As part of its $36 million investment to expand its factory in La Rioja, Argentina, Enod SA, a division of Argentina’s largest textile manufacturer Cladd Group, has purchased a Prodye-S unit for dyeing indigo from German textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer.
This is the first time this technology has been installed in an Argentinian facility.
Enod expanded its factory in the northwest city of La Rioja by building a new 107,639 square foot warehouse and weaving production hall. It thus created 330 direct jobs.
The new weaving mill was created by investing in Arisco mill property recovered from the provincial government. In addition to the production capabilities for woven apparel fabrics, it includes an indigo dyeing plant, which now houses the Prodye-S machine as well as a Karl Mayer Prosize sizing machine.
The Prodye-S uses a slasher dyeing process instead of a rope dyeing process and produces less waste while using less water than traditional indigo dyeing machines. Yarn is wrapped around bundles of warp to create bright, deep indigo shades and production capacity can be doubled if the denim is lightweight.
The Prosize machine debuted at the ITMA show in Milan in 2015 and has been a bestseller for Karl Meyer ever since. It features a one-bath system that simplifies process control and wetting quality adjustment.
“We are delighted to be able to contribute with our technology to the expansion of our client’s market and the strengthening of the national economy”, said Stefano Agazzi, denim specialist of the Karl Mayer Group. Thanks to new state-of-the-art capabilities, denim can be produced domestically and therefore no longer needs to be imported. The 102 weaving machines are expected to produce 1.4 million meters of fabric per month and 1 million meters of fabric will be dyed in the dyeing plant.
Argentinian President Alberto Fernández was among the figures present at the inauguration of the factory in June 2022. The government of his predecessor, Mauricio Macri, who was removed from office in 2019 after four years, had recommended that national producers textiles to relocate their manufacturing to Vietnam. and China and re-import goods produced under their own brand – advice that Enod and the Cladd Group have clearly refused to follow.
The Cladd Group comprises eight industrial companies and has the largest production capacities in Argentina. Its areas of activity include all stages of textile manufacturing, from spinning and fabric production to finishing, printing and dyeing.
Karl Meyer made headlines in 2020 when he announced the acquisition of fellow German textile machinery giant Stoll Group. Stoll officially becomes part of Karl Mayer on July 1, 2020.