The population of the world is now 7 Billion. What will happen when it reaches 10 Billion? Turkey has now a population of 75 Million. What will happen when it reaches 150 Million? I have been teaching at the university for years. I raise students. Only when the financial problems are solved, the children can find jobs, marry and furnish their homes. I think that rather than increasing the population, it is necessary to provide the existing young people with job opportunities and to increase their level of welfare. I think that is the primary issue. Consequently, I think that there are two important issues in Turkey which have to be solved. The first is certainly the war on terror. Ataturk’s saying “Peace at home, peace in the world” is very important. We demand to reach the peace. As a father, as a mother, first of all as a human, the destruction of our brightest youth for the sake of nothing at a very young age is inadmissible. And the second issue is the provision of job opportunities to young people. Today the government should attempt to direct the youth to the business life irrespective of whether they graduated from the university or not, if they are raised in arts, or even when they graduated from the primary school, and to obtain the most efficient labor from them.

Sustainability has become a management topic which has been intensively discussed recently ever more than before. What made the topic this intriguing?

Sustainability is important for continuity. I do not like the word “enough” at all. Nothing should suffice. I am an actor, an artist. In spite of the fact that I have produced many movies in the art of cinema, I have never considered myself satisfying. I am still a trainee. I am reborn by each new movie, I learn new things. I do not accept a word that is “enough”. It is stated that “Turkey’s development is sufficient”. That may not come into question. The development goes on forever. In that regard we should not use the word “enough” either. Turkey should go on to work hard. Since Turkey is now in a much better position with its large population of 75 Million than the EU Countries such as Greece, Portugal, Ireland, etc. though it has not been able to enter into the EU, it deserves its position in return for its efforts. What is important is to direct the young people and to show the ability to make the functionless people “to be functioned”.

How should manufacturing companies in Turkey view their obligation to the environment?

The ambition of individual benefit and rise must be taken under control in Turkey. We must learn to say “we” rather than “I”. We experience that during the traffic. The driving person does not give way. He wants to pass by and get ahead. As a result he wants to reach his destination sooner. That is a manifestation of “the ego”. We must control our egos. Union makes strength and synergy. Once you say we instead of “I” beautiful works arise. Turkey should at first accept that. And secondly the environment should not be refrained from. The industrial leaders claim that the environmentalists do not support them, but that is not true.

We naturally support our industry and the systems working in the industry. But to improve and develop that industry all related parties should manage protection of the environment. Many of them are self-interested kind of people although they are educated people. There are chemical companies which carry their barrels to empty lands by trucks. Everybody has to be very strict for these issues. People have to be trained in these issues and should be conscious rather than utilizing penalties. Training could be educational systems to be held at municipalities, for example. The training of personnel on environment, importance of alternative energies, planning for the works and strategies for the future is very important. For the municipalities are formed by the people elected by the nation, they are of extra importance.

One of the issues about the environmentally friendly approaches, which I appreciate very much, is the excellent performance of the Deportment of the Parks Gardens and Green Fields of Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul. They plant well-planned, aesthetical and well-organized trees and flowers to offer excellent and lovely areas for the people. Their works show that it is possible to realize admirable works when considered seriously. Besides municipalities, the private sector should also be conscious of this issue.

At what point you see Turkey regarding sustainable development and environmental awareness?

If right friendship, brotherliness is established in Turkey and all people embrace and hug each other no matter what ethnical origin they are, there will be a good synergy which will accelerate our development. For this reason, the politicians should not be fighting. Their fighting functions as an example and the nation starts committing the same. The politicians should respect each other. I, for instance, never vote for the favor of the fighter no matter how right they are. I vote for the ones, who are cool, gentle, tolerate, and who act softly even if they face an affront. The fight of today’s politicians is unacceptably harsh. One side will sacrifice the other for nothing. We should get rid of this. People take the politicians as examples. We constantly watch them on TV. Their attitudes towards or against each other have big affects on us; positively or negatively. So, they should always offer us good examples and people should not be fighting. As an individual of the society and as a person who knows the society very well and as a person whom the society loves very much, I speak on behalf of the society. The society doesn’t want fighting but peace, welfare, happiness and love. No matter what ethnic origin they come from, people should respect each other. When we manage this we will be more successful and our development trend will go up.

