KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
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63179 Obertshausen
Germany




E 50 – a fine distinction - KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

E-50-gauge fabric makes a fine distinction when it comes to warp-knitted lingerie and sportswear fabrics. The finest warp-knitted fabric in the world is produced at a gauge of 50 needles per inch, is the result of research work carried out by KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik, and was available for viewing once again at this year’s Interfilière trade fair for lingerie and swimwear in Hong Kong. It was here that this exceptionally smooth and supple fabric was showcased during a 45-minute paper that was presented on two days, the 26 and 27 March. The speaker was Jackie Ho of KARL MAYER’s subsidiary in Hong Kong. This specialist in textiles first of all described the technology of the HKS 2-3 – the machine behind the production of this new fabric. This high-speed, two-bar tricot machine was specially configured to enable it to operate at a gauge of E 50, and the knitting motion was also modified accordingly. It also offers an unparalleled rate of production. Once he had described the technical features of the machine, the speaker presented the advantages of this textile technology and illustrated the resulting new applications. The E-50-gauge fabric is very light and opaque and has exceptional draping characteristics. However, above all else, it has an exceptionally fine knitted surface, which makes it look completely smooth – the fabric has an exceptional profile of characteristics and is ready for the market. In particular, this superfine fabric is certified in accordance with the LYCRA® beauty Standard, which qualifies this new E-50-gauge fabric for use in lingerie collections. The results of a competition, which KARL MAYER carried out in conjunction with the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Fachbereich Gestaltung Berlin (Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design) last year, showed the design potential unleashed by this new fabric. The aim of this competition, held to showcase the creativity of the students, was to produce light shapewear models from E-50-gauge fabrics. In addition to this, leading lingerie producers have already successfully launched their first collections made from this supple fabric onto the market. As well as brochures and samples of current collections, the exhibits on show complemented KARL MAYER’s presentation at Interfilière in Hong Kong, which was the perfect opportunity for representatives from the design, product management, R&D and buying sectors to familiarise themselves with this new dimension in design.