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Mayer & Cie to expand capacity at worldwide plants
Apr '15
German knitting machines producer Mayer & Cie. (MCT) is planning considerable investments in technology, facilities and personnel in 2015 and 2016.

The largest share will go to expanding and modernisation of its plant at its headquarters in Germany and €4 million will be spent in expanding capacities at all locations.

“On the agenda, is also an increase in size of the subsidiaries in China and the Czech Republic,” MCT said in a press release.

In 2014, MCT which reported sales of €90 million, 7 per cent higher than 2013, aims to maintain a balance between strengthening its headquarters and expanding its production capacities close to the market

The family run business has budgeted to spend €3 million at its plant at its headquarters in Albstadt, which will also increase the number of employees at the site.

A restructuring and modernisation of the building equipment at the Albstadt plant is another part of the investment plan.

The heating and cooling systems will be revised in order to reduce energy consumption at the plant and the machinery used for manufacturing knitting machines will also be modernised.

The Albstadt facility produces key components of the knitting machine, above all the knitting head and most of the MCT knitting machines, with very few exceptions are made in Germany.

It has also budgeted investments around €1 million to expand capacities at its subsidiaries in Czech Republic and China.

In the last few years, Asia has emerged as a major market for MCT. In Turkey alone, MCT sold machines worth €16 million in 2014.

According to MCT, the sales volume has been continuously increasing for years, above all in India and China.

“In these markets, the demand for machines in the mid-range price segment is very large and they preferably have to be available on short notice,” it added.

“Our Asian customers often order a machine only after they have accepted an order themselves and which they think cannot complete in due time with their existing machinery” said Benjamin Mayer.

“If we want to be successful, we need to be able to react quickly and flexibly to these short-term orders and to top it, this market is very price sensitive,” he too added by saying.

At the site in Vsetin in the Czech Republic, which MCT acquired in 2011, MCT is planning the construction of a 5,000 square metre new facility.

Start of construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of the year 2015 and completion is scheduled for end of 2016. Presently 60 people work at the Czech Republic, which will increase once capacity is expanded.

Founded in 1905, besides its headquarters in Albstadt, Germany, MCT also has subsidiaries in Brazil, China and the Czech Republic.

It also has appointed distributors in numerous countries and employs totally around 400 people. (AR)

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