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Posted by ITMA 2019 on Monday, June 10, 2019



Highlight at ITMA 2019 – our new solution for manufacturing composite materials



Something new is coming up for everybody interested in Technical Textiles and Composites: Our completely new technology for manufacturing Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics (CFRT) will be introduced at ITMA Bareclona in June 2019. This marks our latest step along the way to be a systems supplier for dry and impregnated NCFs. The new machine will be delivering continuous fibre spreading technology and high-quality fibre impregnation. Explore the new possibilities at ITMA Barcelona and visit us from 20 to 26 June 2019 at Hall 8.0 / Stand B 107.




Strong interest in non-nuclear sensors

The Chinaplas lives up to its name as the leading fair for plastics and rubber in the Asian area. The rush of visitors is huge; the halls are full with interested experts and potential clients for the exhibitors. The Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG at booth 5.1 S01 can feel that, too. There, the machine builders’ motivated trade show team presents the Qualiscan QMS system for measuring and controlling important process parameters such as moisture, basis weight and thickness.


“The first day has brought a whole string of promising talks”, Sales Director Thomas Höpfl resumes. Extremely high is the demand for measuring sensors that manage without radioactive emitters. At Chinaplas, Mahlo showcases the Infrascope NIR as well as the Optoscope WLI from its broad sensor portfolio. While the Infrascope NIR uses infrared light to determine basis weight and moisture, the Optoscope WLI works with white light interference in order to measure thickness and coating thickness down to 0,4 µm. “Depending on the application, our clients have way more possibilities with Mahlo”, Höpfl explains. They could get fathom them in a personal interview.

For that, Chinese speaking clients are mostly served by Mahlo’s China Representative Frank Fei and his team. With its representative office in Shanghai, they are the highly competent, local contact point regarding web gauging systems.


The Chinaplas itself is a meeting point for guests from all over the world. “Of course, the majority of visitors at our booth are from China. But we also have welcomed prospects from South East Asia, Israel and the Middle East”, says Höpfl. Now, they are looking forward to the remaining trade show days and more promising interviews.



Mahlo-solutions on display until 17 May

On May 14, the Techtextil in Frankfurt has started its new edition. Until May 17, Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG invites for an exchange of expertise at booth 3.0 B42. On the exhibition space, the newest Mahlo systems for technical textiles await the visitors. They can see the thread and mesh density measurement Famacont PMC-15 as well as a model of weft straightener Orthopac CRVMC-12. With its solutions Mahlo hits the clients’ nerve: high-quality goods due to a more efficient production.

Mahlo Sales Director is therefore pleased with course of the fair so far: “The expert audience at Techtextil is always well-versed in interested in new trends and technical possibilities. We have conducted several intense talks so far.” Now they are looking forward to more successful days.

Visit the Mahlo team at booth 3.0 B42 up until 17 May!


KARL MAYER was the meeting-point for the sector at Techtextil

KARL MAYER was exhibiting as an innovative driving force and business partner with a wide range of products at Techtextil, held 14. – 17. 05 .2019 in Frankfurt
KARL MAYER was presenting itself to visitors as an innovative player in the sector involved in a broad portfolio of activities at Techtextil, which was held from 14 to 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt. The company’s stand quickly became a real magnet for the public. In the first three days alone, roughly 140 conversations worthy of being recorded were held. Most of the visitors came from Europe, particularly from Germany, but many visitors were also welcomed from Turkey, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and the USA. The level of interest from Korea was also surprisingly high. Many of the Korean technologists also had a stand themselves at Techtextil, with the aim of strengthening their export business with Europe, and they were able the gather information about the latest innovations on KARL MAYER’s stand. A delegation of representatives from well-known federations and companies from the Chinese textile and nonwovens sector also visited KARL MAYER’s exhibition stand.

