"Global shipments of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99 per cent in 2016.Asia received the highest share of shipments, at 94 per cent. China remained by far the world’s largest investor for flat knitting machines in 2016 with Chinese investments having a global share of 73 per cent, according to The 39th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS), released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)."
Global shipments of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99 per cent in 2016.Asia received the highest share of shipments, at 94 per cent. China remained by far the world’s largest investor for flat knitting machines in 2016 with Chinese investments having a global share of 73 per cent, according to The 39th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS), released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
Global shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines fell slightly by three percent in 2016. Also for this category Asia is the world’s leading investor. 87 per cent of all new circular knitting machines were shipped to Asia in 2016. With 43 per cent of worldwide deliveries China was the single largest investor. India and Bangladesh rank second and third. Shipments of new short-staple spindles fell by nearly 12 per cent year-on-year in 2016. Most of the new short staple spindles were shipped to Asia, whereby shipments fell by 12 per cent year-on-year. China, the world’s largest investor of short-staple spindles, experienced an increase of nine per cent whereas deliveries to Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam rose by 97 per cent, four per cent and 31 per cent. The six largest investors in short-staple spindles in 2016 were China followed by India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Turkey and Pakistan.
Global shipments of long-staple (wool) spindles soared by 111 per cent in 2016. Deliveries to Turkey, one of the main investors in long-staple spindles in the last few years, jumped by 153 per cent. The majority of long-staple spindles were shipped to Europe (including Turkey). Nearly 39 per cent of long-staple spindles had Asia as destination.
Shipments of open-end rotors up
Shipments of open-end rotors rose by 66 per cent. About 92 per cent of worldwide shipments of open-end rotors were destined for Asia. Shipments to China, the world’s largest investor in open-end rotors, increased by around 92 per cent. In contrast, regions such as North America and South America recorded annual percentage declines of 72 per cent and 53 per cent. The world’s second and third largest investors in 2016 were India and Turkey.
As for finishing machinery, shipments of some machine types increased in 2016 like dyeing-lines, sanforizing/compacting machines or stenters. In contrast, shipments of washing machines, bleaching-lines, mercerizing-lines and relax drying/tumbling machines decreased.
Global shipments of single heater draw-texturing spindles jumped by 608 per cent. With a share of 57 per cent, Asia is the region were most of the single heater draw-texturing spindles were shipped to, followed by Western Europe with a share of 24 per cent and South America with a share of 19 per cent.
Draw-texturing spindles, continues the downward trend
In the segment of double heater draw-texturing spindles the downward trend continued and global shipments fell by 17 per cent on an annual basis. Asia’s share of worldwide shipments amounted to close to 84 per cent. China remained the largest investor, accounting for 58 per cent of global shipments.
Shuttle-less grows, rapier goes down
In 2016, worldwide shipments of shuttle-less looms increased by four per cent. Thereby, shipments of air-jet and water jet shuttle less looms increased by 15 per cent and by six per cent. In contrast, rapier/projectile shuttle-less looms decreased by six per cent.
The main destination of shipments of all shuttle-less looms (air-jet, water-jet and rapier/projectile) in 2016 was Asia, with 91 per cent of worldwide deliveries, of which 41 per cent were water jet looms and 32 per cent rapier/projectile looms. In Europe and North America 73 per cent and 56 per cent of shipments were for rapier/projectile looms, while the share of water-jet looms was only two per cent and seven per cent respectively. The 39th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS), released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), covers six segments of textile machinery, namely spinning, draw-texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing. The 2016 survey was compiled in cooperation with more than 140 textile machinery manufacturers, representing a comprehensive measure of world production.