Missione istituzionale del meccanotessile italiano in Kenya e Tanzania

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07 Novembre 2019

Si è tenuta dal 4 all’8 novembre 2019 la missione istituzionale e commerciale in Kenya e Tanzania del meccanotessile italiano organizzato da ICE in collaborazione con l’associazione di categoria ACIMIT.
Ferraro SpA, in quanto azienda leader mondiale del settore, si è posta sempre in prima linea durante tutti questi giorni sia a Nairobi che a Dar Es Salaam, nel corso di seminari, presentazioni aziendali e incontri B2B.
Il nostro obiettivo, in questo contesto di collaborazione e dialogo, è quello di allargare la nostra rete commerciale nell’Africa Orientale favorendo al contempo nuove forme di partnership tra le imprese italiane con Kenia e Tanzania.

Missione istituzionale del meccanotessile italiano in Kenya e Tanzania



Mahlonese cycle several hundred kilometers

The AOK participation campaign “Cycle to work” was again a complete success this year. 27 Mahlonese – four more than in 2018 – pedalled diligently during the campaign period from May to August. Not only did they do something for their own health, they also made a contribution to climate protection. Managing Director Rainer Mestermann and Deputy Chairman of the Works Council Thomas Heller expressed their thanks for this sporting commitment. They presented the participants with a foldable backpack for their next cycling excursions.

Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” is a hands-on campaign of the AOK Bayern in cooperation with the Allgemeinen Deutschen Fahrrad-Club (ADFC). This popular event, which attracted more than 200,000 people from all over Bavaria this year, has been going on for 19 years now.

11.11.2019 MAHLO AT THE SINCE 2019

German machine manufacturer presents quality measuring system for nonwovens

Image      Where better to find out about the latest trends in

nonwovens production than at Asia’s largest trade fair for nonwovens “SINCE”? From 11 to 13 December 2019, over 500 exhibitors are expecting trade visitors from all over the world. Mahlo GmbH + Co KG will present the latest developments in the field of quality measurement on running webs at booth 1A 26. 

“Nonwovens production is also becoming increasingly important in China and throughout Asia,” says Mahlo’s China representative Frank Fei. “We want to support the manufacturers in optimizing their production processes and thus also the end product”. Together with his colleagues, he will present the product range of the German mechanical engineering company. The focus is on the Qualiscan QMS quality measurement system. The modular system, which also comprises sensors and measuring frames, measures, records and controls critical parameters such as basis weight, moisture content or layer thickness over the entire fabric width. Depending on the application and task, different measuring methods are used. The choice includes near-infrared measurement, white light interference or X-ray and beta radiation. Thanks to this broad portfolio, Mahlo offers tailor-made solutions for almost all requirements.

For Fei, the advantages of quality control are obvious: “If critical parameters are systematically controlled and regulated, this results in a higher fabric quality”. This means fewer rejects and less consumption of raw materials. This not only saves time but also money for the customers.


                                    03/03/2020 – 05/03/2020   JEC
                                    France / Paris
                                    Hall 5 Q64


Machines, WEBSHOP and more

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien will present itself as competent partner of the composite industry at JEC World, 12.-14.03.2019 in Paris, Hall 5, Stand Q 58

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH is an important player in the composite sector, so that the participation in the leading trade fair, the JEC World, is a must for the company. At the upcoming exhibition to take place from 12. to 14. March in Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien will be showing innovative solutions for producing high-quality reinforcement textiles on its information stand, Hall 5, Q 58: namely the COP MAX 4 as a flexible multi-axial warp knitting machine intended for the manufacture of multilayered, multi-axial structures with angles ranging between maximum +20° and -20° as well as the COP MAX 5 especially designed for processing carbon fibers. For the efficient spreading of fiber tapes, the company will be displaying its fiber spreading unit UD 700. The guests can gather information on the high-tech machines by means of video presentations, print media and during discussions with the KARL MAYER specialists, and they can also learn more about the technical features. Besides, the visitors will have the opportunity to get information on KARL MAYER’s latest development trends regarding the production of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic tapes.

