Interview With: Mr. Horst Ross, Managing Director ZIMMER AUSTRIA Klagenfurt – Screen Printing & Coating Systems
Mr. Andreas Rass, Managing Director of ZIMMER AUSTRIA Kufstein – Digital Printing Systems
By: Behnam Ghasemi – Kohan Textile Journal
How do you evaluate ITM 2022 exhibition in Istanbul?
Mr. Andreas Rass: ITM developed tremendously, the quality of exhibitors and visitors and the possibility of showing products and new innovations to a very vast range of customers and investors create a unique exhibition.
Istanbul by itself is a great connection point to the world and everybody can travel quickly and easily. I think ITM is a valuable show for future, I hope it will keep and even grow in next editions.
Mr Horst Ros: We are really happy to be here in ITM after 4 years break, its a sell-out show with a huge turnout of existing and new potential customers, there are a lot of opportunities and real face-to-face conversations, in my opinion, ITM can be a very good alternative for ITMA Asia show in upcoming years due to Istanbul strategic geographical location.
Istanbul is an easy-to-travel city and an ideal location for an international meeting, especially with a focus on EMEA Region. Everybody is here during the show and most of the well-known companies are here with the latest innovations.
Let us know more about the latest technologies and machinery from Zimmer Austria
Mr. Andreas Rass: In this show, we are especially showing our digital printed woven carpets. We have sold and installed the first machine in Turkey already and we are looking forward to growing this sector even more. There are a lot of requests from Turkey, Iran and other countries in the MENA Region for this Technology.
The second product that we introduced in the digital side is our digital towel printing which goes very successfully. First machines coming to Turkey very soon, and what is really brand new and we are showing it even in the Techtextile exhibition in Frankfurt is Digital Camouflage Printing. We are the first company in the world which is capable to print military standard camouflage fabrics with full infrared reflection control.
Mr Horst Ros: Also we present here the Latest version of rotary printing and coating, as well as digital textile printing machines suitable for the market.
ZIMMER AUSTRIA offers the optimum solution for the most efficient digital printing for Technical Textiles (digital coating) process for nearly every kind of application. For many decades already, our customers rely on our proven technologies, like CHROMOJET, COLARIS and COLARIS-NF machine lines.
We are constantly endeavouring to offer the best possible and tailor-made solution for our customers’ individual needs, to ensure high-quality results for a large range of application areas such as home textiles, upholstery, towels, blankets, flags, banners, fashion, technical textiles (Agrotech, Buildtech,…), wall coverings, nonwovens and narrow fabrics.
With production sites in Klagenfurt and Kufstein, ZIMMER AUSTRIA is a worldwide leader among the producers of machines for textile and carpet finishing (digital printing systems, flat screen and rotary screen printing, coating systems, steaming, washing, drying).
ZIMMER AUSTRIA reaches even the most distant markets and supplies all around the globe owing to a strong and well-developed agent network and cooperation with independent sales and service companies ZIMMER AUSTRIA INC. and ZIMMER CHINA.
Your idea about the potential of the textile industry in the MENA Region…
Mr. Andreas Rass: The Middle East And North Africa Market is blessed with a young population which is not the case for many developed countries. There is gross potential and also many natural resources like oil and gas which is a big advantage in the textile industry.
Especially in the flooring sector, the carpet in MENA Region still is a very precious and valuable product and the demand for all kinds of carpets is higher than other parts of the world. we are here to provide our best solutions for this market.
Mr Horst Ros: It’s a growing market and there is potential once political situations are improving. Traditionally there is a lot of know-how in textile manufacturing as well as skilled workforce and many well-trained people. We have a focus on the MENA Region market and that’s why we are here. During ITM 2022 in Istanbul, we get good feedback, especially from this part of the world.