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23rd August 2016, Albstadt

Mayer & Cie to launch spin-knit machine in China at ITMA Asia + CITME

Mayer & Cie., a leading circular knitting machine manufacturer, has announced a market launch of the Spinit 3.0 E in China and neighbouring countries at the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME international textile machinery fair, to be held from 21-25 October 2016 in Shanghai.

In one machine the Spinit spinning and knitting machine combines three operations: spinning, cleaning and knitting. It is the first machine type to be equipped with Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems technology.

The Spinit 3.0 E: a spinning and knitting machine in one. © Mayer & Cie.

“The official market launch of the Spinit 3.0 E in China and neighbouring states is an important milestone for us,” explained Mayer & Cie.’s Michael A. Tuschak, in charge of spinitsystems marketing and sales. “Following the general sales start of our new technology at the 2015 ITMA in Milan this is the year of its gradual roll-out. China as our most important single market is in any case especially important, but we also see significant potential for the Spinit 3.0 E in neighbouring countries such as South Korea and Taiwan.”

New spinitsystems approach

The Spinit 3.0 E is the first machine type to be equipped with Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems technology. It combines the three process steps spinning, cleaning and knitting, thereby making rewinding superfluous.

This three-in-one concept, presented at the 2015 ITMA in Milan in the shape of the market-ready Spinit 3.0 E, is a completely new approach by Mayer & Cie. Using the so-called false twist spinning process, roving is converted directly into high-quality knitwear. The benefits of the Spinit Jersey include softness and a slight sheen. There are also the pattern options that the Fancy module offers. It enables the Spinit to vary the fineness of yarn during the production process and create entirely new patterns.

The Spinit 3.0 E is the first machine type to be equipped with spinitsystems technology. © Mayer & Cie.

The technology also scores points with a significant reduction in process time due to the combination of the three process steps spinning, cleaning and knitting, the company reports. Where several machines used to be required, one machine – similar in its dimensions to a conventional knitting machine – is now sufficient. According to the manufacturer, the Spinit 3.0 E also represents a step forward in sustainability in that manufacturing knitwear with it requires much less energy than the conventional production process.

Potential for the Spinit 3.0 E

Industry professionals showed interest in the new approach at the 2015 ITMA that took place in Milan. The company’s Michael A. Tuschak believes that the technology has great opportunities for in China and a number of neighbouring countries.

“Our Spinit 3.0 E’s potential is mainly in highly developed textile markets. Where wage and manufacturing costs are high, our customers are constantly on the lookout for innovations. We have to offer something special, something that others don’t yet have. With the Spinit 3.0 E and the characteristic fabric that it produces the customer is definitely a step ahead of the rest.”

Mayer & Cie. in China

Overall, Mayer & Cie. considers itself to be well positioned to take knitting – and, soon, spin-knitting – forward in China and neighbouring countries. The circular knitting machine manufacturer has maintained a subsidiary near Shanghai since 2003.

The Mayer works near Shanghai has been the Group’s third production site for more than five years. At present, Single Jersey machines for the Chinese market are mainly assembled there. In the future, the site will also serve as a service facility for the Spinit 3.0 E.

“Local contacts are always a great advantage,” said Michael A. Tuschak. “That is something we see at ITMA Asia + CITME. The fairs are simply ‘closer’ – both literally and metaphorically – to many textile manufacturers in the region, and that is surely the best reason why our spinitsystems team will be there with detailed information and a wide range of experience to share with visitors.”

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