Lecture for textile experts of the future

Lecture hall instead of machine hall: As guest speakers at lectures at the Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) and the Northern University Bangladesh, representatives of the German mechanical engineering company Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG introduced the students to the requirements and solutions of modern textile production. In the future, the connection to one of the most important textile markets in the world is to be further strengthened.


“No excuse for distorted fabric” was the striking title of the lecture prepared for the students by Head of Sales Thomas Höpfl and Area Sales Manager Adnan Andac. At BUTEX, Prof. Md. Abdul Kashem, Vice Chancellor, and Prof. Dr. Shaik Md. Mominul Alam, Head of the Department of Textile Machinery Design & Maintenance welcomed them. At the Northern University the experts from Germany were joined by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Anwar Hossein, Prof. A. Y. M. Abdullah, Chairman of the Northern University Bangladesh Trust and Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Humaun Kabir, Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

Data-based production as a solution

Together, they showed the 300 or so future leaders how modular process control can be the answer to current challenges in the industry, such as rising costs for raw materials and personnel. “In the age of Industry 4.0, data-based production is indispensable,” was Höpfl’s central message. Mahlo has therefore developed the mSmart digitalization concept. Höpfl and his colleague Andac explained the principle in a practice-oriented way, using the production steps around the stenter as an example: “Without measurement and control systems, textile finishing is like a black box. The user is solely dependent on his experience. However, if he uses suitable sensor technology, the processes become transparent and can be controlled effectively”. Mahlo uses its automatic straightening system to eliminate residual distortion. The yarn density sensor Famacont PMC regulates yarn density and basis weight to minimize residual shrinkage values. Process control systems such as the Permaset VMT measure the fabric temperature and thus regulate the dwell time. If the producer still monitors residual and exhaust air moisture, he prevents the fabric from overdrying, for example, and thus saves a considerable amount of energy.

Textiles in the age of Industry 4.0

“Since all Mahlo machines are networked in the mSmart environment, the user receives all the essential data at a glance, anytime and anywhere,” says Adnan Andac. This enables a quick reaction based on the latest values. Process control thus not only helps to save resources, but also to make the machinery easier to handle. “And those responsible have more time to concentrate on other projects.” The interested questions and discussions at the end of the lecture showed that the topic had hit the nerve of the students.


The over 5,000 students at BUTEX and the Faculty of Textile Engineering at the Northern University of Bangladesh are part of the most important industry in their country. “The large number of students alone shows the importance of the textile sector”, Höpfl knows. This is why the company was very pleased about the opportunity to get in touch with young professionals of such an important market. The Mahlo representatives therefore expressed their great thanks to Tun H. Kyaw, CEO of their long-standing service partner Tootal Quality Resources Ltd, who had established the connection, as well as to the responsible persons of the two universities.


Works council and employees have donated

A cheque for 300 euros is the result of a collection campaign organised by the works council of Mahlo GmbH + Co KG. In the pre-Christmas period, the employees of the mechanical engineering company collected for a donation. Now the sum was handed over to the Prälat-Michael-Thaller-School. 


Headmaster Wolfgang Niemitz received the cheque from BR chairman Matthias Ziegler and works councilor Barbara Ipfelkofer – representing the Mahlo staff. Niemitz was pleased to say that the money could be used to do a lot of good: “With it, for example, we support pupils in taking part in excursions that would otherwise not have been possible due to their personal situation”. Alternatively, equipment or teaching materials could be purchased.

The Mahlo works council is certain that the donation is a perfect match for the Prälat-Michael-Thaller-School. The private special educational support centre, based in Amberg and with branches in Biburg, Mainburg, Mitterfecking and Rohr, offers children and young people a diagnosis-guided, differentiated range of services, which extends to diagnostic and support classes, school-preparatory facilities and day care centres.

Toyota Industries Corporation Gains the Highest Rating in Survey by CDP*

Toyota Industries Corporation Gains the Highest Rating in Survey by CDP*

~ Chosen as an A-List Company for “Climate Change” for a Second Consecutive Year ~

Toyota Industries Corporation (President: Akira Onishi) was selected for the A-List, for the second year in a row, in the surveys on climate change conducted by CDP. Toyota Industries made the A-List, the highest evaluation, as a company of particular merit in activities that include the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and measures to alleviate climate change. The ratings were formally announced on January 20 at the CDP 2019 Japan Report Launch.

