Mayer & Cie. Focusing on Sport, Regeneration & New Customer Experiences at ITMA 2019

Sportswear, as worn here by the Mayer & Cie. team, is a major growth market for circular knitted fabrics

“Stay a winner. With Mayer & Cie.” is the slogan that Mayer & Cie. will be using at this year’s ITMA.

At the leading industry trade fair in Barcelona from June 20th to 26th, the company’s & Cie.’s presentation will focus on sport. Sportswear, casual leisurewear, even sports shoes are increasingly made of circular knitted fabrics. “Because we reckon that sports- and leisurewear still has a great deal of potential, our new machine developments are mainly in this sector,” says Mayer & Cie. managing partner Marcus Mayer, in charge of technical development, summarizing the company’s ITMA presentation.

Key demand in the sector is for lightweight synthetic fibers, a steady flow of new patterns, and attractive functionalities, and Mayer & Cie. can already cater to many of these requirements with its extensive portfolio of machines. Lightweight mesh structures, often in demand for running shirts, are a specialty of the IG 3.2 QCe interlock machine, for example, while jacquard machines from the OVJA family are just the job for manufacturing shoe uppers. Higher productivity and significantly shorter set-up times are the advantages of circular knitting over flat and warp knitting machines.

Mayer & Cie. is also focusing increasingly on sports- and leisurewear with the Spinit 3.0 E spinning and knitting machine, the series production of which has been under way since the end of 2018. Further developments of this machine, which combines in one machine the previously separate processes of spinning and knitting, will be presented at ITMA 2019.

As peak sporting performances can only be achieved in the long term with adequate regeneration phases, a good night’s sleep plays a decisive part in successful preparation for competitive events. So mattress covers and sportswear have points in common, which is why Mayer & Cie. will be targeting that market segment specifically with an ITMA exhibit.

In addition to machine development, Mayer & Cie. is aiming for improved customer experiences by means of consistent digitization. Digitization of the company’s extensive customer and machine knowledge is currently under way. Customers will be able to see and test initial results themselves at ITMA. “And that is only a foretaste of what lies ahead,” says Sebastian Mayer, in charge of corporate development and digitization at Mayer & Cie.