Austrian engineering company Starlinger & Co reports a very successful Chinaplas in Shanghai. From the circular loom model RX 6.1 that was showcased more than 100 have been sold by now, and in the course of the exhibition the company contracted projects amounting to several million Euros.
A great number of international visitors as well as a high propensity to invest reflected the current positive mood in the industry.
“We note a growing tendency towards high-quality, intelligent production also in China,” said Hermann Adrigan, head of sales at Starlinger, summing up the impressions from the exhibition. “Especially for packaging producers in the private sector who export their products, production quality is becoming more and more important because they have to meet certain obligations and standards.
“In addition, labour costs play an increasingly significant role – also in China, wages are on the rise. Here, machines with a high degree of automation help to reduce costs. Intelligent production is a topic of growing importance – we certainly see it in the demand for our machines.”
In this context, intelligent production means the perfect interplay of the electronic and mechanical machine components to achieve highest efficiency and product quality while keeping machine operation and maintenance easy and simple. Starlinger consistently pursues this goal in machinery construction and has established its position among the world market leaders in the field of machinery for sacks and packaging made of polypropylene, polyethylene and PET tape fabric.
The investment in a Starlinger line pays back quickly: The new circular loom model RX 6.1, for example, has (as do all Starlinger circular looms) the lowest production costs per fabric meter industry-wide, and operates at a significantly higher production speed than comparable looms on the market.
The RX circular looms are manufactured in the Starlinger factory in Taicang, Jiangsu province, China. Producing circular looms in China with components made in Austria has turned out a successful concept for Starlinger. In the past 10 years the Taicang production facility has grown steadily, having produced around 7,000 circular looms in this period and employing nearly 80 people by today. With a service team consisting of Chinese service engineers Starlinger customers in the region can rely on quick and professional support.