HAS Group displayed finishing machines managed by smart phones and tablets at ITM 2016



Despite the political unrest that threatens to overshadow Turkey’s global trade, the recent ITM exhibition in Istanbul proved that, when it comes to textiles, Turkey is still deemed an important and valued industry player. So valued that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised this year’s growth forecast for Turkey from 3.2% to 3.8%.


Registration at ITM 2016 co-located with Hightex

Held on 1-4 June at the Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, ITM 2016 presented the latest technologies in the textile machinery, housing around 1,200 exhibitors and welcoming over 60,000 visitors.

Organised since 2004 under the motto “Textile Exhibitions are held in the Land of Textile”, ITM has become an important brand for Turkey and its surrounding countries. Exhibits could be seen in dyeing and printing machinery, chemical finishing products, as well as yarn, knitting and weaving machinery, and many other sub-industries.

Co-located with ITM was Hightex, the international technical textiles and nonwovens trade fair. Held in Hall 11 of the exhibition centre, the fair provided a platform for companies to promote their products and services.

According to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy, demand for technical textiles and nonwovens in Turkey is directly related to overall economic developments and textile technology. The increase in GDP per capita in recent years has fuelled demand for products such as feminine napkins, diapers, medical textiles and disposable products. In addition, rapid growth and requirements in the automotive, construction, filtration, agriculture and chemical industries have also stimulated demand.

Exhibitors at the show echoed this sentiment, expressing how “strong” the Turkish market is. Building its presence in the region is Yingyang Nonwoven Machinery, a specialist in needlepunch lines such as garment interlining, felt production, carpet substrates and geotextiles.

A company spokeswoman revealed Yingyang has expanded its machinery capacity by launching a new spunlace nonwovens production line, catering to consumers’ demands for more lightweight products. She explained that Hightex is the ideal place to present the new addition to its portfolio. “Hightex enables us to have more of an effect with our brand, and build stronger relationships with our customers,” said the spokeswoman.

There are more than 150 companies manufacturing technical textiles and nonwovens in Turkey, including Apex Nonwovens, a manufacturer of PP spunbond products. The company’s sales manager, Kadir Atik, credited the country’s “competitive nature” for its success in the field, adding that “high demand” has prompted many new players to enter the market.

Dilo was also of this impression, with Dr Gunnar Hemmer, of the Group’s German machinery business, stating that Turkey’s growth is “opening up opportunities for textile companies, with Hightex enabling the industry to voice this potential.”


Business discussions took place during Hightex

Textile finishing

The steadily growing area of textile finishing proved popular at ITM, with textile machinery manufacturer Monforts offering complete coating ranges from a single source for more profitability, flexibility and functionality.

The company offers single-sided finishing agents for a wide range of application areas, including outdoor clothing, home textiles, lightweight construction and the automotive and aerospace sectors. In the outdoor sector, for example, it can coat woven and knitted fabrics with a swivelling integral air knife to allow thin layers of products to be applied.

Monforts’ new position in coating was made possible by its recent acquisition of coating specialist Timatec, announced at ITMA 2015. Together, the two companies are working to provide a worldwide distribution network for the sale and service of coating systems.
Meanwhile, Graf, a Swiss producer of flat cards and roller cards, announced it has developed a new durelastic foundation, which enables the peak performance of nonwoven cards. “Customers can use the foundation to run higher production rates and achieve longer lifetimes and better quality,” said head of R&D, Arnold Vetterli. “It also achieves a precise and constant carding gap at varying carding strains.”

French advanced textiles company Diatex presented its technical fabric for military or medical shelters at Hightex, designed to improve thermal comfort. The company’s export manager, Herve Ladoue, said: “The fabric is produced using a special membrane and ultrasonic bonding. Plus, it is flame resistant and provides exceptional thermal insulation. We have achieved great success with the product in two years, mainly in the application of military tents.”

The company has serviced the Turkish market for 10 years, listing it among its most important customers. “For Turkey, this is only the beginning,” said Ladoue. “There is plenty of untapped potential to fulfil.”

Turkish finishing companies did particularly well at the show, with the likes of HAS Group, Canlar, Memnum and Temsan Makina having busy stands, despite the event not being as busy as previous editions.

Textile finishing manufacturer HAS Group displayed finishing machines managed by smart phones and tablets at the event. It also won a TEMSAD exporting award on the first day.