 

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A story of dedication to transparent and sustainable manufacturing

It is prominent that sustainable innovation is a driving force for Schoeller Technologies, which all what they introduce to the market are Blue Sign approved, transparent and environmentally friendly. Schoeller Technologies focuses on realizing the goal to bring the functionality sustainably through traditional garments to work wear and corporate fashion.

Offering 7 technologies globally at the moment, Sevelen, Switzerland based Schoeller Technologies is active licensing its technologies since 2000. Committed with passion for introducing sustainable technologies over the years, Schoeller Technologies has been offering smart and innovative textile technologies for various needs and requirements as a subsidiary of Schoeller Textiles since many years. Schoeller Technologies focusing on innovations that make textiles smarter and more functional such as water repellence, protection against UV rays, quick dry or bacteriostatic, grants fabrics the greatest level of performance without compromising on high customer value and best quality. Schoeller Technologies consistently places emphasis on sustainable, environmentally conscious and responsible manufacturing.

We have conducted an exclusive interview with Hans U. Kohn, Chief Operating Officer of Schoeller Technologies regarding their licensed technologies of Schoeller, future of sustainable sports apparel, adaptability of sustainability to sports apparel, position of Schoeller Technologies in the Turkish market and the key elements that make their products sustainable.

Mr. Kohn is a textile engineer with an MBA in International Marketing from Export Academy Reutlingen. Previously, having served as a Sales Manager for Rökona Textilwerke in Tübingen, Germany and worked a as Consultant for the Gherzi Organisation in Zürich, Switzerland, Mr. Kohn is happy father and husband and an enthusiastic sailor.

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Can you summarize the licensed technologies of Schoeller Technologies globally?

Schoeller Technologies is offering 7 technologies on a global base at the moment. One of the technologies we started with is 3XDRY®, which is a finishing technology giving hydrophobic properties outside of the fabric (water repellent) and hydrophilic properties (absorbing perspiration) inside the fabric. What comes next is our Nanosphere® technology that is based on C6 short-chain fluorocarbons in combination with nano-technology, what we call high performance water and soil repellency. Coldblack® is a dyeing technology, which is influencing the properties of a fabric in a way that dark colors behave like light colors in the sunlight so that they do not heat-up and stay cold. active>silver™ is an antimicrobial finishing for freshness and antimicrobial properties. energear™ is a kind of far infrared ray reflecting (FIR) technology stimulating certain influences on the human body such as improvement of concentration, fast recovery and better sleep. ecorepel® is our answer for the demand of PFC-free finishes in the markets. ecorepel® has a durable water repellency (DWR) which is PFC-free, biodegrable and environmentally friendly. Our latest technology that we introduced is solar+, which is a special finishing allowing us to coat fabrics in a way that they can take up the sunlight especially in the cold weather conditions. It absorbs the sunlight and heats up the fabric surface keeping the fabric warmer and making up the fabric more comfortable to wear. The insulation properties of the fabrics especially under sunny conditions are improved thanks to solar+.

How does Schoeller Technologies foresee the future of sustainable sports apparel?

We see an increasing importance of sustainability in the sports apparel industry, not only in the outdoor sports where we are mostly familiar with as Schoeller, but also in active sports apparel as well. But this is not only a trend that we only see in sports. We think that this is a global trend that is growing very fast and is being pushed especially through the campaigns carried out by major nongovernmental organizations, such as Green Peace’s Detox Campaign. Such organizations are putting a lot of pressure on the big apparel, especially sports apparel producers, via various campaigns. On the other hand we still see a high demand for function and performance, which still dominates in the sports industry today. At the moment we see that major companies principally carry out evaluations regarding the performance they can get based on a sustainable level. However, the consumer demand has not really developed that fast yet. The discussion is more intensive in the industry at the moment than on the consumer level. But this can switch very fast. Today both the social media and institutions like Green Peace that have such a wide base of people to be able to spread the information rapidly through social media will achieve switching this in the near future. The discussions going on about producing more and more environmentally friendly textiles for sports and for fashion is right. Because once the consumer has started to change its mind there is no time to react any more.

What are your experiences in the adaptability of sustainability to the sports apparel business?

Today, we see that they are lots of technologies available in the market that could make sports apparel more sustainable. We see trends in the yarn segment highlighting the recycled yarns that are growing very fast such as yarns derived of recycled polyester. Various sustainable solutions also in the finishing of the fabrics are also getting more and more important today, which are very good in terms of performance but never been spotlighted in the past. We definitely see the potential of a huge switch through more environmentally friendly technologies, but it will take some time for the industry thoroughly to change towards sustainability. To replace requires to be sure that the replacement is better than or as good as what it used to be before. So, the introduction of sustainability in sports industry is going to happen eventually, but it will some time to achieve a complete transformation.

