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Brückner helps Rotex get back on its feet

After re-constructing its fire damaged buildings, the company started to install new machinery in April 2017.

15th December 2017

Knitting Industry
 |  Leonberg

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

The South African company Rotex Fabrics, a knitter, dyer and finisher of high quality fabrics for fashion and sportswear, has invested into new Brückner stenters following a fire that destroyed the company’s dye house and finishing departments in October 2016.

After re-constructing the damaged buildings, the company started with the installation of the new machinery by the end of April 2017, with the last of the new machines being commissioned exactly one year to the day after the fire. Three months prior the fire, Rotex started their partnership with Brückner, and commissioned a new 8-chamber, thermal oil heated stenter to complement the two existing lines.

From left to right: Sam Schaffer (CEO and shareholder of Rotex), Regina Brückner (Owner Brückner), Siegfried Rohner (Director and Shareholder of Rotex), Martin Rohner (Technical Director Rotex), Axel Pieper (CTO Brückner). © Brückner Textile Technologies

“We were impressed with the new machine, as well as the service and back-up from Brückner, so much so, that when we had to replace the damaged machines, it was an easy decision to make, with the result that we installed two identical Brückner stenters,” commented Technical Director, Martin Rohner.

“The new investment has enabled us not only to install the latest technology throughout our dyeing and finishing facility, but also to optimise the plant layout and grow our capacity to meet our customers’ growing need for high quality, fashion forward, quick response fabrics.”

The company founded in 1980 is constantly developing new fabrics to keep up with the ever-changing fashion and technical requirements of their customers. Its purpose-built production facility is situated in the Atlantis industrial area, 50 km north of Cape Town CBD/ South Africa.

The fabrics are circular knitted in house, exhaust dyed and then finished in open width. The majority of the fabrics produced contain elastane with a combination of cotton, viscose, polyester, nylon or acrylic. All cotton/elastane fabrics are bio-polished using enzymes.

“It was really a great pleasure for us to support Rotex as fast as possible after this terrible fire. We admired the energy and the strength of the whole company when they re-built the factory. The cooperation with this special and very expert customer was more than agreeable and we are proud that we could convince Rotex of the quality of our machines and of our service,” said Regina Brückner, owner of Brückner Textile Technologies.

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