Albstadt – Mayer & Cie returned from the recent DTG Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition in a confident mood with the circular knitting machine builder picking up a brand new customer for its Relanit 3.2 HS technology.
On show at the event this year was a 28G, 34-inch diameter version of the Relanit 3.2 HS which, due to its high productivity, its gentle yarn processing, and its high degree of reliability, especially in handling elastomer yarns, is considered one of the company’s bestsellers.
“All of the visitors were impressed when our high-performance machine was working at full speed,” said Hardy Bühler, Mayer & Cie.’s area sales manager for the South-East Asian country. “Moreover, in connection with the trade fair, a new customer was convinced of the Relanit 3.2 HS’s benefits and ordered a significant number of machines for test purposes. We are naturally very keen to see how this project develops.”
Compared with conventional knitting technology, Mayer & Cie’s ‘relative’ technology is characterized by a gentler stitch formation. Both the sinker and the needle are arranged vertically, whereas classical knitting machines work with a horizontal sinker technology. To form a stitch, needle and sinker move toward each other in relative terms. As a result, the yarn travels a much shorter distance, is redirected less frequently and creates less nap on its journey.
Due to the convergence of needle and sinker, narrower angles can be chosen for needle clearance, leading in turn to fewer yarn wrapping points which reduces needle friction with the result that yarn breakages are less frequent.
The shorter distance that the yarn has to travel in relative technology has a positive effect on the energy consumption of every Relanit machine. With the new Relanit 3.2 HS, energy consumption is lower by about as much as 30 per cent than that of a conventional knitting machine. This reduced energy consumption is due in part to the new single jersey machine’s further optimised needle curve.
The basic rotational speed of the Relanit 3.2 HS has also been increased by up to ten per cent which is made possible by the machine’s improved drive and braking technology. To ensure that the speed could be harnessed efficiently, the developers at Mayer & Cie took yet another look at the open width frame of about three out of four Relanit machines supplied to customers. Optimization has led to an increase in the Relanit 3.2 HS’s performance of about 20 per cent on that of its predecessor.
The result is that overall, the Relanit 3.2 HS delivers a significant improvement in process reliability and, the company says, user friendliness. An improved yarn guide, for example, facilitates a variety of threading options, thereby enabling the optimal position to be selected for the knitted fabric in question. The new yarn guide also has a hole for the elastomer thread so that it can no longer jump out of its guide.
With these features, it is therefore unsurprising that Mayer & Cie is finding continued success in markets such as Bangladesh. “The circular knitting machine market in Bangladesh is one of the most stable in the world,” Mr Buhler added, an assessment based on various factors. “One is Bangladesh’s exports of piece goods, or ready-made clothing, which have been on the increase for years. According to the Pakistani newspaper The Dawn, Bangladeshi companies exported clothing worth US$30 billion in 2018. Bangladesh, the newspaper claimed, came second only to China, the world’s largest exporter, and by 2023 this figure is set to nearly double to US$ 50 billion.”
The demand for circular knitting machines is correspondingly strong and constant. For years Bangladesh has been one of Mayer & Cie’s foremost markets. Two thirds of this demand is for single jersey, one third for double jersey machines. “There are many indications that this demand structure is unlikely to change much in the near future,” Bühler added. “Due to lower wage costs many ‘standard orders’ are passed on from China to Bangladesh. They include, for example, casual outer- and leisurewear consisting mainly of single jersey fabrics and double jersey with micro-structure effects.”
The DTG Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition, held from 9 to 12 January 2019 in Dhaka, reaffirmed this trend. “The fair was once more very well attended,” Bühler said. “We would otherwise never be able in such a short time to see and talk with so many customers, existing and potential. For our ‘ear on the market’ the DTG is very exciting year after year.”