A technical seminar entitled “End-to-end solutions for carpet manufacturing” was jointly organised by A.T.E. and J Zimmer, Austria, at The Ramada, Alleppey on February 11, 2020.

In Kerala, Alleppey and Cherthala are well known for the manufacturing of door mats from coir and jute. In fact, Kerala’s coir and coir products are said to be the finest in the world. Following the worldwide shift towards eco-friendly products, there is an increasing demand for Kerala’s coir products in international markets – especially in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. This global demand is encouraging the entrepreneurs in the coir industry to make use of the latest technologies in digital printing automation. Entrepreneurs are also looking at materials other than coir and jute to increase the varieties of home textiles they have to offer.

Considering the growing interest among customers in advanced technologies for carpet manufacturing, A.T.E. Enterprises, along with J Zimmer, Austria, organised this technical seminar. The seminar was supported by AYM Syntex – a premium carpet yarn manufacturer, and Jaysynth Group – one of the largest manufacturers of ink and chemicals for digital printing in India.

The seminar was a resounding success. The owners and representatives of more than 35 carpet manufacturing companies in and around Alleppey attended the seminar.

The function was inaugurated with a welcome address by Mr M Rajinikanth, Deputy General Manager, A.T.E., with a short introduction about A.T.E. and Zimmer. Mr Martin Basset, Sales Manager of J Zimmer spoke about various digital printing technologies such as Chromojet and Colaris. Mr Basset also explained the cost economics of carpet printing, which was particularly interesting for the audience. Mr Ashok Swamy, General Manager, A.T.E. then gave the audience an overview about A.T.E.’s capabilities to provide end-to-end solutions in carpet manufacturing. Attractive printed carpet samples were also displayed at the event.

These presentations lead to a lively round of questions and answers, which saw active participation by the audience.