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Himatsingka Linens set to double bed linen output with new Monforts units

Karnataka-based Himatsingka Linens, a division of Himatsingka Seide, is installing three new Monforts units.

24th January 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Mönchengladbach

Interiors, Medical/Hygiene

India’s Himatsingka Linens, a leading producer of bed linen products, is adding three new Monforts machines to the existing line-up of four Monforts units, as part of an expansion that will double bed linen output and see a venture into terry towelling.

The latest Monforts include a 10 chamber Montex 6500 stenter, a Monfortex 8000, and a Thermex CDR with E-Control; all three units feature a fabric working width of 3200 mm. The three new machines are all German-built and are being installed by Monforts’ representative for India, ATE Enterprises Private Ltd.

Executive Director Vasudevan Veeraraghvan. © Monforts

“Installation for the new Monforts machines will be completed by the beginning of 2017, and we plan to quickly reach full production capacity,” said Vasudevan Veeraraghvan, Executive Director. “We are a long-time Monforts user, and our company culture includes Monforts.”

Himatsingka Linens

A vertically integrated home textiles company that is engaged in spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles, Himatsingka manufactures, retails and distributes bedding, bath, drapery, upholstery, and lifestyle accessory products. Its portfolio of brands includes Calvin Klein Home, Barbara Barry, Bellora, Kelly Wearstler, Beekman 1802, Pimacott, Atmosphere, and Esprit.

The first Monforts machine installed by Himatsingka Seide was this Montex 5000, dating from 2000, and still maintained as new. © Monforts

The company operates manufacturing facilities in India, and retail and distribution businesses across North America, Europe and Asia. Its bed linen unit is located at Hassan, in Karnataka, and its drapery and upholstery unit is at Bengaluru, also in Karnataka.


Executive Director, Vasudevan Veeraraghvan said that the group is doubling its existing sheeting capacity from 23 million metres per annum to 46 million metres. The company will also be installing for the first time 211,000 spindles as part of its backward integration into spinning, and the entry into the terry towels sector will see it setting up a capacity for 25,000 tons per annum.

The first Monforts machine installed by Himatsingka Seide was this Montex 5000, dating from 2000, and still maintained as new. © Monforts

“Our company is solely in the export sector, and we produce high quality branded products. That means we require the best technology. Certainly, competition is always very intense, and although our products are price sensitive they are very much in the fine, high quality segment of the markets,” said Vasudevan Veeraraghvan.

Expanding capacity

At the bed linen mill the new units will join two eight chamber Montex 6500 units – one of the units featuring a Montex Thermex condensation unit with two curing chambers being positioned on top of the stenter. There is also a Monfortex 7000 model Sanforiser and a Montex Thermex CDR E-Control dyeing range, both with 3200 mm fabric working width.

Expansion of sheeting capacity will enable the company to make printed products, which will enhance its fashion bedding shares in the market, and also help Himatsingka to enter into the basic bedding segments where it is currently not present, the manufacturer reports.

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