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22nd June 2016, Istanbul

Karl Mayer machinery attracts attention at ITM 2016

Karl Mayer, a leading textile machinery manufacturer, has showcased its latest technology for home textiles, apparel lace and sizing at the ITM trade fair that took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1-4 June.

The company’s stand proved poplar among visitors interested in the warp knitting and warp preparation technology. The warp preparation section in particular was crowded, despite a relatively slow start to the trade fair in general, the manufacturer reports.


In addition to its main Turkish clients, Karl Mayer welcomed many visitors from Iran. “There really was a lot going on,” said Andreas Fauerbach, the Regional Sales Manger. Iranian companies are profiting from the lowering of travel restrictions to Turkey, and intend modernising their plants now that sanctions have been lifted.

The company’s stand proved poplar among visitors. © Karl Mayer

Another large group of visitors came from North Africa, mainly from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Ethiopia. On the whole, however, the significance of the ITM fair was mainly regional.

Technology on display

Karl Mayer was showing the HKS 4-M EL of the Warp Knitting Business Unit. This new, high-speed tricot machine was producing a range of structured upholstery fabrics during the machine show, and was demonstrating its speed and patterning flexibility.

The pieces in the fashion collection on show were also proving to be a magnet for the visitors. Lace with an embroidered look, produced on an MLF 46/24, was being shown in a skirt/top ensemble, and an outfit consisting of trousers and a jacket containing the lace produced on a JL 65/1 B Fashion machine featuring bourdon cord was also on display.

Growing interest

“As far as processing thick bourdon yarns is concerned, we are getting more and more enquires from apparel producers and home textiles companies,” said the Sales Manager, Bastian Fritsch. He also had many conversations on the patterning possibilities of the Jacquardtronic Lace machine, and noticed a growing interest in loop plush and raised fabrics.

There were also numerous questions on the applications of double-bar raschel machines, particularly for producing shoe fabrics and women’s outerwear.

Once the applications and machine technology had been discussed, Bastian Fritsch was able to conduct some successful contract negotiations. “Despite the political situation, our customers want to move forward,” concluded the sales expert.

New projects

In the warp preparation sector, the innovative size box VSB, which is the core of the Prosize sizing machine, attracted the attention of many visitors. According to the Sales Director, Dieter Gager, there were slightly fewer visitors than had been expected, but they came to discuss specific issues.

New projects were initiated during the course of the conversations, and current projects on the different applications and machines in Karl Mayer’s product portfolio were discussed. The main topics of the conversations were technical systems for manufacturers operating in the denim sector. In addition, the visitors were impressed by the efficient operations of the VSB sizing unit.

Karl Mayer Connect app

Martin Hornig was able to supply some useful information on the subject of service. The Head of the Service Division was demonstrating the Karl Mayer Connect app live on the HKS 4-M on show, and was delighted by the positive feedback he received.

“Our visitors grasped the functions and uses of the app straightaway. They immediately saw how photos could be taken and uploaded, and how a service request could be sent,” he said.


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