KARL MAYER is taking part in the VDMA’s B2B Forum and Conference in the USA and Mexico in November 2017

German machines for the American dream

The USA and Mexico are important trading partners for the German textile machinery building industry. Exports from this sector to the USA amounted to just under €244 million in 2016, although the 2017 level will probably fall slightly short of this. Forecasts predict that exports will be slightly less than for the previous year, but will still remain at an acceptable level. From January to May 2017, roughly 90 million euros worth of machines and accessories were exported to the USA. 

Textile machines to the value of roughly €20 million were exported to Mexico during the same period. If deliveries continue at this level over the next few months, the results for the year as a whole are expected to be good. In 2016, exports were slightly above the €86 million level – an above-average result which could be an anomaly.

In order to strengthen business ties with these two countries, the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, VDMA (German Engineering Federation) is organising two of its “German Technology Meets Other Markets” events. One is to be held on 6 November in Charlotte (NC) and the other will be held from 8 to 9 November in Mexico City.

This well-established event combines a B2B forum with a technical conference, and is aimed at decision-makers along the entire value-added textile chain.

Both delegates and speakers alike will be given important stimuli for developing their businesses. For example, German textile machine builders will be able to present their latest products, make new contacts, and gather information on market requirements. The textile companies operating in these countries will be given new ideas for developing and producing new textile products, for improving production efficiency and product quality, and for reducing the consumption of energy and resources. Strategic topics, such as digitisation and the smart factory, will also be covered.

Roughly 25 textile machinery manufacturers are expected to participate in this practiced-oriented programme of events in Charlotte and about 30 will be at the event in Mexico City. KARL MAYER will present two papers. Lutz Heinig, a representative from the company’s subsidiary in North America, will present customised systems for producing technical textiles, and Nelson Da Cruz, the Vice-President of the Warp Knitting Business Unit will speak on the topics of digitisation in warp knitting and functional warp-knitted textiles. Other important aspects of his paper will cover warp preparation, i.e. technical developments for improving sustainability in sizing and the indigo dyeing process.

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