The company history of the KARL MAYER Group


KARL MAYER- the innovative market leader

2015: The new corporate machine design will be premiered at ITMA in Milan

  • 2015: Setting-up of KARL MAYER Technische Textilien GmbH resulting from the merger of LIBA and MALIMO

  • 2015: New Competence Center Parts & Components at the headquarters in Obertshausen


KARL MAYER’s strategic reorientation

2007: New Customer and Development Center in Obertshausen

  • 2008: Official opening of the new factory building of KARL MAYER (CHINA) Ltd. in Changzhou

  • 2008: Takeover of the weaving warp preparation division of Benninger/Switzerland

  • 2013: The longstanding managing partner, Fritz P. Mayer, leaves the company’s operational management (age-related retirement) and represents the Mayer family in the Supervisory Board together with Suzanne Forker

  • 2013: Arno Gärtner joins the Management Board of the KARL MAYER Holding

  • 2014: KARL MAYER acquires the majority ownership of LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH


Further innovations and new technology

The Textronic® Lace TL 66/1/36 and the Fascination Lace FL 20/16, the first representatives of a new generation of lace machines, create quite a stir on the market.

  • 2003: The Gir-O-Matic warp sampling machine sets new standards in terms of efficiency, flexibility and quality

  • 2003: One of the distinguishing features of KARL MAYER’s new lace machinery generation is a complete package of innovations

  • 2005: KAMCOS (KARL MAYER Command System) finds it way into all KARL MAYER machines, thus, ensuring a competent management of the entire computer technology of the machines


Growth and expansion in China

KARL MAYER continues to expand in China, and by establishing KARL MAYER Technical Service Ltd. the company is able to offer a comprehensive on-site technical support in terms of sales and services.

  • 2001: By setting up the Warp Knitting Research Center, KARL MAYER can offer periodical training courses to its customers, can provide information via the Internet, and can publish the textile magazine „Kettenwirk-Praxis“ in Chinese language


Opening up of new business areas and new locations

1991: Market launch of KARL MAYER’s first warp preparation unit for weaving

  • 1995: Foundation of the first KARL MAYER subsidiary in China (KARL MAYER
    Textile Machinery, Ltd, Wujin, China)

  • 1998: Takeover of MALIMO Maschinenbau GmbH in Chemnitz (1992), and of Rotal s.r.L, Italy, today’s KARL MAYER Rotal


International expansion and further development of corporate technology

Already at an early stage the company has been operating on the world market, resulting in KARL MAYER’s international expansion: first overseas subsidiary in Clifton, New Jersey.

  • 1956: The first Multibar lace Raschel machine for lace articles is manufactured

  • 1957: The first double-bar Raschel machine is delivered to the customer

  • 1967: Production of the first Jacquard Raschel machine

  • 1980: The founder’s three sons Ulrich, Ingo and Fritz P. Mayer join the company’s management board

1937 - 1954

Company foundation and development to a textile machinery manufacturer

Karl Mayer sets up a mechanical workshop for the production of turned parts in Obertshausen, and several years later the company starts with the production of warp knitting machines.

  • 1948: Delivery of the first KARL MAYER warp knitting machine

  • 1953: Production of the first Raschel machine

  • 1954: KARL MAYER delivers the 1,000th warp knitting machine