At the Report Launch, Hiroaki Matsuda, Executive Officer at Toyota Industries, described the company’s aim to contribute to the achievement of CO2 zero emission society by 2050. And he commented we would like to accelerate our environmental conservation efforts, including the development of environmentally friendly technologies, with the keyword of “clean zero emissions” in Toyota Industries’ Vision 2030 (formulated in 2019).

CDP Climate Change         2019 A-List Logo
Toyota Industries’ Executive Officer Hiroaki Matsuda
speaking at the CDP 2019 Japan Report Launch

Toyota Industries Group formulated its “Ideal state in 2050” in March 2016 and, based on this, consolidated its activities for the five years from FY2017 to FY2021 in its “Sixth Environmental Action Plan,” which is currently implemented on group wide basis.

The Group is driving the following initiatives based on the above plan:
1. Reduction of CO2 emissions by 10% by FY2021 compared with FY2006 (Toyota Industries)
2. Reduction of CO2 per unit by 26% by FY2021 compared with FY2006 (Toyota Industries Group)

Toyota Industries is deploying various energy-saving initiatives towards achieving these specific goals throughout Toyota Industries Group. This includes introducing the use of carbon-neutral biogas at its lift truck production plant in Sweden in 2019, in order to attain zero CO2 emissions at all its plants overall. We believe that receiving the highest rating for the second year in a row means that these initiatives have been recognized.

In the future, Toyota Industries Group will continue to tackle climate change as a key issue. Furthermore, the company will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through global environmental conservation activities.

*CDP is a global not-for-profit charity launched in the U.K. in 2000 that promotes reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and protection of water resources and forests by companies and governments.
In 2019, CDP conducted surveys and evaluations of major global companies on behalf of 525 institutional investors (total assets under management: 96 trillion U.S. dollars) and 125 companies and organizations (total procurement expenses: 3.6 trillion U.S. dollars).

LOGIMAT | 10 – 12 MARCH 2020 Genkinger at LogiMAT 2020 We look forward to your visit at the international trade fair LogiMAT 2020 Stuttgart.



LogiMAT 2020 – 18th International Trade Fair for
Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management

10-12 March 2020



Genkinger Bike Systems was present with three different assembly stands at this year’s EuroBike 2019 in Friedrichshafen.

An innovative highlight was the self-developed universal clamping device, which makes it possible to accommodate any type of bike model. Our three Bike Lifts are for new construction, repairs and maintenance work. From changing workplaces to fixed floor or ceiling mounting.


Textile Makerspace – new online platform for innovative solutions

KARL MAYER launches new website

Since 01.02.2019 the new website 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 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


Textile Makerspace is the innovation platform from KARL MAYER.

Where textile innovations get space.


Check our exhibition dates and meet our experts in electronic textiles and 3D-printing.



Pushing the envelope with TEXTILE-CIRCUIT


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  • ISPO 2020

    Munich, Germany


    Hamburg, Germany


Textile Makerspace is a platform for technologies out of the textile production.

Here we are presenting the latest innovations from KARL MAYER. With these solutions we target new applications, that are outside of the traditional textile machinery business.


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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Innovations – KARL MAYER’s answer to modern-day challenges

KARL MAYER is inviting the textile sector to an in-house show in Changzhou during Shanghaitex 2019

During the Shanghaitex fair, KARL MAYER is inviting its customers and other interested textile companies to see its innovative machine concepts and textile applications at an in-house show. The event will take place from 25 to 28 November 2019 at KARL MAYER (CHINA) in Changzhou.

“We presented our latest innovations to Europe at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona. The feedback from the visitors was excellent. We now want to show textile producers in Asia, who were not able to travel to Barcelona, our ranges that will help them to successfully develop their businesses in the fields of warp knitting, warp preparation and technical textiles,” says Armin Alber, the Sales Director of KARL MAYER (CHINA). This is even more important in view of the fact that the sector is currently rather reluctant to invest because of the economic situation in China in particular, yet it must be ready when the economic conditions pick up. “With our machines and fabric developments, we can offer our customers many advantages on the market over other technologies,” says Armin Alber.

