Update on raw material markets: Supply Chain remains stable

Interview with Heytex-Management on current market situtation. June 2021

Heytex Supply Chain remains stable to continuously provide reliable high quality products.


Fabian Kampsen and Robert Lerch represent the Management Board of the Heytex Group. Fabian is a “home grown” Heytex Manager and since 2020 in the position of Commercial Director. Robert came to Heytex some 4 years ago being the Global Procurement Director with a proven record from various international assignments in different industries. Regarding the current market situation for Technical Textiles, both got together reflecting on the actual developments.



Fabian: Hello Robert, just a few weeks have passed since our last conversation, actually not a long period of time and yet a lot has happened again on the raw materials side since then. How has the global situation developed?

Robert: Hello Fabian, it‘s still exciting! A working supply chain in the manufacturing industry, especially in our branch, is certainly one of the bigger challenges that need to be solved. The availability of various raw materials in the chemical industry is still extremely tense, which has a direct impact on us.
I would describe the supply situation at Heytex as tight but stable. The delivery situation caused by the wrecked container ship in the Suez Canal has unfortunately led to further delays for global sea shipments, which were not foreseeable. Sea freight prices continue to rise to a level of up to 10 times the prices from Q4 2020.

Fabian: I have heard from several sources that the supply of raw materials is endangered by many parallel plant shutdowns in the chemical

Robert:  Yes, unfortunately that‘s true. 13 force majeures, 11 system failures, 22 slowdowns and 24 maintenance shutdowns were active in parallel in the plastics industry, in the month of May alone. A fundamental improvement does not seem in sight, because force majeure cases can last: according to statistics, these last an average of 62 days, the currently longest lasts longer than 200 days already. In addition, producers are faced with lower imports from Asia, the Middle East and the USA. Because even in these classic export countries, demand is higher than supply. The situation is exacerbated by the current bottlenecks in shipping containers.

Fabian: The price development of various raw materials, such as wood, is very present in the media and is extreme. To what extent do you think the commodity markets are likely to recover in
the near future?

Robert: In general, purchasing prices have unfortunately not developed as originally forecasted. Chemical raw materials, fabrics and yarn in particular remain at an extremely high level. The decline in the overheated market, which was expected by all sides, did not occur and will probably not be felt before the end of the year.
One example beyond primary raw materials is the topic of wood. For us, wood has a direct influence on the pallet prices, but also indirectly in other packaging such as cardboard cores and tubes.
But back to the main raw materials. PVC, as well as plasticizers and TPU in particular, have risen by more than 70% in a very short time, and prices are not expected to fall soon. In addition, there is the topic of qualified and approved substitute materials, which were used to compensate for availabilities and ensure delivery stability.
These are quickly twice the price of the original products. These circumstances in combination with multiple, approved sources and our other risk management initiatives, lead to an overall secure supply chain. The limited availability of raw materials has unfortunately still a clear and immediate impact on prices.


Situation at Heytex
Heytex has so far been able to master the challenges of securing the supply chain with a few exceptions. The frightening price increases have stabilized at the highest level, unfortunately a recovery is currently not in sight. The price situation and availability will certainly remain a challenge until the end of the year. In general, Heytex is set up as a stable partner for our customers, who also has a plan B and C in the drawer.

Supply Chain secured

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Stabilized Supply Chain

Interview with Heytex-Management on current market situtation.

Heytex has stabilized its Supply Chain to continuously provide reliable high quality products.


Fabian Kampsen and Robert Lerch represent the Management Board of the Heytex Group. Fabian is a “home grown” Heytex Manager and since 2020 in the position of Commercial Director. Robert came to Heytex some 4 years ago being the Global Procurement Director with a proven record from various international assignments in different industries. Regarding the current market situation for Technical Textiles, both got together reflecting on the actual developments.



Fabian: Robert, a major key for success in sales is a stable supply chain in combination with competitive raw material prices to provide reliable, high quality and competitive products to our customers.

How do you see recent raw material developments?

Robert: Our textile procurement mainly from Asia is strongly influenced by the instable availability of containers and vessels. However, we were able to sign deals with large European forwarders to provide a secured supply chain for our factories in Germany.
Though we secured the deliveries, we were not able to avoid all cost effects along with the shortage of available containers and vessels. Sea Freight from Asia raised up to 3-4 times the cost of 2020.

