Chances, risks and side effects of a visionary revolution

Does the textile industry need Industry 4.0? While textile production was partly responsible for starting the industrial revolution 1.0 at the end of 18th century, the current version is supported by the German government and the economy. Therefore, it is not a product of the industry but more of a vision that should come to life the next years. And that is a good thing. Even for the textile industry. Or better: especially for the textile industry.

A large part of the German textile factories are grown businesses. Modern installations stand side by side with machines every museum would be happy to own. The highlight: often, these old machines were made to specification, designed and built 50 years ago by the company’s owner and the machine builder. The problem is neither the owner nor the technical engineer is still active. But especially these achievements from the past can bring competitive advantage for German companies in the international fight for market shares even today. Only connecting these machines to the remaining corporate structure is causing problems to the manufacturers.

That is where Industry 4.0 starts. Production is redesigned so that the individual units can work independently but are also able to exchange information with each other. The older machines must not be excluded from this process. The opportunity for an exchange has to exist for every part of the value chain. Only if high-quality work from the beginning to the end of the production line is guaranteed, the goods can fulfil the high demands requested from “Made in Germany”-products. And only by knowing the exact data and by optimising the relevant parameters, efficiency and profit can be increased.

Mahlo and Industry 4.0

Here comes the Mahlo-philosophy into play: according to the founder Dr. Eng. Heinz Mahlo’s favourite motto ‘you can only control what you can measure’, the German manufacturer’s process control system collects important data and optimises on this basis the equivalent parameters like speed, residual moisture or the fan speed of the stenter frame. The Bavarian family-owned company focuses on the dryers because they often present a bottleneck in production and set the rhythm for the overall manufacturing process. By using a compatible sensor system and fitting linkage, the customer is not only able to access his machines from everywhere as long as an internet connection is provided, he also has the option to link every machine with a proper connectivity to the network via an OPC UA server – an interface for software from different suppliers.  Mahlo’s new generation (G15) of weft straighteners, sensors and control loops are just one click away from the existing machines’ individual data. One special feature is the individual design of the user surface. The machine operator can display thread count, residual moisture, fan speed or dwell time prominently and suitable for his own demands. Always present: skew and bow distortion. Where exactly you see this information on the 12’ touchscreen is the user’s sole decision.

Optimised process controll increases profit

An optimum process control does not just lead to an imminent increase of quality, efficiency and profit. In times of rising tensions between customer and supplier the exact recording of process data is always a hedge against unjustified complaints or stock devaluation. In addition to that, quality standards, which have been achieved by using Mahlo technology, can be provided to partner businesses immediately. Due to this configuration, the same quality can be obtained everywhere in the world. That saves time in the laboratory and pushes the interconnected companies one step closer to 100% ‘right at first time’.

As positive as the interconnection between different machines within the textile production chain can be, it also makes sense to consider the risks. Top ranking are viruses and malware (“WannaCry”).  For textile manufacturers, this means that dye kitchens and laboratories are no longer the quality centre. In future the IT will play a superior part in every company. Smaller businesses that cannot afford their own IT-department become dependent on service providers and are forced to pass on their know-how to third-party suppliers.

However, these side effects should not divert the attention from the fact that the identification of the textile goods along the value chain can result in hard cash. The clear language of data in real time allows the user to forgo safety margins and ensures better transparency in every way possible. This in turn leads to savings in energy management and quality assurance as well as a higher efficiency. These factors summed up result in more profit at the end of every working day.

Therefore, the answer to the question asked in the beginning can only be: Yes! The textile industry needs Industry 4.0. So we should ask ourselves when and how we begin to implement it. Regardless if the state funds it or not, the networking will step-by-step enter our working environment. In addition to the challenges which come with the introduction of every new technology (“change management), the employer has to consider how the new role of the machines in the daily work routine is communicated.   If you see the factory as a social-economical system, how you include the factor human being will play an important role with the current change of paradigm. More than enough visions exist of how everyday will look like when machines have taken control. None of them is pleasant. So it is our task to build our own enjoyable and economical future.

