Oerlikon showed Potential for further Modernization of Chinas Textile Industry

Remscheid, Germany / Beijing, China – The tenth anniversary of the Annual Meeting of China Textile Round-Table Forum, again sponsored by Oerlikon Manmade Fibers, was held on January 31, 2015 in Beijing Capital Hotel. Ten years has pasted since Oerlikon Manmade Fiber first sponsored this High-end Forum. China Textile Round-Table Forum is organized by CNTAC and hosted by China Textile Economy Research Center and News Center of CNTA. This year Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment CEO Georg Stausberg presented to more than 300 participants the results of the exclusive stu dy “Sustainable growth through value innovation”. Hi s pre sentation supplemented the motto o f the event: “China’ s Textile Industry under the New Normal”.

The study investigates the potential savings to the Chinese text ile industry i f outdated machinery were to be replaced with modernized technologies. Continuous development of Oerlikon Manmade Fibers technologies has generated high economical benefits that include energy savings, reductions in CO2 emissions, land savings and productivity increases.

Outdated filament spinning technologies in China currently account for 42% of the total energy co nsumption and CO2 emissions, but can supply only 16% of the total filament production. With the latest technology, the specific average power consumption per ton was reduced by 55% (WINGS FDY) and 40% (WINGS POY) compared to outdated technology dat ing from the mid-nineties. If these machines were to be replaced with the latest Oerlikon Barmag equipment, the energy consumption would be reduced by 78 000 MWh and the CO2 emissions by 42 000 tons. The lower load to the power grid reduces the difficulties with power shortages in high-demand peak seasons, such as hot summers or smog in winter, as fewer coal power plants are needed. The latest technology could in-crease productivity by up to 200%. This is essential for maintaining the competitiveness of the Chinese textile industry.

Another big environmental topic these days is the energy and water consumption as well as waste water pollution within the textile value chain. Especially the dying plants are in focus of the government due to the water pollution. Oerlikon Manmade Fibers 3DD polymer mixing technology offers the pr oduction of high quality spun dyed yarns for direct usage, eliminating the polluting dying step in the textile chain.

“All in all, this study shows that Oerlikon Barmag’s and Oerlikon Neumag’s latest technologies can support China to reach the energy saving potentials and to support the people to have a better and cleaner living environment”, said Georg Stausberg.

Protection of intellectual property

Besides taking part in the conference Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment announced the decision of the Higher People’s Court of Fujian Province regarding a legal dispute about two patent infringements of Oerlikon Barmag Texturing Technologies by a Chinese competitor.

A cessation of the patent infringement and a compensation for damages, were obtained against a yarn manufacturer from Quanzhou in the Chinese province Fujian, who had purchased the machines in question. The judgment of the fi rst instance was upheld on appeal and resulted in a decommissioning of the machines.

As a manufacturer of innovative leading textile machinery and equipment, Oerlikon Barmag feels very strongly about the effective protection of internally generated intellectual property. Peter Lau, Senior IP Counsel at Oerlikon Manmade Fibers, very much appreciates the fact that now, also Chinese author ities and Chinese courts, consequently sanction intellectual property right violations, and the jurisdiction in China will in the future be strengthened by specific Intellectual Property(IP) courts: “Inventive spirit needs a protected space, in which it can unfold. This is the basis of innovative products and technologies. China is an important market for us which we want to furthermore supply with technolo gically sophisticated products comprising a large share of engineering as well as research and deve lopment activities. In this respect, we welcome this devel opment and will also in the future, not tolerate any violation of our property rights in China.”

Significantly more patent lawsuits pending in China

The figures confi rm that the more consequent, strong actions of the Chinese State with regard to property rights, is not just a subjective evaluation: According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, several ten thousand cases per year are being negotiated in Chinese courts, with an upward trend.
Not only foreign companies act as plaintiffs; Chinese companies are increasingly insisting on the protection of intellectual property. Judgments are usually given against the infringer of the patent as well as against the buyer of the infringing product.

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