What are the current trends that you observe in the manufacturing of sports apparel and how Schoeller Technologies manage to adapt these trends into their production?

On one hand we see the trend towards sustainability that is for sure. We also see environmental labels like Blue Sign is growing fast and getting more and more important. Another trend that we see is transparency. It means that the industry wants to have more transparency of the ingredients, chemicals and all the components that go into the product. In general we see a trend towards heat management in the sports apparel that includes features such as cooling, warming, keeping warm in sports apparel. It is actually nothing new, but today it is more and more marketed as a feature. It has now become an important function of the garments.

How fast does the market react to your sustainable technologies?

It varies across different segments. We see the major brands, consumer brands and volume brands that have to react very fast are reacting very fast to introduce environmentally friendly technologies. As they can put a lot of pressure on their supply chain it is easier for them to adopt sustainable technologies. We also see the awareness at smaller brands regarding the introduction of sustainability, but as they are smaller they do not have enough power to influence their supply chain. The smaller brands depend on what is available in the market. If their suppliers do not want or are not able to switch to sustainable technologies, the smaller brands will not have the freedom of choice as the big brands have. For this reason it will take longer for the smaller and medium sized brands to switch to sustainable solutions than it is for the big ones.

What are the social, economical and environmental benefits of Schoeller’s technologies? What are the key elements that make your products sustainable?

Sustainability is a touchy environmental story as a whole one side. However within the sustainability we also understand a long-lasting product. A long-lasting product means a high-quality product and high performance also if you talk about the technologies. Overall it is a complete package that makes our products sustainable and successful in the markets. On the other hand having a product just as a product is not enough for Schoeller. As Schoeller we also have strong marketing and brand-building capabilities. We do build up a kind of network between brands and mills. So we achieve that our technologies can be adapted not only technology-wise but also they are adapted and transported to the end consumer. Because the end-consumers have to understand the value-added, the sustainability, the performance and the quality they are getting on their garments. It is not just enough that we just act and react in our industry. We have to think about how to transport the information to the end consumer.

Can you evaluate the position of Schoeller Technologies in the Turkish market?

We have been very successful in the Turkish market with Schoeller Technologies. We have already established ourselves in the Turkish market in so-called fashion function segment. As you might already know, there is also a trend towards functionality in fashion. So far we have been successful with our technologies in traditional men’s suit. But we have also been successful also in sports apparel, especially in golf apparel, which is produced in Turkey and exported to all over the world. We now see an important potential for the home textiles market in Turkey as this market is in search for more innovation and manufacturing more value-added products.

What are your overall remarks regarding sustainability and Schoeller Technologies?

We are pretty sure that innovation, which has to be sustainable anyway, is a driving force for us. All of what we introduced to the market, which is Blue Sign approved and transparent, is sustainable technologies. We are sure that we always put the right product into the market from the very beginning. We also believe that there will still be big trends for technologies and functions on sports apparel. We will also have crossover trends via taking elements from the sports industry that will make casual fashion more functional. Work wear and professional work wear will also be a segment showing the tendency of getting more and more functional and it will also take lots of components and technologies. We aim to achieve to bring in this functionality sustainably through traditional garments to work wear and to corporate fashion.

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Zimmer’s process color revolution paved the way to sustainable printing

Exclusive Interview by Yusuf OKÇU

Dinarsu, the Turkish carpet giant, has geared up the sustainability aspects and their production thanks to the revolutionary innovation of Zimmer’s 76 dpi process color carpet printing lines that pave the way to sustainable development even more than ever before. Since there is no need to change colors and there is no waste of dye as well there is no need to wash the systems Zimmer’s new revolution is a big step in sustainable carpet printing.

Dinarsu Imalat ve Ticaret T.A.Ş, which has become one of the carpet giants of Turkey today, has been established in 1955 in Istanbul for the production of yarn and blankets. Having started producing tufting carpets in 1975, Dinarsu succeeded to develop itself to one of the most important industrial complexes not only in Turkey, but globally. In the meantime the company finishes about 20 million m² of floor covering every year, for example tufting carpets, nonwoven carpets and artifical lawn.