Adriano Molteni, area sales manager, HAS Group, said: “The show was very busy for us; I worked for another company in the industry for many years and have never experienced anything like on our booth.”

Molteni added that the success of the company at ITM shows the power of investing in R&D, as well as the importance of investing in both old and new workforce generations. It also proved that, despite political and economic issues in the region, Turkish companies are still experiencing success.

Molteni explained that the Turkish market is currently thriving, putting it down to knowledge. “People’s knowledge of the Turkish market has grown so much, mainly due to better university education and, with that, the industry has grown too,” he said. “Turkey, like Italy, now provides quality. Four years ago we couldn’t do this, but now Turkey is able to produce smaller amounts of textiles, at a higher standard.”
Among other finishing machinery, Canlar Mekatronik launched its brand new patented system fabric dyeing machine. It is one of the biggest machines in Turkey for high-temperature dyeing, and uses 22% less water and increases quality at a lower cost, according to the company.

The decision to launch the machine on the company’s home turf was an easy one. Zafer Demirel, sales and marketing at Canlar, said: “The Turkish market is very good nowadays. All Turkish factories get investment, so the economy of the textile sector is good at the moment but other industries aren’t as lucky.

“The current political situation hasn’t affected the textile industry either because textiles in Turkey is quality, so people still want to invest in it.” However, Demirel added that the country’s issues with Russia in the last few months could potentially be disruptive.

However, Memnun, a manufacturer of dyeing and finishing equipment, specialising in jiggers and sueding machines saw no sign of disruption, selling four ALiSA Brush Sueding machines in the first three days of the show – three to companies within Turkey; Kipas Holding, Matesa Tekstil and Yorukler Tekstil and one to an Iranian company, Nagshin Yazd Co.

Kemal Memnun, managing director of Memnun, claimed the company hasn’t any disturbance following Russian political issues, as it doesn’t export a lot of machines to Russia. Rather, its best markets at the moment are Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Iran and Kazakhstan. However, Memnun revealed there are a lot of opportunities in China, with the company currently trying to enter the Chinese market.

Another manufacturer, Temsan, on the other hand, told WTiN that the exhibition was quieter than previous years, and the Turkish textile market at the moment mirrors this. Cem Kesim, vice president at Temsan, said: “Turkey is an important market for us, as the industry is so big in the country and Turkish customers are focused on quality. For them, quality is more important than price.

“However, the current political and economic problems in Turkey have affected textile businesses, as investors don’t feel secure. They are uncertain about the industry so, at the moment, they aren’t investing as much.”

Finishing companies from other regions including Italy and Asia also felt the show was quiet. The show saw many finishing companies from Europe, particularly Italy and Asia.

Corino Macchine, an Italian designer and manufacturer of a range of equipment and machinery for textile fabric processing, preparation, finishing and inspection applications, like many Turkish finishing companies, experienced a positive show.


Corino machinery on show at ITM

Silvano Rizzo from Corino said: “We don’t market lots of different machines, we have one machine for all purposes, and that is the Corino strategy – don’t expand, just improve. ITM is an important exhibition because Turkey has been the best market for us for years, despite the rising number of local manufacturers. The show has been good, the double elections last year caused contraction in the market but now the market has restarted.”

Italian exhibitor Biancalani, which manufactures textile machinery for the special finishing of woven and knitted fabric, agreed with Turkish finishing companies that Turkey is now a source for high-quality products. “In Turkey, they have the experience, know-how and right machinery,” said Michele Gabarra, area manager, Biancalani. “The Turkish market has always fluctuated, so it is unpredictable in the short-term. We have a lot of confidence in the market and are investing a lot in it because of its huge potential.”

MCS, another Italian dyeing and finishing machinery manufacturer, has been attending ITM for many years and, with Turkey as one of its biggest markets, the company is, like many other exhibitors, excited about Turkey’s potential in the textile sector. Ivan Raffaini, sales director at MCS, said: “Turkey has seen a lot of change in the last 25-30 years. In the near future, Turkey will be at the same level as Italian [textile machinery] manufacturing.”

Yarn-finishing machinery manufacturer Savio showcased its new Eco PulsarS automatic winder, drumless multicone technology and new Volufil machine, combining winding and thermic treatment.

The EcoPulsarS winding machine can save up to 30% more energy reduce yarn waste, air conditioning costs and noise inside the spinning room, according to the company.