Exchanging ideas and information at the highest level

The conversations covered a wide range of issues. “Many players in the technical textiles sector are involved in niche segments; they supply quite specific products and came to us with very specific questions,” said Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH, after the fair. Stephan Fichtner from the Application Technology Department confirms this: “We had some in-depth, technical consultations on Wednesday and Thursday especially.”

As well as these technical exchanges, many informative conversations took place, mainly with newcomers to the sector, regarding the company KARL MAYER and the production capabilities of its machines. Many traditional textile producers are still in search of new business areas, and received some useful impulses from KARL MAYER. This textile machinery manufacturer is an expert in areas that include technical textiles, composites and nonwovens. As well as offering production technology, it also comes up with innovative textile product developments. Examples of the latest trend themes were on show during the fair. A team of experts was on hand to provide more detailed explanations and to answer any questions.

Added value through digital solutions

KARL MAYER was also exhibiting its digital brand, KM.ON, together with its various product offerings. Rapid reaction to customer needs and market demands is also becoming increasingly relevant in the technical textiles sector. KM.ON’s digital solutions help its customers to network their production and make it more intelligent. This system generated a great deal of interest on the stand. “The huge demand and conversations with our enthusiastic customers have shown once again that we have scored a direct hit with KM.ON and our systems, and we can offer them real added value,” says Maximilian Kürig, the Managing Director of KM.ON GmbH. Most of the partners in this mutual exchange of ideas came from companies involved in textile production and finishing. The themes included networked, more efficient, lean production, new business models, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence.

A successful in-house show was held as a parallel event

To coincide with Techtextil, KARL MAYER was also showing a model in its new RACOP-NW series at an in-house show at its nearby headquarters in Obertshausen. This raschel machine for web bonding, and examples of products, such as a thin textile incorporating electrically conductive yarns, generated many conversations regarding its market potential. The discussions focused on conductive and heatable textiles for the automotive sector, furniture upholstery, smart textiles and interior design applications.

Ulrike Schlenker

PRKARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

Brühlstraße 2563179 Obertshausen


Warp knitted alternatives to save water for an environmentally friendly textile production

CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS are intelligent, end-use applicable concepts as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional production methods.

Environmental protection is an important topic for KARL MAYER, and sustainable production is becoming increasingly important in textile production and therefore also at our customers as well as all textile producers. That is why our support is made up of efficient machines that score highly in terms of environmental protection through the latest technological innovations.

Our latest environmental contribution CLEANER.PRODUCTIONS stands for zero water pollution compared to other production methods especially water jet looms. This protects sustainable resources while contributing to a cleaner environment. 

Warp knitted fabrics – ecological advantages for production

Warp knitted fabrics score points, not only with regard to their variety, but also in relation to their ecological benefits.


No water pollution during the production process on TM 3 machines, this also means that no of the sizing agent PVA* is drained. (*Polyvinyl alcohol)


This warp knitting machines operate at an impressive level of efficiency – with a speed of 2.000 rpm, the TM 3 has a daily production rate of about 3206 sqm/d – one waterjet weaving machines produces only 12 % of a TM 3


The total energy consumption to produce the same amount of fabric is 2,7 times less than with waterjet weaving.


By using Warp Knitting instead of Waterjet Weaving less than one third of  factory space is needed. This means a 3 times higher GDP value per square meter of factor space (for the same output as with waterjet weaving). It means also less amount of sealed industrial land surface, and less investment cost for purchasing the land!

TRICOT MACHINES – your environmental  friendly alternative compared to water jet loom machines 


Sustainable Production of Terry fabrics. See below how you can save up to 30% of cost with the production of warp knitted terry instead of woven and at the same time contribute in preserving the planet for our children.

KARL MAYER offers a complete range of machines for the production of warp knitted terry fabrics:

  • Warp knitted machines with online brushing
  • Warping machines for filament yarns
  • Warping machines for staple fiber yarns

KARL MAYER is launching KM.ON – a new brand for delivering digital solutions at a market leader level – and is also showcasing its own software start-up

Conquering the digital world – with KM.ON

On 15 October 2018, KARL MAYER is unveiling its new digital brand at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 in Shanghai. KM.ON stands for “digital driven innovation”. This brand brings together the digital solutions portfolio of the KARL MAYER Digital Factory, a new software start-up, and the entire KARL MAYER Group.