At its in-house show, KARL MAYER will be showing its state-of-the- art machines, including three world firsts. The machines being premiered are a double-bar raschel machine, whose optimised cost:benefit ratio should appeal to shoe fabric producers in particular, a direct warping machine for efficiently processing elastane for the mid-range segment, and a raschel machine, which will put producers of patterned lingerie fabrics in the commodity segment one step ahead of their competitors. Furthermore KARL MAYER will display a three-bar HKS model with electronic guide bar control and integration in the world of KM.ON at the first time in Asia.

Another feature of the show is the latest warp-knitted home and household textiles that offer advantages over woven fabrics. In Changzhou, a modern machine with weft insertion will be producing net curtains featuring the popular woven look. The TERRY.ECO, a concept for the sustainable production of terry goods, and the associated TM 4 TS will also be presented. A textiles and applications show will round off the presentation for the warp knitting sector. This will showcase terry goods in a range of different designs, as well as ultra-fine, smooth lingerie fabrics with integrated, decorative lace at the edges.

KM.ON’s innovative, digital product range will also be presented to demonstrate how these well-thought-out products can give its customers market advantages.

Well-thought-out machine systems for direct warping, sectional warping and sizing in the mid-range segment are also being shown for the warp preparation sector.

The textile innovations and machine developments in the field of technical textiles will appeal mainly to suppliers in the construction sector and producers of interlinings.

Production of tricot fabrics by using electronic guide bar control and digital solutions

As innovation in the field of tricot machines, KARL MAYER will be presenting the new HKS 3-M-ON, 218ʺ, which offers the same performance in terms of speed as the current HKS 3-M with N-pattern drive but with electronic guide bar control. Patterns can be changed quickly by ordering the required lapping from KARL MAYER’s WEBSHOP SPARE PARTS and loading the data from KM.ON cloud directly onto the machine.

Thanks to the electronic guide bar control article can be changed without the previous mechanical handling. The machine can work patterns with repeats of maximal 36  stitches. In doing so no tempi change is necessary. The advantages for the customer: significantly reduced downtimes caused by pattern changes and thereby considerable increased productivity, short response times to changing market requirements and no costs and delays due to delivery times associated with pattern discs.

An efficient way of producing smooth raschel fabrics with lace-like decorative effects for lingerie

KARL MAYER is launching the RJ 5/1, E 32, 130″, a new commodity product line for producing stylish lingerie items. Jan Hippich, a Portfolio Manager at KARL MAYER, is expecting the south Chinese market in particular to invest in this sector. There is a high demand there for lingerie items made from smooth, raschel-knitted fabrics with lace-like decorative bands – marketed under the term, “Seamless”. The making-up costs are also low. The fabrics produced on the RJ 5/1 are made from simple elastane and the type of lapping means that they are resistant to the slippage effect typical of the stretch material. The edges of the fabric do not have to be hemmed, and the consumer is happy with the comfort, since there are just a few seams at the leg and arm openings.

Other advantages of the RJ 5/1 are its exceptional cost:benefit ratio and broad production repertoire. “Basically, conventional products for the RSJ sector can also be produced,” says Jan Hippich.

New developments in the multibar lace sector are also perfect for producing seamless lingerie. A wide variety of yarns can be used for producing different designs using the multibar technology. Fine fabrics produced on an ML 41 in a gauge of E 32 will be presented at the show.

More technology choices for producers of shoe fabrics

The RDJ 6/1 EN is being launched especially for producers of stylish shoe fabrics. This double-bar raschel machine is designed to produce engineered spacer textiles, and delivers a high performance for a reasonable purchase price.

With its optimised cost:benefit ratio, this new machine is intended to bridge the gap between the established models with piezo jacquard technology. Compared to the RDPJ 7/1 EL, the price is more attractive, the speed is higher, and the production repertoire is only slightly smaller. Up to 90 % of the jacquard shoe fabrics currently being manufactured can be produced. More guide bars, EN drive and a well-thought-out yarn feed system to the jacquard bars increase the design possibilities compared to the RDJ 5/1, and enable the patterns to be changed easily.

Net curtains with the look of woven fabrics and the production advantages of warp-knitted fabrics

KARL MAYER has developed magazine weft fabrics with a trendy look for the net curtain sector. One of machines for doing this is being presented at the in-house show. The new WEFT.FASHION TM 3,130″, E 24 produces fine fabrics with a woven look, and uses fancy yarns to create visual effects. Warp knitting is much more efficient than weaving. An expensive and time-consuming sizing process does not have to be carried out, and magazine weft fabrics are extremely slip-resistant.

