For German circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie., business has pretty much gone to plan over the past few years. The Albstadt headquartered company sold 860 machines in 2011, 1030 in 2012 and this year it expects to sell in excess of 1200 machines – steady growth which is impressive during a period of economic downturn – which also secures jobs in its Swabian Alb home town where today 285 people are employed, 35 more than 2 years ago.
Germany has done its bit for the global Campaign for Wool this year by initiating a special fashion project called Wool School, a design competition in cooperation with selected retail partners and colleges of fashion and design.
Scotland’s textile sector has set itself new industry growth targets after exceeding its 2020 targets for turnover growth and research and development investment by 12% and 96% respectively. The latest figures, Scottish Enterprise says, recognise the significant gains in international trade which see the industry well on its way to achieving a 50% increase in exports by 2017.
Leading circular knitting machine builder Mayer & Cie. has introduced a newly developed needle for its OVJA 1.1 TTRB circular garment length machine which allows the knitting of fabrics in different gauges on the same machine.
Ramsay McDonald Group, textile agents in Australasia, is pleased to offer for sale a full and comprehensive range of knitting and dyeing production plant and equipment located at the New South Wales, Australia sites of Standard Knit Fabrics and Universal Dye Works.
The topic of responsible textile creation became the subject of a roundtable discussion for the first time at the Première Vision apparel fabric show, that took place from 17-19 September in Paris.
Nearly 200 industry players, such as knitters, weavers, fashion brands, designers and consumers, attended the conference to hear the panel of fashion and textile experts discuss the new issues of responsibility in the textile industry.
Texworld USA, the apparel fabrics show in North America, has partnered with Manufacture NY, a fashion incubator for emerging designers. The partnership is expected to provide designers with an opportunity to source fabrics and speak with Manufacture NY about their products and services offered.
“Our goal is to be able to provide all the necessary resources for our attendees at Texworld USA. By partnering with Manufacture NY we will be able to provide our visitors with an interactive show floor and for our emerging designers, a premium resource on how to start their brand,” commented John P. Gallagher, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt.
In view of ever shorter innovation cycles in the textiles and clothing industries, machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer says it finds that four years is quite a long time between the ITMA exhibitions in Europe, the leading trade fair for international textile machinery builders. This is the reason why the company decided to present its latest machine innovations halfway between ITMA 2011 in Barcelona and ITMA 2015 in Milan at an Open House exhibition at its German headquarters a few weeks ago.
The German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA) is arranging two technological conferences in Indian textile centres this year in order to improve the level of knowledge about German textile machinery manufacturers and to spread information about the latest technological developments.
The VDMA event series will bear the title 'German technology meets Indian textiles'. It will be held at the Taj President Hotel in Mumbai on 3 December and at the Le Meridian Hotel in Coimbatore on 5 December.
The textile machinery builder Karl Mayer has announced some of the new courses that will feature in the programme at the Karl Mayer Academy, which specialises in well targeted knowledge transfer.
This training centre is based at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen and also has branches in India and China.