Jacques Viceconte, Hannecard Sanfor Technical Sales Manager
With more than 120 years of experience, Hannecard is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of industrial roller coverings in rubber, polyurethane, composite and carbide to various sectors.
Hannecard solutions apply to all textiles: knitted, woven – technical textiles and non-woven, from the preparation to the finishing process, including special anti-sticking coverings for fabrics coating.
We interviewed with Hannecard Sanfor Technical Sales Manager Jacques Viceconte for our Tekstil Teknoloji magazine. Viceconte made evaluations about the trends in the finishing, heat-setting and coating industry, the R&D activities of Hannecard and the ITM 2022 Exhibition.
First of all, how was 2021 for Hannecard? Can you evaluate the year 2021 in figures?
2021 was a good year , especially for the Rollin Rollers & Belts division. I can say that we are back to the sales figures before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which affected the whole world.
During the pandemic process, companies focused on R&D and new product development. What are your new products and technologies that you have developed as Hannecard in the last two years?
In the meantime our R&D has been continuously working on new developments and compound improvements. As an example we have developed a special compound for our sanforizing belts to improve the machine performance and the final product . Today a lot of our product developments are tested in a wide range of different industries on different machines.
The availability of raw materials and the logistic chaos has been quite complicated in this period. So we have been focusing a lot on stock and availability of our raw materials to be able to supply our customers on time.
What are the key trends you see emerging at the moment in the textile machinery sector? What new innovations can one expect in finishing, heat-sitting and coating sector?
A key trend is sustainability, to ‘green’ machines and processes. To Improve machines to use less energy, less water and able to use new “green” chemical That also means imagination to change processes.
Can you tell us about your expectations, goals, new products and investment plans for 2022?
Our goal is to become a more sustainable company, by making usage of green energy, by recycling our compounds, by improving our rubbers so that machines would use less energy, by making our compounds more durable which will lead to less rubber consumption, which will also reduce our ecological footprint.
We also went paperless and are now investing a lot on roller monitoring and management, in order to reduce the workload, to optimize production processes and workflows.
The ITM, which was postponed due to the pandemic, will be held after 4 years. Could you share with us your views on the ITM Exhibition, which will bring the textile machinery industry together after such a long break?
We are excited to meet with our customers and share knowledge with our stakeholders again at the ITM 2022 Exhibition after a long break. Phone and video meetings are good but will never replace physical contacts which are more convenient.
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