How do I become an engineer at Truetzschler? –



March 1, 2019

Ralph Thannisch

How do I become an engineer at Truetzschler?

This year’s Valentine’s day was not only about spending time with the loved ones. At Truetzschler it was time to invest in the future. Therefore, 23 students from different schools in Moenchengladbach came around to learn about the tasks and demands on engineers in textile machine engineering.

How do I become an engineer at Truetzschler?

What are the different tasks of an engineer? Which skills and interests do I need for the job? Do I have to study at a university or are there any alternatives? What perspectives do I have working in a family business in the metal and electrical industry? Those and many more questions were answered at the “Business Day Engineering”. Students who are interested in working in (textile) engineering got the chance to spend the morning at our headquarter in Moenchengladbach. After providing some general information about the company, our different business units and locations, we told our guests about the options they have after having finished school. To make the information more lively, we asked some of our young students and employees to report from their perspective.

Beside 11 individual apprenticeships in four different areas, we offer a dual study program called “KIA”. This cooperative engineering training consists of a practical apprenticeship at Truetzschler, combined with a university degree of the University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld. Students undergo two phases. Henrik Klaassen and Matteo Manek are currently in the first stage of their dual studies. Within the first three years they spend three days working in the company and two days at the university. Not only does the KIA program efficiently shorten the training duration, it also provides a great deal of practical experience. 

After having finished the first phase you are a real full-time student. Only during semester break, students work at the company to handle some independent projects. From designing new transport trolleys for the electronics department to adjusting the appearance and functioning of a new product – Stefan Dammer and Andreas Muyres carried out a lot of hands-on projects during their dual studies. The two of them are currently in the final stage of their education and are about to write their bachelor’s theses this summer. 

Tour through technical centre and training workshop

In the technical centre our young employees showed the pupils our different machine types and explained how each one processes the fibres. Afterwards they visited the sheet metal production to demonstrate how the individual parts of the machines are being produced. To show where Truetzschler students spend a big amount of time, the training workshop was the next stop. Especially the 3D printer aroused the interest of our guests.

  • Managing efficiency

As a „manager for efficient processes”, Niclas Maasackers is part of several different applications.  From international production processes to quality assurance and factory planning – his fields of application are versatile. Since he successfully completed his dual studies in engineering and industrial engineering, Niclas works in the production area at Truetzschler. During his studies he enjoyed being coached very well by a mentor of the company. Another aspect he valued is that Truetzschler gives engineer students the special chance to implement and realize their own individual ideas, for example as a final dissertation.

From the idea to the finished product

Britta Luestraeten introduced the students to the work of a development engineer in mechanical construction. Therefore, she explained the winding machine TSL 12 – from the idea to the finished product. Her work is very diverse, because creating a machine requires passing different phases like competition analysis, product requirements, concept creation and construction.

Thank you!

We were very happy with the great interest in the event and are looking forward to see some of our guests again in our training workshop. Many thanks to our partners Agentur für Arbeit Mönchengladbach, MGconnect and ZDI Zentrum Mönchengladbach for this successful event and to our colleagues for their valuable insights.





A myriad of exciting knowledge and networking events will be held at ITMA 2019. Some of the events will be organised by ITMA in partnership with leading industry organisations. Events you can look forward to at ITMA 2019 include:

21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June
ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum Planet Textiles Textile Colourant & Chemical Leaders Forum Digital Textile Conference Better Cotton Initiative Seminar
SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum Texmeeting by TEXFOR

Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable

ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.

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Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable

ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.

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Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 4

Theme: Value of Chemical and Environmental Management

The SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum will focus on the value of chemical and environmental management, the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), the ZDHC tools and implementation, and ways of continuous improvements at facility level. The Manufacturer Forum promises to be informative and highly practical. The morning session will provide the most recent overview of SAC and ZDHC, and demonstrate the related approaches and tools. Afternoon discussions will focus on the practicalities of implementation and provide teaser trainings on best practices. The day will close with an evening reception as an enjoyable opportunity for further discussion and for networking amongst industry peers.

For enquiries, email Jennifer Kwong at

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Date: 22 June 2019 | Time: 8.30 am – 6 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Sustainable Innovation & Technology

For a decade, Planet Textiles has been the leading international event on textile sustainability has been a springboard for retail and brand executives to implement practical, real, tangible change within their supply chains. 

