Magazine July 2016

Focus on the textile world: from recycling to networking

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Networked thinking is more efficient thinking – regardless of whether it relates to new technologies, the use of recycled raw materials, or the history of textile classics. Obtaining materials, expertise and technologies from where they already exist and combining them to form something entirely new – that’s what brings success.

In this edition of the Magazine we show the different ways in which networked thinking creates efficiency and success. These range from networking at the scientific level, with projects at the Groz-Beckert TEZ, to a look at the latest developments in the textile stronghold of Bangladesh, and from the services provided by the new Groz-Beckert Technical Center Carding to the use of PET bottles as the basis of new textile fibers – and we also take a look at the history of jeans internationally. Discover the world of Groz-Beckert – there’s no better time to do so!

Good connections and resource conservation

Groz-Beckert’s Technology and Development Center (TEZ) is well connected in many ways. Combined under one roof, its textile technologies create synergies across division boundaries, and the active contacts it maintains with different textile institutes ensure that the relevant state of research on issues faced by the textile industry is always available, and can be integrated into its own developments.
The increasing trend toward more resource conservation is also an important aspect of the textile world. For example, in a further article we show the path taken by a PET bottle before it is re-utilized as fiber in technical textiles.

Benefits on-site – service and training courses

Whenever know-how is required to solve production challenges on site, support from experts is welcome. The weaving professionals from Groz-Beckert are close to the customer in such situations and ensure rapid problem solving, quick supply of spare parts, and expert analysis of requirements for production tasks. If the journey to Germany and the courses on offer at the Groz-Beckert Academy is too far for customers, the Groz-Beckert tufting experts travel to the customer’s own premises themselves, to carry out the training courses on-site.

Progress in South Asia, and a blue evergreen

We also report on positive developments from Bangladesh, a country whose textile industry was making negative headlines only a few years ago. Our article looks at the current status of the South Asian country and its recent successes as well as the challenges it still faces as a production location.

And in the first of a series of three articles, we report on the international history of what is probably the most famous item of clothing in the modern age – jeans. From their beginnings as workwear to their current status as a perennial fashion item, jeans are yet another example of how the most diverse benefits can be combined to create a new and successful product.

Happy reading!