In tune with the latest trends at a leading trade fair
KARL MAYER has been operating successfully on the Turkish market for many years now, so that it is imperative for this company to exhibit at the ITM trade fair being held from 14 to 17 April 2018 in Istanbul. This manufacturer is exhibiting in hall 7, stand 709 at this international textile machinery fair as an innovative partner in the warp knitting and warp preparation sectors, and one which can offer leading brands many new ideas and concepts.
A machine show and textile innovations for the Turkish market
KARL MAYER is specifically targeting producers of home textiles and stylish, functional clothing by exhibiting products for the warp knitting sector. For its visitors, this company is presenting a performance show of the HKS 3-M, with a working width of 218", and has prepared a number of decorative islands to illustrate a variety of applications. The focus of these platforms, which are designed to provide inspiration, are lace fabrics for creating stylish apparel, terry goods made from polyester and cotton, and double-bar raschel technology with its many different possibilities for designing sports shoes, rucksacks and plush articles – products that are currently a hot trend in Turkey – which means that expectations are high. “In the last three years, Turkey has been one of our three most important markets. We are also starting from a good business position and we are expecting a busy fair with many visitors,” says Oliver Mathews. For the Sales Director of KARL MAYER’s Warp Knitting Business Unit, chatting with his visitors and customers is an important way of stimulating new innovation. “I hope to gather more impulses for new developments and products that the market needs from KARL MAYER, especially in view of the upcoming ITMA exhibition, which is scheduled for next year.”
New innovations in net curtains, lace, terry goods and RD products
Net curtains are the focus of KARL MAYER’s machine presentation at the ITM exhibition – and this is proving to be a great success. “Warp-knitted net curtains are still strong in Turkey. The number of our customers focusing on the production of warp-knitted net curtains and embroidery grounds is increasing all the time,” says Roland Kunze, the Managing Director of KARL MAYER’s agent, ERKO. The company’s customers are extremely imaginative and are always on the lookout for something new. And they are definitely not being disappointed in KARL MAYER. The HKS 3-M on show at the ITM fair is producing a new, lightweight voile fabric with striking shimmering effects in the ground and a striped design in a gauge of E 28.
The patterns produced on the HKS 4-M EL, equipped with one more guide bar and EL control, are illustrating the types of designs can be produced for the outerwear market. The lightweight, semi-transparent designs have a striking lace-like appearance. Symmetrical patterns are placed on filigree, tulle-like grounds having a subtle shimmer, which is highlighted effectively by the textured effects of the yarns used. The EL control facility enables a wide variety of motif shapes and virtually unlimited repeat lengths to be worked.
Another focal point for the fashion sector is the stylish lace designs produced by the LACE. EXPRESS. Roland Kunze is certain that, “We are opening up new market opportunities for lace producers with the OJ 83/1 B especially - a machine that has a particularly advantageous cost:benefit ratio,” and he is looking forward to receiving many enquiries.
The TM 4 TS can also be used to generate new market potential. This high-performance terry warp knitting machine scores points over its counterparts in the weaving sector for processing staple-fibre yarns to produce fabrics with firmly anchored loops at an unbeatable production rate. These latest new developments are also demonstrating a real spirit of inventiveness. For example, a split terry fabric, consisting of a cotton side having a high absorbency and a side made from polyester with a fluffy feel, is being shown at the ITM exhibition
Sophisticated warp preparation technology for the denim sector
KARL MAYER is an expert in warp preparation for the denim sector. The company is showcasing a LONG CHAIN BEAMER (Fig. 5) and a BALL WARPER for use in the production of jeans. A PRODYE indigo dyeing machine and DOUBLE VARIO dyeing unit are also on show.
Together with slasher dyeing, the PRODYE S indigo dyeing machine has been widely used by Turkish producers for some time now. The new PRODYE R rope dyeing machine has already found its first new buyers. KARL MAYER is basing its exhibition at the fair on what it has already achieved. “We want to build on the success we have had with our indigo dyeing machines and strengthen our position on the Turkish market,” says Dieter Gager. This Sales Director in KARL MAYER’s Warp Preparation Business Unit is also hoping to attract interest from neighbouring Iran and other countries bordering Iran. “As a regional fair, the ITM exhibition is an excellent platform for us to network and showcase our products.”
Textiles for fashion and composites
Together with warp knitting and warp preparation, technical textiles are the third focal point of KARL MAYER’s show. The company is exhibiting as an experienced partner to the composites sector, and is offering machines for producing concrete reinforcement – textile concrete being the buzzword here – and the construction sector. And the company is also bringing fashion into the mix. Lightweight, stylish, weft-inserted warp knits can be produced on the WEFTTRONIC® II HKS and used in remarkable clothing collections.