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Guatemalan finisher prepares for a greener future

A total of seven Brückner stenter frames with vertical chains will be operating in Texpasa’s Michatoya plant from the start of 2024.

21st September 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  Guatemala City, Guatemala

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

Texpasa is a family business whose roots go back to 1978. Having been involved historically in yarn spinning, circular, and flat bed knitting, Texpasa has now evolved into a state-of-the-art company that knits, dyes, and finishes a variety of textiles for the apparel market.

In addition to its first plant in Guatemala City, Texpasa completed its second plant in 2020 at the Michatoya Industrial Park in Palin incorporating knitting, dyeing, and finishing facilities. The original factory is being consolidated into the new facility and the company’s Brückner stenters, the first of which has been in operation since 2007, are currently being moved to Palin with the support of Brückner technicians.

David Franco, Maintenance Manager of Texpasa, is highly satisfied with the support of the service team. "Brückner builds high-quality machines and offers excellent service. We have known this since the purchase of our first stenter. The support during the relocation of the machines from Guatemala City to Palin also shows us that Brückner is a service partner we can rely on even in the case of big challenges. The machines were carefully dismantled and packed with Brückner's support. They arrived in good condition and are being reassembled and put into operation without any problems," David explains.

Brückner stenter at Texpasa. © Brückner

A total of seven Brückner stenter frames with vertical chains will be operating in the Michatoya plant from the start of 2024. The latest Power-Frame stenter with 10 bays was put into operation in 2022.

All of the Brückner stenters in the Michatoya Industrial Park are counter-construction. Accordingly, the heating and ventilation elements change the dryer side every 1.5 metres, which leads to an absolutely uniform air admission, i.e., a very homogeneous air quantity and temperature distribution over the entire fabric web width. They offer the highest possible drying performance and process control matched to the fabric quality thanks to the technically mature and proven split-flow ventilation system.

This is extremely important for the major sports and leisure brands which Texpasa supplies. Robust and low-maintenance chains, chain bars, and pin bar carriers stand for long service life and low wear. The finishing results are exactly reproducible and overdrying of the fabric during machine standstill is excluded by the air bypass system. Minimal air pressure losses and high-quality insulation result in the lowest possible electrical and thermal energy consumption and thus in low production costs.

Sustainability is important to Texpasa in numerous aspects. The company has allocated capital expenditure for sustainable and reusable green energy, e.g., photovoltaics, and biomass, and has planted 60,000 trees in a biomass forest for the future together with partners, reducing its CO2 footprint. Another sustainability building block is the wastewater treatment centre, with a capacity of up to 100 cubic metres of water per hour. After treatment, the water meets or exceeds all purity regulations.

Francisco Solares, GM and Vice President of Texpasa puts it in a nutshell: "The Brückner machines perfectly fit our demanding sustainability concept. The quality of the finished fabric is excellent and the stenters impress with energy efficiency and low production costs. We appreciate very much that Brückner accompanies us as an innovative supplier of high-quality textile finishing lines and reliable service partner."

Brückner appreciates this long-standing customer, too. "As a traditional and highly innovative family-owned company, we attach great importance to sustainability both in our production facilities and in our products. Texpasa is a very good example of how investing in the future, sustainability, and environmental protection can go hand in hand. We are very pleased about this long-standing cooperation and wish Texpasa continued success," says CEO, Regina Brückner, CEO.

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