German Technology Symposium in Bangkok
Oerlikon was invited to host a textile session as there has been a strong interest from the Thailand Textile Institute to get an update on technology and market trends. For this purpose, Matthias Rudolph, Oerlikon Textile Far East, Oliver Lemke, Oerlikon Barmag, and Andreas Engelhardt, Oerlikon Saurer Arbon, met in Bangkok to deliver speeches.
Andreas Engelhardt opened the session with a brief introduction of Oerlikon followed by a presentation on textile market trends and recommendations for Thai textile industry. Afterwards, the technological aspect came into play with speeches of Matthias Rudolph addressing WINGS - Oerlikon Barmag's new Winding INtegrated Godet Solution, and of Oliver Lemke focussing on eFK - an energy-conscious godet driven machine with emphasis on high yarn quality and economic texturing. This afternoon on textiles was well received and interesting discussions rounded this session.
On the next day, the Oerlikon team had an appointment at the Ministry of Industry with Mr. Damri Sukhotanang, Permanent Secretary, and Mr. Virat Tandaechanurat, Executive Director of Thailand Textile Institute. After briefly introducing Oerlikon, the focus was again on textiles. The domestic textile and clothing industry offers employment to more than 1 million people and earns more than US$7 billion in exports. To improve competitiveness and safeguard the textile workforce, a continuing upgrading of the local textile and clothing industry towards high-end markets appears essential. An indispensable pre-condition for a successful textil roadmap is the substantial lifting of the technology level, not only in cotton and manmade fiber spinning, but along the entire textile value chain to take advantage of state-of-the-art, productive and energy-saving equipment.
About Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
Oerlikon (SWX: OERL) is one of the world's most successful high-tech industrial groups, specializing in machinery and plant manufacture. The company is synonymous with leading industrial solutions and advanced technology and is active in the six segments textile machinery and plant manufacture, thin-film solar, thin film coating, drive, precision and vacuum technology. Originally established in Switzerland and with a tradition stretching back 100 years, Oerlikon is now a global player employing more than 19,000 people at 170 locations in 35 countries and generated turnover of CHF 5.6 billion in 2007. It occupies the number one or number two slot in its respective markets and invested just under 5 % of its turnover in research and development (CHF 274 Mio.).