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ITM ISTANBUL 2006
SlideShow: ITM Istanbul 2006
RUSSIA
November 2006
SlideShow: RUSSIA 2006 The Rosko Project
The Rosko Project
With Bernie and Sacha we traveled to Rosko and other places where the Textile Industry is at home. Rosko started to renovate their old mill by adding a modern annex and tried to make the best out of the existing old building which was protected and could not be altered. Another very old mill was in Shagovets but their where no loans for major modernization.
Visit of an Old Mill in Shagovets
CHINA & CITME Shanghai
The "Memorable" Galaxy Dinner 2006
SlideShow: China CITME 2006
On the occasion of ITME in Shanghai 2006, the management of Xinjiang Shihezi Galaxy Textile Co Ltd, a big spinning plant in the Xinjiang Province, invited us for dinner. We know the customer well and Michael and me had already a solid reputation in the field of competitive drinking! Therefore I had my concern about this invitation and also Michael looked a bit worried. Never mind, we accepted the challenge and the Maotai (53% alc.) drinking procedure started by the begin of lunch or dinner! Goal: testing the stamina of the guest(s)!

... "Never trust a man who does not drink!"
is the common believe and business goes much smoother when you succeed in this art! Two bottles Maotai where empty and the customer seemed to be satisfied, Daniel Stüber (a former Head of Rieter China) however offered another bottle!? We could not believe this! So the drinking continued and with the level of Alcohol, the level of stupidity grow! In a relative short time all got completely pissed. Of course Michael and myself had a lot of training and survived half way conscious. Others had to be carried out of the venue and started a vomiting contest. Also the taxi driver who had to take us was upset about the mess created.- It ended as it had to in China. This was only one of many such punishing events. An alarming sign, I started to like Maotai!
UZBEKISTAN
Tashkent Textile Machinery Exhibition
September 2006
SlideShow: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Before going to India, I attended the aforementioned exhibition. Tashkent is a quite and pleasant town. The climate was ideal. We made a very interesting excursion to the mountains. The city has also an lively and interesting night live. This was the most exciting experience!
NORTH, MIDDLE & SOUTH INDIA
September 2006
SlideShow: India North September 2006
From TASHKENT to AMRITSAR
From Tashkent (Uzbekistan) I planned to take the plane to Amritsar (North India) but it was not that easy. There was a check-in counter but nobody showed up. Upon enquiry at Uzbekistan Airlines, they were surprised that there was a passenger showing up. Anyway they told me that there was a plane on the tarmac with the required destination and a staff brought me to immigration. There was nobody on duty. Finally we found an officer who attended to me and also brought me outside the airport building. Some more waiting before a big empty bus arrived which brought me to the plane, who sat lonely on the tarmac. I boarded and there where already a few passengers on transit on board, apparently a bit upset about the delay. After landing in Amritsar the heat was a shock! 42° C, after the comfortable 24° C in Tashkent not very pleasant. There was no Suresh insight! He got stuck in traffic somewhere. Finally he arrived and we drove to Ludhiana missing the famous sight of Amritsar, the Sikh Gurdwara "Golden Temple" .
We went on by train to Delhi and by car to Gajourala. Short of reaching the customer, a speeding bus hit us. We were pushed away and a tractor crashed in our back. The car was damaged but we could still drive on. This, of course, only after a big palaver with the locals and with the tractor driver. The offending bus never stopped. A big traffic chaos developed. After that we went on with our usual program: Middle Belt (Rahul Joshi), as usual, by train to Kohlapur (3-tier, me on top!). A long car ride to Gokak. After seeing the customers, via Mumbai to the South: (with Venkant), Madurai & Rajaplayam, than back to Mumbai and home again!
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