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Monforts strengthens its commitment towards sustainable innovation

The Monforts spirit lighted up by August Monforts by a napping machine for textile fabrics in Mönchengladbach on 1884, for about 131 years now, has today ended up with a corporate competence in the finishing machinery field. These napping machines inspired today’s state-of-art finishing machinery of A. Monforts Textilmaschinen. Today, Mönchengladbach has already become a think-tank for Monforts innovations and they keep producing in two manufacturing facilities, St. Stefan, Austria, where they produce stenters, continuous dyeing ranges, sanforizing ranges and coating ranges, and Zhongshan, China, where they produce mainly stenters up to 340cms working width. When it comes to the technological challenges in the textile finishing of the future, it is not sufficient to simply list the associated competitive advantages. For Monforts, thinking further therefore also means developing innovative technologies and concepts, which revolutionise the textile finishing machine market both economically and ecologically. Monforts underlines its leading position as one of the most innovative manufacturers of textile finishing machines with new, highly efficient and resource-conserving technologies and universal ranges – with significantly lower energy consumption. Monforts today not only dedicated itself to traditional textile finishing, but also committed to technical textile finishing some four years ago and continuously strengthening its commitment more and more towards being the innovation leader.

We have conducted an exclusive interview with Mr Klaus A. Heinrichs, Vice President Marketing, & Jürgen Hanel, Business Development Manager, Technical Textiles, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, regarding Monforts Montex Allround, their recent success in the technical textiles field, trends in sustainable finishing, impacts of their acquirement by Fong’s and impacts of the volatile markets on Monforts business.

MONTEX ALLROUND PROVED TO BE SUCCESS

Only recently introduced, Monforts Montex Allround modular and interchangeable coating system is already proving popular with technical textile producers. It has recently claimed another success at the recently held Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt.

“The market responded excellent on our approach with the Monforts Montex Allround. We have succeeded to finalize several projects within this year and managed to deliver our first Allround machines with the new setup. The modularity and the flexibility of the setup of the new Allround machinery gave us a new market approach in that field, which puts us ahead the competition,” says Jürgen Hanel, Business Development Manager of Technical Textiles Department in Monforts. Reminding Monforts’ aim is to become the leader for innovation in textiles, Hanel states that thanks to Allround, Monforts has claimed itself also as a leader for innovation in technical textiles.  “The advantages of Montex Allround, a machine which is not comparable to all other machinery, is not only limited to the technical textiles field. Textile manufacturers planning to invest in coating lines even for denim, fashion coatings or flexible materials like jersey, would definitely gain profit by investing in a Monforts Allround machine, by easily changing their centering devices and their setups with the coating,” emphasizes Jürgen Hanel.

MONFORTS TOWARDS ITMA

Monforts, on the one hand is in full preparation for ITMA 2015 to be held in Milano on 12-19 November 2015, which is considered as the Olympics of the textile machinery. Preparing for a splendid show at their booth over 1000 sqm, Monforts have completed their innovations based upon customer interviews and already announced to the public. Regarding innovations that Monforts will present, Eco Booster HRC for retrofitting to existing Montex installations for the first time, new Eco-Applicator version for knitted fabrics, new ‘smartphone’ features for Montex 8500, new horizontal stentering chain as well as state-of-art product ranges for high performance denim will excel in this edition of ITMA.

MONFORTS SETS THE TRENDS IN “SUSTAINABLE” TEXTILE FINISHING

Monforts had no hesitation in participating in the VDMA’s ‘Blue Competence’ Initiative as one of the very first companies in textile machinery area due energy management has been one of their primary goals for many years, driving them to develop energy-efficient and resource-conserving solutions. Today Monforts is setting the trends in textile finishing in not only traditional textiles, but also technical textiles. Briefly the trend in textile finishing is environmentally friendly ecologic finishing emphasizes Klaus Heinrichs.

Suggesting to discuss whether it is necessary to carry out each step involved in the finishing process in the typical way as used to be or not and how the costs could be reduced in these steps, Hanel says, “This could be achieved maybe by changing the application method, maybe by changing the concentration of the chemical. However, the second alternative is not something that we can provide. That comes from the chemical industry providing higher concentrated products. So the chemical industry has reduced the water content of these products. Accordingly, less water to vaporize means less energy consumption. We want to support the chemical producers, because these products are sometimes different to apply.”

Emphasizing that the most important issue they are facing regarding sustainability is the problems of energy saving, cost saving in the end, Hanel adds, “All over the world energy is getting more and more expensive. In other words, the most that we can do to assist our customers is to convince them to have a machinery that consumes much less energy.”

