Digital solutions and innovation carry conviction in a
difficult market situation
Mayer & Cie. takes positive stock of
For the circular knitting machine
manufacturer Mayer & Cie. (MCT) this year’s ITMA ended with a
satisfactory result. From 20 to 26 June 2019 the company had
five machines on show at the leading industry trade fair in
Barcelona. The industry leader’s focus was on sporting uses,
with one exhibit dedicated to Mayer & Cie.’s innovative ideas.
Digital offerings that Mayer & Cie. put together under the name
knitlink rounded off the presentation. The platform includes a
web shop, remote maintenance options and recording and
evaluation of machine data for the customer and is to be further
expanded in the future.
“In view of the current situation of the
textile machinery market the 2019 ITMA was, by and large,
satisfactory,” said Benjamin Mayer, one of Mayer & Cie.’s two
managing partners and the director in charge of sales. “Very
positive trade fair experiences included the response to our
digital offerings and the feedback about our Weftnit machine
study. We were evidently already able to demonstrate at the
development stage the advantages of the knitting method
A strong Mayer & Cie. ITMA team, including for the
first time colleagues from the
spare parts department.
performance “long-term average”
Since the middle of last year the
international textile machinery market has sustained a marked
drop in demand for a variety of reasons of which international
trade policy is but one of many. That is why many exhibitors
were eagerly awaiting the ITMA trade fair. “Such a major trade
fair is definitely capable of ushering in a turnaround,”
Benjamin Mayer agreed. “But it doesn’t seem to have done so yet.
Even so, our trade fair result is in line with the long-term
In Barcelona Mayer & Cie. exhibited five
machines, four of which focused on sport. The new MJ 3.2 E is an
electronic single jersey machine that specialises in the
production of mesh and body mapping structures, both of which
are very much in demand for sports- and athleisure fashion wear.
The OVJA 1.1 EETT’s sports focus is on the
manufacture of shoe upper fabrics and sports outerwear. It
combines double electronics and bidirectional transfer selection
and can knit an almost infinite variety of patterns, including
hole structures. It can also knit multi-coloured spacer fabrics.
The OVJA 2.4 EM makes a special
contribution toward optimal post-sport regeneration. This new
member of the OVJA family is the most productive machine in the
market for the manufacture of mattress cover fabrics.
“As expected, interest in our new machines
was keen,” Benjamin Mayer said. “The machines on show in
Barcelona all found buyers. For the MJ 3.2 E we even received
reservations for our entire scheduled output for 2019.”
An established machine with new features
is the Spinit 3.0 E, which Mayer & Cie. exhibited at its third
ITMA in Barcelona. The fact that the Spinit 3.0 E now also
processes polyester, is capable of a higher working speed and is
linked to the knitlink digital platform makes the spinning and
knitting machine an even more attractive proposition.
Benjamin Mayer, Mayer & Cie.
Weftnit – an
innovation with a bright future
Mayer & Cie.’s Weftnit machine study
demonstrated how a long-established knitting method can be taken
forward successfully into the 21st century. In contrast to a
conventional circular knitting machine that uses latch needles,
the Weftnit, inspired by weft knitting, uses bearded needles.
That has advantages in stitch formation, which for one is much
more gentle than when latch needles are used. For another, the
stitch structure is finer than that of a conventional circular
knitting machine with the same gauge. In addition, Mayer & Cie.
expects the bearded needle technology to increase the machine’s
production speed. “Our ITMA machine was initially equipped with
1.6 rather than the planned 3.2 systems and reached a speed of
20 rpm,” said Marcus Mayer, Mayer & Cie.’s technical director.
“Yet the advantages of the Weftnit were plain to see – so much
so that we were repeatedly asked when the machine would be
available.” The answer to this question will have been less to
the potential customers’ liking: “Sound development takes time.
We will probably not be presenting a production-ready Weftnit
3.2 until the 2023 ITMA.”
Mayer & Cie.’s OVJA 1.1 EETT jacquard machine.
good use of digital opportunities
The long-established German firm aims to
stay ahead of the competition not only by maintaining its
technical lead and its innovative approach but also by putting
digital opportunities to good use. The knitlink platform is
tailor made to suit the needs of Mayer & Cie. customers. It
allows the recording and evaluation of machine data. New service
offers such as remote service and a more efficient collaboration
via mixed reality glasses are also part of the package just like
a web shop. Further aspects will soon be added.
“At times it seemed as if that was just
what customers and business partners had been waiting for,” said
Benjamin Mayer, “Interest in knitlink was really enormous.”