Innovations – more than just inventions
Highly efficient innovations through the KARL MAYER GROUP’s “Integrated Product Development” project with IPEK – the Institute for Product Development at KIT
Innovations are one of the most important factors behind the success of the KARL MAYER GROUP and lay the foundations for its reputation: for decades, the company has been considered an influential technological leader in the textile industry. To develop its pioneering solutions, the industry leader pursues various avenues – including completely new ones – as illustrated by the collaboration between the Business Unit Warp Knitting and IPEK – the Institute for Product Development at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The joint project combines practice and research, and was launched with a kick-off meeting at the KARL MAYER GROUP’s headquarters in Obertshausen on 12 October 2023. The main participants are 42 IPEK students, working separately in seven teams to develop exclusive solutions for a standardised innovation task set by the company in a compact creative phase. The results – one prototype per working group – are due to be presented as early as February 2024. Moreover, a variety of positive impulses for in-house development activities are expected, since innovations also need effective methods alongside good ideas.
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