3D constructions are opening up new design horizons

A new clothing collection made from warp-knitted spacer textiles, created by the designer, Maria Valdez

Warp-knitted spacer textiles were originally the domain of technical and semi-technical applications, but for a long time now, they have been making inroads into the clothing sector. Their exceptional characteristics are the reason why designers are increasingly turning to spacer textiles. With their three-dimensional construction,                                     

these voluminous textiles deliver excellent climatic comfort. Their draping characteristics mean that they can be used to produce puffball styles, as well as wide shapes, extravagant contours and rigid design details. Spacer textiles can tap into their extensive draping potential by using suitable making-up processes. In this case, the right type of edges and seams is crucial. In many cases, spacer textiles are being processed by ultrasonic welding technology to produce neat edges. With this process, which is based on a vibration principle, the textile is cut and neatened in a single step. This produces edges that are flat, which feel soft against the skin without scratching. The high wear comfort is the result of the process itself. With ultrasonic welding, the pile yarns are melted with the yarns in the cover faces so that they cannot protrude from the surface and scratch the skin. The same applies to the seams at the joining places. Cut and seal ultrasonic technology is used to join 3D textiles together; two layers of the textile are ultrasonically cut and a joining seam is formed at the same time. This is then covered with a band on a hot-air machine to produce a firm, flat, soft seam.


The models shown here are examples of the designs that can be produced by combining ultrasonic welding technology with warp-knitted spacer textiles. The garments, with their extravagant styling, were created and produced by the designer, Maria Valdez, from the company, Nucleus, on behalf of KARL MAYER. This textile machinery manufacturer supplied the spacer textiles – a red and white patterned type produced on an RD 7/2-12 EN in a gauge of E 28 and a version patterned with a chessboard design produced on an RD 4 N EL in a gauge of E 32. The two fabrics are extremely soft, thin and light and made from 100% polyester. The construction has breathable knitted constructions on the two surfaces and an air-carrying spacer layer in-between, which enables the spacer textile to provide excellent climatic comfort.


Multibar lace – classic yet always something new

KARL MAYER continues to develop multibar lace – with block yarn guides and bourdon cords

The trend for using lace to create stylish garments continues unabated, and is especially making the fabrics produced on KARL MAYER’s multibar raschel machines real best-sellers.

This lace, with its typical relief-like patterns, can be produced in a wide variety of designs – ranging from classic styles to modern and extravagant looks, which bring an impressive quality and a touch of “va va voom” to the garments. As a leading producer of warp knitting machines, KARL MAYER is also ensuring that the market for multibar lace is always interesting – by constantly introducing new developments. Two of the most recent innovations include the processing of extremely thick bourdon cords and the use of block yarn guides. The developers at KARL MAYER always look closely at the market and talk to their customers before developing new products.

Thick liners create striking pattern effects

Bourdon cords are classic materials used for designing apparel lace, and produce striking patterns. Thick yarns especially enable multifaceted and striking contours to be produced, but they are not that easy to handle during the production process. The guide bars in the front shog lines on the tried-and-tested ML 46 were fitted with special guides for processing chunky bourdon cords. Non-stretch types can now be used in counts of up to 2,500 dtex, and stretch types of up to 3,300 dtex can even be processed. The maximum possible yarn counts for multibar raschel machines equipped with standard knitting elements are just over half of these values respectively.

The decorative impact of this relief lace, with its “moving”, three-dimensional surface, can be specifically enhanced by integrating multicoloured effects. These multicoloured designs can be produced by using bourdon cords with a sheath of viscose, followed by package dyeing. Alternatively they can be produced from fancy yarns, which may be produced by plying together yarns of different colour, for example. Liners made from textured polyamide, in a count of 3,000 dtex, for example, can even be processed without any problems on the ML 46.

Jacquard-like grounds produced using block yarn guides

The main requirement of lace is that it should offer a wide variety of different styles and types. Different effects can be produced by the lapping arrangement of the pattern yarns, as well as by the design of the ground. Multibar lace machines, equipped with block yarn guides, can show just what types of grounds can be produced. During the development work recently carried out at KARL MAYER, the MLF 60/32 was equipped with 1″-block yarn guides in the six string bars of the last shog line. As well as working traditional pillar stitch/weft combinations, this additional yarn system opens up extra design possibilities, especially when working jacquard-like structures, such as Binche designs, open rib patterns and distorted honeycomb nets.

