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Svegea’s solutions boost Tritex sewing operations

Jun 16, 2021
Svegea’s solutions boost Tritex sewing operations

Automation solutions offered by Swedish firm Svegea has enhanced Tritex sewing operations. Founded in 1952, Svegea of Sweden – a member of TMAS, the Swedish textile machinery association has over 60 years of experience in exclusively designing, manufacturing and installing the highest quality collarette band cutting machines worldwide.

These are used by garment manufacturers around the world for the production of tubular apparel components such as waistbands, cuff and neck tapes and other seam reinforcements.

Much since the company’s formation, when its earliest technologies had operational speeds of around 360 metres per hour. Currently, Svegea’s most productive collarette machine has an output of 20,000 metres per hour.

Garment manufacturing was a dominant industry across Europe in the first decades of Svegea’s existence, largely enabled by automatic machine production. However, labour costs, especially for sewing machinists, became too high in many European countries.

As a result, companies began moving their operations, first to nearby lower-wage countries and then to Asia and Far East, which is the main destination for Svegea’s collarette machines for knitwear nowadays. The company’s expertise has increasingly turned to the development of bespoke machines for the production of special technical textiles and tailor-made units for specific niche applications.

The recent Covid-19 situation is now leading to the reshoring of certain niche textile production operations in Europe like face masks, medical gowns, and also fast fashion items with lesser dependence on overseas suppliers with long lead times.

Founded in 1994, Triteks Trejd was a family-owned business and employs over 280 people at its plant in

Prilep, North Macedonia, where high quality cotton fabrics are expertly converted into the products of the Tritex Underwear brand. The Prilep operation includes the processing of fabrics, design, cutting, sewing, quality control and packing in a fully integrated workflow.

Dejan Naumoski, Plant Manager, Tritex, said that, they constantly monitor market and fashion trends, and the team of designers creates collections that meet the needs of the most demanding consumers. The high-quality cotton fabrics are chosen through a stringent selection process and the work complies to the ISO 9001 standards.

With around 200 sewing machinists, the Tritex product range encompasses briefs, boxers, slips, t-shirts, pyjamas and body slips which are primarily sold to countries within the European Union, as well as the domestic market.

The company has also just completed the digitalisation of its full production via the in-house DPC-SYS system, installing around 200 industrial PCs linking each of its workstations and departments.

Dejan added that, they have all data in real time across all of their operations and also make the most of the benefits. The business climate in Prilep is relatively stable, there are qualified and productive workers, and the textile industry is highly flexible to the market’s needs. The country’s proximity to EU countries, as well as well-developed transport and logistics, are certainly a big plus. They also have a very efficient e-commerce operation which is essential in the marketplace nowadays.

 

Dejan also said that, the latest machines are simple to operate, and they are very impressed with their precision, as well as with the waste reduction that is achieved through their use. Any problem that may occur are rare and easily solvable and so far, service has been online via viber or mail, and it is always fast and helpful.

 

Triteks Trejd currently operates three of the latest Svegea collarette cutting machines and is highly satisfied with their performance, as well as the service provided by the Swedish company.

According to Hakan Steene, Managing Director, Svegea, in recent years, Triteks Trejd has replaced its original Svegea collarette machines with Svegea’s latest highly-automatic units with True-Drive control systems. They are also equipped with Dust Phantom units to ensure an optimum working environment through the efficient removal of dust and lint. Festooning of the trim from the machines directly into boxes, rather than winding them onto rolls, also ensures less breaks in production for the sewing machinists, with less stretch from the endless material produced.

For TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson, the relationship between Triteks Trejd and Svegea is a good example of how Swedish textile machinery manufacturers are contributing to production in Europe. She says that, with a high level of automation and expertise in many areas of technology, TMAS members support the competitive edge of the European textile industry.

She also said that business now is about much more than just supplying machines or technologies. As suppliers their members understand and are prepared to integrate with the procurement, administration and production and stock handling operations in order to create complete, intelligent systems. This means working closely with customers and supplying a constant flow of ideas on efficiency, quality improvements, reduced waste and adapting for automation.

Source: AWOL Press Release

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