Aeris Group is an Italian holding controlling companies operating for over thirty years in the mechanical plant engineering. Through coordination and strategic management, Aeris Group takes care of the investments within the group, proposing itself not only as a controlling holding, but also as a co-investor partner and investment manager, with a completely innovative vision. Aeris Group is a multi-brand that actively operates in international contexts and in the different relevant industrial fields, with a volume of turnover that is constantly growing over time. The activity of the Group is mainly divided into 3 different sections: The Industrial division with Aeris, mainly taking care of filtration, production waste and pollutant removal, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, heat recovery system for different Industries such as Mechanics, Iron& Steel industries, P. lastics, Pharma, Oil&Gas, Composites, Automotive and much more; The Textile Industry division with the historical Italian brand MAZZINIICI. Starting from suction, filtration, fibers, and waste removal, up to humidification systems and air mixing, the plants must have, as a common denominator, the guarantee to achieve thermal and humidity conditions required by each production process with minimal power and water consumption. The nonwoven and Hygienic Division with ALENA NW with different solutions for filtration and process air treatment, environmental microclimatic control, custom made solutions for end line and spooling, executed with latest technologies, always taking great care to the energy saving, investment pay-back, and maximum efficiency of the production line. All companies within the group work to ISO 9001: 2015 quality certification. The group’s shared purpose is to obtain the best efficiency for each solution, minimizing investment and management costs as much as possible and minimizing the payback of our customer’s investment. “It is the synergy of the group that makes the difference, a continuous sharing of experiences between the companies, unique in their specificity but all with the same background,” explains Eros Nani, General Manager of Aeris Group Holding. “This benefits our growth. The different fields of application allow us to develop new systems and to approach solutions that can be proposed by our companies in different industrial applications”. Interview with EROS NANI, General Manager of Aeris Group Holding. Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company? Eros Nani: The company is really focusing on the direction and scope of long term business goals strengthening our worldwide customer service, as the company now installed more than 2.000 equipment in 60 countries. An international approach for a sustainable development. E.E: What’s the news about new products? E.N: The patented „IHS” Induction Humidification System, is Aeris Group’s response mainly to the textile, non-woven and hygienic market’s need for a solution that offers not only high reliability and safety, but also addresses environmental and sustainability issues, particularly the reduction of energy and water consumption. The IHS project proposal received recognition from the European Commission for being innovative and of high quality compared to the other technologies in the market; it subsequently received the “Seal of Excellence” quality label. The project went on to receive funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program of the European Union. Besides that, it was recognized by the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions, entity of the European Community for sustainability, as one of the most innovative solutions worldwide concerning protection of the environment and financial viability „an opportunity for clean economic growth” says Nani. Eros explains, “I am satisfied about the results obtained even though we were obliged, due to the pandemic period to do short-term business goals and revise them quarterly, to be more flexible to the worldwide changes and to be sure about their achievement periodically” he adds. Energetically speaking this leads to an exceptional result: the reduction up to 80% of the energy impact for the adiabatic humidification plants as well as the reduction of 65% of the water consumption necessary for the process. The IHS humidification technology is the heart of the system, with performances never obtained before: a COPH – Performance Coefficient – higher than 40 and a SEH, Saturation efficiency rate of 100%. Available systems on the market do not exceed COPH 10 and SEH 50%, meaning that if IHS requires only 1kWh of energy consumption to humidify environments with 100% of processed water, traditional systems require at least 4kWh, four times more, and the double of water consumption to achieve the same result. IHS’ humidification and cooling capacity has no equal, it is the result of 5 years of research and it is designed taking care to the strictest hygiene standards. Furthermore, it is the only humidification system in textile and non-woven, in compliance with VDI 6022 standards, ensuring the absence of pathogenic spores, while simultaneously creating a better internal climate and optimal well-being for the complete lifetime of the system. This system can grant great advantages for the final users: elimination of possible proliferation of bacteria and mucilage, elimination of possible corrosion risks of the components elimination of any risk of condensationtemperature and humidity values homogeneity in all the process and in the treated environment; total recovery of all the endogenous heat produced in the room (motors, lighting, etc.); no obstacles in the room because you do not have diffusers at floor level, close by the operators and process line; complete absence of water wasted; EROS NANI, General Manager of Aeris Group Holding E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? E.N: Starting from 2020, we saw a mark-up phase, markets started to consolidate and prices begin to move higher, attracting a large number of buyers who want to join the new uptrend in its early stage. Just to give you some figures and an example talking about nonwoven and hygienic market: The global market for Non-Woven Fabrics estimated at US$38 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$62 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 8.4% over the analysis period. Non-woven fibers are laid in patterns and bonded using pressure, heat and chemicals. Increased demand for the fabrics in the healthcare and medical sectors constitutes the major growth promoting factor for the market. The current pandemic has increased awareness among people with regard to the many benefits of non-wovens. The market for non-woven fabrics, used in the manufacture of masks, PPE and other medical-grade products, witnessed significant growth over the past one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For meeting the rising demand, non-woven manufacturers across the world were seen expanding production capacities and investing money in purchasing new equipment. Disposable non-wovens are able to offer inexpensive and effective protection from microorganisms because of their multilayered construction. The geotextile industry is also one of the key end-users of non-woven fabrics. Non-woven geotextiles are used in road building and dry laid processes where they improve longevity of roads. The automotive industry also uses the fabrics for many applications. There are now many interior and exterior automotive components made of non-woven fabrics. Spunbond, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 8.7% CAGR to reach US$30.1 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After a thorough analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Dry Laid segment is readjusted to a revised 9.6% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 28.9% share of the global Non-Woven Fabrics market. Spunbond non-woven fabric, the largest segment, finds application in the manufacture of hygiene products and in coating substrates, building, battery separator, filtration and wipers among others. The technique of spunbond is the most used manufacturing method as it enables production of material with superior quality and greater strength. E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? E.N: Machine and equipment manufacturing industries provide a range of essential products and technology for applications in several other manufacturing industries if we consider that the machinery sector is a major contributor to the European economy with a current annual turnover of € 700 BN. The business environment if the machinery industry is changing fast. Digitalization, and highly qualified personnel are the opportunities for growth which in turn increase cast doubt on the sustainability of traditional business models. Digitalization facilitates product development and provides new opportunities across various processes of the industrial machinery value chain from designing the product to its production, sales and offering after-sales services. The Covid-19 pandemic had an important impact on the European machinery Industry resulting in supply chain disruptions, a drop in demand and liquidity problems. Nevertheless, the pandemic has been also a window of opportunity to rationalize European production, revise supply chains and push for more digitalization and sustainable and green models. The use of online applications in the machinery industry has been increasingly growing, which opens an array of advantages and is an essential stage towards Industry 4.0 E.E: What estimations do you have for 2022? E.N: Today, in April 2022, we can say that after 2 years of pandemic situation and now with the international conflict going on, with all the normal consequences also from the economical point of view; we think to have a positive attitude in saying we would like to consolidate the results obtained at the end of year 2021, which was positive for us, increasing the turnover of 30% compared to the previous year, always looking ahead, increasing the Group R&D department to improve our customers’ focus and satisfaction.