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World markets for textile machinery: part 3 -- finishing, November-December 2007
published in Issue 132, November-December 2007
2006 was a mixed year for the international textile finishing machinery market. Although there was an increase in global deliveries of discontinuous bleaching, dyeing and washing machinery, this increase contrasted with falls in shipments of machinery for mercerising, for continuous bleaching, dyeing and washing, for cylinder drying, and for stentering.
In the case of mercerising—a process which increases a fabric’s affinity for dye—only 23 machines were delivered to the world’s mills in 2006, down from 37 a year earlier. All 23 machines were for treating woven fabrics.
Deliveries of machines for continuous bleaching, dyeing and washing fell from 192 to 125, of which the majority were for processing woven fabrics. 28 of the 125 machines were bleaching machines, which are used to improve a fabric’s whiteness. 53 of the 125 machines shipped in 2006 were for dyeing—a process used to impart colour to textiles—of which 44 were for use in the manufacture of woven fabrics. The remaining continuous machines, numbering 44 of the 125 total, were used for washing.
Global sales of discontinuous bleaching, dyeing and washing machines reached 70, up from 56 in 2005. All were for processing woven fabrics. Discontinuous dyeing is undertaken on jig, winch, beam or jet-type dyeing machines.
In the case of drying equipment, only eight cylinder drying machines were bought in 2006 after 37 were purchased in 2005. There was also a fall in the number of stentering machines, or stenters—from 166 in 2005 to 151 in 2006. However, within this total, while the number of stenters used for woven fabrics fell from 94 to 60, those used for knitted fabrics rose from 72 to 91. In the case of discontinuous drying machinery, 28 relaxation drying machines were shipped to the world’s mills in 2006 although the number of hot flue machines fell to just one. Of the 28 relaxation drying machines, 27 were for processing knitted fabrics.
- World Markets for Textile Machinery: Part 3—Finishing
- Continuous Mercerising Machinery
- Continuous Bleaching, Dyeing and Washing Machinery
- Discontinuous Dyeing, Bleaching and Washing Machinery
- Continuous Fabric Drying Machinery
- Discontinuous Hot Flue Machinery
- Discontinuous Relaxation Drying Machinery