India-based commission dyer Selvam Process recently installed a Montex 6500 tenter built by
China-based Monforts Fong’s Textile Machinery Co. Ltd. — a joint venture between Germany-based A.
Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG. and Hong Kong-based Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. — and
supplied by ATE Enterprises.
Monforts reports it is the first Montex 6500 to be installed in India. Selvam Process will
use the tenter in its open-width heat-setting and finishing operations. Founded in 1990, the
company has traditionally processed tubular knitwear, and wanted to add open-width finishing
“We started to notice exporters were beginning to express an open-width preference in 2009,
offering less wastage,” said S. Raju, owner, Selvam Process. Raju began to look for a “total
solution” to enable the company to process both tubular and open-width knitwear in-house. “Savings
of as much as 3 percent can be made with open-width production compared with tubular finishing,” he
Selvam Process dyes knitwear including 100-percent cotton, interlock, single jersey, rib,
honeycomb and fleece for customers such as
GAP, M&S, AG, Mack and Ferro.
The company also recently introduced a range of blends incorporating polyester/cotton,
polyester and viscose, and also is beginning to
offer dyed Lycra® blends, which require heat-set treatment.
“The new 8-chamber Montex stenter will process up to 15 [tons per day],” Raju said. “This
additional capacity will not only include our own in-house open-width production but also knitwear
from other local dyers for heat set treatment.”