Another focal point of the exhibition will be the topic: KARL MAYER WEBSHOP SPARE PARTS. The customers from the technical textiles sector will have the chance to try out on the spot how easy it is to place orders by using KARL MAYER’s well-tried tool.

TEXTILE-CIRCUIT Create your e-textile with TEXTILE-CIRCUIT! (2)

Smart Shirt

Our latest prototype is a smart shirt.

This shirt features three different sensor systems that are fully textile and have been integrated in the fabric during its production. For the different sensors we used 5 conductive materials that are all integrated as threads.
With the shirt we can measure heart rate, temperature and humidity of the wearer.

If you want to know more about the fabrication of our Prototype don’t forget to watch our making of in the media gallery on the right.

You can see or workinf prototype in action at ITMA Barcelona at booth 8.0/B107. See you there!

Textile control panel

This textile remote control is done on a Multibar-machine of KARL MAYER. The conductive threads form bottons that send a signal to the robot while being touched.
The functions can be integrated to different ground structures that might be rigid or elastic. These control panels can be used for different applications. Take a look at the different prototypes we already realized.

Inductive charging

This textile structure can be used for inductive charging. The spool consists of 16 windings and measures 5cm (2”). It is made on a Multibar-machine. The windings are formed by isolated copper wires that are directly applied during the production process. The ground structure can be modified for variation in its flexibility.


All our TEXTILE-CIRCUIT products are based on the warp knitting technology by KARL MAYER. With our technology we are able to create products with various textile characteristics. During the production process we can use our Stringbar technology to form functional structures. These can be shaped the way the application requires it. The structures consist of an additional yarn system that is integrated in the ground fabric. With tailored fiber placement we can add function exactly where it is needed. This way you can add different materials like insulated and non-insulated conductive threads at the same time.

  • Producing textiles and integrating function directly in one step
  • Tailored fiber placement of functional material
  • Keeping the textile characteristics
  • Fast, well established textile production process
  • Various textile structures can be formed

Look at our warp knitted textiles in our Virtual Showroom

Find out more about Stringbar Machines


We are always open for thought exchange, joint projects, expert discussions or answering your questions.

Contact us now and become part of the future of textile!

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TEXTILE-CIRCUIT Create your e-textile with TEXTILE-CIRCUIT!


Create your e-textile with TEXTILE-CIRCUIT!

TEXTILE-CIRCUIT is your opportunity of integrating functionality into your textile product. 

With our technology we provide the possibility to use tailored fiber placement of functional yarns directly in the textile production process. Warp knitted products are used in a wide range of applications such as active & sportswear, lingerie, outdoor, automotive and agricultural fabrics.
Use the opportunity to functionalize all those products!

Find out more by looking at our innovative products below.


Intensifying talks with the plastics sector

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien participated successfully in the K 2019 trade fair, held 16–23.10.2019

Along the way to becoming a systems supplier for the production of dry and impregnated non-crimp fabrics, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien was exhibiting for the first time this year at the K 2019 trade fair. This international event is a leading trade fair for specialists involved in the plastics and rubber sectors, and in the production and processing of plastics. It was held recently from 16 to 23 October 2019 in Düsseldorf. The aim of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien’s participation in K 2019 on the umbrella stand of Composites Germany was to make new contacts among plastics processors, and the company was far from disappointed. Visitor numbers were especially high over the first three days of the fair.

Traditionally, roughly 70% of the visitors travel to the K fair from abroad. And two-thirds of those visiting KARL MAYER Technische Textilien came from outside Germany, mainly from North America and Asia, primarily from China and India.

