STOLL, a new Business Unit of the KARL MAYER Group, will be moving with its premises from the site at Stollweg in Reutlingen to the Reutlingen-Betzingen industrial estate, where it will continue its activities under the new owner, as planned. Already in 2004, STOLL relocated its production to the location in the Mark West industrial area. During two project stages, a development centre is first being built, and later a customer center will follow, in order to accommodate the other Business Units.
Official start of the construction for the development centre was on 26th July 2019. The building with bright and modern offices and meeting rooms for roughly 70 employees is expected to be completed by autumn 2020.
The 29th July 2020 saw the opening of the second project stage, with the aim to erect the customer centre up to autumn 2021. The symbolic groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Daniel Hebisch, Shareholder and Member of the Executive Board of isin+co GmbH & Co. KG, and Cemal Isin, Managing Partner of isin+co GmbH & Co. KG, Uli Kälber, Managing Director of Rommel SF-Bau GmbH & Co. KG as well as the following gentlemen from KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH: Andreas Schellhammer, President of the STOLL Business Unit, Erhard Vöhringer, Senior Sales/Service Manager, Jörg Wilhelm, Senior Operations Manager, and Frank Wittel, Vice Chairman of the Works Council.
The project is carried out by Rommel SF-Bau GmbH & Co. KG as general contractor. The architects come from ISIN + Co. GmbH & Co. KG. They designed a functional building complex which will be housing the reception, offices for a workforce of about 100 persons and conference rooms. Moreover, an associated industrial building will provide enough space for showrooms, machine floor areas, project rooms and for the company’s own training centre. The usable floor space covers approx. 5,350 m².
With its construction project and relocation, STOLL makes important decisions for the future. By combining development, production and administration at a single location, it is possible to ensure shorter distances, leaner processes and faster innovations. In this way, the STOLL technology that has been successful for more than 145 years, will be leading into a new age.
Development work on JERSEY EVOLUTION continues
Meanwhile, at the Interfilière in Paris in January 2020, KARL MAYER launched its first series of warp knitted jersey articles, garnering great interest, especially among international lingerie brands. These supple, next-to-skin fabrics are called JERSEY EVOLUTION. They were produced on the high-performance tricot machine HKS 2-S, which was used with a high machine gauge to create a sophisticated lapping design. This results in highly elastic fabrics. It is possible to stretch the fabric by up to 245%, while still retaining a high rebound force. The elastane threads were specially incorporated to create cut-resistant edges. In addition, JERSEY EVOLUTION fabrics offer a soft, smooth surface and a flowing drape, just like their circular knitted counterparts. Unlike these, however, knitted jersey goods can be produced highly efficiently: a high-performance tricot machine can replace up to 2.5 circular knitting machines. Warp knitting running costs are also lower since the needle units must be replaced less frequently. Compared to circular knitting machines, these key components can be used around six times longer, thus halving the cost per set. Following the successful launch, KARL MAYER created a second JERSEY EVOLUTION series. As part of recent development work, the lapping and yarn use have been modified to achieve different fabric weights and stretch values. With regard to the lapping, variants and patterns were chosen which are commonly used by KARL MAYER’s customers and which had already proved to be highly effective in the first series.