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Textile machinery offers interesting careers for French textile students

The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the careers offered to them both in France and worldwide. The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students from ENSAIT (

10th December 2009

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Mulhouse

Industrial, Transport/​Aerospace, Construction, Civil Engineering, Packaging, Agriculture, Interiors, Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear, Medical/Hygiene, Protective, Sports/​Outdoor

The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the careers offered to them both in France and worldwide.

The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students from ENSAIT (Roubaix), ITECH (Lyon) and the textile department of HEI (Lille) joined. Organisers say that more than 250 manufacturers, teachers and students participated.

“Despite the economic crisis, the French manufacturers' dynamism is obvious. To get even stronger when investments will recover, they are increasing their R&D and marketing budgets,” says UCMTF.The thirty companies which make up UCMTF, achieve a turnover of nearly € 1 billion, ranking sixth in the world. They employ directly or indirectly more than 8,000 people and over 90% of their sales are exported to more than a hundred countries all over the world. Presenting these figures, Bruno Ameline, chairman of UCMTF, emphasized that the textile machinery market is still dominated by European manufacturers for historical reasons of course, but mainly thanks to their commitment to answer their customers’ needs, to provide machinery for developing new products and/or for optimizing production processes.

After the welcome speech of Bruno Ameline, Marc Brabant, the president of UCMTF’s education commission and Gérard Binder, the CEO of ENSISA, Gildas Minvielle of IFM (Institut Français de la Mode / French Fashion Institute) analyzed the state of the textile industry and the main trends which are shaping its future. He explained how the textile industry was one of the first industrial sectors to face the globalization process and how it adapted itself to this new environment. The students expressed their realism about the challenges and their hopes for new products, particularly in the industrial fabrics sector.

Three panel discussions were an opportunity for the UCMTF members to present their strategies and their new machines:

Combing-Spinning-Yarn processing-Weaving

Participating companies : N. Sclumberger, RITM, Petit, Superba, Stäubli

Nonwovens

Participating companies : Asselin-Thibeau, Laroche, Rieter Perfojet

Finishing and air engineering

Participating companies: Alliance, Roussselet, Dollfus & Muller, AESA

Claude Levy-Rueff introduced a study conducted by the machinery manufacturers which shows the importance of the return on investment in customers’ decisions, the costs savings in energy consumption being particularly important. He also reported on the SECURIVET conference which took place last June in Paris. It showed that the protective garment sector is still a growing industry which offers multiple career opportunities to textile engineers.

This introduced a round table on today’s and tomorrow’s job opportunities for textile engineers.  Five alumni of different ages, presented on their own careers, discussing the know-how and the inter-personal skills required for one’s own success.

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