This year’s CAITME, short for Central Asian International Textile Machinery Exhibition, made it clear yet again that in Uzbekistan 2017 is the year of the Relanit 3.2 HS. The tried and trusted Relanit range’s current flagship model is the Mayer & Cie. (MCT) machine for which there is the strongest demand by far in the landlocked Central Asian country. More than 80 per cent of the MCT machines sold there so far this year are Relanit 3.2 HS models.
Uzbekistan is one of the world’s most important cotton producers and the Relanit is a cotton specialist. “They are a perfect match,” says Hardy Bühler, Key Account Manager at Mayer & Cie. and regional sales manager for Uzbekistan. That is why the Relanit’s popularity there does not come as a surprise to him. Nevertheless, he adds, “the absolute sales figures for the Relanit 3.2 HS have greatly exceeded our optimistic expectations. In Uzbekistan we have sold nearly twice as many machines as planned overall, with the Relanit 3.2 HS accounting for the lion’s share.”
Its popularity was probably why the trade fair stand of Mayer & Cie.’s representative Textile Technologies & Services was one of the main attractions at this year’s CAITME. A Relanit 3.2 HS was on show there, and with a diameter of 30 inches, it processes cotton at up to 50 rpm. It also scores points for process reliability and user friendliness. “This speed, combined with the tried and trusted strong points of relative technology, is what makes the machine so interesting for our customers,” says Anna Tsoy, Director of Textile Technologies & Services. “It was clear that everybody wanted to see the Relanit 3.2 HS in close-up and, above all, in action.” That led, for one, to the Textile Technologies & Services trade fair team being at times barely able to cope with the rush of visitors. For another, however, it earned Anna Tsoy and her colleagues a sought-after award. They were able to take home the CAITME award for The Most Innovative Product Presentation.
Irrespective of the Relanit’s success, Ms. Tsoy holds a positive view of market trends in her country. This is due in part to the support that the Uzbek state provides for its domestic textile industry. Its aim is to process more of Uzbekistan’s cotton in Uzbekistan itself. In this connection, she sees good prospects, especially for jacquard and double jersey machines.