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The KARL MAYER stand in Shanghai - a lively scene from the future
KARL MAYER at ShanghaiTex 2011, 14-17.06.2011 in Shanghai
On stand W1 F21 KARL MAYER showed a new four-bar terry machine designated the TM4 T from the warp-knitting machine sector, and also the RD 7/2 -12, which is an extension of the RD series. A new Weftronic model for the efficient production of weft-insertion warp-knitted fabrics from the technical textiles sector was featured on stand W3 B01. In addition innovations from the warp preparation sector were featured here: the KARL MAYER sizing unit of the SUCKER SIZE sizing machine; the WarpDirect®, and a V creel - production equipment which generated many discussions and aroused great interest at ShanghaiTex.
All in all each KARL MAYER business sector declared its great satisfaction with the response to its exhibits. There were dense crowds around the machines on show which demonstrated what they could do by running faultlessly.
The highly efficient TM4 T aroused a great deal of interest with a view to buying, especially among the Chinese visitors, who were persuaded to do so by its cost/benefit ratio as compared to similar products from other manufacturers. Even some weaving companies made enquiries about this efficient terry machine.
The RD 7/2-12 attracted attention by its quiet running behaviour and its speed and aroused real interest among visitors from Korea and Taiwan in particular. In addition the customers discovered many new ways of product configuration through the increased patterning potential.
The Weftronic® model also attracted a wide audience. Very promising projects were initiated in the geotextiles and coating support sectors. Concrete proposals were also initiated in relation to the TM4 T and the RD 7/2-12, and enquiries were made in some cases regarding larger numbers of items.
There was a demand for, and professional discussions about, not only the machines on show, but also in relation to almost all the end-use sectors of the textile and clothing industry.
The focus of the general discussions were the three-bar high-production tricot machines for the production of semi-technical textiles for the furniture industry and embroidery grounds, and double raschel machines for the manufacture of shoe fabrics and upholstery. In addition a revival could be detected in the lace sector. The models at the ShanghaiTex fashion show demonstrated what opportunities could be provided by KARL MAYER products for design and function in the clothing sector. Here seamless dresses from a double raschel machine of the DJ series and openwork qualities produced on a raschel lace machine could be seen on the catwalk.
The absolutely positive response to the KARL MAYER innovations confirms the success of the company as regards the orientation of its new products. KARL MAYER showed machines and components from the technical textiles and warp preparation sectors at a ShanghaiTex exhibition for the first time and was thus able to further consolidate its image as one of the leading textile machine manufacturers. In addition there were promising contacts with new companies and extensive opportunities for exchanging views with existing customers (Fig.).
The visitors to the KARL MAYER stands were overwhelmingly Chinese manufacturers, but there were also guests from other countries. The international public included employers from India in particular, but also from Pakistan, Syria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Korea and Iran, to name just a few of the countries of origin.
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