The Indian Minister of State for Textile visited KARL MAYER

Indian government representatives got information about the state-of-the-art textile machinery building company in Obertshausen, 09.02.2018

On 9th February 2018 KARL MAYER welcomed the Indian Minister of State for Textiles, Mr. Ajay Tamta, at its Development Center in Obertshausen. The government representative was accompanied by Mr. Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary Government of India, Ministry of Textiles, and by other delegates from the Ministry and Consulate General. The Indian Minister took the opportunity of a business trip to Germany to learn more about the products and the manufacture of one of the most important textile machinery builders of the knitwear industry with successful business activities in India.

India‘s textile and clothing industry is on a clear growth course. The sector shows an annual plus of 12%.

KARL MAYER has been working with Indian textile companies for many years. „India is an important market for us“, explained Dr. Helmut Preßl, KARL MAYER’s CFO, when he welcomed the guests. In 2014 KARL MAYER opened its own plant in Ahmedabad, and started its own value creation in the Indian market. Today, KARL MAYER with roughly 80 highly qualified staff members and with its longstanding, experienced regional agent A.T.E. is successfully operating on site. For its business planning until 2023, the enterprise expects a continuing, above-average growth rate. The desired success should especially be ensured by new technologies, which do not only support improvements in productivity but also the change of the textile industry to sustainability.

All these new and innovative aspects could be shown to the government delegation during a presentation of machines and end-uses at KARL MAYER’s headquarters. The visitors were impressed by the high output of the machines and by the top quality of the fabrics. Some of the highlights were, among other things, solutions for sustainability such as the LOW ENERGY OPTION (LEO), which ensures significant energy savings during machine operation, and the innovative sizing machine PROSIZE®, which requires considerably less sizing agent than conventional equivalent types. But KARL MAYER does not only offer innovative machines but also textile developments ensuring success on the market. The innovative textiles, for example elastic and rigid lingery articles or fabrics for activewear and clothing, can be produced on the KARL MAYER machines in a most efficient way and in wide-ranging designs.

The secret behind this unique performance could be shown to the guests on a tour of the new assembly hall that was set up in 2017.

Learning from each other and cooperating with each other are important factors for the upcoming Indian textile and clothing industry, this was the unanimous opinion during the final discussion. KARL MAYER as world market leader is a strong partner in this respect.

KARL MAYER Reports Its Denim Business Is Booming

OBERTSHAUSEN, Germany — January 29, 2018 — Jeans are, and will continue to be, a top fashion trend, and its denim business is extremely lucrative for KARL MAYER. With its Centre of Excellence for the denim sector, Karl Mayer ROTAL, this global player can offer one-stop solutions for slasher and rope dyeing.

Compared to conventional machines available on the market, the PRODYE-S and PRODYE-R indigo dyeing machines from this Italian subsidiary consume less water, produce less waste and enable deeper, brighter indigo shades to be produced. The dye add-on as a percentage of the total yarn weight is 5.5 percent maximum. This warp preparation equipment is also highly productive. The PRODYE-S can double output when processing lightweight denim. The market has been extremely impressed by the performance offered by Karl Mayer ROTAL’s indigo dyeing machines. Demand has been increasing continuously since 2015, and has been especially high this year. Turkey, in particular, has placed a large number of orders.

A large number of orders was placed in 2017

Turkey is a lucrative market for Karl Mayer ROTAL. Many large denim producers there are already working with the PRODYE-S machine and have placed follow-up orders this year. Follow-up orders have also been received from companies in Mexico. Machines have also been delivered to companies that are new to this technology — in Turkey and Iran as well. Turkish companies are also contributing to the success of the PRODYE-R. This rope dyeing machine was only delivered in May 2017. It was sent to Algeria as part of a large project, under the auspices of TAYAL, a joint venture involving the participation of the Turkish company, Taypa. Turkey invested in another PRODYE-R machine in the autumn of this year.

Karl Mayer ROTAL invited any specialists who were interested to travel to Vietnam to see a practical demonstration of its indigo dyeing machine. One customer, who has been working with the PRODYE-S since February 2017, made his company available for the open-house show, and reported on his experiences. The event was attended by a small yet highly qualified group of people. The visitors came mainly from the host country, but also from Hong Kong, Indonesia and China. The next opportunity to see Karl Mayer ROTAL’s DENIM machines will be at the ITM International Textile Machinery Exhibition in Istanbul, which will take place from April 14-17, 2018.

Designed by experts

What makes PRODYE so interesting for the denim sector is that it is based on well-thought-out components. One of these innovative elements is the Double Vario dyebath, which operates on the basis of a well-thought-out cross-flow system for perfect dye liquor circulation to give a uniform dyeing result. Additionally, the Quick Oxidation zone operates with temperature-controlled air flow to guarantee uniform dye uptake. Rejects are also reduced and the colour tone of the warp yarn sheet is more uniform than with conventional techniques.