KARL MAYER is systematically driving the topic of digitisation forward in order to seize the opportunities offered by the upheavals of our time. “Digitisation is a basic component of our company strategy. With our corporate start-up, the KARL MAYER Digital Factory, we have a software company at our disposal that can act quickly and customer-oriented on the market. Another integral part of KARL MAYER’s digitisation strategy is its participation in ADAMOS, a strategic alliance of German global market leaders in machine construction and the Software AG. On the basis of the ADAMOS technology, and as part of this network for developments, KARL MAYER is living up with the product portfolio of the new KM.ON brand to its claim of being a global market leader also in terms of digital Solutions,“ says KARL MAYER’s Managing Director, Arno Gärtner.

The KARL MAYER Digital Factory is a pioneering company operating alongside this innovative market leader. It employs a team of software specialists and technology experts in a new, creative environment away from the main company headquarters. When speaking about the objectives, Maximilian Kürig who, together with Antonia Gottschalk is one of the managing directors, says, “This new venture should develop efficient digital solutions quickly and flexibly for the benefit of our customers and deliver them under its own, new umbrella brand,” since “Digital solutions are expanding the possibilities of considerably improving the efficiency of our customers’ production processes and giving them unparalleled competitive advantages.”

KM.ON’s digital portfolio of services will support customers in selected areas and is made up of eight solution categories. k.ey – a conventional industry PC together with an appropriate software – provides access to the solutions. The platform of hardware and software can be installed easily and links the machines securely to the protected cloud. This is based on the expertise gained by participating in ADAMOS with regard to the use of an open IIoT environment which is specifically focused on the needs of machinery and plant construction. This enables the benefits of KM.ON to be exploited easily and securely.


At ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, the system, which is made up of eight KM.ON solution categories, together with the first apps and solutions covering the three areas of Management, Maintenance and Service, are being presented.

  • k.management enables the customer to look at the current production process, regardless of location and in real time. The production data are displayed clearly on a dashboard. This simple way of delivering information improves process transparency and acts as a valid database for decision-making and planning. These advantages are based on KARL MAYER’s own system of machine networking.
  • The solutions in the k.maintenance category are designed to support customers in their own maintenance operations. As the first solution, KARL MAYER is showcasing the CHECK PARTS app for testing the authenticity of the spare parts, with expanded functions. Above all, the scan-to-order feature is new and makes it even easier to order spare parts online. Automatic data transfer improves the customers’ day-to-day operations when ordering on site, as well as for warehousing.
  • k.service’s product world will, in the long term, include all the functions that manage the communication between the customer and KARL MAYER, should the client require assistance. The ability to make contact quickly, together with efficient communication procedures, guarantees a high level of machine availability. In Shanghai, KARL MAYER is showcasing the latest developments in this system, which is based on the tried-and-tested CONNECT app.

Steps will be taken in the near future to expand the offers of KM.ON. Other solutions and the expansion phases for existing products are already being planned, e.g. in the areas of data analysis, condition monitoring and the digital machine logbook.


Textile Makerspace – new online platform for innovative solutions

KARL MAYER launches new website

Since 01.02.2019 the new website www.Textile-Makerspace.com is online. With Textile Makerspace, KARL MAYER presents a platform for innovative, textile applications that have been developed using state-of-the-art technologies – keyword 3D Printing, Smart Textiles, Wearables & Co.

