Suntech smart textile production line solutions to help countries recover from the covid-19 pandemic
The textiles and apparel sector can create jobs and spur further industrialization in countries recovering from COVID-19.
To make the most of this opportunity, however, countries will need to embrace new partnerships and approaches.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis that has exerted an external shock on the global economy. Despite this contraction, the textile and apparel industry could be a key engine for growth and employment in certain countries.
The textile and apparel opportunity
Countries building back after COVID-19 should not ignore the textile and apparel industry; it is considered a starter sector in the road to industrialization. When the industry expands, it provides a base on which to build capital for more technologically demanding industries. In fact, the textiles and apparel sector can be critical to the growth and development strategies of many developing countries.
The global textiles and apparel industry market had a retail market value of $1.9 trillion in 2019 and is projected by Boston Consulting Group to reach $3.3 trillion in 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.5%. Projections ahead of COVID-19 forecasted that population growth, rising levels of disposable income and rapid urbanization in developing countries would likely drive demand in the future.
Textile and apparel exports constitute an important share of the total exports in a range of countries: 85% in Bangladesh, 59% in Pakistan, 12% in Turkey, and 11% in Egypt. Still, while many countries are well-positioned in the raw materials or the production stage of the textile and apparel global value chain (GVC), they are only playing a limited role in the absence of retail (comprised of marketing, branding and sales). Thus, they have potential waiting to be unlocked to reap more benefits from the global markets.
Additionally, the textile industry creates a special opportunity during the pandemic given the number of employment opportunities it can provide. This labour-intensive sector employs millions, and the share of employment in the sector across the total manufacturing workforce is significant in Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) member countries.
IsDB’s 57 member countries would especially benefit as these countries jointly represent the purchasing power of almost one quarter of the world’s population. With GDP growth rates of up to 8% per year, their economies have considerable potential to further increase their market share in the global economy.
Those investing in the textile and apparel market could yield tangible economic benefits from targeted investments. Sustainable and recycled fibres represent one such opportunity, as they are poised to replace resource-intensive raw materials at an increasing pace. Additionally, technical, smart textiles have enormous potential to be used in several industries such as automotive, construction and medical equipment.
Emerging tech, already transformative, will continue to shape the textile and apparel sector. Data applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and 3D printing are some of the technologies enhancing product design processes and reducing lead times, leading to laser-cutting machines, sewing robots, and nanotechnology. Furthermore, COVID-19 has shown the need for blockchain technology to create transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain, providing other opportunities within the market.
COVID-19 could also fuel a shift to nearshoring, ensuring factories are closer to their final sales markets. Additionally, leading firms will seek strategic partnerships with first-tier suppliers to meet demand and reduce lead times. The future market structure will mainly be determined by a country’s location, as well as the ability of its textiles and apparel industry to provide cost-effective production, competitive skills, quality products and efficient lead times.
Countries must act swiftly and strategically to restart and restructure their economies. Not doing so could widen existing gaps in wealth, technology, and productivity gaps across borders.
Making these shifts will take a series of tactical changes, including strengthening and broadening processing capabilities, bridging the infrastructure gap, developing sustainable textiles and apparel production capabilities, and strengthening the external image of the country as a destination of choice for the textiles and apparel industry.
Such changes will also take new collaborations between a range of different actors. For textiles and apparel, collaboration with industry associations (within and across countries), as well as joint projects with universities, can strengthen knowledge exchange and drive innovation. Partnerships with brands and knitting houses or weaving mills can also foster more vertical integration for companies. These collaborations can unlock higher added-value within countries and provide a strong return on investment.
To this end, the IsDB has set clear goals to catalyze private and public investment for its 57 member countries to fuel their economic and social development and drive the competitiveness of key industries linked to the global market. For instance, the IsDB is building a platform for its member countries to bring together a range of stakeholders to drive key changes, including: increased trade and investment relations; co-financing arrangements with the public and private sectors; multilateral development banks and other international organizations; and boosted private-sector engagement in development interventions.
Overcoming the hurdles brought by the pandemic - and recovering quickly – will not be easy. It will take new collaborations and new approaches that add value to economies. Still, countries and firms that can adapt to new shifts and new relationships will reap the most benefits in the medium and long term – and be the most resilient ahead of the next big crisis.
