China Topped Textile Machine Purchases in 2012

Most categories showed declines, but circular knitting machine buys were up.

GENEVA — Global shipments of weaving, texturing and some spinning machinery posted sharp falls in 2012 compared with investments made the year before, but circular knitting machinery and wool spindles notched double-digit gains, an industry survey said.

According to the latest annual survey by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation, global shipments of shuttleless looms plummeted 44 percent in 2012 to 86,450 unit sales, with China the biggest investor with a 68 percent share of total world sales, followed by India with 12 percent. Shipments of double-heater draw-texturing spindles, used for polyester filament, also fell last year, by 13 percent to 717,800 units. China and India were the biggest investors in this segment, with market shares of 68 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively, the ITMF survey of 122 textile machinery manufactures found.

Results in the spinning machinery segment were mixed, with shipments of short-staple spindles and rotors falling 27 percent and 21 percent, respectively, to a combined 10.95 million units, while long-staple wool spindles posted a 29 percent hike in sales to 146,400 units. China absorbed 65 percent of the global sales in short-staple spindles, followed by India with 19 percent. China was the biggest investor in open-end rotors with an 81 percent share of global shipments. Turkey purchased the most long-staple wool spindles with 60,300 units, followed by Thailand with 29,100 and China with 27,300.

In 2012, the electronic flat-knitting machines market posted a 34 percent drop in shipments to 46,100 machines. China was the biggest purchaser with 33,040 units installed, followed by Bangladesh with 4,360. Global shipments of large circular knitting machines increased 27 percent to 36,650, ITMF said, led by China with a 77 percent share of sales.