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29th May 2019, Obertshausen

Karl Mayer becomes meeting-point for the sector

Karl Mayer attracted crowds at this month’s Techtextil. © Karl Mayer

Karl Mayer attracted crowds at this month’s Techtextil. © Karl Mayer

Karl Mayer, a leading warp knitting machinery manufacturer, was exhibiting as an innovative driving force and business partner with a wide range of products at Techtextil, which took place in Frankfurt this month.

The company presented a broad portfolio of activities at Techtextil, becoming a real magnet for the public. In the first three days alone, roughly 140 conversations worthy of being recorded were held. Most of the visitors came from Europe, particularly from Germany, but many visitors were also welcomed from Turkey, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and the USA.

The level of interest from Korea was also surprisingly high. Many of the Korean technologists also had a stand themselves at Techtextil, with the aim of strengthening their export business with Europe, and they were able the gather information about the latest innovations on Karl Mayer’s stand. A delegation of representatives from well-known federations and companies from the Chinese textiles and nonwovens sector also visited Karl Mayer’s exhibition stand.

Exchanging ideas

The conversations covered a wide range of issues. “Many players in the technical textiles sector are involved in niche segments; they supply quite specific products and came to us with very specific questions,” said Jochen Schmidt, the Managing Director of Karl Mayer Technische Textilien. Stephan Fichtner from the Application Technology Department confirms this: “We had some in-depth, technical consultations on Wednesday and Thursday especially.”

In the first three days alone, roughly 140 business conversations were held. © Knitting Industry

In the first three days alone, roughly 140 business conversations were held. © Knitting Industry

As well as these technical exchanges, many informative conversations took place, mainly with newcomers to the sector, regarding the company Karl Mayer and the production capabilities of its machines. Many traditional textile producers are still in search of new business areas and received some useful impulses from Karl Mayer.

Added value through digital solutions

Karl Mayer was also exhibiting its digital brand, KM.ON, together with its various product offerings. Rapid reaction to customer needs and market demands is also becoming increasingly relevant in the technical textiles sector. KM.ON’s digital solutions help its customers to network their production and make it more intelligent. This system generated a great deal of interest on the stand.

“The huge demand and conversations with our enthusiastic customers have shown once again that we have scored a direct hit with KM.ON and our systems, and we can offer them real added value,” commented Maximilian Kürig, the Managing Director of KM.ON. Most of the partners in this mutual exchange of ideas came from companies involved in textile production and finishing. The themes included networked, more efficient, lean production, new business models, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence.

Successful in-house show

To coincide with Techtextil, Karl Mayer was also showing a model in its new Racop-NW series at an in-house show at its nearby headquarters in Obertshausen. This raschel machine for web bonding, and examples of products, such as a thin textile incorporating electrically conductive yarns, generated many conversations regarding its market potential.

4D knits on display. © Knitting Industry

4D knits on display. © Knitting Industry

The discussions focused on conductive and heatable textiles for the automotive sector, furniture upholstery, smart textiles and interior design applications.

www.karlmayer.com

Further reading

Karl Mayer’s high-performance warp knits at Techtextil

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