Reunión entre Technologia Alemana y Textiles Mexicanos – MAHLO



Dia :  11/8/2017 

8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Registration, coffee & tea 
9:30 am – 10:15 am
  • Brief welcome address from VDMA / Introduction of participating VDMA members
10:15 am – 10:45 am
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Nuevas tendencias en el Mercado de las maquinas circularesOrador

    Horst Maier
    Regional Sales Manager

10:50 am – 11:20 am
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Minimizing the edge cuttings of knitted fabricsOrador

    Klaus Baumann
    Head of Sales Division Textile
    11:20 am – 11:40 am
  • Coffee break

11:40 am – 12:15 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Key to the future markets – Digitization in warp knitting & engineered fabrics and sustainability in sizing and indigo yarn dye process Señor Lutz Heinig, Sales Manager Technical Textiles, Karl Mayer North America


    Nelson Da Cruz
    Area Sales Manager 
    KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
12:20 pm – 12:50 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Cost-effective finishing of Denim eco-LineOrador

    Hans-Gerhard Wroblowski
    Sales Director SEA
    A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG
    12:50 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch

    2:00 pm – 2:35 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Smart Factory – ¡La clave para el futuro! Orador

    Mr Peter Thys
    Sales Manager / Gerente de ventas
    Sedo Treepoint GmbH
    2:40 pm – 3:10 pm
  • La última tecnología en teñido por agotamiento de textiles


    Ronald Schrell
    President Thies Corp. USA
    Thies GmbH & Co
  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Incrementar la rentabilidad en el proceso de teñido y acabado textilOrador

    Stefan Saam
    Sales Director
    SETEX Schermuly textile computer GmbH
    3:50 pm – 4:20 pm
  • Turn mercerising waste water into money


    Dipl.-Ing. Karl Hesse
    Senior project engineer Caustic Recovery Plants (CRP)
    Körting Hannover AG
    4:20 pm – 4:40 pm
  • Coffee break

    4:40 pm – 5:15 pm

  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Latest sensors and controls for textile finishingOrador

    Dr. Ralf Pleva
    Managing Director
    PLEVA GmbH
    5:20 pm – 5:50 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Non-lubricated systems as lower maintenance execution for ARTOS and KRANTZ tentering machinesSeñor Peter Heier, Sales Manager, INTERSPARE

5:55 pm – 6:25 pm
  • Textile machinery and components for the Apparel and Hometextile Industry
    Versatile Finishing Systems for unique Surface EffectsSeñor Holger Deglau, Sales Manager XETMA Vollenweider

    6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Interactive conference session

    VDMA will use an online tool to receive the feedback from the conference participants. Do not miss this interactive session about markets and trends.

    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Conference Dinner

    Welcome Address
    Señor José Cohen Sitton, Presidente, Cámara Nacional de la Industria Textil, CANAINTEX

    8:30 am – 9:30 am
    9:30 am – 10:00 am
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens / Innovation in BCF


      Chip Hartzog
      President of Oerlikon Textile Inc.
      Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
      Michael Ruebenhagen
      Regional Sales Director
      Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      El mundo fascinante de tejido estrecho – productos y aplicaciones


      Ing. Héctor Centeno
      Director General
      Jakob Muller Trading de Mexico S.A. de C.V.
       10:05 am – 10:35 am
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Testing solutions from Fibre to Fabric


      Dr. Stefan Fliescher
      Assistant Managing Director
      Textechno Herbert Stein GmbH & Co. KG
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      YarnStar 3+ – no compromise between efficiency and quality for the production of coated yarn

      Señor Mario Kempka, Area Sales Manager, Georg Sahm

      Señor Tobias Schumacher, Director Alpha-Tex de México

       10:35 am – 10:55 am
    • Coffee break

       10:55 am – 11:30 am
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Process cutting and quality improvement in Rotorspinning

      Señor Gerhard Wienands, Sales Director Mexico, Trützschler

    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Técnica y tecnología más moderna para la producción de telas no tejidas y su aplicación


      Axel Philipps
      Sales Manager
      Temafa GmbH
      11:35 am – 12:05 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      E³ – comprehensive answers to the questions of the spinning industry

