It’s been a rough couple of years for builders of web processing machinery but those of us that survived into 2010 are reaping benefits of a slowly emerging international recovery.
The beginning of the year started slowly but by the second quarter capitol equipment plans for coaters, calenders, slitters, unwind & rewind equipment and traverse winders that were put on hold in 2008 seemed to emerge from the shadows at a frantic pace. Because of industry consolidation, however, equipment manufacturing choices were not as numerous.
The survivors appear to be the companies that relied on continuous machinery improvement and innovation that set the standard for their industries rather than relying simply on the price benefit. What this may mean is that the outsourcing frenzy to be competitive solely through price may prove to be a 20th Century model that is not quite as effective in this new, highly competitive world market. Goods manufacturers are beginning to realize maybe quality has to be a larger factor in the cost/benefit equation.
In our own experience we see many more projects from western Europe, that are no doubt also impacted by the lower dollar against their currencies, but also by the need for manufacturing innovation and quality. Our computerized traverse winding systems [Smartwinders™]continue as the world standard for this growing segment of the converting industry that realize the benefit of spooling long lengths of narrow width materials.
The introduction of our Spool-Mate provides a convenient, high quality and cost effective method of unspooling material into a continuous process