A truly global event which has taken place in regions such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Bangalore, and Vancouver, the 10th edition will see an unrivalled gathering of industry experts from the entire fashion value chain. Delegates in Barcelona will detail disruptive new textile technology, expert insight from leading industry CEO’s, retail and apparel brands and NGO’s involved in the environmental space.

Supported by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, special sessions at Planet Textiles will feature the ZDHC Foundation and Fashion for Good, along with breakout sessions on what denim and textile production will look like in the second half of the 21st Century.

Planet Textiles is organised by MCL News & Media with support from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Fashion for Good and media partner Ecotextile News. 

For enquiries and sponsorship opportunities, email Paula Jones at

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Date: 23 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.45 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy

The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 will centre on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy. It explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can support the strategy under the influence of Industry 4.0 emerging strategic concept.

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Date: 24 June 2019 | Time: 10.30 am – 5.45 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Right Speed, Right Price

As digital textile printing matures, it is clear that chasing speed for its own sake is not always the best strategy. What matters is spotting the applications where digital textile can be a commercial winner by delivering the right quality, productivity and price. While ITMA 2015 saw the super-fast single-pass machines meet head-on, ITMA 2019 is likely to have a focus on ink innovation, and perhaps for the development of inkjet in other areas of textile finishing. The WTiN Digital Textile Conference at ITMA will also explore the trend for integration of on-demand print with downstream manufacturing processes.

For enquiries, email Daniel Green at

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Date: 25 June 2019 | Time: 10.15 am – 12.30 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Scaling More Sustainable Cotton through Collaboration

An introduction to the largest cotton sustainability standard in the world, with a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling more sustainable cotton farming practices. The event will feature an introduction to the Better Cotton Standard System, highlights from farming activities, and perspectives from guest speakers demonstrating value from field to store.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone working with cotton, including:

  • Retailers and brands
  • Textile and garment manufacturers
  • Civil society organisations
  • Raw material processing companies

Note: Subject to change without prior notice.

For enquiries, email Daren Abney at

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Date: 25 June 2019 | Time: 10 am – 2 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Texmeeting by TEXFOR was launched in 2013 in order to provide a forum for the textile industry to discuss solutions for different aspects related to the sector, as well as to create an appropriate framework to expand the network of professional contacts of the participants. This edition of the Texmeeting will be held alongside ITMA 2019 and with the support of the 080 Barcelona Fashion.



Mahlo showcased new developments

Cold as ICE: The international leading trade fair for coating and converting of paper, film, foil and nonwoven held with wintry temperatures true to its name. In the halls of Messe München, however, nobody felt the cold. Responsible for that were the industry’s latest technologies and developments – just like those of Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG.


At booth A5/1510 the nearly 7.200 visitor from 75 countries could witness firsthand the versatile measure and control technology of the Bavarian machine builder. The Qualiscan QMS-12 identifies important process parameters such as basis weight, moisture or coating add-on on the running web and helps to optimize the production process. Due to the various scanners and sensors available, the web gauging system can be integrated in almost every production line. For especially demanding applications Mahlo brought two re-engineered sensors to ICE, as Area Sales Manager Matthias Wulbeck explains: “For a highly precise measurement of transparent coats, our white light interference sensor Optoscope WLI is the right choice. With it, coating add-on as well as thickness can be determined.” The sensor is used inter alia with film extrusion and multilayer films.


According to Wulbeck, Mahlo is especially proud of its latest addition to its portfolio, the infrared sensor Infralot IMF. The in-house development is available in a reflective and transmitting version. Both designs – despite working with classic filter measurement principle – manage without rotating filter wheel and therefore guarantee a true same-spot measurement of reference and measurement filter. “That leads to a very high accuracy, especially with inhomogeneous products”, says Wulbeck. The web gauging expert instances measurement of moisture as well as the single components measurement on paper and nonwoven.

With the new sensors, Mahlo assures its position as one of the leading manufacturers of web gauging technology. “As a global player we have made a strong development in different industrial branches”, Wulbeck concludes. “With the constantly rising demands of a globalized production, quality control will be even more important in the future.”



