Successful garment and leather technologies

A constant increase in 2014, which seems to continue in 2015! The demand for German garment and leather technology is enormous. “From January till August, a revenue growth of real 6.5% has been realized. Incoming orders also rose by 2.8%“, says Elgar Straub, CEO VDMA Garment and Leather Technology at a branch meeting in October in Leipzig. „The positive development in politically and economically turbulent times shows, that the German manufacturers of clothing and leather technologies are acting very successful on national as well as international markets“, says Straub.

Sectors such as the apparel industry, the automotive industry and other technical textiles processing factories i.e. the aviation industry, manufacturers of safety wear, tents, filters as well as the shoes, leather and furniture business plus customers in the laundry and textile cleaning technology f.e. hotels, laundries, hospitals and clothing service companies globally invest in the renovation of production sites. They strive for automatisation, because increasing costs force even Asian countries like China to new measures. They invest to enhance flexibility, productivity and sustainability as well as again and again growing quality standards. “These are the main reasons why the solutions of German high technology suppliers are that popular worldwide”, says Straub.

In 2014 overall, exports of the German apparel and leather technology grew by 4% from EUR 708m to EUR 738m in 2014. The biggest customer countries are China, the US and France.

VDMA conference in Leipzig.

VDMA conference in Leipzig.

The apparel industry as well as textile-processing firms have to face the challenge to produce increasingly faster and more flexible. And the whole process should be as cost-effective as possible. The requirements are the driving forces for Industry 4.0. Thereby, the digital linkage of design, production and logistics in the fashion and apparel industry has long been started. IT solutions are applied all-over the production chain. IT solutions are still the driving forces in the sector in order to optimize the manufacturing progress. Objective is a serial production with lot size 1, this can be realized via the communication of work pieces with the processing methods.

“We wanted to address the issue and therefore founded a task force Industry 4.0. It consists in members of our association and their clients“, says Straub. The task force is working on Industry 4.0 guidelines in different sectors and will define special research projects.

Experts see a great opportunity in the recent development. They think that thanks to the realization of flexible productions lines as well as the overlapping definition of interfaces between machines and men a relocation of the production of high and medium price range customs to Germany and Europa is possible,

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