Pressemitteilung BoxID: 437232 (KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH)
  • KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
  • Brühlstraße 25
  • 63179 Obertshausen
  • Ansprechpartner
  • Ulrike Schlenker
  • +49 (6104) 402-274

KARL MAYER loves the lion dance

KARL MAYER (China) Ltd. opened extended premises on 17.06.2011 for its Warp Preparation business unit

(PresseBox) (Obertshausen, ) KARL MAYER manufactures its products on the markets where it is based, so that it is always in close contact with its customers - a successful strategy that this leading producer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines has been implementing for several decades on the basis of its well-thought-out location policy.

So KARL MAYER has had a subsidiary in China since 1995. The first factory consisted of a production facility as well as a service centre. This was extended three years later and KARL MAYER (China) Ltd. was set up in December 2005. With the subsequent move into new, much-enlarged premises, which were built to European standards, KARL MAYER was once again highlighting its position as a supplier of high-quality products. The modern premises, which are located in a high-tech industrial zone, were opened at the beginning of 2008. They covered an area of about 55,000 m2, housed the facilities for producing warp knitting and warp preparation machines, and proved soon after to be insufficient. The first plans to extend KARL MAYER (China) Ltd. took root in August 2010, and the new facilities were opened on 17 June, the last day of the ShanghaiTex trade fair, when a celebration was held for customers, workers and management alike.

An opening ceremony with all the right elements

The opening of the extended production building was incorporated into a customer event that was coordinated with the ShanghaiTex fair. A dinner was held on the evening before, i.e. on 16 June, for guests, the sales staff and representatives - and this was a good opportunity for them to get to know each other.

The next day, all the people who had attended the event the previous evening met in the newly painted premises to view the technical facilities for the first time and to listen to the opening speeches. They were welcomed by the managing director, Fritz P. Mayer, the head of the Warp Preparation Business Unit, Roland Kohn, and the managing director of KARL MAYER (China) Ltd., Yang Zenxing. In their speeches, all the speakers stressed the importance of having strong production facilities in China in order to build up close and successful partnerships with textile manufacturers there. At the end of his speech, Yang Zenxing thanked the customers present for their cooperation, which has already proved fruitful, and for their loyalty to the company. But no opening ceremony would be complete without the lion dance (Fig. 1), which traditionally symbolises good luck, fortune and strength. Following an ancient tradition, at the end of the artistic display, Fritz P. Mayer and Roland Kohn dotted the eyes of the two lions' heads to symbolise bringing them to life.

But just as obligatory was the cutting of the red ribbon. In addition to Fritz P. Mayer, Yang Zengxing and Roland Kohn, the other participants in this symbolic ceremony were the managing director, Dr. Helmut Preßl, the head of the Warp Knitting Business Unit, Arno Gärtner, the managing director of KARL MAYER Textilmaschinen AG, Marcus Kube, the managing director of KARL MAYER ROTAL S.r.L., Enzo Paoli, the head of sales in the Warp Preparation Business Unit, Martin Küppers, and the sales manager of KARL MAYER (China) Ltd., Teddy Rong (Fig. 2).

Once the ceremonies were over, the roughly 300 guests had the opportunity to collect detailed information during a guided tour of the factory (Fig. 3). They were all impressed by the high-tech features of the machines and equipment, the modern architecture of the building, and the ergonomics of the workstations.

Following the busy morning, the guests had plenty of opportunity to talk and exchange ideas over lunch (Fig. 4).

The feedback from all the customers regarding these opening celebrations was extremely positive. The textile companies clearly recognised the opportunities offered by these new facilities, especially in terms of reduced project handling times and the quality of the engineering services as a result of having an increased presence in China operating according to European standards.

The extended, modern premises set the standard

The extended building, together with its grounds, covers an area of 8,400 m2 and houses the facilities for the Warp Preparation Business Unit - the most modern production facilities within the KARL MAYER Group, as Fritz P. Mayer pointed out in his speech. 'Equipped with the latest machine tools and first-class IT equipment, and supported by a strong, highly committed management team made up of European and Chinese specialists, KARL MAYER China is a true representative of KARL MAYER quality. Our motto is to produce KARL MAYER technology and quality at competitive prices in China. This is how we can support you,' he went on to tell the guests.

More specifically, the new building houses a workshop, the dispatch area, offices and various technical installations - facilities that will enable more machines to be manufactured than ever before. A larger range of different types can be produced and business will be generated on a broader level.

KARL MAYER (China) Ltd. now produces direct warping machines for the warp knitting sector, creels, long chain beamers and ball warpers for the denim sector and the first sizing machines. If everything goes according to plan, as of next year, the new works will start mass producing the SUCKER SIZE sizing machine and the direct warping machine for processing staple-fibre yarns. All the machines will then be available on the markets outside China - which is another step towards implementing the company's twin product line strategy in the Warp Preparation Business Unit. Basing production on the manufacture of standard machines on the one hand, and machines catering for the premium segment on the other hand, has already proved itself extremely successfully in the Warp Knitting Business Unit. 'We are currently producing almost as many tricot and raschel machines in China as we do in Germany,' explained Fritz P. Mayer. This is also likely to happen in the Warp Preparation Business Unit.

In order to cater for the high demands of the future, the warp preparation specialists at KARL MAYER (China) Ltd. work closely with their colleagues in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.