14.05.19 – 17.05.19

14-17 Maggio 2019 Francoforte – Germania Hall 3.0 Stand D46 Techtextil è la principale fiera internazionale per tessili tecnici e tessuti non tessuti. Con oltre 1.300 espositori provenienti da 48 paesi e circa 27.500 visitatori provenienti da 97 diverse…

20.06.19 – 26.06.19

The Integrated Textile and Garment Manufacturing Technology Showcase 20-26 Giugno 2019 Barcellona – Spagna Hall H2 Stand B212 AIGLE parteciperà all’ITMA 2019, la fiera dove l’innovazione è sempre stata parte integrante. Sin dalla sua nascita nel 1951, ogni…


21.03.19 – 23.03.19

21-23 Marzo 2019 Monaco – Germania Nel 2019 l’industria del Floccaggio si riunisce ancora una volta, questa volta a Monaco, presso il 25th International Flock Symposium. Condivisione di notizie, conferenze informative e networking è, come sempre, al centro di questo…

A new player starts in the market for warp preparation machines in India

KARL MAYER, RABATEX INDUSTRIES and A.T.E. set up a joint venture, 29.03.2019

On 29 March 2019 KARL MAYER, RABATEX INDUSTRIES and A.T.E. signed a contract for setting up a joint venture. The legally independent company is called KARL MAYER Textile Machinery India Private Limited, has its registered office in Mumbai and production facility in Ahmedabad.

KARL MAYER is the majority shareholder and takes responsibility for the management of the new company.

KARL MAYER Textile Machinery India Private Limited will focus mainly on the manufacturing and sale of warp preparation machines and creels mainly for Indian market, as well as service and spare parts sale for warp preparation and warp knitting machines.

By means of the newly founded entity, the joint venture partners aim to enhance their position and distribution in the Indian market. Moreover, it is intended to make good use of the existing competencies and synergies, especially in terms of purchasing and customer service.

„With the further development of our international organization, and with our proven way to produce in our main markets, we want to continue to make a contribution to the long-term success of our customers. We are really proud of setting up this joint venture. By pooling our strengths, we will be able to even better support our customers, being close to them in the local market“, explains Arno Gärtner, CEO of KARL MAYER.

Fig. from left to right: Anuj Bhagwati, Managing Director of A.T.E., Arno Gärtner, CEO of KARL MAYER, and Haresh Panchal, Managing Partner of RABATEX INDUSTRIES, during the signing of the contract

„The special contribution of KARL MAYER and RABATEX INDUSTRIES to the joint venture will be production know-how and manufacturing capabilities in the sector of warp preparation machines. Both companies are important players in the warp preparation industry“, says Roland Kohn, President of the Business Unit Warp Preparation of the KARL MAYER Group. KARL MAYER is recognized as a leading and innovative machine manufacturer in the world market in all the areas it is active in.

A.T.E. enriches the group due to its proximity to the market and its strength in customer support. The company has already been KARL MAYER’s distribution partner for many years. „We are honoured to deepen our relationship with KARL MAYER and start a new relationship with RABATEX INDUSTRIES with this new joint venture. We thank our many customers that have encouraged us to take this step with their continuous support. We are confident we will be able to serve them better” says Anuj Bhagwati, Managing Director of A.T.E.

Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh, Managing Director of KARL MAYER Textile Machinery India Private Limited underlines this statement: „We are striving for market leadership in India and supporting the ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ initiative of the Government of India. By combining our know-how and our resources in the field of warp preparation machines, we can provide solutions to our customers with exactly those things which they require for their competitiveness, from production to customer service and support”.

RABATEX INDUSTRIES also relies on the synergies of the new relationship. „ RABATEX INDUSTRIES is excited about this association with KARL MAYER, a technology leader in warp preparation machine industry and A.T.E., India’s leading customer focused textile machinery marketer. Our respective strengths will help us in providing advanced technology machinery backed by professional aftersales service to the Indian textile industry”, said Haresh Panchal, Managing Partner of RABATEX INDUSTRIES.


Techtextil 2019 and In-house Show – KARL MAYER

14 – 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt am Main

KARL MAYER is inviting the sector to an exchange of ideas at Techtextil, stand 3.0/E 18, 14.-17.5.2019 in Frankfurt and to explore the latest RACOP-NW at the In-house Show in Obertshausen.

At the Techtextil 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, KARL MAYER will be demonstrating warp-knitted textiles in Hall 3.0/E 18, with an exceptional level of performance. KARL MAYER is also a trendsetter in the area of ​​digitisation. The manufacturer has grouped all its digital solutions under the KM.ON brand and also presents them at its Techtextil booth.

