Lufeng Co, part of Luthai Textile Co Ltd one of China’s biggest textiles and garments producers, has expanded its dyeing and finishing production line by adding a newly launched Monforts Thermex 6500 continuous dyeing range; offering substantial reductions in dyeing times, chemicals, energy and water consumption.
The new Thermex 6500 was introduced by Monforts only last year and can handle fabrics of up to 1.8m, at which the machine capacity is 45m; one of the deciding factors for Lufeng.
Wang Fangshui, general manager of Lufeng, who is also general engineering manager at Luthai, said that the Thermex 6500 was needed when the company built its number two Finishing Mill late last year.
He added:“We are continually innovating, both for ourselves and our customers, and are confident that the Thermex 6500 will help us to progress in significant new directions.”
The company exports fabrics and garments overseas, its biggest market being the US, which accounts for 35% of its production. Europe takes 30%, Japan 20%, Korea 5%, and mainland China 5%.
Additionally, its current production capacity for yarn dyed fabric is 21.58 million metres per month and production capacity for shirts is 1.67million pieces per month.
Amongst the brand names Luthai supplies are Brooks Brothers, Marks & Spencer, and Olymp, and it has an agreement with the Alain Delon fashion brand to manufacture all its production for China.
While most of the Monforts equipment installed at Luthai and Lufeng in recent years has been manufactured by Monforts Chinese joint venture, Monfongs, the Thermex 6500 is a newly produced continuous dyeing machine manufactured in Germany.
The Thermex was delivered and commissioned by K & E Company Ltd, Monforts’representative for China and Hong Kong.
Roney Kung, of K & E’s Hong Kong office, said that the continuous dyeing process offers reduced chemicals, energy and water consumption when compared with conventional pad-dry thermosol pad-steam processes, together with lower investment costs and excellent fabric fastness.
The Thermex 6500 at Lufeng is a three-chamber dyeing unit, with each chamber having a 46m capacity, and a total capacity of 135m. Depending on fabric weight, Lufeng can run at 40-50m of fabric per minute.
Mr Wang added:“We made the decision to invest in the Thermex 6500 because we needed the wider widths that it can handle, and the speed it can complete the dyeing process. Our need is for up to 1.7m or wider, and the Thermex can handle this comfortably.”
In addition, he said that the Thermex is handling almost 100% cotton, with an important role being in the testing of samples and in short-run production.