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26th July 2016, Albstadt

Mayer & Cie. to exhibit latest machinery at ITMA Asia + CITME

German knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. will be exhibiting the company’s latest machinery at this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME textile machinery exhibition that will be held from 21-25 October in Shanghai.

Machines that will be on show in Shanghai in October are the OVJA 1.6 EE and the MSC 3.2 II. Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems spinning and knitting technology will be also represented by an info stand.

Mayer & Cie. CN and its employees with Benjamin Mayer, Managing Director Mayer & Cie., in the middle of the back row. This is where the MSC 3.2 II and the MDC 2.2 are assembled. © Mayer & Cie.

“ITMA Asia + CITME is a very important platform for customers from the world’s largest textiles market China and neighbouring Asian countries,” said Wolfgang Müller, Head of Sales at Mayer & Cie. “One reason why is the fact that Shanghai is much easier to reach for, say, Indian, Pakistani or Iranian textile manufacturers than European ITMA venues. For us, in turn, China is our most important single market, so we are not going to miss out on taking part in the trade fair this year.”

Single jersey machine

The machines that Mayer & Cie. will be exhibiting at ITMA Asia + CITME stand for two different competence areas that the circular knitting machine manufacturer serves in the Asian market. The MSC 3.2 II single jersey machine with its technology based on that of the S4 3.2 II, was specially developed for the Chinese market. It is assembled at Mayer & Cie. China and the machine’s knitting head and key components come from Germany.

The MSC 3.2 II is designed for high productivity and reaches a speed of 35 rpm for a 30-inch diameter. It knits single jersey and single jersey structures with up to four needle tracks and single jersey structures plated, producing fine-gauge E36 fabrics. With the MSC 3.2 II Mayer & Cie. says it has succeeded in addressing the mid-market segment in China and its immediate neighbours.

The knitting head, the heart of every machine, comes from Germany. The MSC 3.2 II is finally assembled at the Chinese Mayer works. © Mayer & Cie.

At ITMA Asia + CITME Mayer & Cie. is exhibiting the machine for the first time on an industrial open-width frame. Rudolf Crass, Mayer & Cie.’s regional sales manager for China and the Far East, commented: “We are noticing an increasing overall demand for industrial frames, especially among customers who set great store by productivity. Combined with an open-width frame both the quantity and range of possible further knitwear processing are increased significantly.”

Jacquard machine

The other machine that Mayer & Cie. is showcasing in Shanghai is the OVJA 1.6 EE, a Jacquard machine with double electronics that is much in demand for the manufacture of, for example, high-quality mattress cover fabrics, in the creative fashion industry and for knitted footwear.

Single needle selection for both the cylinder and the dial cam makes for even more flexible patterns, the company reports. That in turn makes the production of small lots uncomplicated and thereby profitable.

The OVJA 1.6 EE with double electronics for both the cylinder and the dial cam is used to manufacture high-quality mattress cover fabrics. © Mayer & Cie.

“The production of top-quality mattress cover fabrics is a very important niche market for MCT,” Crass explained. “In this market Mayer & Cie. can score points in all global markets with its OVJA product family Jacquard machines, and China is no exception.”


The spinitsystems spinning and knitting technology will be represented by an info stand at ITMA Asia + CITME. The Mayer & Cie. team headed by Michael A. Tuschak, in charge of spinitsystems marketing and sales, is accompanying the gradual rollout of the Spinit 3.0 E.

In China the Spinit 3.0 E’s official market launch will be at ITMA Asia + CITME. The Spinit 3.0 E is the first machine type to be equipped with the spinitsystems spinning and knitting technology.

Mayer & Cie. China

Mayer & Cie. has maintained a subsidiary in China’s Shanghai province since 2003. It was founded as a service branch but at what is now the Mayer Group’s third production site machines are increasingly assembled for and sold in the domestic market.

“Around 300 machines – mainly Single machines – will be leaving our factory in China this year,” said Rudolf Crass. “Our customers are, for the most part, Chinese contract knitters who are increasingly setting up in business in China’s neighbouring countries. That is because Chinese wage costs have risen sharply in recent years. Our largest orders are placed by Chinese customers who then set up their machines in, say, Vietnam or Bangladesh.”


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