“The Turkish textile machinery market has been booming since the end of last year and 2018 seems sure to be one of our most successful years ever in Turkey. It promises to outperform everything we have seen so far,” said Stefan Bühler, regional sales manager for Turkey at Mayer & Cie. (MCT). He was not alone in venturing this assessment of the situation at the ITM. Colleagues at neighbouring stands echoed his sentiment on the prevailing mood at the trade fair, held from 14 to 17 April 2018 in Istanbul. Due to the brisk demand for Turkish textiles, especially in Germany, textiles production in Turkey is running flat out. In order to meet this demand, manufacturers are investing in expansion of their stock of machinery. That in turn is good news for textile machinery manufacturers. For Mayer & Cie. Turkey has traditionally been one of the most important sales markets for its circular knitting machines, and the upturn in demand has made it even more important.
At the generously proportioned ITM stand of Mayer Mümessillik, the firm’s local representatives, Mayer & Cie. had three circular knitting machines on show, in view of both the importance of the market and the significance of the trade fair. With nearly 60,000 visitors, including around 20 per cent from other countries, the ITM is as important in the region as the industry’s leading trade fair ITMA is internationally. It was, however, according to regional sales manager Bühler, “much more informal, allowing plenty of time for intensive discussions with customers”. They often centred on the Relanit 3.2 HS. “Every time we ran the machine at full speed it was surrounded by interested trade visitors,” Bühler said. The Relanit 3.2 HS is currently the most sought-after machine in the Mayer portfolio. In Turkey alone, well over 100 have been ordered already this year, and many more orders were placed at the ITM. “The Relanit 3.2 HS,” Bühler said, “is a very good match for the requirements of the Turkish market with its focus on single jersey with elastomer plating.”
While the Relanit 3.2 HS was the major attraction, the OVJA 2.4 EM was premiered in Istanbul. The new Mayer machine is specially designed for manufacturing mattress cover fabrics. To maximise output the OVJA 2.4 EM combines a larger number of knitting systems and a higher rotational speed. ITM exhibit No. 3 was the D4 2.2 II, a tried and trusted machine that knits top quality rib, interlock and 8-lock structures and, with a converter kit, spacer fabrics. A spinitsystems info stand rounded off the MCT portfolio at the ITM.
The trade fair team that welcomed the numerous visitors to the MCT stand was no less diverse and high-calibre than the visitors and the machines on show. Along with the Mayer Mümessillik team and Stefan Bühler it included Mayer & Cie. Managing Director Benjamin Mayer and representatives of the firm’s Uzbekistan agency LLC Textile Technologies & Services.