KARL MAYER is stepping up its activities in synergistically linking the textile sector with new technologies, and has launched a new platform, which can be found at www.Textile-Makerspace.com. The aim of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE is to bring together innovations from both areas. In this case, with its specialist expertise and networks, KARL MAYER sees itself as an intermediary and instigator. “The TEXTILE MAKERSPACE should make space for trying things out, for developing, and for innovative thinking – in the textile industry as a whole, but also in other sectors. In this case, the main focus is on exchange and interaction. We want to make contact, exchange knowledge and use synergies – in other words, we want to build our own community,” says Michael Kieren, one of the initiators of TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. The aim is to come up with new developments, some of which have already been set in motion. Smart textiles, wearables and 3D-printed garments have already been at the focus of trade fairs and other events for some time now. KARL MAYER started development work in this field last year with TEXTILE CIRCUIT.

Starting with electrically conductive textiles

TEXTILE CIRCUIT is the first topic to be covered by TEXTILE MAKERSPACE. It demonstrates the possibilities of incorporating electrically conductive yarns into warp-knitted textiles directly on the machine. Functional elements, such as sensors, conductors and coils, can be incorporated very easily, without any additional production steps or compromising the textile characteristics. This has led, for example, to the development of comfortable cuffs for controlling robots and textile charging stations for inductively charging smartphones. Michael Kieren, together with the Product Manager, Sophia Krinner, presented these types of systems for the first time at the specialist IDTechEx Show! in California, USA, in November 2018. The products being shown generated a great deal of interest. Michael Kieren sees a particular potential here for sportswear brands. The TEXTILE CIRCUIT and TEXTILE MAKERSPACE were also the topic of many conversations held at the leading trade fair for the sports sector, ISPO, which was held in February 2019 in Munich.

The next topic – 3D printing

The subject of additive manufacturing is on the agenda for the next stage of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE platform. The aim is to combine the possibilities offered by 3D printing with textile technology – in order to design and functionalise textiles individually. The impetus for bringing together new and traditional production disciplines at KARL MAYER was a workshop entitled, “Additive Manufacturing for the Textile Industry”. The event was held on 11 January 2018 at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen. The concept was a great success. Another event will be held on 13 May 2019, the day before the Techtextil exhibition opens. One of the topics will be TEXTILE MAKERSPACE.  Other promotional events for the platform are the next Techtextil fair in Frankfurt, but especially ITMA, which is scheduled to take place from 20 to 26 June 2019 in Barcelona.

Our contact persons for Textile Makerspace:

, Produktentwickler Textiltechnik und 

, Produktentwicklerin Textiltechnik



Innovations from the textile world for modern life

KARL MAYER will be presenting state-of-the art technology and best-of-textile solutions for warp knitting, warp preparation and technical textiles at ITMA, 20.-26.6.2019 in Barcelona

KARL MAYER will take its visitors on a voyage of discovery through the textile world of tomorrow at ITMA, which is to be held from 20 to 26 June 2019. The meeting-point for all this will be at stand 8.0/B107 on the exhibition site in Barcelona. Here, the visitors can expect a display of highly efficient, complete solutions for production, which will give them the edge over their competitors in the long term. The show includes flexible, trendsetting machines with excellent cost:benefit ratios for use in warp knitting, innovations in warp sampling and direct warping for the warp preparation sector, a completely new machine for composite materials, and new products of the software trendsetter of the industry, KM.ON. The subject of “Future in Textiles” will also showcase well-thought-out textile solutions for modern living and highlight the most important trends of our times – digitisation and sustainability. Innovative warp preparation technology for processing high-quality yarns and a display of exciting fabrics will round off KARL MAYER’s presentation at ITMA.

This innovative show is intended to inspire the sector. “With the innovations that we intend to show at ITMA, we are forging a link from machine building, through applications, textiles and yarns, to the world of digitisation. With our holistic approach, we meet the demands of the upheavals of our time. The nature of production, as well as the use of resources and new technology, and the development of new fabrics and textile materials are all changing radically. These far-reaching changes are throwing up many questions. With the offers of our company, we want to provide our customers with answers and make them confident that their future will be a successful one,” says Arno Gärtner, KARL MAYER’s CEO.