ITM 2024


New business momentum for the Turkish warp knitting industry

A highly flexible, efficient tricot machine and textile innovations with market potential - the KARL MAYER exhibition at ITM 2024
Warp knitting companies can look forward to new opportunities for their business development when they visit the KARL MAYER stand at ITM. At the important trade fair in Istanbul, the industry leader will be presenting selected solutions to support customers in a market that is as important as it is difficult. The focus will be on flexibility and speed.

"We are in close contact with our customers and focus on their needs. We only established a local branch in Bursa in 2023. At ITM, we are once again demonstrating our market proximity and technological leadership. We are presenting sophisticated solutions that offer customers competitive advantages through greater efficiency and new market opportunities through more diversity," explains Christof Naier, President of the Warp Knitting business unit of the KARL MAYER GROUP.

Christof Naier © 2024 KARL MAYER
Christof Naier © 2024 KARL MAYER

The global player can be found at ITM in Hall 3, Stand 303A, at the Tüyap Fair and Congress Center in Istanbul. The main exhibits will be a tricot machine with an exceptional, flexible product range and maximum speed - even with strongly changing yarn consumption - a digital solution for machine energy management from the Care Solutions division and textile innovations for more business, including a brand new seersucker fabric from the highly cost-effective TM 4 EL and trendy warp-knitted fabrics with weft insertion, that has a woven-like appearance.

Pattern change with unrestrained speed and nets in the product portfolio

An HKS 3-M ON PLUS will demonstrate its skills in the production of various net-like articles in gauge E 18. The all-rounder produces square marquisette items as well as robust shoe fabrics, also in coarse gauges, and works at maximum speed despite a wide variety of pattern changes. Thanks to the ground-breaking Advanced Feeding Control (AFC) function, the high working speed is maintained even with the rapidly changing yarn consumption of complex patterns.


Wide range of home textiles and semi-technical items

A trendy textile show presents examples from the extensive production range of the HKS 3-M ON PLUS, including insect screens and an innovative article based on a square marquisette, which could not previously be reliably produced in the gauge E 18. The fabric stands out with its high-contrast look. It features a design of stripes with graduated density - from open to closed - and is a real eye-catcher in clothing and interiors, e.g. as curtains. Other contributions on the subject of home textiles include window fashion examples from an RJPC, MLF and warp knitting machine with weft insertion, corduroy fabrics for cushion covers from three-bar tricot machines and towels made from staple fiber yarn.

Trendy items for fashion and sportswear

There is also momentum for the clothing sector. Just in time for ITM, a new, extravagant 4-way stretch fabric will be launched as a further development of the seersucker theme. This textile innovation combines an airy mesh ground with a contrasting ribbed pattern and can be designed in many different ways. It was produced on a TM 4 EL, which offers maximum flexibility and excellent value for money.

KARL MAYER will also be exhibiting elastic and rigid woven-like warp-knitted articles from two- and three-bar tricot machines. The articles with the look of classic woven clothing fabrics are easy-care, comfortable to wear and crease-resistant and are just as popular for men's suits and shirts as they are for casual wear. What's more, productivity in production is just right.

Other highlights for the fashion business include knitwear in crochet style from a RASCHELTRONIC® and chic terry fabrics for bath and beach made from staple fiber yarn. RASCHELTRONIC® products are also setting trends in the sportswear sector, as shown by a collection of shirts, shorts, jackets and underwear with chic styles and functional designs. Clothing fabrics from warp knitting machines with weft insertion are also likely to be an important topic.

Lingerie with a unique appearance

Visitors from the lingerie business can look forward to a collection of exquisite TEXTRONIC® and JACQUARDTRONIC® products. The delicate lace made on an MJ 92/1 B surprises with an exceptionally light, transparent ground on which the filigree pattern with plastic flossing stands out strikingly. The design is sensationally rich in contrast and complex and therefore closer to the Leavers standard than ever before. The fabrics from an MT 84/1/40 S show how clear and balanced lace can look with Symm-Net. The elaborate look is created by a filigree pattern and maximum symmetry of the design elements.

Lingerie © 2024 KARL MAYER
Lingerie © 2024 KARL MAYER

Textile innovations for the footwear sector

Manufacturers of shoe fabrics will get their money's worth with a selection of exclusive fabrics from a five-bar RASCHELTRONIC® and double-bar raschel machines with and without jacquard. In addition, sophisticated multicolor spacers will be presented, which open up fields of application for spacer fabrics beyond the shoe area, for example in the fashion sector.

Shoe fabric © 2024 KARL MAYER
Shoe fabric © 2024 KARL MAYER

Greater energy efficiency and easy access to digital solutions

Customers can also look forward to a presentation of the latest Care Solutions products. The KARL MAYER GROUP's after-sales service offers complete support on a new level. The exhibition will focus on the Customer Portal, which gives users access to the digital world of the KARL MAYER GROUP, and the brand new Energy Efficiency Solution (EES). The cloud-based product will be officially launched at ITM. It provides real-time transparency on the energy consumption of KARL MAYER warp knitting machines and thus supports warp knitting companies on their way to lower energy consumption and greater sustainability.

With these exhibits in its trade fair luggage, KARL MAYER is looking forward to a successful ITM.

"We are looking forward to presenting our solutions to our visitors and discussing the opportunities for their business development with them. We also expect to gain new insights into the market from the discussions. This knowledge will help us to focus our innovation activities," says Christof Naier.

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