Karl Mayer, a technical textile machinery manufacturer, celebrated its 80th anniversary with demonstrations of novelties, which include machines for textile reinforcement of composite materials.
Karl Mayer from Germany has made the way from a small family-owned firm to a world leader in its business fields of warp knitting machines, technical textiles and warp preparation. To celebrate the anniversary Karl Mayer organized a series of open house events at its headquarters in Obertshausen, Germany.
The attendees saw the UD 700 fiber spreading unit and the Cop Max 4 multiaxial knitting machine. The company produces their machinery to process various technical fibers, including glass, carbon, basalt, aramid etc. The UD 500 and UD 700 fiber spreading units have already made a name for themselves among composites’ manufacturers for use in the preliminary stages in the production of multiaxial textiles.
However, the first thing that attracted the visitors was the sheer size of the Cop Max 4. It has a working width of 2.5 meters and is 35 meters long, primarily for producing multiaxial textiles for reinforcing fiber composites, used, for example, in the rotor blades of wind turbines, aircraft and helicopters bodies, ship hulls and many others.
In 2017 Karl Mayer participated in both JEC World show and Techtextil in Germany, this spring. During Techtextil trade show the visitors could also see fire retardant basalt fabric produced by Olbo & Mehler, hybrid textiles and mesh manufactured by GKD, and Jakob Muller continuous basalt fiber knitting machine.
Over the last five years, KARL MAYER has invested extensively in improving the competitiveness of its high-tech locations in Germany, Italy and Japan, and has spent a total of € 60 million. The money was invested in new plant, modernising the production facilities, and new IT systems.