Intensive discussions at KARL MAYER’s stand during K 2019

Many new contacts and a higher profile on the market

To arouse the interest of the visitors to the fair, this company was focusing on presenting its innovative SIM.PLY thermoplastic line. This new machine produces premium tapes with precisely aligned, continuous fibres, which are opening up new applications in highly stressed, fibre-reinforced, lightweight structures. Dr. Jürgen Tröltzsch, Senior Manager of New Technologies at KARL MAYER Technische Textilien and his team had many conversations explaining exactly what these applications are. “Our first participation in the fair went extremely well. Interest in our existing machines and the new SIM.PLY line is high,” said Dr. Jürgen Tröltzsch on the third day of the fair. The visitors included many new contacts in the plastics sector, i.e. producers and processors of raw materials and semi-finished products, as well as manufacturers of finished plastic components, and the team discussed the next steps towards cooperating with them. Some of them will see the original SIM.PLY over the next few months. Processing trials are also being planned.

Several existing customers of KARL MAYER’s Warp Knitting Business Unit were also exploring new market opportunities in the composites sector. During these conversations, the textile machinery manufacturer was able to strengthen its reputation as an expert solutions supplier.

In addition to networking, the exhibition team effectively placed KARL MAYER Technische Textilien on the plastics market as an efficient player in the composites sector. “It is certainly worth us participating in the K trade fair. We have been able to position ourselves well, and have made contact with many people outside our familiar textile sector,” said Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien during the fair.

The company’s presence was even more important, since many representatives of competing technologies were also among the exhibitors. Turgay Turan, the new Manager of the Automotive Section at KARL MAYER Technische Textilien, emphasised this: “Many companies involved in plastics processing still do not appreciate the advantages of non-crimp fabrics for use in reinforcing composites. There is a huge potential here.”

The next stages will involve looking strategically at how this potential can be exploited effectively.

Paying tribute to good partnerships

KARL MAYER and ILLIES expressed their thanks to customers in Vietnam with an exclusive event

The exchange of ideas and information during a relaxed gathering is a genuine appreciation, particularly in times of short text messages. For this reason, and in order to honor the loyalty of their clients, KARL MAYER and ILLIES invited globally leading textile industrialists and international investors of the Vietnamese textile industry to take part in a joint exclusive event which took place in Ho Chi Minh City on 11. October 2019. The invitation to this get-together met with a great response. Around 90 participants from 13 countries attended the festive meeting. Most of the guests came from Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan and China. And some of them even undertook the long journey from Europe. The internationality of the guests can be explained by the specific nature of the Vietnamese market. Especially in the last ten years, a lot of global players, mainly from Asia, invested in Vietnam, in order to benefit from the favourable manpower situation.

KARL MAYER and ILLIES thank their customers for the good partnership with a festive dinner table.

The Vietnamese textile industry 2018/19

With exports of 36.2 billion US dollars, 2018 was the most successful year for the Vietnamese textile and clothing industries. Considering the trade war between China and the USA, the year 2019 brought both chances and challenges for Vietnam. In the first six months, the export of the sector to the USA increased by 29%. The sales revenues in the US American market amounted to approx. 7 billion US dollars. This represents 46% of the total revenues. The country has high exports but low imports. To reduce the surplus, US President Donald Trump threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Vietnamese products at the G 20 Summit in June 2019. Additional levies would have a great impact on the Vietnamese economy, because the USA is the most important market for this Asian country.

The local textile and clothing market is dominated by imports from China. International textile groups still set up subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Today, the value of foreign direct investments in the country’s textile industry exceeds 18 billion US dollars. This situation is also reflected by the warp-knitting sector.

Reliable partners

KARL MAYER and ILLIES have closely accompanied the development of the country to the world’s third largest exporter of textiles and apparel. KARL MAYER assists its clients with innovative textile machines, with technology know-how, competence in textile development and support in tapping market potential. This global player has already carried out more than 1,100 machine installations at more than 100 customers in the Vietnamese economic area.

“Together with our partner ILLIES Engineering Vietnam, we have a strong team that offers customers optimal support in the areas of machine sales, after-sales and service”, explains Rainer Müller Sales Director Asia at KARL MAYER.