TOYOTA – Notice Concerning Transactions with Affiliates

Notice Concerning Transactions with Affiliates世界地図1. Controls from Toyota Motor Corporation(“TMC”)
(As of March 31, 2017)
Name Class Owning shares with voting rights Stock exchange listings
Directly held Indirectly held Total
Toyota Motor
Other affiliate 24.69% 0.24% 24.92% Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo,
New York(U.S.A), London(U.K)

2. Relationship to TMC of Toyota Industries Corporation

(1) Business relationship to TMC

Toyota Motor Corporation held 24.92% of the Toyota Industries Corporation’s total voting rights. Toyota Industries Corporation is a TMC affiliate accounted for by the equity method.
Toyota Industries Corporation assembles certain cars and produces automobile engines under the consignment from TMC and our sales to TMC accounted for 60.4% of our net sales.

(2) Risk information for principal customers

TMC held 24.92% of the Toyota Industries Corporation’s total voting rights. Toyota Industries Corporation maintains close relationship with TMC in terms of capital and business dealings. Under the consignment from TMC, Toyota Industries Corporation has no negative conditions and limitations from TMC. The sales to TMC accounted for 60.4% of our net sales, so TMC’s vehicle sales could have an impact on Toyota Industries Corporation’s business results.

(3) Conditions of transactions and determination policies

For the conditions of transactions and determination policies, Toyota Industries Corporation offers prices on such products based on their overall costs, considering conditions on arm’s-length transactions, and negotiates prices for each fiscal year as for the sales of automobiles and engines etc.
As for the purchase of parts of automobiles and engines etc., Toyota Industries Corporation negotiates prices for each fiscal year, considering offered prices on such products and conditions on arm’s-length transactions.
Conditions other than the prices are determined based on arm’s-length transactions.

(4) Status of policy for business independency

Toyota Industries Corporation keeps the independency on business without any limitations from TMC.

3. Parent company and major corporate shareholder

(Unit: millions of yen, As of March 31, 2017)
Class Name Common
Owning (or
shares with
voting rights
Contents of
Amount of
Description Balance as
of the end of
the fiscal
year under
635,401 owned


(directly held)


(indirectly held)

Sales of
purchases of
parts and
Sales of
and engines
756,178 Trade notes


Purchase of
parts of
and engines
575,037 Accounts

Monti Mac | Sewing solution since 1931| Corporate video

Monti Mac | Sewing solution since 1931| Corporate video

Since 1931 MONTI-MAC means AUTOMATION in the stitching and cutting processes of traditional and technical textiles.
The mainly fields of application of our products are the following:
– “traditional fabrics” where we are in a position to supply: automatic GREY PREPARATION LINES for woven and knitted fabrics and AUTOMATIC STITCHING and HEMMING machines for HOME TEXTILE (terry towels, bed sheets, pillow cases, bags etc) 
– “technical fabrics” where we are in a position to supply automatic machines for GEOTEXTILE, NET FOR AGRICOLTURE, KEVLAR, FIBER GLASS etc.

Any project is followed directly by our supervisors from the development of the project, manufacturing and commissioning / start up in the factory of the customer  to post sale service. 
Actually we are very proud to annunce that we are in a position to assist our customers in the World with local service and technical staff directly trained in Italy. 

Thanks at least to the purchasing of the know-how of the factory Elcu Sud Impianti, actually we are in a position to supply PORTABLE sewing machines for textile and no-textile applications as the “bag closer” in chemical industry, pet food, row materials, food etc.

We have also our THREAD DIVISION suitable to assist ALL our customer in the right choice of the thread to use for a certian type of process


Pueden encontrar todos los videos ref. a MONTI MAC en : 




Hilatura a TODO COLOR

El nuevo hilo MOSAIC es revolucionario. El hilo tiene franjas de colores siguiendo un diseño prefijado,
cambiando de color debido a un cambio de la mecha alimentada, y no por un proceso de estampado o de tintura. El sistema permite programar la longitud de cada zona para obtener el hilo con listados de color que se desea. La transición entre colores es extremadamente corta, de menos de 1 cm, por lo que el cambio es
limpio y preciso, sin colas del color anterior visibles.
Además de hilos listados, el sistema permite la producción de (chenilla), así como flamés estándar, pudiendo combinar todos los efectos al mismo tiempo. MOSAIC controla múltiples parámetros de manera precisa, tales como la longitud, el grueso y la aleatoriedad de cada zona de hilo.

El Color bajo Control
Mosaic Yarn by TOYOTA

Las mechas de diferente color o material se alimentan en el estiraje de la continua de manera independiente. Una de ellas, en la tercera línea, y la otra, en la segunda. La primera mecha no se ve afectada por el movimiento de la segunda línea, y viceversa.
Así, ambas mechas son estiradas sin estiraje previo. Cuando una se para, la otra tiene que empezar a alimentar inmediatamente, de lo contrario el hilo se rompería. La unión de ambas mechas se realiza gracias al sistema de compactación, necesario para empalmar el final de una mecha con el inicio de la otra.
MOSAIC permite el control de la velocidad y la cantidad de tiempo en que cada cilindro alimenta la mecha, de manera independiente.



