Mayer & Cie. notes positive signs at Febratex

“After decades of stagnation in the Brazilian textile machinery market that also to a large extent affected the market for circular knitting machines, the situation seems to be showing gradual signs of improvement,” said Horst Maier, commenting on the Febratex trade fair, held from 9 to 12 August 2016 in Blumenau, Brazil. Horst Maier is Sales Manager Latin America at Mayer & Cie. (MCT) and has been very familiar with the situation in Brazil for years. Latin America’s largest country has traditionally been an important market for MCT.

Maier bases his positive assessment of the market situation on evidence he collected at the recent Febratex. More people visited the Mayer & Cie. stand than two years ago and the number of offers the Brazilian-German team issued during the four days of the trade fair was also higher. Most offers were for the Relanit 3.2 HS. MCT exhibited this high-performance machine for all single jersey structures at the fair. A member of the Relanit family, it offers the well-known benefits of this type of machine. They include a very low error rate and high levels of reliability and energy efficiency. The machine on show at Febratex also had a large, 42-inch diameter. “For reasons of rationality that is what many Brazilian customers are interested in at present,” Horst Maier reports. The machine type itself also corresponded exactly to Brazilian market requirements, he said. “At present, the market demand is mainly for mechanical single-knit high-production and 8-lock machines, especially for interlock high production.”

Consequently, the other Mayer & Cie. machine on show at the trade fair was a high-production interlock machine: the HPI version of the D4-2.2 II. Its strong point is quite clearly its performance. With 4.4 systems per inch this machine produces up to 400 kilograms of fabric per day. The machine on show in Blumenau had a 34-inch diameter.

Sales Manager Maier is satisfied with the course of the fair and the response to the Mayer machines. The machines exhibited clearly reflected the spirit of the times as reliable high-performance machines for the mass production of clothing-related fabrics such as plain single jersey with Lycra and plain interlock. He is also confident that the economic situation in Brazil will continue to develop positively. “The appointment of an interim President and the new elections that are to be expected have generated fresh hope,” he says, “and that is slowly being reflected in companies’ investment intentions.”