At this year’s ITMA Asia, to be held from 15 to 19 October, Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is focussing entirely on electronic machines. All three machines scheduled to be on show in Shanghai – the Spinit 3.0 E, the OVJA1.6 EE 3/2 WT and the OVJA 2.4 EC – come in this category.
The latest addition to the group is the OVJA 2.4 EC. It is the first electronic jacquard machine to be finally assembled at the Mayer & Cie. China works in Shanghai. It is aimed at discerning Chinese customers who produce fabrics for outer garments, sports- and leisurewear. With its 2.4 systems per inch, it outperforms Chinese manufacturers’ conventional models in productivity. Furthermore, the OVJA 2.4 EC offers great variety in design patterns thanks to its three-way-technology. Another important benefit is the machine’s user friendliness as gauge changes are fast and easy. This is due to the athermal electromagnetic actuators on which the OVJA 2.4 EC’s needle selection is based. “It is also attractive in terms of pricing combined with high productivity. Not to mention easy spare parts availability for it being a domestic system”, says Rudolf Crass, Mayer & Cie.’s regional sales manager with responsibility for China.
The Spinit 3.0 E spinning and knitting machine will be presented for the first time ‘in the flesh’ in China at this year’s ITMA Asia. Michael A. Tuschak, Mayer & Cie.’s spinitsystems marketing and sales manager, anticipates visitors to the Mayer & Cie. stand at ITMA Asia with a strong interest in the spinning and knitting technology, because the technology is mainly of relevance in established textile markets such as China.
The OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT is a multi-colour jacquard machine and a shoe upper fabric specialist. Hardy Bühler, Mayer & Cie.’s Key Account Manager Brands, says: “The OVJA 1.6 EE 3/2 WT is our first “proper” shoe machine.” It can combine a very wide range of patterns with a hole structure look. It also produces plain and multi-coloured spacer fabrics up to 5 mm thick, which Bühler says is very much in demand for shoe uppers. “Producing spacer fabrics on a circular knitting machine makes sense for several reasons. For one, set-up times are much shorter than when using other means of production. A circular knitter also uses much less yarn to make multi-coloured spacer fabrics.” That above all, Bühler says, makes manufacturing small batches of spacer on a circular knitting machine a winner.