The future of ceramic fiber textile production technology
4/8/2020 10:30:47 AM
After calculating, in 2019 China produced about 10,000 tons of ceramic fiber textiles. About 60% textiles have been exported to USA, European, Asian and African markets. And this consumption growth is very low every year.
Until 2019, there are about 100 ceramic fiber textile production plants in China. The capacity of most factories is less than 100 tons per year. And only one company, Shandong Luyang is a listed company (SZ: 002088).
But readers may not know, the production equipment of all factories is the most backward. Is it hard to believe? But it is true. Today, with the rapid development of technology, the modern textiles machines are developing towards full automatic. For the ceramic fiber textiles machines are used in 1970s’. Yes, these machines are half a century behind modern technology development.
For example, the daily output of ceramic fiber loom is only 150m. The noise in weaving workshop can reach 120dB. But now the most advanced machines can reach 3000m per day. And the noise in weaving workshop is only 80dB.
For the tape weaving machine, there are only 2 tapes can be woven at a time. And the speed is the same with loom. But now the most advanced machines can weave 10 tapes and the speed could be 3 times increased.
Of course, for the rope braided machines, the speed could increase 3 times at least.
Compared with the production capacity between modern and nowadays machines, I believe all the machines could increase the speed by 3~5 times.
The second aspect, all the ceramic fiber factories have a headache about waste recycling. Because the China’s environment laws are getting stricter day by day, no one could ignore this problem. In my opinion, if we could make good use of trough and suction system, the waste will be solved in good way.
Specifically speaking, all the ceramic fiber and glass fiber will fall on the ground. If we placed the trough under all the machines and keep the suction system working all the time, the ceramic fiber and glass fiber could be collected clearly every second. So we could simply collect this ceramic fiber and glass fiber, then further deal with them. Instead of like now, we usually burn or bury them with other wastes.
Let’s calculate the cost saving after technology upgrading.
If we could increase the machine speed, we will save 60~75% human capital. This part account for 20% of the entire product cost.
If we could collect the waste of ceramic fiber clearly and reuse them, we will save 80%+ raw material costs. This part account for 15% of the entire product cost.
Overall speaking, the technology upgrade will save 15~25% cost of the ceramic fiber textiles. We believe this will happen in the next 3 years.