Custom made solution

As a result of advances in modern textile technology – including the installation of the first China-made Montex 6500 in Germany – the Borken-based Bierbaum Group is not only still producing in its home country.

With an extensive range of processingmachinery for knitting,weaving and the production of nonwoven fabrics, the company’s products are highly successful in many areas of technical textiles and home textiles. “Technical textiles are always custom-made solutions intended for a specific application and a tight-knit cooperation between the supplier of the raw materials, the manufacturer of the parts and the end-user is key when it comes to developing them,” saysManaging Director Jan-Frederic Bierbaum. “Product design is based on the correct combination of the material selection, the functional properties required and the finishing processes for the final product. Our success is also based on the continuous optimization of our plants, so that we can continuously offer higher-quality products at lower prices.” This strategy resulted in the group investing more than €2 million at its plant in Borken in 2010, including the new Montex 6500.

With a working width of 2.8m and a length of 30m, the seven chamber unit is operated in three shifts around the clock and processing up to 80,000 m of fabrics daily. It is the first in Germany to have been manufactured at Monfongs, the Monforts Chinese joint venture which now employs 650 workers and is headed by a professional management team of German and Chinese managers To further increase versatility, the machine at Borken has been supplied with a stand coating device, allowing specialist materials – such as the dot-coated cleaning towels for industrial kitchens which are a Bierbaum Group speciality – to be produced in-line. The line is also equipped with an integrated heat recovery unit via which waste heat produced in the thermal process, and contained in the exhaust, air is discharged via exhaust air ducts directly into a heat exchanger. “Given current energy costs, producing as efficiently as possible is a decisive factor,” says Mr Bierbaum. “The energy consumption of all our machines is closely monitored and we are also exploring methods of developing more cost-effective solutions. If amachine pays off within two to four years, then we will buy it.”

The installation of the latest Monforts stenter and complementary technology made a positive contribution to Bierbaum Group’s greatly improved 2010 turnover of 118 million – a figure the company believes will be considerably exceeded in 2011, as a result of its very healthy order book. “We have always used Monforts stenters and are very satisfied with them,” says Mr Bierbaum.“The new machine is running well and without any hitches. The automation of such machinery along with the dedication and motivation of our staff here in Germany, has resulted in our production costs becoming lower, while at the same time, reliability has increased.”


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