UCMTF At ShanghaiTexAs the third largest exporter of textile machinery within the European
Union and the fifth largest in the world, France is another formidable player in the global textile
picture. On average, it sells 85 percent of its textile machinery to more than 100 countries, which
means four out every five machines sold are exported. Furthermore, almost 70 percent of these sales
are to highly developed countries, including those that are themselves major manufacturers of
textile machines, such as the U.S., Germany, Italy and Spain. In 2001, French held 6.4 percent of
the world market share. More recently, it is also making inroads into the much-coveted Chinese
market. For example, in 2002, it sold 88 million euros worth of machinery to China, representing an
increase of 35 percent compared to 2001.The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association
(UCMTF), which represents about 40 French textile machinery companies that have combined annual
sales of 850 million euros and employ more than 10,000 people, will organize a French pavilion at
this year’s ShanghaiTex. Companies that will be in the pavilion include: Laroche, N. Schlumberger
& Cie, Asselin, Thibeau, Superba, ECC Platt, Fil Control, Alliance, Comeureg, and Petit.
Meanwhile, Rieter ICBT, Rieter Perfojet and Staubli will exhibit in neighboring stands.
According to UCMTF, the number of companies participating in its pavilion is clear proof of
the strong commitment the French textile machinery industry has toward the Chinese market and of
its willingness to establish closer ties with the Chinese textile industry.One key characteristic
of the French textile machinery manufacturers, said UCMTF, is their highly specialized expertise.
According to the association, in some specialty sectors, many French suppliers hold more than 60
percent of the world market share. Specialized sectors of the French include:•spinning preparation
machinery;•long fiber spinning machinery;•fiber opening/blending machinery and textile waste
recovery;•cards;•nonwovens manufacturing lines;•twisting machinery;•texturizing machinery;•warping
machinery;•additional equipment for weaving (dobbies and jacquard heads);•finishing machinery such
as bleaching, dyeing, yarn finishing, knitted goods finishing, and textile
hydro-extractors;•inspection and control equipment;•air-conditioning equipment for textile
factories;•and software.Furthermore, UCMTF says, French textile machinery manufacturers invest on
average 10 percent of their annual budget to research and development — a higher-than-average
amount among the world’s machine building sector.
About UCMTFThe French Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association is a private association
that represents some 40 members. UCMTF is itself a member of the French Federation of Mechanical
Industry (FIM) and the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX).
Furthermore, UCMTF is one of four organizers of ITMA; the others are Germany, Italy and the United
Kingdom. UCMTF hosted ITMA 99, which took place in Paris.UCMTF aims:•to gather the forces of the
French textile machinery manufacturers and strengthen their actions;•to represent the industry to
national and international authorities and in French and foreign trade organizations; •to promote
the French textile machinery industry to its French and foreign customers by organizing technical
conferences and assisting its members before and during international exhibitions.