ITMA Asia record fair to middling

According to Charles Beauduin, president of Cematex, China accounts for more than half of the total textile and garment machinery installed during the last 10 years. This is proof of the Chinese textile market’s importance in which Cematex organises its biannual trade fair, ITMA Aisa + CITME. In this year’s edition, from 21 to 25 October 2016, the show attracted more than 1,600 exhibitors from almost 30 countries. Mayer & Cie. was among them. Besides its spinitsystems info booth, the German-Chinese team presented an OVJA 1.6 EE and an MSC 3.2 II. They stand for two different areas of competence. Both are important in the Chinese market and gained much enthusiasm among Chinese visitors in Shanghai. OVJA 1.6 EE, a Jacquard machine with double electronics in the cylinder and in the rib dial, serves highest standards in terms of quality and performance. It is used in the creative fashion industry and for knitted footwear, just as in the manufacture of high-quality mattress cover fabrics. The latter is an important niche for Mayer & Cie., gaining ever more importance in China, too.

MSC 3.2 II is a machine especially developed for the Chinese market and assembled in China. With the MSC 3.2 II Mayer & Cie. has succeeded in addressing the mid-market segment in China and its immediate neighbours. It knits Single Jersey and Single Jersey structures with up to four needle tracks and Single Jersey structures plated, producing fine-gauge E36 fabrics. The MSC 3.2 II is designed for high productivity and reaches a speed of 35 rpm for a 30 inch diameter. In Shanghai, Mayer & Cie. presented the machine in an industry open-width frame for the first time.

Despite a portfolio to match and a very good demand situation – for Mayer & Cie., China is the most important market too – the fair itself could not live up to MCT’s expectations. “It was clear to us that machine manufactures would be unable to come up with new innovations just one year after ITMA in Milan. That was probably one reason why the number of international visitors was even lower than in 2014 – and below our very modest estimates. Furthermore, we considered inappropriate the conditions for exhibitors we encountered at the new fair venue, the NECC.”