(Source: Schmietex Engineering)
Effective July 1, 2022, Schmietex Engineering has taken over a large part of the needle and part assortment of the needle and sinker factory Naplafa GmbH, Chemnitz/Germany. Production at the Chemnitz site will be continued. Schmietex Engineering GmbH, Hohenstein-Ernstthal/Germany, thus gains additional know-how and over 70 years of experience in the professional production of knitting parts.
At the end of 2021, plans by the previous Naplafa owner Hugo Kern und Liebers GmbH & Co. KG, Schramberg/Germany, to close the Chemnitz site and relocate only certain product ranges became known. Schmietex Managing Director Jörg Bredemeyer and the Schmiedl family of shareholders then entered into initial talks. Schmietex Engineering, as a main customer, had been buying various Naplafa products for many years in order to process them in its casting department and then use them in its own machine production or supply them worldwide to its customers in the stitch-bonding segment.
Schmietex focuses on the production of individual stitch-bonding machines for the manufacture of a wide variety of composite materials, mainly for technical textiles. Machines of the types Malimo with weft insertion, Maliwatt, Malivlies, Kunit/Multinit and customized variants in working widths from 1,600-6,000 mm are developed and constructed. A comprehensive range of accessories and spare parts for all machine types are part of the service, as are on-site installation and repairs.