Thermotron is a Greek company, active in the industrial textile machines sector for 44 years. It has consistently ranked among the 10 largest automatic systems manufacturers in the readymade garment packing industry worldwide. With an established presence in more than 40 countries all over the world and 1,225 active customers, Thermotron stands for solid, durable and reliable solutions. The company’s firm commitment to fully meeting its customers’ needs and developing mutually beneficial relationships is an integral part of the customer-focused business philosophy. 

Interview with George Paschalidis, Sales Manager at Thermotron.

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

George Paschalidis: Since it was established and up to this day, it has been one of the leading companies in designing, implementing, and supporting comprehensive systems consisting of folding and bagging, sealing and labelling machines for readymade garments. The experience, specialized know-how and level of knowledge of its people are a drive the quality of the services provided by the company and help its customers to achieve their strategic and financial targets.

E.E: What’s the news about new products?

G.P: LD70 is a new automatic machine designed for attaching adhesive strips and labels on garments. The purpose of the labels is to inform the final consumer regarding the size of the garment or to provide other important information, as deemed appropriate by the garment manufacturer.

New automation for inserting tissue paper inside the folded garments (IPA internal paper automation). Many brands in the market insert inside the folded garment tissue paper to protect their product from the humidity and keep the prints in the best condition until the garment will deliver to the end user. 

Trouser folding accessory (TFRL trouser folding automation) this automation is an accessory for the main folding machine STP1000 and make the machine to fold the crotch of the trousers. This automation increases the quality of fold for the main folding machine.  

Our company is developing a new sealing machine for plastic bags that have self-tape on it. Furthermore, and one of the most important goals for us in 2023 is to manufacture a new bagging machine that will pack the garments in recycling paper bags. Everybody need to help and reduce the plastic from the logistic chain.

E.E: What are the ranges of products?

G.P:

  • Folding machines for readymade garments;
  • Bagging machines for readymade garments;
  • Sealing machines for readymade garments;
  • Labelling machines for readymade garments;
  • Stacking machines for readymade garments.

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?

G.P: The garment market and more specific the garment industry the last decades achieve to automate the biggest part of their productions. Result of this is to increase their production capacity. In this achievement they forgot to automate the last part of the production line that it is the packaging sector. Our company comes to give the best solution in the market with very flexible lines that can built with the requirements of each garment factory.  

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

G.P: First of all, the market try to balance between the difficult last 2 years with the covid restrictions and the inflation in the markets. In this difficult period, they try to make their business more environment friendly with new textiles new environment friendly packaging and more efficient logistics.

E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed?

G.P: The most innovating part of our machineries is the simple philosophy of use and the flexibility of our solutions. Our machineries can handle a huge variety of different garments. The last part is very important for our customers because with the same machines can handle different brands with totally different requirements in the folding and packaging sector and give them the opportunity to make the ROI faster.  

E.E: What estimations do you have for the rest of 2022?

G.P: In the rest of 2022 most companies are cautious about new investments as the business climate is uncertain looking for its pace after the covid era but facing new problems from the rapid increase in prices due to inflationary trends around the world. We strongly believe that this difficult period will remain at least for the first half of 2023.