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Prize-winning warp preparation technology from KARL MAYER
The IVGT presented a prize for innovation to KARL MAYER on 24.09.2008 in Obertshausen
The world's leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines incorporated warp preparation technology for warp knitting into its production programme in 1950. In 1991, the company turned its sights to warp preparation for the weaving sector, and thus began the logical expansion of its development and production capacity to cater for this entire sector. Important stages in this expansion programme were the acquisition of Rotal Srl, Textrol Inc., the Sucker-Müller operation of Moenus Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH and the company, Ira L. Griffin, as well as the signing of a contract to cooperate with Texkimp Ltd.
The production area of KARL MAYER's Warp Preparation Division in Obertshausen now covers an area of 10,000 m2 and, together with KARL MAYER Rotal and Sucker Textilmaschinen, and including some production in China, generates a turnover of roughly 55 million euros per annum. Alongside Benninger, this company is one of the biggest producers of warp preparation machines and equipment on the world market. The hallmark of this successful branch of the KARL MAYER Group is that it offers complete systems that are tailor-made to suit individual end-uses, and constantly focuses on developing new and better technical solutions.
The innovative work of this active branch of the company attracted the attention of the IVGT's Technical Weaving Committee at ITMA 2007. This steering committee for technical developments regularly visits the main international textile machinery trade fairs, draws up a list of the latest innovations based on the principles of the equipment on show, evaluates and analyses them, and awards an innovation prize for the best achievements. The prize is awarded every four years in conjunction with the Deutscher Fachverlag (specialist/technical publishers).
The jury was faced with a huge array of prize-worthy exhibits on KARL MAYER's stand at ITMA 2007. In line with its strategy of supplying 'the right automatic warp preparation machine to suit every warp length that has to be produced', this world-famous manufacturer was showing the new GOM 24 sample warping machine for producing sample and production warps in lengths of up to 1,050 m, and the new Nov-o-matic automatic section warping machine for producing short warps and production warps in lengths of up to 2,000 m. The Accutense yarn tensioner has also been setting new technical standards since the ITMA exhibition in Munich. A new beaming machine with numerous optimised features and equipped with beams having RFID transponders was a world first and was extremely impressive. This efficient, economical solution enables even large volumes of data to be transferred securely, prevents input errors, and reduces setting-up times. 'For exceptional success in developing innovative machines, whose efficiency gives customers worldwide a competitive advantage,' are the words on the certificate that is awarded for the innovation prize. This accolade also acknowledges KARL MAYER's modern service network and the ability of the company to manufacture in its tried-and-tested production location in Germany.
During his introductory speech at the prize-giving ceremony on 24 September, the chairman of the IVGT's Technical Weaving Committee, Roland Stelzer, acknowledged the commitment of the company in taking over the failing company, Malimo Maschinenbau Chemnitz, in 1992 and also referred to the continuing future potential of this manufacturer.
'Now that KARL MAYER is operating the biggest and most modern research and development department in the textile machine building sector, our users can count on the company continuing to find optimum solutions in the future as well,' he said.
This was the reason why the innovation prize presented on 24 September was awarded for the first time for overall achievement as a whole, rather than for a single development, as in the past. The certificate was presented jointly by Roland Stelzer and Petra Gottwald, the editor-in-chief at the Deutscher Fachverlag at a ceremony held at KARL MAYER. This prize-winning company had invited roughly 50 clients and partners to join in the celebrations to mark its success and to show them its latest developments.
The managing director, Herr Fritz P. Mayer, welcomed the guests and, together with Friedrich Maletschek, the head of the division, gave thanks for the prize, which was an annual subscription to three technical trade journals published by the Deutscher Fachverlag for the R & D department. In his speech, the managing director acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the warp preparation team and its experienced managers, and set out the company's objectives for the future. 'Now that we have become leaders in the technology, we also want to become the market leaders in this sector. We will work hard to achieve this goal,' explained Herr Fritz P. Mayer. During a tour of the new development centre, the guests were shown just how the company intends to achieve this aim. They were able to watch the scientists, engineers, technicians and designers at work, and were impressed by the latest warp knitting machines in the showroom, which is also housed in the modern building. The presentation of the latest developments continued after lunch, with a visit to the factory in Hausen, which is where the Warp Preparation Division is based. The visitors were given a tour of the production facilities and were extremely impressed by the high quality of all the processing sequences. During the subsequent technology show, many of them took the decision to optimise or expand their own production plants.
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