Techtextil – Travelling on new markets with KARL MAYER

A meeting point for the sector and a source of inspiration – KARL MAYER’s stand at Techtextil, 09.–12.05.2017 in Frankfurt

KARL MAYER can look back on an excellent Techtextil. “We are absolutely delighted with our participation in the fair. Together with JEC World, Techtextil once again proved to be one of the most important exhibitions for us,” explained Hagen Lotzmann, the Sales Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH. About 200 high-level conversations took place on the stand. Most visitors came from Germany, followed by Turkey, Poland and India.
Many existing clients came to discuss projects, customer trials and machine purchases, and some sales contracts were even signed. The company also made some important new contacts. “Techtextil is a fantastic fair in terms of sales,” affirmed Bastian Fritsch, KARL MAYER’s Senior Sales Manager. “Many new clients came to visit our stand, including manufacturers from other technology sectors and the clothing industry, who are looking for new end-uses in the field of semi-technical textiles, for example. Many of them already have some new ideas in mind, and are looking for partners to implement them. With our machines and know-how, we were able to help all of them.” One indication of the trend towards diversification is the fact that many of his clients operating in the conventional warp knitting sector were also exhibiting themselves. Bastian Fritsch’s many visitors came from India and Turkey, the regions for which he is responsible. However, the majority of the visitors to KARL MAYER’ stand were Europeans.

The large number of visitors and their high level of interest confirmed the expectations of the fair of Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH. “The demand for technical textiles is continuing to grow.” In addition to the good economic situation, KARL MAYER’s stand, with its modern design and well-targeted show, accounted for the success of this machine manufacturer at the fair.

Connecting the business

Any company focusing on future issues definitely found what they were looking for on KARL MAYER’s stand at Techtextil which, for example, was featuring an impressive presentation of a future building material, textile-reinforced concrete. This composite enables lightweight, narrow concrete components to be produced using tough, carbon-fibre grids. The weft-inserted, warp-knitted textiles for the reinforcement are produced on KARL MAYER’s machines. As an alternative to conventional steel reinforcements, which are liable to corrode, the warp-knitted structures are increasingly attracting the attention of the construction industry – and consequently the textile industry. “The demonstration of our expertise in the field of carbon concrete proved to be a real magnet for the public,” said Hagen Lotzmann. Many manufacturers expressed a specific interest to operate in this sector. In addition to the products catering for the construction industry of the future, Jochen Schmidt said that he had had many discussions on conventional, warp-knitted technical textiles, especially geotextiles, coating/backing substrates, interlinings, and reinforcing textiles for plastic composites. Other important topics were warp-knitted spacer textiles, nets, automotive textiles, and functional textiles for the sports and athleisure sectors. “Functional textiles are still attractive,” said Markus Otte from KARL MAYER’s Textile Product Development Department. Attracted by the various stylish individual pieces on show from current collections, many brand manufacturers came to visit the stand with some interesting questions. “Our stand is a huge meeting point and a source of inspiration for people with specialist knowledge. I had many in-depth technical discussions covering a whole raft of new ideas,” said this textile developer. 

KARL MAYER’s machines and equipment for the technical textiles sector not only include warp knitting machines, but also warp preparation systems, particularly the OPT-O-MATIC manual sectional warping machine for use in the production of woven technical textiles, geogrids and coating/backing substrates, among others, the MULTITENS, a yarn tensioner that delivers flexibility and a reproducible quality and various creels. A special creel was sold to a French manufacturer at the show. Dieter Gager, the Sales Manager of the Warp Preparation Business Unit, who was delighted with the outcome of the fair, said that he had also held some specific negotiations regarding a project in India. He also made a number of initial business contacts, had some informal chats, and exchanged some interesting ideas. Many of his clients need customised machine concepts to put their ideas into practice. And, in this case, KARL MAYER is on hand as a reliable partner. Once again, this Sales Manager saw the fair as a highly efficient networking platform. “Our suppliers and clients, as well as our clients’ customers were there, and took the time to come and talk to us,” he said.

Startup Bootcamp Milano – June 2017

Startup Bootcamp Milano – June 2017

June 21 – 22th, 2017 in Milano, Italy

Startups in the  fashion/design sector looking to expand to Italy are invited to apply for a startup bootcamp to Milano, a two-day intensive programme to introduce startups to the startup scene in Milano and Italy. The bootcamp is organized by StartupAmsterdam and AmsterdamTrade in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Milano and the City of Milano.

The boot camp is combined with the economic mission to Italy organized by RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency). There is a possibility to join a network dinner as part of the RVO-program ‘Fashion & Textile’.

