IKU stands – in German – for Climate and Environment Innovation Prize. In the Environment-Friendly Technologies category it is awarded in recognition of “process innovations the environmental effect of which may not primarily relate to climate protection although it may do so as a side-effect”. If this description were spontaneously to make you think of Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems spinning and technology, you would be quite right – or at least thinking along the same lines as the Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), who jointly sponsor the IKU awards. They consider spinitsystems to be just such a process innovation because it combines in one machine the previously separate steps of spinning and knitting, saving ample amounts of space, time, energy, resources and cotton in the process.
State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth presented the award in a ceremony held at the Environment Ministry in Berlin on 21 February 2018. Sebastian Mayer of the Mayer & Cie. (MCT) management and Michael A. Tuschak, in charge of spinitsystems marketing and sales, received the award. “We are the first manufacturer that has dared to merge the two processes, which were previously always separate, and ideologically separate too,” Tuschak says. “We are delighted that the staying power required to see an innovation of this kind through has been rewarded with this prize.”
For Sebastian Mayer, the Mayer & Cie. director in charge of corporate development, the IKU is an award for the Swabian SME’s corporate philosophy as practised on a daily basis. “We have always seen the company as a technology leader, and to keep a step ahead of the competition you need to repeatedly launch trail-blazing innovations. We are convinced that we have succeeded in doing so with the spinitsystems spinning and knitting technology. It is a wonderful confirmation when other, more competent, independent authorities are of the same opinion.”