The Rupp Report: Textile Machinery Made In Germany

In the current issue of

Textile World
, you will find  a report on textile machinery for technical textiles and nonwovens. In
view of the next Techtextil – to be held in Frankfurt in June – Germany is the focus of attention.
But Techtextil is not the only motivation for doing this. Germany is the largest manufacturer of
textile machinery in general, and of technical textiles and nonwovens machinery in particular. For
the last 10 to 15 years, nonwovens and industrial fabric applications have been enjoying
double-digit growth every year. The overwhelming success of these products is due not only to the
constant development of better raw material, but first of all to the success story of the
ever-so-sophisticated machinery.


Among all manufacturing countries, Germany plays the one of most prominent roles. The German
machinery manufacturers are organized into the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Textile
Machinery Association. The VDMA has more than 3,000 members divided into 39 specific branch
associations. The textile machinery manufacturers branch represents approximately 95 percent of
Germany’s total production volume in this sector. Some 120 member companies are grouped in the
textile machinery sector.

In an exclusive interview, Fritz P. Mayer, chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association
and managing partner of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, gave his thoughts on the VDMA and
the current situation on the world markets.

Information A Prerequisite

Regarding the market situation, Mayer said the German textile machinery sector experienced in
2008 the strongest slump since World War II. Overall exports declined by 22 percent. However,
technical textiles and nonwovens are still quite promising sectors. With a 29-percent rise in
Germany’s exports of textile machinery to the United States, that market performed well in 2008 –
in particular, US investments in nonwovens technologies increased. In general, the business for
nonwovens and technical textiles production machinery performed better than other sectors.

Mayer also mentioned that information is one of the key elements to being successful in the
markets for nonwovens and technical textiles. TW’s report, titled “German Nonwovens And Technical
Textiles Machinery,” is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the machinery offered by the
German manufacturers.

Thanks To VDMA

The VDMA, and especially its press officer, Nicolai Strauch, helped a lot with the
compilation of the report. Thank you very much, Nico. TW prepared a questionnaire that was sent out
by the VDMA to every member company. More than 20 companies replied. The feedback from the
companies was overwhelming, and the size of the report is far too big to be published in full
length in the magazine.

Posted this week as part of the May/June 2009 Web edition of TW, the online version of
“German Nonwovens And Technical Textiles Machinery” includes a link to the feedback from the
responding companies. So, if you read this week’s Rupp Report before you receive the current issue
of TW in the mail, please check the other parts of this week’s e-newsletter and the online issue
for links to the report and the feedback.

May 19, 2009