Fabian: Currently we see a divided picture in terms of sales: While especially the graphics industry is still on a very low level, we see a strong increase in technical applications, e.g. in truck tarps, dock shelters or farm applications.
How does this overall increase in volume effect our supply chain?

Robert:  Unfortunately, the lately installed overcapacities of Polyester yarns from Asia, are not offsetting the increasing raw material prices. High rising prices can only be compensated partly by additional volume bundling.

Fabian: We are known for providing reliable and competitive products. To ensure this for the future we need to pass on some of the recent cost increases to our customers.
As cost increases are always difficult for our customers, please tell me what preventive actions have been taken from our side to avoid such a situation?

Robert: Well, as part of our group business model we implemented the elimination of sole source supplies already a couple of years ago.
This risk management action, together with the use of alternative formulations, compensates for a shortage of supply, particularly for plasticizers, PVC resins and the textiles we use.

Fabian: Do you consider these recent developments to be solved on short notice?

Robert: Volume shifting of our demands between the approved vendors help us to build and defend a solid supply chain. The supply situation will still be critical until end of this summer but is secured for our customers’ demands. Unfortunately, we cannot predict when prices will return to normal conditions.
A good supply network and proactive market communication is the key to be successful during these challenging times.

Fabian: You know that we aim for an open and transparent communication like it should be in a partnership.
Despite the recent news of supply shortages why did the situation
improve again?

Robert: Well, during these challenging times, transparent communication with our suppliers is one of the reasons. Also, one of the leading suppliers for plasticizers lifted its Force Majeure unexpectedly fast.
These circumstances in combination with multiple, approved sources and our other risk management initiatives, lead to an overall secure supply chain. The limited availability of raw materials has unfortunately a still clear and immediate impact on prices.

Stabilized Supply Chain - Interview March 2021

Stabilized Supply Chain - Interview March 2021

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Heytex ZJG with new General Manager

Personnel change


Heytex China plant under new management



Zhangjiagang/China March 2021



After 8 successful years as General Manager of the subsidiary Heytex Technical Textiles (Zhangjiagang) Co Ltd, China, Eric Wang will leave the Heytex Group at the end of March 2021.


Eric Wang, who has been instrumental in the expansion of the China site, is mainly responsible for the upcycling of the company’s state-of-the-art machinery in view of the successful implementation of the Glue Lamination plant.


Under Eric Wang’s leadership, internal workflows have been improved, process reliability has been established and consistent product quality has been ensured. As a result, Heytex has established itself as a proven player in the Chinese market in its current form, in line with local challenges, and has contributed to the success of the Group.


We thank Eric Wang for his work and commitment to the Heytex Group and wish him all the best for the challenges of his professional future.



He will be succeeded in the position of General Manager by Mr. Bill Yu as of March 01.


Bill Yu graduated from Suzhou University in 1994 with a degree in Computer Science and earned MBA degree from Southeast University in 2005.


Bill Yu brings 27 years of professional experience to his new position as General Manager of Heytex Zhangjiagang, including textile service and management in manufacturing.


Bill Yu assumes full responsibility for the Heytex Group’s Chinese subsidiary including sales, procurement, production, quality, engineering, finance, human resources & administration at Heytex Zhangjiagang.


We wish him every success in his new position in the Heytex Group.




Bill Yu



Italian Sales Power

At Heytex we believe that characters take our brand forward.

With Luca Nicolo, we introduce you today to our new sales representative for the Italy region. After obtaining a short degree in Textile Engineering, Luca gained a long experience in the field of technical fabrics.
In particular, he has 15 years of experience in the sale of calendared and coated fabrics in both PVC and rubber. Welcome to the team!


Alla Heytex crediamo che i personaggi portino avanti il nostro marchio.

Con Luca Nicolo, vi presentiamo oggi il nostro nuovo rappresentante di vendita per la regione italiana.
Dopo il conseguimento della laurea breve in Ingegneria Tessile, Luca ha maturato una lunga esperienza nel settore dei tessuti tecnici.
In particolare ha 15 anni di esperienza nella vendita dei tessuti calandrati e spalmati sia in PVC che in gomma. Benvenuti nella squadra

Support for the french market

At Heytex we believe that characters take our brand forward.


With Arnaud Victor, we can gain another competent character as a sales representative for France.


Arnaud Victor has been with our company since late summer 2020 and has successfully completed his induction.


