The company’s current portfolio comprises around 50 circular knitting machines and covers the full range of modern textiles. From fabrics for sportswear, for underwear in body widths, for fashionable outerwear, for mattress covers or car headliners, there is a Mayer & Cie. machine to deliver the goods. It knits fast, reliably and in consistently high quality. And tirelessly: more than half of the Mayer & Cie. machines ever manufactured are still in use.
Requirements and standards are constantly changing, however, which is why Mayer & Cie. is continuously adding to and developing its portfolio of machines. More than a third of the models we currently offer have only been in our product range since 2010 or later. The proportion of recent additions is even higher for single jersey machines. And there are continuous improvements to existing models. The latest Relanit machine, for example, uses around 30 per cent less energy than a conventional circular knitting machine.
Mayer & Cie. serves both the high-end and the mid-range market segment. In 2016 around 1,500 circular knitting machines were shipped to customers in all five continents. Its largest individual markets have for years been China, Turkey and India. In China, Mayer & Cie. has a subsidiary of its own; in the Czech Republic another. Final assembly of individual machine lines is undertaken in both countries. There are Mayer & Cie. sales and service branches in over 80 countries.
Group sales in 2015 totalled EUR 105 million, about ten per cent up on the previous year. For years Mayer & Cie. has continuously increased its annual sales by between five and ten per cent.
As sales increase, so do employee numbers. At the head office location in Albstadt-Tailfingen about 370 people go to work every day. Across the Group the number of employees is around 500. In the winter of 2016/2017, 22 young people were serving apprenticeships at Mayer & Cie. in Albstadt, and there is a strong likelihood that many of them will stay with Mayer & Cie. once they have learnt their trade; 58 per cent of the payroll have been with the company for at least ten years, and 45 per cent for 20 years and more.
Fortunately, loyalty is widespread not only among the workforce at Mayer & Cie. We also maintain successful, longstanding relations with many of our customers. Mayer & Cie. has an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 regular customers – customers who regularly order from us and whose machine pools consist mainly of Mayer machines, including quite a few who have been Mayer & Cie. customers since the middle of the last century.