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Christian Locatelli | General director

Spinning technology is still our core business

Marzoli has been designing and manufacturing textile machinery since 1851. Today it represents the textile division of the Camozzi group which combines the historical competence on the preparation of fibers and the spinning process with the most advanced technologies. It is a unique partner for the manufacture of the complete range of machines for the opening, preparation and spinning of natural, artificial, technical and blended fibres. In an interview with Shilpi PanjabiMarzoli general manager Christian Locatelli talks about textile machinery and innovations.

Has the textile machinery market revived after the pandemic?

2019 was a difficult year for the entire textile machinery sector, due to a marked slowdown in demand in the main markets, mainly due to general geopolitical tensions. The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the following year aggravated an already difficult situation, leading to a sharp slowdown in consumption and a further decline in exports as a result. However, since the beginning of 2021, we are seeing a recovery in demand. In 2021, Marzoli recorded a 300% increase in order revenue compared to the same period of the previous year.

How would you describe the current demand for textile machinery, especially in the spinning sector?

From an order intake perspective, the first half of 2022 was positive and in line with the pre-COVID era. Since June, however, we have seen a sharp drop in demand in almost all major markets. We expect a slight recovery in the last quarter of 2022.

Do you see an impact of “China plus one”, reshoring and offshoring in your backlog?

The main impact was recorded in Vietnam. Significant investment in the spinning industry has continued uninterrupted over the past few years.

What new innovations are you working on at Marzoli?

At Marzoli, we focus on the development and creation of exclusive concepts dedicated to four different and complementary areas: spinning technology, digital textiles, nonwoven solutions and circular technologies.

Nonwovens and the circular economy are two areas of constant innovation and investment for us. We develop new projects and cutting-edge technologies, always focused on the specific requirements of our customers, with particular attention to emerging trends such as the adoption of sustainable practices.

The experience acquired in 10 years of research and development dedicated to the circularity of fabrics allows us to have extensive competence in the treatment of 28 different types of fibers and associated blends.

Customers can rely on Marzoli’s experience in implementing different types of nonwoven lines to create a wide range of products: wipes, medical/surgical, disposables and filtration.

As one of Europe’s leading complete line manufacturers, spinning technology is still our core business. The latest technical innovation introduced to the market by Marzoli is CMX, the new state-of-the-art 10-head combing technology which, with a capacity of up to 115 kg/hour, guarantees a 25% higher level of productivity. than the previous model, as well as extended energy savings of 20%.

In addition, continuous improvement and special emphasis on our state-of-the-art roving frame (FT) technology pushes the limits of performance: high flexibility, high productivity, quality, space saving, energy saving, complete integration in any type of spinning sections. This also results in a high degree of automation and digital integration.

A mandatory subject, especially in this historical period, concerns energy consumption and the associated cost. R&D activities over the past 30 years have enabled Marzoli to halve energy consumption (-47%) through the adoption of innovative energy-saving technologies.

The digital solutions offered by Marzoli improve energy efficiency by optimizing process parameters in a continuous and proactive way. With Marzoli Brain Box it is possible to increase productivity (+5.5%) and efficiency (+8%).

What new innovations are you working on at Marzoli?

What’s the next big thing in the spinning industry?

The history of textile innovation and engineering has anticipated and driven the global history of industrial and social innovation over the past three centuries. The macro-trends we monitor, understand and envision for production processes and textile products will result in incremental improvements in B2B and B2C dynamics as well as the emergence of disruptive and completely new concepts.

Regarding production processes, the main trends are digitization, AI, cognitive applications and augmented reality (AR), automation and robotics, while circularity and sustainability remain fundamental.

As far as textile products are concerned, the main trends are sustainability (development of new and environmentally friendly fibers and materials as well as the design of products with low energy consumption and extended life), management of the life cycle (circularity), end-to-end traceability, development of new materials and special treatments to enable textile and clothing products to fight against climate change. Additionally, there are new customer approaches that combine physical and virtual experiences through the adoption of augmented reality tools, cognitive apps, and more.

Marzoli, as a textile engineering company, wants to intercept these trends and opportunities in order to work more closely with customers, helping them create value and providing the know-how to guide customers through all the process phases: from feasibility and preliminary studies to plant construction, line start-up, optimization, management and subsequent commissioning. In addition, we also want to help customers in personnel training and organization of maintenance activities, turnkey solutions and support in financing activities, development of business plans, analysis of the level of automation and project management.

What trends do you foresee in yarn types in the future?

Consumers are increasingly aware of sustainability, especially new generations. Millennials influence the choices of the textile industry every day. This awareness is growing continuously and rapidly, especially in the last 15 months. This therefore leads yarn producers and, consequently, textile machinery manufacturers, to develop new solutions that best meet these needs.

What are Marzoli’s long-term goals? Do you have capacity expansion projects?

We are increasing our production capacity for the entire product portfolio. By the end of 2023, we will be able to reach full capacity increased by 40% (compared to existing capacity).

We have developed local warehouses and dedicated logistics and supply chain to improve spare parts services, reliability and reduce delivery times.

During the COVID period, we have increased the number of field engineers and project managers dedicated to installation, service and technology support by 15%. We invest in recruitment and training activities. We still want to increase our workforce by another 10% over the coming year, so that local professionals grow with us in the market.

Ensuring a global presence with local service will help us to shorten the delivery times of our latest technologies. Thanks to the new branches we established in Turkey and Uzbekistan in 2021, we are able to better serve our customers efficiently and quickly.

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