amec amtex Q&A
Spanish textile OEM suppliers offer innovative, customization solutions
Posted January 6, 2022
Editor’s note: eTC recently caught up with our industry partner in Spain, amec amtex, the Spanish Textile Technology organization whose members comprise manufacturers of textile and garment-making machinery in the country. Following is a Q&A with Alejandro Gallego, the group’s business unit director, Industrial and Textile Technology, who extols the virtues of the Spanish sector, its relationship with U.S. companies, its progression through COVID-19 and more.
eTC: How do you define Spanish textile technology companies?
Gallego: Spain has a long tradition of textile manufacturing. The Spanish textile technology companies bring great knowledge, with their continuous innovation, since they have always been able to respond to the needs of the market, maintaining their high level of competitiveness. This is a European technology to which is added a quality of service that is difficult to match
eTC: What are they specialists in?
Gallego: We find companies of yarn, chemicals and dyes, knitting and knitting, digital printing and great specialists in textile finishes. The Spanish Solutions for Textiles platform brings together Spanish textile technology companies and shows the high competitiveness of the sector. In it you can find each of the companies, their specialization and the innovations they present to the market.
eTC: What’s the relationship with USA?
Gallego: The relationship is very close: The USA is the leading market for the Spanish textile technology industry. Our companies, some of them based here, are very used to working with the American industry and particularly like to do so, because it is a country that always looks to the future, adopting the latest innovations. This is where we have a wide demand for technical fabrics, which is one of the great specialties of our companies.
eTC: Give me a few examples of everything you can offer.
Gallego: Spanish manufacturers provide new solutions that improve the performance of their customers, such as water-efficient finishing machines, high-performance and efficient software, single-pass digital printing, new spare parts materials and new pigment staining chemicals. They also update manufacturing processes to work with new textile materials, such as Kevlar or carbon fiber. Machinery manufacturers are focused on creating technology that will present textiles that are changing our lives: active clothing, industrial protective equipment, PPE, technical equipment or military protection.
eTC: And what do the industrial companies of the Spanish textile sector contribute that we can’t find in another country?
Gallego: The Spanish industry clearly stands out for offering completely customized solutions, for its high level of service and for ensuring maximum customer satisfaction. It stands out its total commitment and a very high quality of service.
eTC: What does this quality of service translate into for the textile manufacturer who wants to purchase machines?
Gallego: Machinery manufacturers are engineers that completely customize the machines, adapting them to the needs of each client, the type of product they treat and the type of process they perform.
The great value of the Spanish textile technology manufacturers is that they offer solutions to textile companies that range from the conception of a customized project to its implementation in the customer’s factory, to whom all the training is provided, maintaining a total commitment at all times.
Whenever you need support you will find answers.
eTC: What does this customization entail?
Gallego: The machine is designed according to the customer’s requirements: whether they need to reduce process time, reduce energy consumption, or whatever they consider. Behind each machine there is an engineering department that has worked at the customer’s service, and that has created it according to the needs of its processes.
eTC: Is this service maintained with the current mobility problems?
Gallego: Spanish textile technology manufacturers already had advanced services before the pandemic, but after that they have been able to go even further and innovate to maintain their high quality of service. Spanish manufacturers have made even more progress in their service quality, thanks to super digitalization, through the presentation of digital samples, technical virtual reality services and customized communication with their customers to offer a direct link and real-time problem solving.
eTC: What else has changed after COVID-19?
Gallego: Companies have been concerned above all with the health of their workers and have been very close to their customers. The companies also opened a period of reflection that they have taken advantage of to update their products, making an upgrade in the telematics technical assistance service. It is now possible to establish the same approach with the customer as with a visit to the company. Work processes have been digitized and are more flexible.
eTC: What are your latest innovations based on?
Gallego: Sustainability is the major concern of this industry. In this sense, the great challenge is to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing processes of the finishes, reducing the quantities of water needed. Spanish technology works to reduce water consumption. They are also involved in reducing energy costs by designing increasingly efficient and less energy-consuming machinery.