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World Markets for Textile Machinery: Part 4--Dyeing and Finishing
published in Issue 143, February 2010
2008 was a mixed year for the international textile dyeing and finishing machinery market. There were increases in global deliveries of continuous dyeing machinery, compressive shrinking machinery, stentering machinery and continuous relaxation drying machinery. But many of the increases were confined to only a few national markets.
Global deliveries of machinery for mercerising—a process which increases a fabric’s affinity for dye—fell from 31 units in 2007 to 25 units in 2008. Despite the drop, shipments remained above the low of 23 units delivered to the world’s mills in 2006. All 25 units delivered in 2008 were for treating woven fabrics.
Global deliveries of machinery for continuous bleaching, dyeing and washing rose from 117 units in 2007 to 239 units in 2008. Most of the 2008 total were for processing woven fabrics. The rise stemmed entirely from a five-fold increase, from 32 units to 166 units, in the number of machines for dyeing—a process used to impart colour to textiles. As many as 36 of the 166 units were for cold pad-batch (CPB) dyeing, a more environmentally friendly technique than conventional dyeing methods. Geographically, all of the increase in the number of machines for dyeing was due to a surge in shipments to mills in India—from 8 units to 127 units. Meanwhile, global deliveries of washing and bleaching machines fell from 85 units to 73 units. Of these, 23 units were bleaching machines, which are used to improve a fabric’s whiteness, while the remaining 50 units were intended for washing.
In the case of drying machinery, shipments of stentering machines, or stenters, rose from 153 units in 2007 to a new peak of 168 units in 2008. The increase was due entirely to a rise in shipments of machinery for drying woven fabrics. The number of stenters used for drying knitted fabrics fell from 96 to 52, but the number used for drying woven fabrics rose from 57 to 116. In the case of continuous relaxation drying equipment, global deliveries rose from ten machines to 29 machines. Again the increase was due to a rise in shipments of machinery for processing woven fabrics.
Shipments of controlled compressive shrinking machinery—which is used to stabilise fabrics in order to minimise shrinkage after the fabrics have been made up into garments—consisted of 28 machines for processing woven fabrics, up from 22 machines a year earlier.
Table of Contents
World Markets for Textile Machinery: Part 4—Dyeing and Finishing
Continuous Mercerising Machinery
Continuous Bleaching, Dyeing and Washing Machinery
Discontinuous Bleaching, Dyeing and Washing Machinery
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