KARL MAYER will participate in Irantex, Techtextil India and Composites Europe

A September packed with trade fairs

KARL MAYER is looking forward to an autumn with plenty of action on the trade fair front. In September 2017, this leading producer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines will exhibit on a joint German stand at three trade shows.

Irantex – an industry fair that is in an upbeat mood

KARL MAYER will start its trade fair “marathon’ by participating in Irantex. The 23rd International Exhibition of Textile Machinery, Raw Materials, Home Textiles, Embroidery Machines and Textile Products will take place from 4 to 7 September 2017 on the site of the Tehran International Permanent Fairground. KARL MAYER will be showing a wide range of samples and information material in the German hall. In hall number 38, which is located in the middle of the site, this company has reserved an area on the joint official stand, which covers an area of 350 m².

Profiting from a changing sector – with Techtextil India

There will also be a German pavilion at Techtextil India, which will take place from 13 to 15 September in the Bombay Exhibition Centre. KARL MAYER will be one of the many exhibitors on the joint stand, and will use the opportunity to show its range of warp knitting and warp preparation machines for producing technical textiles. “In India, as well, conventional textile producers are increasingly looking for another string to their bow and for alternative business fields, and they therefore represent an important target group for our versatile technical solutions,” says the Senior Sales Manager, Bastian Fritsch. The products manufactured on KARL MAYER’s machines are used as blood vessels in the medical sector, as advertising billboards on building façades, as tarpaulins for securing loads on trucks and lorries, and for providing strength and stability when used as geogrids in earthworks. These are just a few of the many applications that are also important in India

Composite Europe will be demonstrating strong solutions for fibre-reinforced composites

KARL MAYER will be exhibiting at Composite Europe with its subsidiary, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH. This manufacturer will be exhibiting as an indispensable partner to the composites sector at this European trade fair, which will take place from 19 to 21 September 2017. KARL MAYER Technische Textilien can supply the COP MAX 4 (Figs. 1+2) multiaxial warp knitting machine for producing high-performance composites. This is a flexible, all-round machine for producing multilayered, multiaxial textiles with angles varying from a maximum of +20° to -20°. The COP MAX 5, which is especially suitable for processing carbon fibres, will also be on show. This machine can be used to produce multiaxial textiles in very low weights from carbon fibres. The fibres can be delivered both online or offline. For the offline version, KARL MAYER Technische Textilien can supply the UD 700 fibre spreading unit  for spreading the fibre tapes.

Information on these technical systems and product samples can be obtained from the Composites Germany Pavilion, hall 4, stand A43_c. This joint stand will bring together members of the Composites Germany Trade Association.

In-house show of superlatives to mark KARL MAYER’s 80th anniversary

 KARL MAYER celebrates with its business partners at its headquarters in Obertshausen on 06.07.2017

KARL MAYER, the world leader and a trendsetter in the production of warp knitting and warp preparation machines is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2017. 80 years of successfully doing business also means eight decades of providing the textile sector with the latest innovations.

KARL MAYER is demonstrating these by holding a number of celebrations to mark its anniversary, during which in-house shows at the company’s various locations will give an insight into the production technology and likely textile developments of the future. The highlight of these innovation shows was an event held at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen.

Presentation of a modern company to a global audience

The celebration, which was held at the company’s headquarters on 6 July 2017, brought together customers from all over the world. More than 750 guests came from 50 countries. Some of the visitors accepted long and troublesome journeys, coming for example from India, China, Taiwan and Japan.

KARL MAYER was presenting itself to the visitors as a company, which is ideally placed to face the future. During a guided tour, they were shown the completely renovated Component Production Department, an Assembly Hall, which was only opened at the end of last year, and the modern Development Centre.

Over the last five years, KARL MAYER has invested extensively in improving the competitiveness of its high-tech locations in Germany, Italy and Japan, and has spent a total of € 60 million. The money was invested in new plant, modernising the production facilities, and new IT systems.

During the tour of the halls, it quickly became clear that KARL MAYER is passionate about the future. “The company has changed enormously since my last visit. The facilities and general atmosphere are extremely modern and progressive,” said Ning Yi Shen, the Managing Director of Tianhai Lace, thus, stating the general impressions.

„We are presenting ourselves successfully as innovative world market leader. All the customers are impressed by the new factory hall added to our headquarters and by the new and innovative further developments of our machines,” confirmed Arno Gärtner, KARL MAYER’s CEO during the event.”

