KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
Bühlstrasse 25
63179 Obertshausen

The KARL MAYER Academy goes ‘on tour’ - KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH

For KARL MAYER, maintaining good relations with its customers means supplying customised machines, providing a full range of services, and training the machine operators – and this will now be done in its customers’ own factories. The Academy’s training courses are not only being held at selected KARL MAYER subsidiaries, they have also been held in the factories of the company’s customers since the end of last year. This has allowed warp knitting companies to reduce their costs and enabled entire teams of workers to be trained at the same time – a service that is extremely welcome in view of the continuing economic crisis. The KARL MAYER Academy went ‘on tour’ for the first time in the second half of 2009. The first instructor travelled from Obertshausen to Falkenau in Saxony to train workers in the production of warp-knitted lace at Spiga GmbH. The on-site course was held from 3 September to 12 December 2009, and ran from Thursdays through to Saturdays. A follow-up course was held from 21 January to 13 March 2010. ‘We have supplied Spiga ’s staff with comprehensive technical information. They now know exactly what their machines are capable of and how the performance potential of this high-tech machinery can be fully utilised,’ explained Stephan Jung, one of the Academy’s instructors. ‘What is more, it will give the participants greater knowledge and expertise, generate more new ideas and increase job satisfaction.’ The first international outside-course of KARL MAYER Academy took place at Wollwines in Virginia, which is a subsidiary of Hanesbrands Inc. The two-week ‘A to Z of warp knitting’ course started on 18 January – at the letter ‘H’. Some of the participants had already attended training courses at KARL MAYER ’s headquarter in Obertshausen, and the knowledge they had acquired there greatly increased the level of expertise in the departments where they worked – which perfectly illustrates the success of KARL MAYER ’s training strategy. Nevertheless, Robert Kuna was able to pass on a great deal of information that would be useful to the participants in their daily work. ‘The mechanics, shift supervisors and machine operators have reached a new level of understanding,’ said this instructor when talking about the success of his work. ‘The group quickly grasped the background to many long-standing operations and were able to get to grips with the machine operations’.