Furthermore, Rieter is a leader in the field of precision winding machines. With 16 manufacturing locations in 10 countries, the company employs a global workforce of some 4590, about 21% of whom are based in Switzerland.
Rieter is the world’s leading supplier of systems for short-staple fiber spinning. Based in Winterthur (Switzerland), the company develops and manufactures machinery, systems and components used to convert natural and man-made fibers and their blends into yarns. Rieter is the only supplier worldwide to cover spinning preparation processes as well as all four end spinning processes currently established on the market.
We interviewed with Dr. Norbert Klapper, Chief Executive Officer Rieter Group for the ‘Swiss Special Section’ of our Tekstil Teknoloji Magazine. Klapper said; “Let me just mention two of the major trends the industry sees at the moment: the trend towards digitization and automation, and the trend towards sustainability.”
What are some latest updates that you feel have been very vital for your Group in recent two years? And also, you can give examples about your other brands as like Bräcker, Graf, Novibra, Suessen.
The Rieter Group introduced quite a number of innovations at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona. Those innovations are covering all four spinning technologies: ring, compact, rotor and air-jet. The entire Group contributed to this program. In addition, Bräcker, Graf, Novibra and Suessen presented solutions which help our customers to improve the performance of their installed base. And SSM showed new features related to precision winding and filament texturing.
What are the most important criteria in your production? Could you tell us what are the most important features that distinguish your products from other brands?
Spinners win in the market in different ways. For our customers, it is important to find the right balance between yarn characteristics and cost per kilogram yarn. Rieter’s mission is to be the leader in supporting customers on this matter: to determine the combination of yarn characteristics and cost per kilogram which is best for their business. From the feedback we received from customers, I concluded that our ITMA 2019 innovations met this goal.
The Industry 4.0 concept and automatization are becoming increasingly important in the spinning sector. Rieter is a key player in the sector of spinning. How is Rieter dealing with these?
Rieter has launched ESSENTIAL some time ago, a digital platform which integrates the entire spinning system and connects third party systems. At ITM 2020, we will show ESSENTIALbasic with additional features. ESSENTIALbasic is the package which Rieter customers get free of charge with a Rieter machine, the entry ticket to the digital world of spinning. And we will introduce new features in connection with ESSENTIALmonitor which makes transparent what is going on in the mill – and supports decision making on corrective actions.
What trends are you seeing in the spinning machinery market?
Let me just mention two of the major trends the industry sees at the moment: the trend towards digitization and automation, and the trend towards sustainability. Digitization and automation are being addressed by Rieter ESSENTIAL and automation solutions like ROBOspin, Rieter’s piecing robot for ring and compact-spinning machines. Sustainability is being reflected in features which maximize fiber yield and minimize energy consumption. This kind of features we have in our new card C 80 and our new comber E 90. And sustainability is reflected in solutions for producing a quality yarn based on regenerated fibers – Rieter’s direct rotor spinning process is a benchmark in this respect.
Could you tell us about your worldwide sales and support network and the countries you export? What are your expansion plans?
Rieter has been a global player in this industry for many years, and our ambition is to be as close to our customers as possible. That is why we continue to invest into sales, service and training capabilities. For example, we are in the process of adapting our setup in Egypt, driven by the program which we have been trusted with by the Cotton & Textile Holding Company of Egypt. The additional capacity which will be installed is significant, and we will make sure that we can provide the support required.
What were the biggest challenges you faced while perfecting the technology?
Making leading technology work for the benefit of customers presents a lot of challenges. At the end of the day, it’s people who master the challenges successfully. As a consequence, selection and development of the right people is what matters. Additionally, we as a company need to provide the right processes, systems, organization and work environment which enable the right people to perform. This is one of the reasons why we plan to invest into the Rieter CAMPUS in Winterthur, our customer and technology center.
Can you tell us about your targets, projects and investments in 2020?
The year 2020 will be a challenge; nobody knows what the impact of COVID-19 on the business will be. Our priorities will be to stay close to customers and to continue to implement our strategy, even if times are getting difficult.
Interview: Dilek HAYIRLI