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US weavers rely on machines from DORNIER for both high-volume and niche production

02/14/2019

In spite of the turbulent economic times, the US textile industry remains stable. This is also beneficial for Lindauer DORNIER, which will present its highly efficient weaving equipment for manufacturing functional clothing, home and technical textiles at the Techtextil North America from 26 - 28 February in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Whether they make home furnishings, airbags or filters – US weavers rely on weaving machines made by DORNIER. "High-volume and niche production are equally important for us; each accounts for roughly half of the machines sold", says Peter Brust, Executive Vice President of American DORNIER Machinery Corporation. According to Brust, DORNIER is the partner of choice, particularly among technical weavers. He explains that this is due to the extreme flexibility of the machines, their precision at insertion and durability.

But other factors also contribute to unwavering customer loyalty, notably service and custom developments in response to individual customer demands: "With over 60 years of design, engineering and machine building experience, DORNIER has the skills and expertise to satisfy even the most demanding specifications", says Brust. Customers appreciate the company's ability to add value by utilizing in-house resources, and a vertical range of manufacturing of over 90 percent. "Whether working with aramid or carbon, work wear or tire cord – the US subsidiary's recipe for success is to cooperate as closely as possible with the weaver", says Brust.

According to the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), between 2006 and 2016 the US textile industry invested well over 20 billion dollars in new systems and equipment. "Now, after decades of structural transformation, the American textile industry is well positioned and stable", says Brust. According to the figures of the NCTO, in 2017 the overall textile supply chain employs a workforce of 550,500. With fibers, textiles and clothing valued at 28.6 billion US dollars, American companies were the fourth largest exporter of textile products in the world. And the fabrics made on DORNIER machines account for a large part of this.