Circular knitting as topical as ever in the technical sector: Mayer & Cie. at Techtextil

This year’s Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt ended on 12 May 2017 with record numbers of both visitors and exhibitors. Messe Frankfurt registered nearly 1,800 exhibitors at this industry event. They included circular knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. (MCT).

The mechanical engineering company’s stand did brisk business, with many trade visitors, especially from Germany, Italy, France and Turkey, wanting to know more about the uses of circular knitting machines for technical textiles. Mayer & Cie. has for some time been a major player in the manufacture of high-quality mattress cover fabrics. Its portfolio includes a range of machines specially designed for this purpose, such as OVJA 1.6 EM HS or OVJA 1.6 EE.

Another area in which Mayer & Cie. gets full score is producing spacer fabrics, which may be used for a wide variety of applications, from underwear to diving suits. With its D4 2.2 II and OV 3.2 QCe for instance, Mayer & Cie. offers the right machines for this scope of application.

A new and definitely general trend in Frankfurt was the use of circular knitting machine fabric as an upper material for shoes, as Mayer & Cie. sales area manager Thomas Zizmann readily confirms. “Shoe uppers,” he says, “are an increasingly important topic in circular knitting. We’ve talked to many people at Techtextil about this.”

Another use is mentioned by Michael A. Tuschak, in charge of sales and marketing of Mayer & Cie.’s spinning and knitting technology spinitsystems. “Single Jersey,” he says, “is suitable for use as a carrier and base material for laminates and technical prints, for example.” This is an area in which the Spinit 3.0 E stands a good chance of doing well due to the process shortening and savings potential that the machine offers.