“Our goal is to make our customers successful. We are working hard to develop new, innovative products with a high level of customer benefit. Only recently at ITMA in Barcelona we presented innovative machines, textile developments and digital solutions, which should help our customers to create new products and open up new markets”, stressed Arno Gärnter, KARL MAYER’s CEO, in his speech at the customer event.

Together with their customers, KARL MAYER and ILLIES raised their glasses to the successes obtained, and enjoyed an entertaining evening with long-time business partners and friends.

Versatile and functional textiles

Come and see KARL MAYER’s products for the sports sector at ISPO from 26. – 29. 01. 2020 in Munich

Following its first successful time exhibiting at ISPO Munich 2019, KARL MAYER intends to also attend the next fair, which will take place from 26 to 29 January 2020. The company has prepared a performance show of functional, warp-knitted textiles and smart, on-trend lingerie and clothing items for its visitors. This world leader in the manufacture of textile machinery can be found on stand 408 in hall C2.

Textile solutions for sportswear delivering performance and function

The highlights of KARL MAYER’s stand include an ECG shirt for measuring vital signs. This garment, which features integrated sensor technology, was developed under the concept of TEXTILE-CIRCUIT in the company’s TEXTILE MAKERSPACE, and was premiered at ITMA 2019 to a highly interested audience. The sensors have been upgraded for the ISPO show. One of the reasons for doing this was to improve the wear comfort. The electrically conductive material required is incorporated directly into the textile on the warp knitting machine in the desired arrangement.

Another focal point will be a presentation of warp-knitted textiles that have been especially developed to meet the requirements of the sports sector. These include lightweight, stable mesh linings, hardwearing shoe fabrics, stylish 4-way-stretch fabrics with breathability and compression characteristics, a variety of tricot fabrics with decorative, striped patterns, and warp-knitted spacer textiles for a range of end-uses.


The new development, 4D-KNIT.SOLUTIONS, was illustrating what can be achieved with double-bar raschel technology for 3D warp-knitted textiles. With their unique, three-dimensional, cushioning construction, these voluminous fabrics offer a new level of design potential. Ready-made panels, e.g. entire back components for use in midlayer jackets, can be produced, as well as imaginative designs with pronounced sculptured effects, and combinations of 4D effects and breathable openings. Different fabric weights can also be produced. Thanks to the internal cushioning, the cuddlesome fabrics provide good insulation, without any micro-particles being produced – performance characteristics that are tailor-made for functional garments and shoes.

Under the concept of BODYMAPPING REVOLUTION, KARL MAYER will be showing the potential of the RASCHELTRONIC® for producing new, virtually seamless, comfortable clothing for wearing during active sports or for every day. Design edges and hems, as well as functional zones, can be worked during actual production on this versatile machine. Breathable mesh designs, stable areas, and zones with different elastic moduli for providing support and a perfect fit can be placed wherever they are needed.

KARL MAYER has developed a warp knitted alternative to conventional knitted fabrics for sportswear manufacturers who rely on jersey fabrics. The soft textiles offer a high degree of elasticity with good recovery, smooth, stable edges with no tendency to curl for free-cut style and a wonderful, flowing fall – just like their knitted counterparts. Unlike these, however, they can be produced incomparably more efficiently: A knitting machine can replace 2.5 circular knitting machines, depending on the lapping and yarn selection.

The design potential of KARL MAYER’s machines can be exploited optimally by linking them to KM.ON’s digital systems. The digital products and software of this KARL MAYER start-up will also be at the centre of the ISPO presentation. In particular, the features of the k.innovation product category are revolutionising warp knitting with an intuitive design tool, which reduces the time-to-market considerably. A special feature of k.innovation is the possibility of web-based collaboration between different partners involved in the project. All the designers, customers and suppliers involved in producing the sample patterns have access to the same data – enabling them to engage easily with the development process.