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Billy Hunter

Editor's Viewpoint

23rd April 2019, Lucerne

In case you missed it: Swissmem - The big issues at ITMA 2019

Pictured from the left in Lucerne: René Rossi, head of the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa, Ernesto Maurer, Swissmem textile machinery president, moderator Reto Lipp, Jan Smit, co-founder of Cognitive Solutions and ITMF director general Christian Schindler. © James Mason

Earlier this month, our correspondent Adrian Wilson filed an interesting report about the Swiss textile machinery industry, after attending the Swissmem pre-ITMA conference in Lucerne Switzerland.

It has been calculated that the 44 members of Swissmem – the Swiss textile machinery association – can draw on a staggering 4,011 years of combined engineering and processing know-how between them.

A number of the companies mark notable anniversaries in 2019. Benninger, for example, the resource-saving dyeing technology specialist, is 150 this year, Luwa, a leader in air handling systems, is 80 and flat knitting machine builder Steiger is 70.

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