      Señor Klaus Boltz, Sales Manager, Schlafhorst (Saurer)


      Ing. Isidro Ortega Gutierrez
      Vendedor Sub Region Mexico
      Schlafhorst Zweigniederlassung der Saurer Germany GmbH & Co. KG
      Ing. Hugo Jorge Rios Ruiz
      Vendedor Sub Region Puebla
      Schlafhorst Zweigniederlassung der Saurer Germany GmbH & Co. KG
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Técnica y tecnología más moderna para la producción de telas no tejidas y su aplicación


      Domenico Craviolo
      Sales Manager
      DILO Systems GmbH
       12:10 pm – 12:40 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Advanced Conditioning and heat setting of textiles


      Claus Koch
      President and CEO
      Welker Vakuum GmbH
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Brückner – La tecnología smart alcanza al Internet of Things (IoT)


       12:40 pm – 1:45 pm
    • Lunch

      1:45 pm – 2:20 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      El significado de la aplicación de parafina y del valor de fricción en la calidad del hilado


      Michael Binder
      Technical Manager
      Reseda Binder KG
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Energy-efficient hydroentanglement


      Alexander Stampfer
      Regional Sales Director
      Autefa Solutions Germany GmbH
       2:25 pm – 2:55 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Outstanding bearing technology for highest yarn quality at highest production speed and longest lifetime


      Claudia Mueller
      Area Sales Manager
      Saurer Components GmbH Zweigniederlassung Hammelburg
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      On-line Measurement and Quality Control Technologies


      Miguel Lessel
      Area Sales Manager Spain, Portugal, Latin America
      Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG
      2:55 pm – 3:15 pm
    • Coffee break
      3:15 pm – 3:50 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Solution for Increased Efficiency in Staple Fiber Twisting


    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Optimización del proceso de cardado en la producción de no tejidos

      Señor Richard Morell, Sales Manager Latin America, Carding Division, Groz-Beckert


      Richard Morell
      Sales Manager Latin America Carding division
      Groz-Beckert KG
      3:55 pm – 4:25 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Automacion para Hilatura 

      Señor Javier Pena, NEUENHAUSER

    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Innovative needlepunch line solutions for the automotive industry


      Rami Amous
      Area Sales Manager
      ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau SAS
      4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Parallel session: Textile machinery & components for the fiber & yarn industry
      Interactive conference session

      VDMA will use an online tool to receive the feedback from the conference participants. Do not miss this interactive session about markets and trends.

    • Parallel session: Textile machinery and components for the nonwovens and technical textiles industry
      Interactive conference session

      VDMA will use an online tool to receive the feedback from the conference participants. Do not miss this interactive session about markets and trends.


Taking inspiration from traditional Japanese culture and thanks to Tonello knowledge and technological solutions, a new collection of laser designs is ready to be presented on our Laser Design Shop. From simple to more elaborated designs, Tonello provides you a wide range of possibilities.

Tonello Laser Design Shop New Collection

Symbols and motifs have always been an integral part of Japanese aesthetics, both in traditional and modern designs. These symbols can be found integrated in many of the items through graphics, textiles and applied arts. With our new collection, we combined the deep symbolism of Japan with state-of-the-art Tonello finishing technologies and high-end indigo yarns by Unitin.

From designs that take inspiration from nature, to more geometrical ones which remind of origami folding and kimono patterns, our new collection encapsulates the true essence of Japan icons, and is just a click away.












As a timeless classic of fashion, denim continues to lend itself to new uses, evolving its forms such that it remains the undisputed king of casual comfortable dressing.

Tonello DEN/IM 2.0

Denim is a versatile partner to pair with anything and is a must-have in every season” commented Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development – Denim at Lenzing.

In an age where new innovations and interpretations drive the denim category there is always something that emerges as a new way forward and den/IM 2.0 is presenting itself as that new evolution.

“Associated with this collection you will hear terms such as compression, ventilation, moisture control, thermal conductivity and body mapping; and these are used alongside traditional denim terms such as indigo shade, fade-down and laser marking” explained Patrick Silva, Santoni Marketing Manager.

