Series of VDMA Interviews

On the occasion of ITMA 2015 VDMA member companies talked about their technologies and concepts, adding content to the sometimes loosely used watch word sustainability. The best practice examples for sustainability published here deal with resource and energy saving, sustainable corporate culture and strategies, final textile products for increased sustainability, functional integration, automation and further steps towards industry 4.0.

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VDMA energy efficiency guide „Conserving resources – securing savings-potential“

The VDMA has summarized the arguments of the textile machinery industry on energy efficiency and the often questionable validity of machine labelling in the energy efficiency guide „Conserving resources - securing savings-potential“.

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Functional T-shirt – Energy savings feed 200 million notebooks

Efficient production in terms of energy and resources has become a main topic in the entire textile industry. VDMA experts examined the energy saving effects over the entire production chain of five textile products (from fiber to the final textile product).

A good example is the production of functional shirts for sports and leisure. German technology of model year 2013 consumes 30 per cent less energy than the predecessor machines and components ten years ago. Translated to 125 million functional shirts, which are produced per year worldwide, the overall energy saved for the process steps from yarn manufacturing over warp-knitting up to finishing sum up to 23.5 billion watt hours per year. This is the same energy necessary to power 200 million notebooks during one working day. There is one prerequisite only: All shirts will have to be produced with German state-of-the-art textile technology.

Similar detailed analysis about possible energy savings for cotton shirts, warp-knitted billboards, hygienic nonwovens and woven tarpaulins can be found under