Warp-knitted terry fabrics trump their woven counterparts

A TM 4 TS, E 24, 186″ is being presented for producing terry goods extremely efficiently. The output of this tried-and-tested tricot machine may be as much as 250% higher than that of comparable air-jet looms, and the energy consumption is approximately 87% lower, since no compressed air is required. Furthermore, no sizing process is needed, which reduces the environmental loads and costs considerably as a result of the sizing chemicals, effluent and energy consumption.

The TM 4 TS is also flexible. It can process staple-fibre and filament yarns to produce a variety of terry goods, including double-face fabrics with an absorbent cotton inner layer and a soft, cosy, outer layer made from microfibre yarns. It can also produce fabrics having different weights.

New machine for the efficient warping of elastane for the mid-range warp knitting sector

The new ISO ELASTIC 42/21 focuses on the requirements of customers operating in the mid-range segment and delivers a high-quality appearance, low space requirements and an excellent cost:benefit ratio. This new machine is particularly interesting for producers of stretch velour fabrics, as well as for modernisation projects.

In terms of its features, speed and flexibility, the ISO ELASTIC 42/21 is very different from the DSE HH 50/32 for the premium market. This new machine concentrates on one type of beam. The finest gauge of the 132″-tricot machine on which the beams are processed, is E 36 or E 24. The price is also aimed at the standard sector. There are no compromises as far as the operation, reliability and product quality are concerned.

Warp preparation technology that meets the requirements of the standard sector

KARL MAYER is presenting the ISODIRECT 1800/800, a direct warping machine with an exceptional cost:benefit ratio for the mid-range segment. This universal machine for processing every type of staple-fibre yarn is exceptionally fast and operates at a maximum warping speed of 1,000 m/min-1. It produces beams having a completely cylindrical structure, precise winding and identical lengths. A computer-controlled measuring system prevents any deviation above 0.15 %. The yarn and beam are also handled very gently by the kick-back function.

An ISOWARP 3600/1250 is also being presented. This manual sectional warping machine is ideal for standard applications in the shirting and sheeting sectors. Compared to similar, commercially available systems, it improves performance in weaving preparation by up to 30% and the efficiency is up to 3% better during weaving itself. A top-quality warp is also produced at every length. Perfect user ergonomics are achieved by equipping the machine with the KAMCOS® 2 system.

The third machine in the group being shown is the CSB Size Box, the key element of the ISOSIZE sizing machine. This innovative machine operates with linearly arranged rollers, a large lowered tank, and filters that are easy to maintain. The yarn is delivered continuously at a constant tension as a bound assembly through the immersion bath. This guarantees maximum sizing quality. Wetting takes place on the basis of a “3 x dipping and 2 x squeezing” process.

An efficient interlining machine and unbeatable solutions for the construction sector

TM WEFT, 247″, E 24 will be demonstrating its features at the in-house show by producing interlining fabrics. This warp knitting machine with weft insertion in line with the stitches operates at an impressive level of stability. At a speed of 1,500 min-1, it is extremely fast and cost-effective. Customers will also be impressed by the functions, user friendliness and reliability of the TM WEFT machine.

Another feature of the show is the topic of textiles for the construction sector. Promising applications for warp-knitted technical textiles include reinforcements for concrete components having a low weight and reduced environmental impact, cost-effective, flexible or rigid roofing materials and bitumen roofing membranes, special plaster grids that increase cracking resistance in the plaster, and self-adhesive tapes for repairing any cracks and holes that do appear.

The WEFTTRONIC® II G is the perfect machine for all these applications. This all-round machine will be presented at the in-house show by means of a video and examples of products. Compared to weaving, it requires less space, manpower and investment in yarns – because it processes rovings. Above all, however, the output of the WEFTTRONIC® II G is unbeatable. When producing a structure for use as a plaster grid in a weight of 140g/m² from glass and polyester in a gauge of E 18, up to 1,000 m² fabric/h can be produced – an increase of 1.670% compared to weaving! In this case, the production costs are 50 % lower and the operator costs are 90% lower. The grids have an exceptionally high tensile strength since, unlike woven fabrics, the weft yarns are processed in a completely straight arrangement.