The company history of the KARL MAYER Group
A new chapter opens
2019: Relocation of KARL MAYER Academy Obertshausen to new facilities.
2019: KARL MAYER joins with RABATEX INDUSTRIES and A.T.E. to found the joint venture KARL MAYER Textile Machinery India Private Limited, based in Mumbai and with a production plant in Ahmedabad.
2019: Opening of the new R&D centre as the heart of the in-house denim centre of excellence at KARL MAYER ROTAL.
2020: Signing of the contract to acquire the STOLL Group, which transferred to KARL MAYER on 1 July 2020. As a result, solutions for the two most important stitch-forming processes – warp knitting and weft knitting – are now offered from a single source.
2017: Opening of the development centre for double-bar raschel technology at NIPPON MAYER.
2017: Founding of the software start-up KM.ON GmbH to develop digital solutions.
2018: Acquisition of continuous dyeing technology for denim warp preparation from MASTER.
2018: Initiation of participation in ADAMOS, an alliance of industrial and software companies.
2018: Delivery of the 125,000th machine.
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
2016: Opening of the new assembly hall 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
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