Any mention of the name Picanol, immediately brings up the thought of weaving machines. For over eighty years, Picanol has been a worldwide pioneer, and today, we are one of the leading weaving machine manufacturers in the world.
In May 2020, Picanol realized another impressive milestone when its 100,000th rapier weaving machine rolled off the production line at its plant in Ieper, Belgium. Picanol is also celebrating 45 years of manufacturing rapier weaving machines in 2020.
In June 2019, Picanol has launched its newest airjet weaving machine, the OmniPlus-i, at ITMA Barcelona. With the introduction of the OmniPlus-i, Picanol set a new benchmark in airjet weaving machines.
Currently, the Picanol Group operates in a constantly changing world of ever-increasing complexity and this creates many challenges. In addition to automation, product development, innovation and quality - of both products and services - agility, teamwork and, above all, smart responses to new technological challenges will be the keys to becoming and remaining successful in the future. The Picanol Group firmly believes in the further growth of its manufacturing industry in Belgium. And the company is also committed to the future and to sustainable growth, with its employees as the driving force. In this context, the Picanol Group has launched Let's Make it Together in the course of 2017 to focus in the coming years on three priorities that should help it on its way to becoming the (manufacturing) company of and for the future: 1. World class manufacturing technologies 2. Digital company 3. Human-centered company
On Saturday 18 June 2016, the Picanol Group celebrated its anniversary with a festival for all employees and partners at our premises in Ypres.
In 2015, Picanol celebrated the 40th anniversary of the production of rapier weaving machines with the global launch of its new OptiMax-i rapier machine, the fastest industrially produced rapier weaving machine in the world. Picanol also launched two new weaving machines for the weaving of terry cloth: the TerryMax-i (rapier) and the TERRYplus Summum (airjet). Picanol is the only machine manufacturer to offer both rapier and airjet technology for terry cloth weaving. In November 2015, Picanol successfully participated in the 17th edition of ITMA in Milan, the most important four-yearly textile machinery exhibition in the world. Pleasingly, the new Picanol machines were received with considerable acclaim.
Luc Tack, managing director of the Picanol Group, has been chosen Manager of the Year 2014. The award, an initiative of the Flemish business weekly Trends, is being presented this year for the 30th time. The winner was selected by a jury of entrepreneurs, specialists and journalists in combination with online voting on the Trends website. Luc Tack, who was nominated for the third time in a row, follows Atlas Copco boss Ronnie Leten. ‘The jury singled out Luc Tack for his daring, ambition and strategic vision,’ explained jury chairman Luc Vandewalle. ‘Thanks to his outstanding management decisions Luc has managed to create renewal and growth at Picanol. Furthermore, with his achievements at Picanol he is a worthy successor to recent winners who have all been exemplary in the consistency, soundness and stability of their management.’
On 11 September 2014, Picanol inaugurated its new training center and new test area in Ieper in the presence of Mr. Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders. Since improving the competitiveness through further productivity and quality improvements and targeted investments is a top priority, an investment program for an amount of 17.5 million euros in Ieper was approved in 2013. This investment plan includes the new test area for weaving machines, the new training center and the purchase of several production machines.
In 2012, the Picanol Group invested in the further expansion of its global sales and services network, including a new headquarters in India and a new office for Picanol of America.
At the four-yearly ITMA textile machinery exhibition in late September in Barcelona, Picanol celebrates its 75th anniversary with the introduction of two new products: the new high-end airjet weaving machine OMNIplus Summum and the positive rapier weaving machine (for very wide fabrics up to 540 cm).
Early June saw the 300,000th weaving machine pass the end of the production line since production first commenced in Ieper, Belgium.
In March, the Picanol Group launched a new rapier weaving machine, the OptiMax. Also in 2007, the GT-Max is launched. Production of this machine started beginning 2008 in Suzhou.
In April, Picanol launched the airjet weaving machine OMNIplus 800. With this weaving machine, the Picanol Group set the standard for profitable airjet weaving.
In November 2002, Picanol launched the GamMax-rapier weaving machine. The GamMax was equipped with a whole range of technological innovations. This new type 190 was designed to reach a speed of 650 weft insertions per minute.
The OMNIplus airjet machine was introduced as the successor to the Omni, again using direct drive switched reluctance technology. Further application of electrical drives (for cloth batching and selvedge units) permitted even more flexible production. A type 190 OMNIplus machine achieved a speed of 1,100 weft insertions per minute.
Picanol launched the Gamma rapier weaving machine. Initially, the machine was driven by a clutch/brake-unit. However, in 1999, it received a direct drive switched reluctance engine. The engine was dubbed SUMO Super Engine (Sumo through its ability to shift a large weight very quickly). The application of this technology represented a new milestone in the electronic control of weaving machines, as the machine speed can be varied during the weaving process. The Gamma is also equipped with the Quick Style Change system, and reaches a speed of 600 weft insertions per minute.
Picanol further expanded in China. With the establishment of the joint venture Suzhou Picanol Textile Machinery (STM), 60 % owned by Picanol, Picanol started producing textile machinery in China.
Picanol was the first weaving machine manufacturer to obtain the ISO9001-certification in July 1993.
Picanol introduced a new airjet generation in the early nineties. The Delta and Omni airjet weaving machines both used this technology and were equipped with the unique Quick Style Change system, which enables a total style change in less than 30 minutes by 1 person.
In 1985 at the ATME-Greenville, Picanol introduced the PAT airjet weaving machine with microprocessor technology. From a central computer, it became possible to communicate in two directions with the microprocessor of both machine types.
At ITMA in Milan, Picañol was the first to show an airjet and rapier weaving machine monitored and controlled by microprocessor technology. The GTM rapier symbolized a breakthrough in the electronically controlled, shuttle-less rapier weaving machine industry.
By 1980, the revolutionary PAT weaving machine was developed, using the airjet insertion technology. The PAT was presented at the ATME exhibition in Greenville.
In 1975 , the company presented the PGW at ITMA Milan. The PGW was the first Picañol shuttleless weaving machine and used the new rapier insertion technology.
At the ITMA exhibition in Paris, Picañol surprised the textile industry with the introduction of the MDC, the world's first electronically controlled shuttle weaving machine.
The company invested in new production halls. An automatic foundry and new assembly line, having a capacity of 10,000 shuttle machines per year, were built outside the city center of Ypres.
At ITMA in Lille, Picañol presented the President, the automatic weaving machine with which Picañol conquered the world. More than 160,000 President Machines were sold, making the name of Picañol known and respected throughout the weaving world.
In 1936 , the Belgian industrialist Charles Steverlynck set up the company Weefautomaten Picañol NV. The first weaving machine was based on a design from the Spanish engineer Jaime Picañol.