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.
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.”
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. “In the talks we held at Techtextil it was clear that our spinning and knitting technology can be of interest in the area of technical fabrics,” Tuschak summarised.