Suntech quality control capabilities
With 50 years of design experience and technology precipitation, Suntech, a veteran machinery company, is committed to the research and development of intelligent textile machinery and intelligent manufacturing technology in the textile industry. It has top technology in the industry and aims to promote the development of the textile industry. It replaces manual and semi-automatic equipment with intelligent machinery. , Through the intelligent analysis and management of the production process through the digital information management system, improve the efficiency of textile production and help the development of Industry 4.0.
In terms of quality control, from raw material selection, R&D and production to technical support and after-sales service, we strive for excellence and excellence. Our textile production line adopts the international top technology, selects branded raw materials, professional and technical personnel processing, quality control management personnel supervise the production, to ensure excellent quality and super high reputation, and a high return rate.
Suntech's professional quality control capabilities are manifested in the following aspects:
Material guarantee: international standard large steel mill raw materials, first-line brand core electronic components;
Precision guarantee: high-precision CNC machine tool processing;
Processing guarantee: use shot blasting machine to clean or strengthen the surface of castings, and weld flaw detection test can be carried out.
Our business scope covers more than 80 countries, with more than 4,500 customers and more than 15,000 successful cases. Customers who have worked with us are full of praise for our manufacturing capabilities, quality control capabilities, delivery conditions, and service spirit. The quality of the equipment manufactured by Suntech is impeccable, the delivery time is short, the after-sales maintenance and consulting services are in place, and the equipment life cycle far exceeds expectations. At the same time, we provide customers with professional textile machinery production solutions and solutions with strong technical capabilities and manufacturing experience. Equipment products with superior quality fully meet customer needs, ensure the smooth operation of customer production lines, and achieve expected operational results.
At present, through automation and intelligent textile machinery applications and solutions, we have effectively helped many textile enterprises to solve a series of problems such as labor shortage, low production efficiency, and unstable product quality, and helped enterprises increase production efficiency by 50% and reduce 60% of the labor cost has become a new direction for the development of the textile industry.
Textile production solutions we can provide
1、woven fabric weaving unit solution
Achieve efficient，high-quality weaving，mainly include beam、beam stacker、warp beam lift trolley、big batch transport trolley、loom take-up machine、Woven fabric inspection machine、Stacker、AGV.
2、woven fabric dyeing&finishing unit solution
Efficient dyeing and finishing, fine workmanship quality.Suitable for woven weaving, dyeing, cloth inspection, cutting, packaging, and handling production line solutions
mainly include Woven fabric inspection machine、batching machine、double folding rolling machine、fabric selvedge or strip cutting machine、fabric sample cutter、A-frame tractor、fabric roll packing machine、Stacker、AGV
3、weft knitting fabric knitting unit solutioIntelligent solution for weft knitted fabric inspection, finishing and handling，Efficient cloth inspection, intelligent handling
mainly include tubular fabric inspection machine、Stacker、AGV
4、weft knitting fabric dyeing&finishing unit solution
Seiko intelligent manufacturing, perfect knitting，A production line scheme suitable for weft knitting, weaving, dyeing, fabric inspection, cutting, packaging, and handling
mainly include tubular fabric slitting machine、tube-sewing machine、fabric relaxing machine、tubular fabric reversing machine、A-frame tractor、fabric selvedge or strip cutting machine、fabric sample cutter、knitting fabric inspection machine、fabric roll packing machine、Stacker、AGV
5、warp knitting fabric knitting unit solution
Perfect knitting, starting from finishing and dyeing，The finishing plan of warp knitting, perfectly presenting the precision weaving
mainly include beam、beam stacker、warp beam lift trolley、Stacker、AGV
6、warp knitting fabric dyeing&finishing unit solution
Intelligent process, efficient dyeing and finishing，High-quality and efficient workshop solution suitable for warp knitting dyeing and finishing
mainly include batching machine、fabric sample cutter、fabric selvedge or strip cutting machine、A-frame tractor、fabric roll packing machine、Stacker、AGV
7、cutting&stitching garment unit solution
Tailor-made, precision sewing，high-quality garments
mainly include fabric relaxing machine、Universal fabric inspection machine
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