In addition, KARL MAYER invites to an In-house Show accompanying the fair at its headquarter in Obertshausen. The event is easily accessible by bus transfer and will be premiering a nonwovens machine RACOP-NW.

We are looking forward to your visit!


Techtextil In-house Show
14 – 17 May 2019
Messe Frankfurt 
Hall 3.0/E 18
14 – 17 May 2019
KARL MAYER Obertshausen
Development Center



    Electrically conductive textiles are a hot topic at the moment and can be produced in a variety of different ways. The multibar raschel machines can be used to convert electrically conductive textiles with maximum flexibility in terms of geometry, dimensions and location.

  • RAPID TEXTILE – the quick way to new solutions

    The combination of additive production and warp-knitting technology results in functional knitwear using 3D printing. RAPID TEXTILE will be part of the TEXTILE MAKERSPACE, a platform that offers the space to try things out, develop new products and think outside the box.

  • New spacer fabrics with plastic effects

    A new model of a double-bar raschel machine is now enabling completely new designs: warp-knitted textiles with decorative relief surfaces. The designs can be shaped and positioned almost without any restrictions and can also be combined with openwork designs.

  • Weft-inserted warp-knitted textiles for security panels and efficient cut protection

    Burglars frequently use chainsaws and drills during attempted break-ins, but they can be stopped effectively by a new type of patented security panel with weft-inserted warp-knitted textiles in the core. On contact with the cut-resistant textiles, the rotating tools quickly release large amounts of fibres from the material. These become entangled and the tool is stopped. The highly effective security panels are also very light and can be applied very easily to e.g. security doors, armoured vehicles, vaults and cash machines.

  • KM.ON – digital solutions

    KARL MAYER is also a trendsetter in the field of digitisation. This manufacturer has grouped all its digital solutions under the KM.ON brand, and will also be showcasing this system on its stand at the Techtextil.

  • RACOP – Raschel machine for web bonding

    A RACOP-NW, 160″, gauge E 14, is producing a textile for the application area heating textiles at the in-house show. The latest model of the RACOP NW series produces stitch-bonded nonwovens from feed webs and offers a number of technology-related advantages.


    During the same time the Techtextil will take place, we will have an In-house Show in Obershausen. At this show a model of the latest RACOP-NW series will be demonstrated. This efficient nonwovens machine produces stitch-bonded nonwovens from feed webs, a technology that offers many advantages.

    Registration In-house Show

    Please choose your preferred day to visit us at the in-house show and register via the following email address:


    KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
    Industriestr. 3
    63179 Obertshausen

    Bus Shuttle

    For all registered vistors, we will offer a daily bus shuttle from Techtextil to KARL MAYER Obertshausen.

    Meeting Point Timetable
    KARL MAYER exhibition booth
    Hall 3.0/E 18
    Daily at 11:00 am


Straightening technology and process control for Vietnamese Textiles

With the Vietnam Textile & Garment Industry Expo, SaigonTex for short, the most important trade show for the Vietnamese textile industry takes place from 10 to 13 April 2019 – in a market that is still developing rapidly. That Mahlo GmbH is the perfect partner for a successful future, visitor can make sure of at booth A1 1G-8. The German machine builder will present straightening technology and concepts for process control together with its sales and service partner Thach Anh Vang Co.


The strategy of the Vietnamese textile industry includes offering high quality products to reasonable prices. That is why producers always are on the lookout for new technology. Mahlo provides the perfect solutions for that. The automatic weft straightener Orthopac RVMC-15 unites over 70 years of experience in machine building with latest developments. The result is the Mahlo-invented opto-electronic scanner for distortion detection using an oscillating lens and a re-engineered digital signal processor. It is probably the most sensitive and versatile system in the market.

In the area of process control, Mahlo introduces the Optipac VMC-15. The modular system optimizes drying or fixing processes as well as the processes all around the stenter. Translated to the service life of a stenter, the energy costs amount to roughly 10 million euro. With the right straightening ad control technology, up to 30 % of this sum can be saved. For Mahlo clients, that means they can save several million euros by investing in a Mahlo process control system. 

In order to inform decision makers in Vietnam concretely and effectively about the advantages of Mahlo solutions, Mahlo’s Area Sales Manager Stephan Kehry and the trade show team welcome interested visitors at booth A1 1G-8.

