TKIA stands for Taiwan Knitting Industry Association. A group of about 40 TKIA members, textile entrepreneurs and their entourage toured Germany for two weeks in mid-June 2017. They were here for the Outdoor trade fair, held in Friedrichshafen from 17 to 20 June. The Taiwanese textile entrepreneurs made use of the opportunity to visit a number of interesting German accessory suppliers and machine manufacturers, including Mayer & Cie. (MCT).
On 22 June 2017 the group visited Albstadt-Tailfingen. In a compact afternoon programme the 40 or so participants, many of whom had last visited Mayer & Cie. in 2014, learnt how the company is positioned today. Sales director Wolfgang Müller provided an overview of the most important application areas of Mayer & Cie. circular knitting machines. Hardy Bühler, key account manager and trend scout, concentrated on the most important current growth markets. So for him circular knitted shoe upper fabric headed the agenda. “In comparison to flat knitting, circular knitting is ten to twenty times more productive,” key accounter Bühler told the visitors. “Because producing patterns is so easy, circular knitting scores again for its flexibility, particularly in comparison to warp knitting.” His Taiwanese listeners had already seen at the Friedrichshafen trade fair many examples of circular knitted sports and leisure footwear and they followed attentively what Bühler had to say, including what he said about the OVJA 1.6 ET 3 WT, a Mayer machine that is highly suitable for manufacturing shoe upper fabrics.
The visit to Mayer & Cie. ended with a dinner together on the local tennis club’s sunny terrace. The Taiwanese guests’ flying visit left them highly impressed, according to George Yeng, the head of Multicom, Mayer & Cie.’s Taiwanese representative. “They were excited by the quality and precision of the knitted fabric that Mayer & Cie. machines produce,” he said. “The sustainability and innovative strength for which Mayer & Cie. stands also made a big impression on them.”