Stressing that they see a growing awareness of exhaust air cleaning issues as well, Klaus Heinrichs states that they also see a rising demand for air filtration issues in the South East Asian Markets as well as China, which in the past was mainly in the Central European Markets like Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Heinrichs says, “customers are asking us about exhaust air cleaning, question of energy consumption. Accordingly we always assist our customers with our solutions in this field. For instance, we are manufacturing the Eco Applicator for finishing processes avoiding excess use of water for applying chemicals and thus assisting to reduce drying energy as well.”

NEW VERSION OF ECO APPLICATOR FOR KNITTED FABRICS

Monforts with the Eco-Applicator is already nominated amongst the three finalists for ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award 2015 – Industry Excellence Award. The Eco-Applicator liquor application process offers significant energy savings with reduced drying capacity required for a wide range of applications such as felt finishes, coated materials and medical textiles including Nano coating, water repellancy, softeners, flame retardency and insect repellancy. A new version for knitted fabrics will be introduced at ITMA. It has been designed to apply a liquor to one side of the fabric; to apply a liquor to both sides of the fabric; to apply different liquors to either side of the fabric; or to apply two different liquors consecutively to a single side of the fabric.

 MONFORTS IS EVEN MORE STRONGER WITH FONGS

June 2012 has become a remarkable milestone in Monforts history, when Hong Kong based Fong’s Industries acquired 100% stake of the company from German based company L. Possehl Co & GmbH. Having already completed their second manufacturing plant in Zhongshan, China within the same year, this acquirement did not gear down Monforts innovations, it made them even more stronger in some markets thanks to continuous support of their new owners and by having the sales network together with Fong’s. “On the contrary this acquirement had positive effects for Monforts. Above all we can now offer complete textile lines through one source. Besides, thanks to our new owners we could open a brand-new technology center equipped with the latest IT systems here in Monchengladbach, Germany with an investment of 2,5 million EURO, which has been fully supported by Fong’s. So, Monforts on the one hand kept its autonomy being responsible for our own things and on the other hand we are having the full support from the Fong’s Group, particularly for our R&D activities” points out Klaus Heinrichs. Always been fully dedicated towards textiles, Monforts clearly sees this as a positive step for future developments and pleased to have such a sound background for further growth.

TURKISH MARKET VERSUS THE FLUCTUATING MARKETS

During the last two years, the manufacturing industries that also include textile production in several markets like Syria and Russia took a major blow due to ongoing domestic conflicts, which also dealt a big blow on the textile machinery investments in these countries. Although Monforts deeply regrets the situation of Syrian market, which used to be one of the major textile markets, they are relatively relieved that the business lost in Syria has been covered by Egypt to a certain extent as the textile manufacturers have been shifting their operations from Syria to Egypt. On the other hand since they do not consider Russian market as a typical textile market like Turkey or other South East markets, it did not have any negative impact on the Monforts business.

“Eventually we have managed to keep our traditional markets. For instance, Turkey, which is one of our major markets, is consistently picking up and improving,” claims Klaus Heinrinchs. Heinrichs points out that they are having a strong local national competition in Turkey and draws attention to the local manufacturers emerging in the Turkish textile market those did not exist in the market ten years ago. “We have to compete with all these companies by technology, energy efficiency and advanced technology. So far, Monforts is very competitive in Turkey despite of the strong competition in the market, since we see ourselves as a leader in technology and innovation. Although some textile companies producing textiles for the national markets sometimes go for the national machine manufacturers, when it comes to export quality, first class brands, quality control and economic use of energy then Monforts becomes definitely the key player. That is all over the world, not only in Turkey,” says Klaus Heinrichs.

Pointing out that Monforts has worldwide reputation for it’s quality, durability, long lasting machinery, Heinrichs indicates that Monforts also has an excellent position for the future with the growing awareness of ecological use of machinery and chemicals. “For instance, Monforts had become the first company to offer the heat recovery module as a standard. About ten years ago the Turkish customers had been unwilling to invest in these heat recovery modules, by asserting that these modules do not process textiles. Thanks to progressively growing awareness of the younger generations whom started to consider that the resources are not endless, a sea-change has started in the industry. Energy saving is also a part of this as everybody might know textile finishing is a very energy consuming process. This is why we can readily claim that for Monforts there is a very good outlook for the future. These also will reflect our innovations for ITMA as well. More for economy, more for ecology, exhaust air cleaning, heat recovery, energy efficient machines, latest finishing innovations and of course the quality aspects for Monforts,” adds Klaus Heinrichs.

