How is the Indian market for Rieter? What trends do you see in the coming times in this market?
Over the past few years, Indian textile industry has been growing at a steady pace. Both domestic consumption and exports have grown even though not to the projected level. While India has a strong spinning industry, more focus is now given in downstream processes. A strong textile value chain can boost the growth pace to much higher level in times to come.
A strong base of cotton, efficient mill management, labour economy and government support makes the spinning industry highly prospective in India. Strengthening of downstream processing should create more demand for good yarns and spinning industry stands to gain and witness investments.
Which of your four spinning systems are most popular in India?
Rieter is the only system supplier with complete offering from fibre to yarn for all four end spinning technologies: Ring, Compact, Rotor and Air-jet spinning machines. This allows customers to select the right system for their needs with neutral consultancy.
What is the company's strategy to move ahead in the market ?
Rieter is present in India with its manufacturing activities and a strong sales and after sales service network. Rieter globally focuses on value added after sales services and solutions over the entire product life cycles. After sales solutions make the customer's spinning mills even more productive, efficient and flexible and enable the customer to faster respond to market changes and to better leverage his original investment.
Rieter believes very much in innovation. Since the company was established in 1795, Rieter's innovative momentum has been a powerful driving force for industrial progress. The offering of innovative products for yarn production with lower conversion cost and better quality remains our goal. The Indian market is definitively one of our focus markets.
How is the market for Rieter in other countries – Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam and of course China?
These markets are very important to Rieter. In 2014 a large number of orders came from Asian countries, where spinning mill capacities were built up to supply the Chinese textile markets. In 2014, sales in the Asian countries (without China, India, Turkey) were almost a quarter (24%) of Rieter wholesales.
Tell us about the Rieter Test & Training Centre at DKTE. What kind of spinning projects will the Centre take up?
The Rieter Test & Training Centre has been developed in exclusive cooperation with DKTE and highlights the latest Rieter J 20 Air-jet spinning machine. The Centre serves as a platform for research and for the training of specialists for the Indian spinning mills as well as imparting technical competence to the students in the course of their academic education. Both Rieter and DKTE value this cooperation and will combine their strengths to advance the development of these technologies in India. DKTE, an educational institute has excellent infrastructural facilities and a highly qualified staff that serves the industry and society through excellent education and high quality research.
The institute enjoys strong support of the textile industry and corporate houses and will function as a showcase for the versatility and flexibility of Rieter spinning machines to spin different products.
How do you find copyright and patent laws in India (with reference to Rieter's latest win in China)?
Innovation is bred out of knowledge and investment, and both are needed to continuously inspire and drive further progress within an industry. Key to this process is the protection of intellectual property rights.
Rieter is also constantly working to enhance the competitiveness of our customers through innovation, while also respecting the innovation and intellectual property of others. For example, Rieter detected patent infringements of its Com4 compact spinning technology in China in 2012. The Chinese Ring Spinning Machine Manufacturer, Tonghe, installed components copied from CixiJingwei, for which Rieter holds a patent. To protect its intellectual property, and safeguard the competitiveness of its customers, Rieter successful sued to prevent future sales of the infringing components
How are preparations for ITMA Milan? What are your expectations?
ITMA is one of the most important textile machinery exhibitions where participants come in large numbers from the whole world. We will participate with our latest innovations. At the moment we are working at full strength in order to offer our visitors a fantastic booth and a great experience with a lot of information to enhance their own business.