The third important guarantee of success is the PROSIZE® sizing machine, which is equipped with the VSB and HSB size boxes. “These size application systems are becoming more and more popular, since they offer numerous advantages,” says Dieter Gager, the Sales Director. The PROSIZE uses up to 10-percent less size than similar conventional systems on the market. Uniformity is improved and less fiber dust is produced, which improves weaving efficiency. It is ergonomically designed and provides greater process transparency. With an operating rate of up to 180 m/min, it is extremely fast and can also be used flexibly. The yarn sizing range, which depends on the number of yarns and the yarn count, may be up to 20-percent higher than on conventional sizing machines. The working width is 3,200 millimeter maximum. Another advantage of the PROSIZE is that it reduces the number of rejects, because stoppage marks caused by over-sizing are greatly reduced, even when the machine is stopped for long periods.

Posted January 30, 2018

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EFI Reports Record Revenue For Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2017

FREMONT, Calif. — January 31, 2018 — Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI™), a developer of customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2017.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the company reported record fourth quarter revenue of $269.2 million, up 1% compared to fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $266.7 million. GAAP net loss was $25.4 million compared to GAAP net income of $19.9 million for the same period in 2016 or $(0.55) per diluted share compared to $0.42 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Non-GAAP net income was $24.0 million, down 33% compared to non-GAAP net income of $35.7 million for the same period in 2016 or $0.52 per diluted share, down 31% compared to $0.75 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Cash flow from operating activities was $8.9 million, down 86% compared to $65.2 million during the same period in 2016.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, the company reported revenue of $993.3 million, up 0.1% year-over-year compared to $992.1 million for the same period in 2016. GAAP net loss was $14.4 million or $(0.31) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $44.9 million or $0.94 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Non-GAAP net income was $100.7 million or $2.14 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $116.2 million or $2.43 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Cash flow from operating activities was $51.3 million, down 58% compared to $121.0 million during the same period in 2016.

“The performance of our direct business drove record quarterly and full year revenue for EFI. We look for this growth from inkjet and software to accelerate in the first quarter,” said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “Having just finished a very exciting Connect Users’ Conference, the EFI team is energized as we enter 2018, with a year full of new product introductions across the Company and Nozomi on track for a strong first year in the corrugated market. We are well positioned to help customers transform their businesses,” concluded Mr. Gecht

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BRÜCKNER Sets The Course For The Future

LEONBERG, Germany — February 5, 2018 — Due to the strong demand for BRÜCKNER lines in the last years, an enlargement of the production capacity was indispensable for the German technology supplier. There were no possibilities for expansion at the previous production site in Tittmoning (Bavaria), so that the company came to the decision to build a completely new site near Tittmoning, at a distance of a few kilometers from the previous site. The company management never even thought of moving the production abroad since by doing so the company would lose invaluable employees and thus decades of experience and know-how. The ground breaking in September 2016 was followed by a one-year construction period. In November 2017 Brückner began step by step to move the production to the new production site. In spring 2018 the moving will be terminated.

The new plant comprises 25,000 square meters of construction hall area and is provided with the latest production technology. Since this is a completely new building, all optimization potentials regarding material flow and work place design could be used. The increasing sizes and weights of the machinery components were considered in the selection of the height of the hall and the type of the installed crane systems. Thus, crane systems for the lifting of weights up to 20 tons and crane hooks in a height of 12 meters are available for the final assembly.

The increasing sales success during the last years and the systematic expansion of Brückner’s nonwovens sector had a significant influence on the decision to build this new site. In 2017, Brückner sold in the TECHNO-LINE NONWOVENS product line several lines for the production of geo-nonwovens, light nonwovens consolidated with bonding agents for the medical sector, voluminous thermo-fusioned filler nonwovens for the furniture industry and thermo-fusion ovens for ADL, topsheet and backsheet for the hygienics industry.

Particularly in the field of hygienic nonwovens, a trend shows towards products of a better quality with a smoother hand and of more uniform texture. With the development of a new generation of air-through oven, Brückner created the preconditions to provide customers all over the world with the technology to produce these high quality end products. The successful sales of the new oven generation SUPRA-FLOW BA to renowned nonwovens producers all over the world confirms once again the innovation power of Brückner. Particular attention was given to a gentle transport of the not yet bonded web, a particularly uniform air flow through the web as well as a constant temperature distribution across the complete working width. Important findings from very different thermal treatment systems of related BRÜCKNER product lines could be integrated into the construction design.

The new oven type is characterized among other advantages by the following constructive features:

  • gentle fabric transport;
  • minimum thermal energy required;
  • high flow uniformity;
  • constant temperature distribution across the working width;
  • best possible accessibility of the oven chambers;
  • easy to maintain;
  • flow-optimized air circulation;
  • use of belts with special coating with good detaching characteristics;
  • working widths of up to 4200 mm in the standard design; and
  • production speeds up to 200 m/min.

The continuously increasing number of inquiries for this new type of oven shows that the extensive development efforts were definitely justified and that the new belt oven corresponds absolutely to the market requirements.

Brückner’s nonwovens experts will with great pleasure present in a personal meeting the benefits of the SUPRA-FLOW BA air-through oven in detail to interested customers.

Posted February 5, 2018

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