Karl Mayer looks back on a successful in-house show parallel to Shanghaitex. The company welcomed around 400 guests from more than 220 textile companies at its location in Changzhou. Most of the visitors came from China, but some also came from Turkey, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Despite the current difficult economic policy conditions, the mood during the event was good.
“Our customers are used to cyclical crises. During the low, they are preparing themselves for new market opportunities and new technical developments in order to start from pole position when business picks-up, says Armin Alber, Sales Director of the Warp Knitting Business Unit at Karl Mayer (China).
The visitors were correspondingly interested in the machines and textile products on display. Many of the managers, company owners, engineers and textile experts had learned about Karl Mayer’s latest innovations through the reporting on ITMA in Barcelona, and in Changzhou they convinced themselves of the advantages of the solutions. Some investment projects were also signed.
In the lingerie sector, the RJ 5/1, E 32, 130″ from the new commodity product line was exhibited. Convincing arguments of the newcomer: a very good price-performance ratio and products that minimize the making-up effort. This includes especially plain Raschel fabrics with seamlessly incorporated, lace-like decoration tapes, which do not require hem on leg cutouts and waistband.
For the manufacturers of shoe fabrics, Karl Mayer presented the fast RDJ 6/1 EN, E 24, 138″ offering wide-ranging patterning possibilities. The double-bar Raschel machine with piezo-jacquard technology produced an article for the in-house show in which the contours and functional details such as stabilization structures were created directly during the warp knitting process.
Representatives of the home textile industry were impressed by the Weft.Fashion TM 3, E 24, 130″, displayed at Changzhou. The weft-insertion warp knitting machine produced a fine, transparent product with an irregularly puffed-up fancy yarn. Visitors from the important curtain country of Turkey as well as many manufacturers from China were particularly interested in the patterning possibilities of this machine.
The TM 4 TS, E 24, 186″ terry tricot machine impressed in Changzhou with up to 250% higher output than air-jet weaving machines, approximately 87% less energy and production without a sizing process.
The HKS 3-M-ON, E 28, 218″ showed the production of tricot fabrics with the possibilities of digitization. Lappings can be ordered in the Karl Mayer Spare Parts Webshop, and the data from the KM.ON-Cloud can be loaded directly onto the machine. The demonstration convinced visitors of the digitalization concept.
The ISO Elastic 42/21 presented at this event, is an efficient DS machine for the midrange segment for elastane warping on sectional beams.
At the in-house show, Karl Mayer’s software start-up KM.ON presented digital solutions for customers’ support. This young company offers developments in eight product categories, and it has already been successful on the market with digital innovations on the topics of service, patterning and management.
Karl Mayer Technische Textilien was satisfied with the results of the in-house show. “There came more and other clients than expected,” says the Regional Sales Manager, Jan Stahr.
The exhibited weft-insertion warp knitting machine TM Weft, E24, 247″ should become further established as a production equipment with an outstanding price-performance ratio for manufacturing interlinings in a volatile market environment. In Changzhou the machine attracted a lot of attention, and visitors expressed their appreciation for the functionality and easy operation of the machine.
The Warp Preparation Business Unit had a small but select group of visitors with specific interests and questions about the exhibited machines. On show was an ISODIRECT 1800/800 and, thus, a value-for-money direct beamer for the midrange segment. The model impressed by a beaming speed of up to 1,000 m/min. and a high beam quality.