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Builders of “a more sustainable world”

Sustainnovation Journal takes the pulse of world-leading European textile machinery manufacturers in the whole textile chain covering spinning, weaving and finishing regarding to their sustainability efforts

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Monforts achieved placing sustainability at the core of textile finishing processes

Yusuf OKCU, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Monforts, which has been synonymous with cutting-edge technology in finishing machine engineering for about 130 years, proves that it is also possible to achieve savings with technological intelligence today thanks to sustainability that they always place at the heart of their daily work and technological awareness that they provide to their customers.

Monforts, which has been synonymous with cutting-edge technology in finishing machine engineering for about 130 years, was founded by a young entrepreneur engineer August Monforts in 1884 in Möchengladbach. Having moved to their new headquarters in Schlafhorst Business Park from their historical building of 127 years in Schwalmstrasse, Monforts is a step forward of their competitors along with their subsidiary Montex Maschinenfabrik GmbH located in St. Stefan, Austria, thanks to their environmentally-friendly machinery insight.

There is no surprise that Monforts had no hesitation in participating in the VDMA’s ‘Blue Competence’ Initiative as one of the very first companies in textile machinery area due energy management has been one of their primary goals for many years, driving them to develop energy-efficient and resource-conserving solutions. Monforts proves that it is possible to achieve a lot of savings, even for a person, who does not know how to operate a machine in the most economical mode, –such as the use of chemicals, water and salt in dyeing processes- by the technological awareness that they raise and suggests that it is also possible to achieve savings with technological intelligence. Thus, Monforts has been at the forefront of the ecological awareness since many years due to the fact that thermal treatment machinery, which includes stenters, hot flues and dryers, use a lot of energy in order to dry the fabric.

Sustainable innovation stands at the core of Monforts’ daily work. The Advanced Technology Center is one of the good indicators of this fact. Occupying an area of about 1500m2, this technology center was opened last year at the company’s headquarters and it allows its’ customers in-house opportunities to undertake trials on Monforts dyeing and finishing machines under fully confidential and real production conditions. What the perfect testament to the excellence of Monforts engineering is over 500 machines still operating perfectly in Turkey…

We have conducted an exclusive interview with Mr Klaus A. Heinrichs, Vice President Marketing, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, regarding sustainability, sustainable finishing and their steps with respect to sustainability and sustainable innovation.

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Sustainability has become a management topic that has been intensively discussed recently more than ever before. What made the topic this intriguing?

 

I think the importance of sustainability was mainly recognized in the Central European markets. The customers here appeared to be backed into a corner because of the legal constraints regarding issues about the exhaust air of the dryers and the chemicals used. Sustainability initially started to be able to overcome these legal requirements. As a textile machinery manufacturer, we have to lead our customers to a “more competitive” position against manufacturers who are not bound by legal constraints. In this respect, a German textile manufacturer has a major disadvantage compared to a North African textile manufacturer for instance, because here in Central Europe, the manufacturer also should take care of issues such as exhaust air cleaning or pollution etc. at the same time. Our greatest challenge has been developing competitive machines that would provide an advantage to our customers and to bring them into the market. Monforts has been one of the leaders in sustainability in the finishing segment by becoming the first company to offer heat recovery modules for dryers as a standard already 12 years ago. In the beginning we experienced that the expectation amongst our customers was not so high, since the authorities in the textile mills responsible of purchasing new machinery did not have enough knowledge about the benefits of heat recovery modules and they used to consider that there were no textiles coming out of these units. We have actually managed to convince them that they can save up to 15% energy, gas or thermal oil if they use these heat recovery modules. Today we can offer systems, which not only enable our customers to save a huge amount of energy, but also maintenance-free, for both heat recovery and exhaust air cleaning. As a further aspect, Monforts has also been very successful with the so-called ECO Applicator, which is a unit applying only the necessary amount of chemicals to be solved in water. As a result this enables the customer to save an important amount of energy cost originating from excessive drying. Monforts always places sustainability at the heart of business and sustainability is a major aspect of our R&D activities. We are a member of VDMA Blue Competence Initiative and one of the first companies who applied for the sustainability logo and certification. I think sustainability is the only way forward in today’s world.

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