German textile machinery manufacturers remain strong partners of
Textiles and clothing industry is one of the oldest
industries in Germany. In historical perspective, the textile
and clothing industry settled in densely populated areas or in
rural areas with beneficial location factors, low mountain range
regions. Centres of textile and clothing industry:
North-Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Saxony.
Cities with important with tradition of textiles are Aachen,
Albstadt, Apolda, Augsburg, Aschaffenburg, Bad Hersfeld,
Bielefeld, Bocholt, Chemnitz, Crimmitschau, Krefeld,
Mönchengladbach, Nordhorn, Plauen, Wuppertal and Zittau.
The first German textile factory was built in 1784 in
Ratingen near Düsseldorf. In fact textile industry was in the
forefront of mechanisation of industrial processes. Centres of
specialisation developed such as Aachen for thread manufacturing
and Krefeld for silk and velvet. In the 18th century Krefeld
supplied velvet, silk and brocade to a great many countries.
Elaborate fabrics from Krefeld were the choice for emperors,
kings and church rulers. The first German spinning machines were
built in Chemnitz in 1782 and the town subsequently became a
pioneer in engineering. Subsequently, spinning, weaving and
finishing machinery manufacturers supplied state of the art
machinery to the German textile industry. Being close to the
industry these manufacturers were able to deliver the technology
according to the demands of their customers.
While the textile industry was the initial driving force
behind the industrial supremacy of Germany, the traditional
textiles eventually moved to the East. Textile machinery
manufacturers in Germany were ready to find new markets and
brought their superior base of textile technology to the rest of
the world including Pakistan.
In 1947 Pakistan was a country without a significant textile
industry, which was ironical as the Indus Valley civilisation
now part of Pakistan was where cotton textile industry took
birth five thousand years ago. That is why when the cotton
growers and agriculturists of Pakistan were provided the
opportunity to establish a textile manufacturing base to meet
the ever growing requirements of a newly born country, they took
this challenge with great expectations. Textile industry soon
started to flourish, and the first installations in Pakistan‘s
textile industry were primarily from England. However, in a
matter of years the German textile technology was introduced in
Pakistan by renowned names such Schlafhorst, Truetzschler, Thies,
Goller, Monforts and many more. These leading companies along
with their counterparts in UK, Switzerland and Italy, can
rightly be attributed to the firm establishment of a solid base
for Pakistan’s textile industry in the decades of 1950s and 60s.
As a result, Pakistan is now one of the key suppliers of
quality textile products all over the world, from yarns and
fabrics to high value added garments, knitwear and home
textiles. The quality of Pakistani cotton textiles is improving
by day and despite many setbacks Pakistan today enjoys the
unique position in the region to have the duty free GSP Plus
status accorded by the European Union.
The present issue is devoted to the German textile
technology. This feature has also become part of our 64 year old
tradition when many of our present advertisers from Germany such
as Schlafhort (Saurer), Monforts, Truetzschler, Suessen, Thies
and Bruckner, started to promote their technology through
Pakistan Textile Journal. After six decades these leaders
continue to bring state of the art and much needed technology to
Pakistan to meet the ever stringent requirements of their
customers in Pakistan.
It is indeed heartening to note that German textile machinery
exports to Pakistan continue to climb every year. In 2013 German
textile machinery exports to Pakistan increased by 36% to reach
$39.46 million. While spinning machines from Germany constituted
the major part, finishing machines exports to Pakistan showed a
healthy growth rate of 114%.
Upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2014 in Shanghai from June 16-21
is the perfect opportunity to observe the German textile
technology developments in the recent years where a large number
of German textile manufacturers are participating as exhibitors.
VDMA, the German Textile machinery Manufacturers Association
with their members will be present at this important exhibition
in Asia. A large number of visitors from Pakistan are expected
to visit and to make their investment decisions in view of the
new opportunities presented to them in 2014.