Every other year, Mayer & Cie.’s (MCT) international representatives meet at the Albstadt headquarters for a three-day workshop. This year, 31 agents completed a tight an informative programme from 18 to 20 September 2017. On the workshop days, presentations on market developments alternated with lively debates, machine presentations and visits to machines in production.
The sales people, representing 19 sales partners in countries all over the world, were especially interested in shoe uppers. Key Account Manager Brands Hardy Bühler presented this growth market. “This,” he said, “is an area with great potential for circular knitters.” Outlining industry requirements, he provided an overview of machines in the MCT portfolio that are suitable for knitting shoe uppers. There is, for example, the OVJA 1.6 ET 3 WT, which knits a wide range of structures, including perforated designs. A newcomer is the OVJA 1.6 EE – 3WT/2WT, developed specially for the shoe market. The MCPE 2.4 is, in contrast, a classic. First exhibited at the 1987 ITMA, it knits 22 colours in one stitch course. It also knits abrasion-resistant shear plush and has thus found a new area of use in the shoe segment. This is not to say that it was otherwise used too little. It is ready to produce knitted fabrics for fashion, home textiles, automotive and seat covers – and does it all so successfully that it was assigned a separate agenda item at the representatives’ meeting. The same applied to another Mayer & Cie. flagship, the Relanit. In its latest version, the Relanit 3.2 HS, it is the most productive Single Jersey machine in the market.
“Work by day, guests in the evening! A hard-working week followed by cheerful parties!” Goethe’s words, a rhyming couplet in German, prompted the organisers at Mayer & Cie. to make the most of the evenings and leisure time. The first evening featured a visit to a shop specialising in costume wear. Gaby Mayer, wife of the late senior partner and CEO Rainer Mayer, was there to welcome the group and help them to choose the right dirndls, cardigans and lederhosen. The purpose of this entertaining shopping excursion was to find the right outfit to wear at the Oktoberfest in Munich, which was where they all went after the workshop ended on the Thursday. That definitely was a highlight for everyone, knitting together the “Mayer & Cie. family” closer again.