Global shipment of new short-staple spindles and open-end rotors increased by +1.5 per cent and +13 per cent in 2018, respectively. The number of shipped draw-texturing spindles rose by +50 per cent and deliveries of shuttle-less looms improved by +39 per cent. Shipments of long-staple spindles, circular knitting machines, and electronic flat knitting machines decreased by -27 per cent, -4 per cent and -20 per cent, respectively. In the finishing segment, the sum of machines shipped worldwide in the category “fabric continuous” and “fabric discontinuous” fell by -0.5 per cent and -1.5 per cent year-on-year, respectively.