He has already overseen technical textiles in the field of sun protection throughout Europe for 20 years and has intensive know-how in the field of yarns and various customer applications with textiles due to previous activities.


For Arnaud Victor the intensive exchange and personal contact with the customer has the highest priority. He speaks English and German fluently, besides his mother tongue French, the perfect interface between the customer and the Heytex plants in Bramsche and Neugersdorf, Germany.


At Heytex, Arnaud Victor will be primarily responsible for sales in the French market for technical textiles.


Arnaud Victor lives with his wife and three children in Lyon.

We look forward to working with him and wish him every success!




Nouvelles du personnel – Soutien au marché francais.


Chez Heytex, nous pensons que l’humain fait avancer notre marque.

Nous sommes donc fiers de vous présenter Arnaud Victor en tant que nouveau représentant commercial pour la France.


Arnaud Victor est dans notre entreprise depuis la fin de l’été 2020 et a effectué ses premiers pas avec satisfaction.


Il a l’expérience des textiles techniques, notamment dans le domaine de la protection solaire, à travers l’Europe depuis 20 ans, possède un vaste savoir-faire dans le domaine des fils grâce à ses activités antérieures.


Pour Arnaud Victor, l’échange intensif et le contact personnel avec le client sont de la plus grande importance. En plus du français, il parle couramment l’anglais et l’allemand, interface parfaite entre le client et le siège à Bramsche et Neugersdorf, en Allemagne.


Chez Heytex, Arnaud Victor sera responsable des ventes sur le marché français des textiles techniques.


Arnaud Victor vit à Lyon avec sa femme et ses trois enfants.

Nous nous réjouissons de sa venue!





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Press kit





Welcome to the team

For training with a future.

> We at Heytex believe that youth is the future and needs to be properly trained.


Also this year we welcome our new trainees at our locations Bramsche and Ebersbach-Neugersdorf. Welcome to the team!

Welcome back

Returning to home – From Germany to the USA and back again

> At #heytex, we believe that characters will help our brand move forward.


After three years of sales activities in the subsidiary Heytex USA in Pulaski, Virginia, Manuel Radke has returned to Germany.


As Market Manager (Business Development) Technical Textiles, Manuel was responsible for the establishment and development of the market for technical textiles in the USA. He took the courageous step to move to the USA with the whole family. After his appointment as Senior Management Team Member, Manuel achieved his goal of defining the strategic sales direction in two years and also helped to shape strategic corporate decisions.


Manuel Radke, born in 1986 in Nienburg/Weser, Germany, looks back on more than 12 years of experience in the sales of technical textiles. Even before his employment abroad he was responsible for the area of Texineering for special applications at Heytex.


From September 2020 on Manuel will continue to be the main responsible for the Texineering division of the Heytex USA group as Director and will be responsible for Texineering products of the farms & leisure divisions in Germany as Senior Market Manager.


In his new role, Manuel’s biggest task is to expand the market share despite the current challenges and to develop the business with new innovative applications for the future.


Manuel Radke lives with his wife and two sons in Minden.




Heytex presents: New Plant Manager

From “Hands-on” and “Can-do” – From development to plant management


> At Heytex, we believe that characters will help our brand move forward.<

We are therefore proud to introduce Marko Rother as new plant manager for the headquarters plant in Bramsche/Engter.


Marko Rother has been working for Heytex since 2014 and starts his career in the development department where he is also responsible for important projects for the Heytex Group. From 2015 to 2019, he will also head the development department at the Heytex subsidiary in Zhangjiagang, China. He also looks back on field assignments at the Heytex subsidiaries in Pulaski, USA and at the second German location Neugersdorf. Since his return from China, Marko has been in charge of the development department, quality assurance and the laboratory.


Thus, Marko Rother can experience and live all positive virtues of the three continents and likes to make them his own – pragmatism – enthusiasm – engineering thinking. His comprehensive knowledge of the market supplied by Heytex will certainly help him in this respect.


In his new role as plant manager, it is now his greatest challenge to implement the generation change in everyday production in order to ensure the safeguarding and expansion of the business at the Bramsche location in unsettled economic times. To this end, knowledge as a resource is to be secured, imparted and further expanded. In this way Marko Rother combines practice with knowledge, planning with implementation, sustainability with development, all in the spirit of “hands-on & can-do”.


We are looking forward to the next steps!


Heytex presents new Plant Manager - July 2020

Heytex presents new Plant Manager - July 2020

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