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JEC Innovative technical systems for the trends in composites

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien looks back on a successful JEC, held 12.-14.03.2019 in Paris

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH successfully showcased high-tech machines for the composites sector at the JEC composites show, which was held from 12 to 14 March 2019 in Paris. “The mood was upbeat, the number of visitors was high, and I had many in-depth, technical conversations with existing customers and also with people expressing a new interest,” says Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH. The many technical discussions held with partners from Europe and the USA, as well as India and China, helped to contribute to the successful outcome. The discussions related to specific projects, plans and trends. According to Jochen Schmidt, a general trend away from simple lightweight construction technology towards components having integrated functions could be detected. The costs of increasing performance by using fibre-reinforced composite materials, especially when using carbon, are only justified for the most demanding applications. This managing director and his team had many conversations with suppliers to niche markets on the possibilities offered by the COP MAX 5. This multiaxial warp knitting machine for processing carbon scores points mainly because of its unbeatable productivity and excellent product quality.

On the other hand, the glass composites sector, with its competitive raw materials prices, continues to gain momentum. The driver of this demand continues to be the wind turbine sector, and increasingly industrial applications as well. A great deal of interest was also being shown in the COP MAX 4, an efficient multiaxial warp knitting machine for processing glass.

Dr. Jürgen Trötzsch, the Section Head of New Technologies at KARL MAYER Technische Textilien, was pleased to report that the sector is increasingly focusing on the topic of thermoplastic materials. He and his team have developed a line for producing thermoplastic UD tapes. They will launch this new innovation at ITMA 2019, but they had already started to arouse people’s curiosity about it at the JEC. “This line was the topic of many conversations. Some visitors came to gather information, while others had specific queries about the machinery, but they were all impressed by the quality of our tapes,” says Dr. Jürgen Trötzsch. This new line is the result of many years of expertise gained by the company in spreading technology. It guarantees a unique, homogeneous distribution of uniform, straight fibres, and thus delivers maximum potential for the lightweight engineering sector.


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.


New nonwovens machines extend market opportunities


KARL MAYER launches new RACOP-NW series of raschel machines for web bonding

KARL MAYER is setting the standard in the nonwovens sector with its new RACOP-NW machine series. These high-speed raschel machines bond fibrous webs to form nonwovens using two or three guide bars, thus offering all the usual advantages of knitting technology over other processes. This process, therefore, produces textile characteristics, such as elasticity and voluminosity, which is not the case when using chemical bonding agents. Much less energy is consumed compared to thermal processes. The new RACOP-NW models also combine flexibility with maximum productivity – factors that have led to their widespread acceptance by the market.

KARL MAYER sees sales opportunities mainly in reusable shopping bags as an alternative to plastic bags, as well as hygiene products, such as cleaning cloths and hook-and-loop fastenings for babies’ nappies. Technical applications also offer a wide range of end-uses, such as cable sheaths in the automotive sector, filling and insulating materials, e.g. for mattresses, textile surfaces for carpet tiles, and linings and interlinings for shoes and clothing.

Technical concept and market launch

The first models in the RACOP-NW machine series are the RACOP 2-NW and RACOP 3-NW. The machines are available in the gauges of E 12, E 14, E 22 and E 28 and with a working width of 160″ initially. More working widths and optional electronic guide bar control are being planned. The EL function considerably increases the range of patterns and constructions that can be produced, and thus extends the potential of the new raschel machines for use in web bonding. These machines process feed webs and other carrier substrates that can be pierced in thicknesses of up to 5 mm. A device for forming pile loops is optionally available to cater for special applications, and fabrics with special specifications can be produced. As well as being versatile, the RACOP-NW machines are also fast, and operate at a maximum speed of 2,000 min-1.

The first machines have already been sold

The RACOP 2-NW and RACOP 3-NW machines are available to order immediately, and four machines have already been delivered. The new machine series will make its debut at an in-house show to be held at KARL MAYER’s headquarters in Obertshausen during Techtextil 2019, held from 14 to 17 May in Frankfurt.



At Kingpins in Amsterdam, we will be presenting our Laundry (R)evolution, demonstrating how, with just three simple steps – and only three technologies – it is possible to obtain an incredible number of possibilities on the garment. And how a more efficient, simpler and more sustainable production cycle can be developed as a result. For-real.

Specifically, we will be replacing the processes of manual abrasion with Laser and all wet processes with our All-in-One system in order to achieve an infinity of unique and diversified finishes. This is a single machine that contains the most recent generation of finishing technologies: ECOfree 2NoStone®UP and Core. And, to further highlight the potential of the system, we will be using the same fabric and the same laser design for all the developments.

Finally, with Metro, our brand new software, we will be measuring, with complete transparency, all the real data relating to the consumption used for each individual garment and process as the machine itself will supply the data, guaranteeing the accuracy and truthfulness.

And as if all this were not enough, we will also be presenting a collection of eco-dyeing realized with the combination of our Nitrogen System technologies, that create dyes with very low environmental impact, Jet System, which reduces the consumption by 70% of water, additives, and energy during the process, and Core, by which special effects and performance can be created on the garment through controlled and automated spraying.




Textile industry’s experts meet in Blumenau

How can you fabricate top quality and optimize production processes at the same time? These questions have occupied the Brazilian textile industry for some time now.  Answers to that gave the “German Textile Forum” in Blumenau. Organized by Mvaz Representações, leading German textile machine builders Brückner, Mahlo and Thies introduced at the conference equipment and technical features that enhance every production line.


Mahlo’s Area Sales Manager Miguel Lessel presented the machine builder’s latest generation of weft straightening systems. In addition to that, the participants could learn more about process control and optimization with the pick counter Famacont PMC or the residual moisture measure Textometer RMS. For highest precision and for eliminating asymmetrical distortions, Mahlo’s Orthomax RFMB is the perfect tool. Lessel explained in detail, when and where the fusion of pin wheel and roller straightening technology is optimally applied.

Representatives of Brückner and Thies focused on topics such as direct coating, heat recovery and air purification as well as dyeing machinery innovations and supplementary dyehouse equipment.


Mahlo introduces portfolio of industrial jobs on Girls’ Day

A typical male profession? Exactly these stereotypes within the working world, the Girls’ Day wants to dispel. Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG took part in this nation wide initiative again this year and introduced female young talents to task fields and job opportunities in machine building.

The German government has initiated the Girls’ Day to excite girls for scientific or technical professions. That electronics technician or industrial mechanic is not only a job for boys, participants Vanessa and Michelle agree on. Both are not averse to choose an industrial profession. “We are now in 8th grade and have to apply for jobs next year”, Michelle says. That’s why they still have a little bit time to think.


The students, however, appreciate the fact that they already know now what to expect from industrial apprenticeships at Mahlo. Because instructor Andreas Beil and the Mahlo trainees had prepared an interesting agenda for their visitors. After touring the production halls for weft straighteners and quality control systems, Vanessa and Michelle were allowed to show their practical skills by working small parts. In addition to that, they had the chance to look current apprentices over the shoulder. Josephe John, industrial mechanic, demonstrated how a pneumatic drive is build together.

“We want to encourage more girls to choose an industrial-technical profession”, says Andreas Beil. He considers the Girls’ Day a great opportunity to dismantle stereotypes and show other paths. “We would be happy at Mahlo, if we can welcome more female trainees for the industrial field over the next few years.”