Mayer & Cie. sold its first series production knitting machines in 1938. That was also the year in which it registered its first own circular knitting patent. Today Mayer & Cie. holds around 320 patents and registered designs. They include such ground-breaking developments as electronic individual needle selection and relative technology. And others that made legendary machines such as the OVJA 36 possible in the first place.

We cannot afford to rest on our laurels, so we add another three or four new patents every year, including many in connection with the spinitsystems technology. Over the past 13 years over 50 patents have been registered to give us the sole right to make use of an invention. In June 2016, for example, the patent application for the so-called Fancy Module was published. This is a process to enable entirely new kinds of pattern to be produced on the Spinit 3.0 E.

One of our latest circular knitting machine patents is for the SENSOBlueRS oiling system. Used needle oil is cleansed within the machine and returned to the cycle. Depending on the machine the consumption of new needle oil can be reduced by up to 30 per cent.

Our innovativeness is held in high regard. In 2015 Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems technology was one of the three top submissions for the ITMA Sustainability Award. In 2016 we were named one the most innovative SMEs in Germany when Mayer & Cie. was awarded a Top 100 seal.

Not for nothing is that the case. Mayer & Cie. invests between five and six per cent of its sales revenue in research and development. That is a high, above-average proportion for the industry. Around seven per cent of the employees work in research and development, thereby ensuring that Mayer & Cie. will continue to be a step ahead of the competition. Our innovativeness is what customers particularly appreciate. Take, for instance, lingerie manufacturer Mey from Albstadt, Germany. “Mayer & Cie. being such an innovative company is most important for us. It enables us to develop our new fabrics in close collaboration with our machine manufacturer,” says production manager Florian Mey.