ITMF: Worldwide shipments of new textile machinery dropped in 2019


Posted June 11, 2020


ZURICH – In 2019, global shipments of spinning, texturing, weaving, knitting and finishing machines decreased on average compared to 2018, according to the 42th annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF).


Highlights include:


  • Deliveries of new short-staple spindles, open-end rotors and long-staple spindles dropped by -20%, -20%, and -66%, respectively.

  • The number of shipped draw-texturing spindles declined by -4.5% and deliveries of shuttle-less looms shrunk by - 0.5%.

  • Shipments of large circular machines contracted by -1.2%, while shipped flat knitting machines fell by -40%.

  • The sum of deliveries in the finishing segment also dropped by -2% on average.


The report covers six segments of textile machinery, namely spinning, draw texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing. A summary of the findings for each category is presented below. The 2019 survey has been compiled in cooperation with more than 200 textile machinery manufacturers representing a comprehensive measure of world production.


Spinning machinery


The total number of shipped short-staple spindles decreased by about 1.7 million units in 2019 to a level of 6.96 million. Most of the new short-staple spindles (92%) were shipped to Asia & Oceania, where delivery decreased by -20%. While levels stayed relatively small, Africa and South America saw shipments increasing by +150% and +120%, respectively. The six largest investors in the short-staple segment were China, India, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


The report noted that 563,600 open-end rotors were shipped worldwide in 2019. This represents a 147,500-units drop compared to 2018. Ninety percent of global shipments went to Asia and Oceania, where deliveries decreased by -21% to 517,000 rotors.


Indonesia and Pakistan, the world’s fifth and sixth largest investors in open-end rotors, increased their investments by +120% and 15%, respectively. China, Vietnam, India and Uzbekistan, the world’s first to fourth largest investors in 2019 decreased investment by -48% on average.


Global shipments of long-staple (wool) spindles decreased from 120,000 in 2018 to nearly 40,000 in 2019 (-66%). This effect was mainly driven by a fall in deliveries to Europe (-72%) and South America (-80%). Eight perent of total deliveries where shipped to China and India.


Texturing machinery


Global shipments of single heater draw-texturing spindles (mainly used for polyamide filaments) increased by +12% from nearly 22,800 in 2018 to 25'500 in 2019. With a share of 88%, Asia and Oceania was the strongest destination for single heater draw-texturing spindles. China and Chinese Taipei were the main investors in this segment with a share of 64% and 12% of global deliveries, respectively.


In the category of double heater draw-texturing spindles (mainly used for polyester filaments) global shipments decreased by -5% to a level of 464’000 spindles. Asia’s share of worldwide shipments decreased to 90%. Thereby, China remained the largest investor accounting for 77% of global shipments.


Weaving machinery

In 2019, worldwide shipments of shuttle-less looms decreased by -0.6% to 133,250 units. Thereby, shipments in the categories of “air-jet” and “rapier and projectile” fell by -7.7% to 30,200 and -22% to 25’000, respectively. The deliveries of water-jet looms increased by +12% to 78,000.


The main destination for shuttle-less looms in 2019 was Asia and Oceania, with 95% of all worldwide deliveries. Ninety-eight percent, 93%, 86% of all water-jet, air-jet and rapier/projectile looms went to that region. The main investors were China and India in all three sub-categories.


Deliveries of weaving machines to these two countries reached 89% of total deliveries. Bangladesh further played an important role in the rapier/projectile segment with 20% of global shipments.


Circular & flat knitting machinery


Global shipments of large circular knitting machines fell by -1.2% to 26,400 units in 2019. The region Asia and Oceania was the world’s leading investor in this category with 86% of worldwide shipments. With 61% of all deliveries (i.e. 13’143 units), China was the favored destination. India and Vietnam ranked second and third with 2’,70 and 2,210 units, respectively.


In 2019, the segment of electronic flat knitting machines decreased by -40% to around 96,000 machines. Asia and Oceania was the main destination for these machines with a share of 92% of world shipments. China remained the world’s largest investor with an 80%-share despite a -44%-decrease in investments from 122'550 units to 68'760 units.


Finishing machinery


In the “fabrics continuous” segment, shipments of stenters and washing (stand-alone) grew by +34% and +0.6%. The growth in stenter deliveries is mainly explained by the addition of ITMF’s estimate for the number of stenters. The total number of shipped stenters of 1,700 units thus represents an estimate of the total market for this category.


In the “fabrics discontinuous” segment, the number of jigger dyeing / beam dyeing shipped rose by +35% to 561 units. Deliveries in all other machine categories in both finishing sub-segments (i.e. continuous and discontinuous) decreased in 2019.


Source: ITMF

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