Each knitted garment in the collection incorporates different combinations of fibers and knitted structures to create a unique cross-over concept. It’s all about integrating several sportswear benefits into the authentic denim world.

Traditional sportswear, made with the cut and sew concept, from one material and one fabric structure has a limited ability to provide sufficient local wear comfort. Body mapping seamless sportswear consists of one piece of multiple knit structure fabric which provides improved wear comfort by adjusting local body heat exchanges.

The seamless functional features can incorporate superior moisture wicking by incorporating TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers in a unique two-layer construction; inclusion of high performance yarns provide superior temperature regulation and a perfect microclimate for the skin.

Engineering seamless fabric thickness provides padding that allows greater body protection without sacrificing moisture management or temperature regulation. Engineered ventilation areas and 3D knitted structures are positioned where most needed.

“At Tonello, we strongly believe in collaborations, especially when aimed at bringing truly innovative solutions to the market. Combining our finishing technologies like ECOfree, Laser Blaze and Core, with the high-end products offered by Lenzing, Santoni and Unitin, we were able to achieve a brand-new product with technical performance and an authentic denim taste.” Summarized R&D Manager Alice Tonello

The den/IM 2.0 collection will debut at BlueZone/Munich Fabric Start on September 5- 7th in Munich, Germany.



Mahlo congratulates industrial clerks on passing final exam / Stefan Roggenhofer with vocational school’s special award

Three years of total commitment to job and vocational school as well as final exams in various subjects: Industrial clerks must pass these challenges to complete their apprenticeship. The trainees of Mahlo GmbH + Co.KG have now achieved this goal. One even with great success.

“Nobody can take away from you, what you are holding in your hands right now. Congratulations!” With these kind words and the certificate of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Mahlo’s CEO Rainer Mestermann complimented his employees Tanja Fleck and Stefan Roggenhofer. Both have completed their apprenticeship successfully – as well as Daniel Ziegler who couldn’t attend the ceremony due to a job change. But Stefan Roggenhofer’s performance deserves special attention: because of his educational background, he was not only able to shorten his apprenticeship from three years to 21 month, but also got honoured with the ‘Cities’ and Communities’ Award’ by the vocational school Kelheim for his academic achievement. Therefore, he got a certificate and price money at the graduation ceremony.  “Of course we are also happy about his performance”, Mestermann said. But he also praises every apprentice. “Our trainees are all highly motivated and very involved.”

Besides Roggenhofer, Ziegler and Fleck, four other young talents are learning the profession of an industrial clerk. They complete their education dually in the company and the vocational school. During their practical phases at Mahlo, the apprentices are employed in every department. They also have the chance to spend some time in production. A big advantage, Fleck is sure of: “By that, we get an even better handle on our products and processes.” Roggenhofer is especially keen on the trust Mahlo has in its junior staff. “We were soon allowed to work independently and to assume responsibility.” The period of apprenticeship flew by quickly, both agree. Now they are looking forward to their next professional steps at Mahlo. CEO Mestermann, in the name of the management, wished them all the best for their future.

New series of KARL MAYER training courses on double-bar raschel knitting machines

Pressing all the right buttons when producing spacer textiles

KARL MAYER is expanding the courses available in its own Academy in Obertshausen, and the first of the courses on double-bar raschel machines will take place in August 2017.

The course will focus on training the participants on the RD 7/2-12 EN – to ensure that everything runs smoothly when using the machine on a daily basis, and to enable the potential of the technology to be fully exploited. The main elements of the practical course cover the construction and design of the machine, the KAMCOS® automation platform, and the design possibilities offered by the machine technology.

The emphasis is on patterning and product design

The benefits of the RD 7/2-12 EN lie mainly with its patterning possibilities. For this reason, the participants on the new RD course will concentrate on producing spacer textiles having different designs, including attractive zigzag patterns in the style of Missoni, which have a pronounced three-dimensional look produced by using a specific construction and multicoloured effects. The participants will learn just how easy it is to produce these types of patterns using the EN drive. In terms of its cost:benefit ratio, this innovative development from KARL MAYER is tailor-made for those applications where the performance requirements can be met by the features offered by the mechanical version but which want to exploit the benefits of using electronic systems. As a result, new lappings can be tested and the patterns can be changed quickly and easily. The ProCad warpknit design software also enables the design potential of the machine to be fully exploited.

