India’s Textile Minister visits German Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik
On January 9, 2014, India’s Textile Minister, Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao paid a flying visit to Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik. He attended Heimtextil in Frankfurt and decided to visit Karl Mayer at short notice to meet the renowned manufacturer of warp knitting machines and warp preparations machines who is very active in India
The Minister was accompanied by his private secretary, Bhaskar Katamneni, the Consul TGEnral of India in Germany, Raveesh Kumar, and Krishna Javaji, the managing director of Eurotextiles, a trading company.
The group of visitors was received by a high level delegation from Karl Mayer, and at lunch time Arno Gärtner, managing director welcomed the guests. In addition Oliver Mathews, head of sales of the warp knitting business unit , representatives of the Indian agent A.T.E., and sales managers Bastian Fritsch and Peter Obrist were present. Following was a presentation of the company with an adjacent visit in the modern Development Centre and the newest generation of machines by the Karl Mayer Group. In addition a guided tour through the assembly department followed.
The Indian Minister was impressed by the modern production processes and he stressed that the German company and its innovative products were extremely important for the Indian textile industry. The minister was a most interested guest and a vivid participant in the discussions that followed the tour. He was also particularly welcoming and encouraging traditional, medium-sized family enterprises to invest in India and wanted to know what had triggered Karl Mayer to become active in India.
As part of its strategy of manufacturing close to its markets, Karl Mayer has installed its own service subsidiary in Mumbai in 2009 and today service operations were expanded over India. Arno Gärtner explained that India has been an important sales region for the warp preparation machines produced in Obertshausen (D) for some period of time. Since 2010 the demand for new warp knitting machines manufacturer by Karl Mayer was considerably increasing and India became an important growth market for the company. This positive development has encouraged Karl Mayer to set up its own production centre in India at the turn of 2013-14. The preliminary set-up of assembly operations is currently underway. Attractive are also incentives such as the Technology Upgrading Fund Scheme by the Indian Ministry of Textile.