Facing the future with a modern innovation show

In the Development Centre, the guests were treated to a unique, multimedia innovation show. Progressive solutions have enabled the company to grow. KARL MAYER is a world leader in its business fields of warp knitting machines, technical textiles and warp preparation. “The product innovations which, in many cases, we have developed in cooperation with you, our business partners, have been a decisive factor in our success over the last 80 years,” said Arno Gärtner, during his welcoming speech. Innovations will also be important in the future, and there will be a demand not only for progressive, technical systems but also for innovative services, processes, new organisational structures and new ways of operating. The whole textile value-added chain will be optimised by intelligent systems, automation and lean processes.

Digitisation is an important aspect in this case. “Digitisation is changing our world rapidly. This applies to both how we work and live,” explained the CFO, Dr. Helmut Preßl. Sustainability and the efficient use of resources also present huge challenges to the textile machine sector. KARL MAYER is working on all of these aspects. In keeping with its motto, “We care about your future,” the company always has one eye on added value for its customers. “We know that, without you, our business partners, KARL MAYER would not be so successful,” said Dr. Helmut Preßl to the assembled guests. Right from the beginning, the founder, Karl Mayer, focused on close collaboration and cooperation with his customers, and set up company sites on its main markets.

The impressive, in-house show clearly demonstrated what could be achieved for its customers through team spirit, passion, a high level of expertise, and an understanding of the market. The musician, Alex Auer, was also inspired by the noise of the machines and created the Sound of Innovation, a piece for the guitar and high-tech production technology.

The in-house show was demonstrating nine partially revamped and newly developed machines from KARL MAYER’s Warp Knitting, Technical Textiles and Warp Preparation Business Units, as well as new textile developments having the potential to generate new business. The visitors were extremely impressed by the show. “KARL MAYER is extremely innovative and progressive in all its machine sectors. The machines feature a high level of automation, operate at an impressive level of efficiency, and are easy to operate. They are the kings among the machines available on the market,” said Leo Wu of Wu Luen Knitting Co., Ltd.


GIESSE GROUP will be present at SHANGAITEX 2017 and will be waiting for you on stand E1B21 in the spinning department (in Shanghai from November 27th to November 30th ). Our staff will be at your disposal for information and demonstrations.

For contacts and appointments: commerciale@giesseitaly.com.


Mahlo-Team learned how to extinguish a fire safely

A discarded cigarette stub, an afterglow in the grill or flying sparks: especially during dry, hot summer days one inattentive moment can cause a fire. With a special fire drill, Mahlo employees had the chance to learn how to act correctly in an emergency.


“Reacting quickly and properly can prevent worse things”, says Norbert Thom, fire prevention officer at Mahlo. Even a little fire can spread quickly and become an inferno within minutes. “Many people don’t have the courage to extinguish the fire because they are afraid or don’t know how”. To erase this insecurity, Mahlo officials had organised the fire drill. With a fire training system – provided by Freiwillige Feuerwehr Saal a.d. Donau – Thom introduces his colleagues to the correct handling of a fire extinguisher. A big part of the company’s staff didn’t miss the chance. Thom did not only describe different types of extinguishers and extinguishing agents but also explained the correct behaviour when putting out the fire. Fighting the flames downwind, from front to back and at its most energised point are the most important rules. And first and foremost: never put yourself in danger! If one assess the situations as too risky, better call the local fire department under 112.

Mahlo-CEO Rainer Mestermann set a good example at the drill: courageously, he took a fire extinguisher and fought against the flames. He had to realise they were not ready to give in easily. Based on this experience, the more important is the fire drill, he thinks: “Our employees’ safety is always first. In order to prepare them for the exceptional situation ‘fire’, no matter whether in work or personal life, we organised the fire drill.” A special thanks also goes to the FFW Saal a.d. Donau for their support.  