You can find further details here.


Two important trade shows are right around the corner

Mahlo America Inc. is ready for two important trade shows in its target markets on home soil. At the IDEA show for nonwovens, held from 25 to 28 March in Miami, Mahlo presents on-line measurement solutions for the nonwoven industry that include basis weight, thickness, moisture, coating add-on, density, and air permeability. Coater and converter can get acquainted with the machine builder’s technology for controlling production of films, foils and paper at the ICE from 9 to 11 April in Louisville, Kentucky.


“One of the devices featured at IDEA will be the non-contact laser sensor Calipro DML that is part of our web gauging system Qualiscan QMS-12”, Alan Lavore, Executive Vice President of Mahlo America Inc., explains. By determining the exact distance between the gauging sensor and the product surface, the Calipro DML measures thickness or coating thickness of various materials, including all types of nonwovens. Also on display is the new solid state infrared sensor Infralot IMF-15 for non-nuclear measurement of basis weight, moisture, and coating add-on. The sensor is available in a reflection or transmission version. While other filter wheel systems have to measure the wavelengths for dry (reference) and wet conditions with a time delay, Mahlo’s new simultaneous filter measures all wavelengths simultaneously and at the same spot. This eliminates measurement inaccuracies and allows a same-spot measurement of reference and absorption resonances.

The Infralot IMF, however, is not only a great help for nonwoven fabricants. At ICE, coater and converter can convince themselves of its necessity in a smooth production process. The device helps to gauge and regulate extrusion coatings, aqueous coatings, moisture, and film thickness. For special cases such as very thin films, Mahlo America presents the sensors Optoscope WLI. With the help of white-light interference phenomenon, the sensor is able to measure varnish coats down to a thickness of 0.4 µm.

Equipped with these or other Mahlo systems, fabricants can reduce the use of energy and raw material while increasing product quality at the same time. That can make the difference between them and their competition. The experts at each trade show are happy to give detailed information.



Presentation of web gauging solutions from 12 to 14 March

The first of three ICE days is Munich is already over… We say thank you to all the visitors at our booth A5/1510 for all the lively discussions and new acquaintences. 
Our experienced and highly motivated trade show team is ready for two more days at one of the most important specialist exhibitions. The stand personnell will inform on quality control solutions for determining crucial parameters such as basis weight, moisture, thickness,…



12 – 14 March 2019 in Munich, Germany

Video: Quality control systems for webs at ICE 2019

Visit Mahlo at booth A5 / 1510

We are looking forward to meeting you at booth no. A5 / 1510. Experience the latest trends and developments of our web gauging system Qualiscan QMS.

Special films create new market potential

ICE europe Logo

The converting industry continues its successful road: products made from different from different web-based materials such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens are more popular than ever. Especially individualized and high-functional goods are increasingly in demand. Another important topic is the growing trend for recyclable products and a sustainable production that lead to major changes in the converting industry.  To discover the latest trends and innovation in coating and converting processes, experts are meeting at the 11th edition of ICE Europe in Munich.

ICE Europe covers the main areas and manufacturing processes of converting of flexible, web-based materials, such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens. For the first time, the trade show dedicates an area to special films and extrusion processes.  They are used in a wide range of applications such as medical technology, batteries, construction or healthcare and open up new markets for the converting industry.

For more information on ICE, visit:

Measure the difference: Solutions for coating and converting

Our Area Sales Manager Matthias Wulbeck and his team will advise you personally to all challenges posed by this topic.

The traversing quality control system Qualiscan QMS is the perfect tool for the demanding manufacturer. It offers non-nuclear sensors plus responsive, professional technical support, and the most reliable, well-built scanning platforms in the industry. 

Featured Mahlo products at ICE

Qualiscan QMS 12

Quality control

Product highlights

  • Modern construction with intelligent sensors and traversing frames
  • Based on industry standard hardened computers running Windows embedded operating system
  • Components communicate through digital interfaces

Customer benefits

  • Savings in raw materials and/or energy at the manufacturing stage
  • Uninterrupted monitoring and logging of actual product quality
  • Improvement in product quality, especially in conjunction with control

Web process control

The Qualiscan QMS is a modular system for measuring, logging and controlling critical process parameters over the entire width of the product, including basis weight, coating weight, thickness, moisture etc.