How Investment in Advanced Yarn Technology Keeps Gelvenor Ahead

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How Investment in Advanced Yarn Technology

Keeps Gelvenor Ahead.

 

The international textile industry is saturated with large textile mills producing cheap commodity fabrics. These import fabrics outprice local manufacturers time and time again, resulting in the necessity for textile mills to adoptan “adapt or die” strategy in order to survive in this highly competitive market.

Gelvenor’s proven strategy for rising above cheap import commodity fabrics is to manufacture high performance, superior quality fabrics. Central to this strategy is Gelvenor’s investment in Advanced Yarn Technology.

“It is a great challenge in the manufacturing industry to remain price competitive, whilst still sourcing and utilising good quality raw materials,” says Gelvenor CEO Dicky Coetzee. “As a result, Gelvenor has spent decades developing and maintaining good business relationships with our yarn suppliers”.

Technical knowledge and experience are central to building the supplier relationships which Coetzee says are essential to developing Gelvenor’s fibre sourcing network. This extensive quality supplier network combined with Gelvenor’s rigid procurement processes and willingness to invest a considerable amount of time researching the latest technical developments their suppliers are engaging with is what has contributed to the company’s success.

 

Furthermore, Gelvenor’s relationship with yarn suppliers goes beyond basic sourcing practices. Gelvenor periodically collaborates with yarn suppliers by running trials to test new developments. This ensures the best possible raw material is produced and the best outcomes are achieved for Gelvenor, their suppliers and customers.

Coetzee comments on Gelvenor’s world renowned aeronautical fabrics saying, “When it comes to our aeronautical fabric range, we only source hightenacity polyamide yarns which will lend exceptional performance to our products. In order to have the perfect canopy, you need the right balance of strength and elongation within the fabric”.

In addition, the fabric also needs to have the ability to retain and display the bright colours regularly seen in the free flight arena. It’s another challenge that Gelvenor has overcome by utilising high quality polyamide yarns which are carefully sourced to provide the most consistent and level colours during dyeing and finishing. This ensures that each canopy produced using Gelvenor fabrics displays superior colour and quality.

Conditioning also plays a vital role in transforming yarn into high performance fabrics. At each stage of the dry production process, the fabric is allowed to condition in temperature and humidity controlled environments before moving to the next stage. This process is essential as it enables the best performance of the fibre during the weaving stage.

The yarn used for aeronautical fabric is an extremely thin, lightweight fibre which needs to be prepared and handled with care before and during the production process. Gelvenor boasts an expert team of manufacturers and an experienced quality division to ensure that their customers reap the benefits of Advanced Yarn Technology.

“Each delivery of yarn is thoroughly checked for consistency and quality before being sent to an independent laboratory for stringent testing,” says Coetzee. “Only once the yarn has passed these requirements it is approved for production”.

Once the fabric has been produced, Gelvenor’s manufacturing process ends with yet another round of testing at the independent ATS laboratory to ensure its physical properties are in line with Gelvenor’s high standards. While this is a vital process in the manufacturing route, Coetzee believes that exceptional quality fabric which meets Gelvenor’s exacting standards always begins with high quality yarn.

“Every exceptional quality fabric that we manufacture always begins with consistent, high calibre yarn that we can trust. Our ability to source excellent quality raw materials and our investment into Advanced Yarn Technology has worked towards ensuring Gelvenor not only continues to survive in a highly competitive market, but continues to prosper,” concludes Coetzee.

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