Small groups, compact training

The practice-oriented courses last for a week. They are held in KARL MAYER’s modern Development Centre and are aimed at developers, machine operators and service engineers. The trainees are taught in small groups of between four and six. This ensures that the training is intense and also provides scope for dealing with any specific requirements. The first training course will begin on 14 August 2017. Subsequent training courses will take place from 4 to 8 September and from 16 to 20 October. These new courses from the KARL MAYER Academy have been well received by customers. “We are taking new registrations all the time,” confirmed Robert Kuna, one of the instructors. Anyone still wishing to take part can register at .

PRODYE-R – A large project paves the way for success

KARL MAYER ROTAL is making a name for itself with the new indigo dyeing machine and a huge project in the rope dyeing sector.

After becoming a world leader in the denim segment Fashion/Premium KARL MAYER ROTAL now also increases efficiency and reduces costs in rope dyeing within the segment Genuine/Standard.

The denim business is as lucrative as it is varied. Generally, there are three market segments: fashion/premium, genuine/standard and commodity. In the fashion denim business, producers have come to rely primarily on KARL MAYER ROTAL for their warp preparation operations. This Italian subsidiary of KARL MAYER has developed the PRODYE-S indigo dyeing machine to cater for the stylish jeans collections of well-known brand manufacturers, and has thus become a world leader. The “S” stands for Slasher dyeing, a dyeing process in which the yarn is wound onto warp beams. On the other hand, there is rope dyeing – which is normally used to produce genuine/standard denim – in which the yarn is dyed in rope form.

The success of PRODYE-S is based on its unique performance. Compared to conventional machines available on the market, this innovative slasher dyeing machine gurarantees a much lower water consumption, less waste, and deeper, brilliant indigo shades. The proportion of dyestuff out of the total yarn weight is 5.5% maximum. The production rate can also be doubled when processing lightweight denim fabrics.

KARL MAYER ROTAL’s PRODYE-R indigo dyeing machine can deliver all these benefits and can also be used in the genuine/standard segment.

The PRODYE-R increases efficiency and reduces costs in rope dyeing

The PRODYE-R indigo rope dyeing machine operates with just eight dyeing units to produce deep, pure shades with a dye application of up to 5.5% of the yarn weight. The short wet zone reduces the bath volume by up to 25%. Furthermore, when changing the ball, the warp length remaining in the machine, which is unusable, can be reduced by 20%. Overall, the machine uses less energy and water and fewer chemicals. In fact, the water consumption can be reduced by roughly 30%. The programmable cans, into which the dyed ropes are laid in a precise arrangement, also make the long chain beaming process more efficient.

Market penetration thanks to a large project

The PRODYE-R complements KARL MAYER ROTAL’s product portfolio. With the new dyeing machine, the BALL WARPER, the LONG CHAIN BEAMER and the PROSIZE®, this company is the only global manufacturer involved in the one-stop provision of highly innovative rope dyeing technology. This concept is impressive. One of the biggest companies involved in making-up denim clothing in Turkey, the Taypa Group, is cooperating with KARL MAYER ROTAL on a huge project in Algeria. A textile complex for producing textiles and apparel is to be built on an area of 250 hectares in this North African country, which will create 25,000 new jobs. The planned annual output is 60 million metres of fabric per year. In December 2013, Taypa set up a joint venture with two state-run Algerian textile companies to implement these ambitious plans. In the first stage of this project in the province of Relizane, eleven integrated factories, mainly for producing jeans and other apparel fabrics, will be set up by the spring of 2018. KARL MAYER ROTAL will supply the warp preparation technology for producing the denim (Fig.). The first large shipment left for Algeria in the middle of May 2017. 60 containers were needed to ship the PRODYE-R machines alone, of which several were ordered.

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.

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