Techtextil India 2017

International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens

Date 13.09.2017 – 15.09.2017
Country India
City Mumbai
Location / hall Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai, India
Frequency Biennial
Organizer Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd.
215 Atrium, B – Wing, 2nd Floor
Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri East
Mumbai 400093, India
Tel: +91 22 6144 5900
Web address http://​techtextil-india.​in.​messefrankfurt.​com
E-Mail info@india.messe­frank­furt.com

3D constructions are opening up new design horizons

A new clothing collection made from warp-knitted spacer textiles, created by the designer, Maria Valdez

Warp-knitted spacer textiles were originally the domain of technical and semi-technical applications, but for a long time now, they have been making inroads into the clothing sector. Their exceptional characteristics are the reason why designers are increasingly turning to spacer textiles. With their three-dimensional construction,                                     

these voluminous textiles deliver excellent climatic comfort. Their draping characteristics mean that they can be used to produce puffball styles, as well as wide shapes, extravagant contours and rigid design details. Spacer textiles can tap into their extensive draping potential by using suitable making-up processes. In this case, the right type of edges and seams is crucial. In many cases, spacer textiles are being processed by ultrasonic welding technology to produce neat edges. With this process, which is based on a vibration principle, the textile is cut and neatened in a single step. This produces edges that are flat, which feel soft against the skin without scratching. The high wear comfort is the result of the process itself. With ultrasonic welding, the pile yarns are melted with the yarns in the cover faces so that they cannot protrude from the surface and scratch the skin. The same applies to the seams at the joining places. Cut and seal ultrasonic technology is used to join 3D textiles together; two layers of the textile are ultrasonically cut and a joining seam is formed at the same time. This is then covered with a band on a hot-air machine to produce a firm, flat, soft seam.


The models shown here are examples of the designs that can be produced by combining ultrasonic welding technology with warp-knitted spacer textiles. The garments, with their extravagant styling, were created and produced by the designer, Maria Valdez, from the company, Nucleus, on behalf of KARL MAYER. This textile machinery manufacturer supplied the spacer textiles – a red and white patterned type produced on an RD 7/2-12 EN in a gauge of E 28 and a version patterned with a chessboard design produced on an RD 4 N EL in a gauge of E 32. The two fabrics are extremely soft, thin and light and made from 100% polyester. The construction has breathable knitted constructions on the two surfaces and an air-carrying spacer layer in-between, which enables the spacer textile to provide excellent climatic comfort.


Multibar lace – classic yet always something new

KARL MAYER continues to develop multibar lace – with block yarn guides and bourdon cords

The trend for using lace to create stylish garments continues unabated, and is especially making the fabrics produced on KARL MAYER’s multibar raschel machines real best-sellers.

This lace, with its typical relief-like patterns, can be produced in a wide variety of designs – ranging from classic styles to modern and extravagant looks, which bring an impressive quality and a touch of “va va voom” to the garments. As a leading producer of warp knitting machines, KARL MAYER is also ensuring that the market for multibar lace is always interesting – by constantly introducing new developments. Two of the most recent innovations include the processing of extremely thick bourdon cords and the use of block yarn guides. The developers at KARL MAYER always look closely at the market and talk to their customers before developing new products.

Thick liners create striking pattern effects

Bourdon cords are classic materials used for designing apparel lace, and produce striking patterns. Thick yarns especially enable multifaceted and striking contours to be produced, but they are not that easy to handle during the production process. The guide bars in the front shog lines on the tried-and-tested ML 46 were fitted with special guides for processing chunky bourdon cords. Non-stretch types can now be used in counts of up to 2,500 dtex, and stretch types of up to 3,300 dtex can even be processed. The maximum possible yarn counts for multibar raschel machines equipped with standard knitting elements are just over half of these values respectively.

The decorative impact of this relief lace, with its “moving”, three-dimensional surface, can be specifically enhanced by integrating multicoloured effects. These multicoloured designs can be produced by using bourdon cords with a sheath of viscose, followed by package dyeing. Alternatively they can be produced from fancy yarns, which may be produced by plying together yarns of different colour, for example. Liners made from textured polyamide, in a count of 3,000 dtex, for example, can even be processed without any problems on the ML 46.

Jacquard-like grounds produced using block yarn guides

The main requirement of lace is that it should offer a wide variety of different styles and types. Different effects can be produced by the lapping arrangement of the pattern yarns, as well as by the design of the ground. Multibar lace machines, equipped with block yarn guides, can show just what types of grounds can be produced. During the development work recently carried out at KARL MAYER, the MLF 60/32 was equipped with 1″-block yarn guides in the six string bars of the last shog line. As well as working traditional pillar stitch/weft combinations, this additional yarn system opens up extra design possibilities, especially when working jacquard-like structures, such as Binche designs, open rib patterns and distorted honeycomb nets.

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Notice Concerning Transactions with Affiliates世界地図1. Controls from Toyota Motor Corporation(“TMC”)
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