Learning and Goals in Milano
Participating startups will gain valuable information from experts, lead users and peers on a soft landing in Milano, and learn how to expand and scale their business in the Italian market. The City of Milano and StartupAmsterdam will provide an introductory program into the startup ecosystem of Milano including:

  • Workshops on soft landing in Milano/Italy (including advice on legal/recruitment/financial practices);
  • Networking opportunities and one-on-one meetings with Italian launching customers, and organizations in the fashion, design and creative sector;
  • Business development and Marketing/PR sessions;
  • Pinning down cultural differences; – (Investor) Pitching opportunity;
  • Visiting a selection of innovation/startup hubs, incubators and accelerators.

Bootcamp Details
Date: 21 – 22 June 2017
Costs:  StartupAmsterdam and AmsterdamTrade will cover the costs for one person per startup for the two-day bootcamp.
This includes organizational costs and meals as part of the program.
All other costs, such as flights/train, overnight stay, transportation and meals outside of the program, are covered by the participants.

Included in the startup bootcamp to Milano:

  • A customized business development program in Milano, including meetings with senior business leaders in Milano’s fashion, design and creative industry;
  • Knowledge of distribution channels, as e-commerce, buyers, agencies etc;
  • Meeting legal and recruitment services;
  • Introductions to European fashion related VCs.

Who can apply?

  • Innovative startups that are actively looking into expansion to the Italian market;
  • Preferably region Amsterdam-based startups that are active in the fashion, design or creative sector;
  • With the minimal criteria of a product/market fit and positive metrics in growth and conversion.

To apply for this bootcamp, please fill in the application form asap.

More information
For more information regarding the Startup Bootcamp Milano, please contact Annemarie Satink, AmsterdamTrade, a.satink@amsterdam.nl or Daniel Tserepnin, – International Relations – StartupAmsterdam. Email: d.Tserepnin@amsterdam.nl

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Global Denim Awards goes to Milan

Global Denim Awards goes to Milan and hosts King and Queen of The Netherlands!

As part of the Dutch trade mission to Italy, ‘Best of Both’ impact debates will take place involving Dutch and Italian denim industry leaders. In addition, a Global Denim Awards exhibition will be on display 17-23 June at the Triennale Di Milano. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands will visit the exhibition as part of the mission. Mariette Hoitink, of fashion recruitment and consultancy agency HTNK and co-founder of House of Denim, will open the exhibition on 17 June and close it on 23 June with a tour for the Dutch Royal couple. 
Trade Mission

Denim industry trade relations between Italy and The Netherlands have existed for many decades. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will lead this Dutch trade mission to Italy. This mission focuses on opportunities for smart and sustainable solutions in agriculture & food, heritage, water and the creative sector. The mission’s overall goal is to promote trade, mutual investments and technological cooperation.The mission coincides with a state visit to Italy by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Máxima. They will participate in various parts of the mission programme.  

Exhibition Global Denim Awards

The Global Denim Awards exhibition is part of the official agenda of Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana. The exhibition will open on 17 June, the first day of Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, at the Triennale di Milano Design Museum. Global Denim Awards links fashion design with technical innovation in denim by partnering emerging fashion designers with the most progressive denim mills worldwide. It has become the world’s premier platform for the future of denim design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.The Global Denim Awards Exhibition focuses on the Italian and Dutch collaborations over the last three years – thereby highlighting the best practices of Dutch-Italian co-creation. On display are the capsule collections of five designers (Jonathan Christopher, Alexandra Frida, EDITHMARCEL, Sartoria Diletto and Anbasja Blanken) and Italian denim mills (Candiani Denim, Berto Industria Tessile and ITV Denim).The Dutch King and Queen will visit the exhibition on the last day, guided by Mariette Hoitink. The Royal Couple’s visit will be concluded with the signing of a partnership between Candiani Denim, Berto Industria Tessile & ITV Denim with House of Denim. 

Location: Triennale Di Milano
Exclusive opening for press and invitees: 17 June, 18.00
Exhibition open to the public: 18-23 June, 10.30-20.30 – closed on Mondays 

Best of Both: Impact Debates on Denim

During three impact debates, Dutch and Italian stakeholders from government, education and enterprise will discuss how to improve existing Italian and Dutch collaborations. Best practices will be presented and the topics to be discussed include sustainable and circular concepts and reshoring, as well as how to bring production back to Europe. The third debate will be lead by James Veenhoff, co-founder of House of Denim, and will focus on how to strengthen the Italian and Dutch denim industries. ‘Best of Both’ will conclude with a presentation of general conclusions to Dutch Minister Ploumen for Foreign Trade and the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU).

Follow these links for:
Complete press releasehttp://bit.ly/2stYbSk
Official invitation to the expo: invite opening GDA expo.jpg

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