Savio found that the exhibition has grown considerably. Mauro Moro, sales director, Savio, said: “ITM has changed since the last exhibition. It is no longer a local exhibition but is becoming a meeting point and a hub for those in the textile industry from Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. As a result, ITM is a great opportunity for us.”

Digital printing


SPGPrints launched the Javelin

The digital printing hall at ITM was the busiest, with the latest in digital printing technology on show.

Digital print manufacturer SPGPrints enjoyed success at the event, officially launching its new Javelin digital textile printer. The launch brought in crowds, and two machines were sold into Pakistan on the first two days of the show. Regardless of the size of the businesses, SPG explained visitors were attracted due to the affordability of the printer and its high-quality printing ability at 1.8 metres, designed to print 1-3 million sq m per year on a wide variety of substrates.

Tom Janssen, area sales manager of digital textiles at SPG, revealed the Turkish digital textile market is still growing. “Digital is still growing at good rates, and Turkey is one of our top-three markets. It is good because it is an area where there is less of a need for us to transfer knowledge as the Turkish market is already so developed and they already know it all.”

Another digital print manufacturing giant, Konica Minolta also made some good sales at ITM, selling the Nassenger SP-1, a single-pass printer, to Turkish company Ilay Tekstil, as well as a high-speed the Nassenger 10, a scanning digital textile printer, to another Turkish company Ipeker Textile. Konica Minolta’s Nassenger 8 was also on display.

General manager Toru Ono said: “The show has been very good. It is important for us to have direct, local contact with the Turkish market, as Turkey has what we are looking for – big orders, added value, speed and quality.”

Digital print manufacturer Roland exhibited at the event, and recently opened an office in Istanbul, demonstrating that companies are still investing in the area, despite recent problems.

Antonello Cristofori, marketing manager of Roland, explained the company “believes in the Turkish market so we decided to invest in it.”
Exhibiting at ITM, EFI Reggiani emphasised the Green Factory of the Future for industrial textile manufacturing, showcasing two eco-friendly and efficient printing technologies. The company displayed its EFI Reggiani ReNOIR ONE-600 printer, which offers “improved print quality with new ink feeding and recovery systems, and superior imaging resolutions for efficient, high-quality décor and apparel sampling and production.”

Additionally, the EFI Reggiani AQUA reactive ink was shown. The water-based Aqua reactive inks are designed for use with Kyocera print-head technology, and provide high-end digital printing capabilities on EFI Reggiani machines. Adding to this selection, EFI Reggiani showcased the 1.8m Next model, which prints onto transfer paper for sportswear, fashion and signage applications, employing dye-sublimation inks.

Michele Riva, sales and marketing director, EFI Reggiani, said: “EFI Reggiani is still enjoying the success of the ITM exhibition in Istanbul. Through the event, the company had the opportunity to introduce new products, meet potential consumers and create awareness about its brands. EFI Reggiani feels the time is approaching for exponential growth of inkjet printer products and pre and post treatment machinery covering the key target markets in Turkey.”

Printed fabric on the Hunstman stand

Ink manufacturer Huntsman introduced its brand new deep black reactive ink, designed for Kyocera print heads. The Novacron Pure Black XKS HD achieves the deepest black shades, according to the company, and has been crafted for ink-jet printing on cellulosic fibres.

Maurizio Ponchiroli, Huntsman business development of ink jet for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said: “With this new ink, we are trying to close the gap between analogue and digital inks. We are aiming to increase the concentration of digital inks, as this is what our customers want.

“We have chosen to launch a reactive ink at ITM as Turkey is one of the most important markets for reactive inks – the Turkish textile market uses so much. Strategically, as a textile market, Turkey is very important. European producers of inks, machinery and investors are all looking towards Turkey as it is the right market for single pass.”



Alan Little, associate director, BTMA, at ITM 2016

However, it wasn’t just manufacturers, producers and distributors attending the event – textile associations were also present, supporting their members.

Alan Little, associate director, British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA), said: “We are here to support our UK companies. There are more UK companies here this year than previous years. The Turkish textile market was founded on British machinery and British textile technology, and it has always been a traditional market for the UK.

“Going forward, it’s important to attend ITM, despite it being quieter this year than the previous show in 2013,” he continued. “We have seen peaks and troughs in the Turkish textile market over many years. Turkey has always been, and still is, as a major player in the textile market.

“Turkey and the UK have such close ties, particularly when it comes to textile research and development, and that will never change. Turkey has always been a very important place, and it will continue to be important in the future