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Luiz Thiago Ribeiro de Freitas, Head of Textile Operations in front of the new BRÜCKNER POWER-FRAME

SUSTAINABILITY ON THE FAST LANE

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New BRÜCKNER stenter at GRUPO MALWEE in Brazil convinces by productivity and energy saving

The success story of GRUPO MALWEE started already in 1906 and led via the foundation of the joint stock company in 1948 and the start of the production of fashionable clothing in 1968 to an ambitious textile company characterized by pioneering spirit and great achievements in the field of sustainability. The innovative and creative textile group celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and today has over 4000 employees.

Recognized in the Fashion Transparency Index as one of the 20 most transparent brands in the world, GRUPO MALWEE focuses on “smart fashion” to promote conscious consumption. GRUPO MALWEE launches major collections every year. The brand’s goal is to offer consumers the opportunity to reinvent their wardrobes in a smart way by reusing pieces year after year, extending the lifespan of clothing and thus combating pollution and the side effects of the fashion industry.

In addition, GRUPO MALWEE is a leader in sustainability initiatives in Brazil, such as the use of PET nets in the production of clothing, shredded cotton and finishing processes that save up to 98% of the volume of water.

Last year GRUPO MALWEE purchased the fourth BRÜCKNER stenter, showing the great confidence in BRÜCKNER’s technology. Due to constant development, the new stenter is characterized today by more than double speed with the same configuration as other machines.

In Latin America, this 10 compartment BRÜCKNER POWER-FRAME with vertically circulating chain is one of the fastest stenters for knitted fabric. Luiz Thiago Ribeiro de Freitas, Head of Textile Operations, is very satisfied: “With its high production speed and energetic efficiency, the BRÜCKNER POWER-FRAME perfectly fits our main concern to combine economic success with respect and care for our planet and its inhabitants. We are pleased to have found in Brückner a reliable partner on this path.”

The POWER-FRAME is characterized by the highest possible drying performance and a process control adapted to the fabric quality due to the technically mature and proven split-flow air circulation system, the homogeneous air flow and temperature distribution due to alternate thermo zones (every 1.5 meters) as well as the low specific energy consumption. Extremely robust and low-maintenance chains, chain rails and pin bar supports ensure a long service life and low wear.

The finishing results are exactly reproducible thanks to full automation and recipe management, and overdrying of the fabric during machine standstill is prevented by the circulating air bypass system. Minimal air pressure losses and high-quality insulation lead to the lowest possible electrical and thermal energy consumption, which means considerably lower production costs over the years.

Like the other BRÜCKNER stenters at GRUPO MALWEE, this one is also equipped with an air/air back-pack heat-recovery system directly mounted on the dryer – who would expect anything else in a company focusing on sustainability and resource conservation.

Regina Brückner, CEO and owner of BRÜCKNER says: “We are proud that a company like GRUPO MALWEE, which is so oriented towards sustainability and future-oriented ecology, has consciously chosen BRÜCKNER again.”

 

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