Mayer & Cie. at the Indo Intertex in Jakarta

The Indo Intertex, one of the most important trade fairs for textile and clothing industry machinery in South-East Asia, took place from 27 to 30 April 2016 in Jakarta. It was held in combination with the Indo Dyechem (textile dyeing and textile chemicals) and the Indo Texprint (textile printing). In all, 849 firms from 24 countries exhibited at the trade fair in the Indonesian capital. The host country dominated with 175 exhibitors, as did China with over 250 exhibitors. Nearly 70 companies from Germany were represented.

Mayer & Cie. presented itself in Hall B at a 100-square-metre joint stand with the German flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll. At this major industry fair Mayer & Cie. exhibited an important machine from its current product range: the Relanit 3.2 HS with a 34-inch diameter. This high-performance machine combines productivity and user-friendliness. It also puts points on the scoreboard with a significantly lower energy consumption than conventional knitting machines. The Relanit 3.2 HS exhibited in Jakarta knits tubular fabric up to a fineness of E28.

The highly regarded machine on exhibit found a buyer in the run-up to the Indo Intertex. Otherwise Mayer & Cie. faces weak demand in Indonesia. Timo Schramm, sales department manager at Mayer & Cie., summarises the situation as follows: “Demand, especially for Single Jersey fabrics with and without Elastan, is very weak. We also see a further decline in prices in the mattress segment. There is, however, keener interest in machines with interlock or 8-lock structures that are mainly used in the sportswear segment.”

In spite of its importance, attendance at the Indo Intertex was low-key, which sales department manager Schramm attributes to the weak current market situation in Indonesia. “On average, our customers’ order situation is running at around 50 per cent, and this weak order situation has been around for over two years, especially for customers who do business in the local market,” Schramm explains. The reasons lie in the country’s new political leadership, which aims to combat corruption within the state apparatus. That leads to funding for, say, the textile industry being set aside. Customers now also require import licences of their own. A further reason is the weakness of the Chinese market, which prompted Chinese manufacturers to try and boost exports.

“The Indo Intertex deserves significantly more visitors than attended this year. Maybe it would be a good idea to hold the fair only in alternate years, especially in view of the current market situation,” Schramm felt.