Knowledge transfer direct and fast

Bridgebuilder for years between science and economy: ITA-Manager Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries (right) and weaving machinery manufacturer Peter D. Dornier

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Leaders in the field of textile machines cooperate with institutional textile research

Knowledge transfer direct and fast

Knowledge transfer direct and fast
Leaders in the field of textile machines cooperate with institutional textile research

Frankfurt/Main. Saving resources, efficient, long lasting: The excellent reputation of German engineering on export markets reflects its high innovation potential. Numerous new developments, displayed during the ITMA, the international trade fair of this sector, that takes place from 12th to 19th November 2015, are developed in cooperation with textile research institutes.

According to the VDMA-Asscociation textile machines with a production value of 3.6 billion Euro Germany ranks second after China (6.8 billion). All the same, long-established German companies, who enjoy a good reputation as leaders in technology and quality, are quite export oriented. Therefore Germany is world leader in exporting textile machines, followed by China (2 billion), Japan (1.9 billion) and Italy (1.5 billion). There are three reasons for the success in the field of export as well as in minimizing the use of energy and resources: next to continuously high investments in research and development (partly supported by public technology-funding programs), excellent qualified young engineers as well as the close cooperation with technology oriented textile research institutes count a lot.

But how close is the cooperation with those facilities really? Three answers from real life come from Baden-Württemberg and from Nordrhein-Westfalen:

Eric Schöller, manager Groz-Beckert KG, Albstadt: cooperations with textile research institutes offer the possibility, to develop results from fundamental research together. Therefore we have very good and long-standing relationships with a number of textile research institutes, for example with the ITV in Denkendorf, the ITM in Dresden or the ITA in Aachen. The type of these scientific cooperations is highly diversified. For example, the ITA in Aachen was our research partner in developing a textile-reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge was built in Albstadt in 2010 and is still the longest of its kind in the world. Groz-Beckert is the world's leading provider of industrial machine needles, precision parts and fine tools, as well as systems and services for manufacturing and joining textile surfaces. The company's products and services support the Knitting, Warp knitting, Weaving, Felting, Tufting, Carding and Sewing sectors and the production of nonwovens. The company provides the world market with 70,000 product types.

Peter. D. Dornier, Chief Executive Officer of Lindauer DORNIER GmbH, Lindau:
With institutes like the TITV Greiz we work together for a long time now, for example to implant electrical or circuit functions into the Jacquard technology. And we have strategic partnerships with the ITA at the RWTH Aachen and the ITM at TU Dresden. In order to support the training of future textile engineers and ongoing research projects in Aachen the company Lindauer DORNIER recently sponsored an ultramodern A1 type air-jet weaving machine. But the cooperation is not only a one-way street: For instance, the ITA can use this extremely powerful machine to advance the digitalisation of manufacturing equipment as part of the larger Industry 4.0 initiative and the other way around we have already acquired the services of two doctoral students from the ITA.

Eight percent of the staff at Lindauer DORNIER GmbH are employed in Research and Design Engineering, which – for a technology leader in weaving and special machines for producing ultrafine plastic films – is a relatively high percentage. 114 of about 960 staff members are directly involved in the innovation process.

Klaus A. Heinrichs, authorised officer at Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach:
Some coating projects have been started in cooperation with the Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences, specifically with the Research Institute for Textiles and Clothing. This cooperation has a historical tradition; we welcome textile engineers-to-be, as well when they finished their training. Recently we hired a graduate as a project engineer, who has passed her practical term in our company. Our staff includes a number of graduates from the Lower Rhine University who have secure employment with us.

For over 130 years, the manufacturer's name Monforts has been synonymous with system efficiency in textile finishing and coating. The unmistakeable hallmark of the high tech expertise of the Mönchengladbach-based company with production facilities in Austria and China is leading-edge technology, for which the associated intellectual property is protected by many industrial property rights.