The acquisition of the manufacturer of flat knitting machines H. Stoll AG & Co. KG, Reutlingen/Germany, by the textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, earlier in 2020, will lead to an integration of Stoll’s and Karl Mayer’s North American subsidiaries. Stoll America’s operation in New York, NY/USA, will close and resources and activities will be integrated into Karl Mayer’s Greensboro, NC/USA, location. This process started in October 2020 and will be completed at the end of the year.
The Stoll core team in its new location will include business and technical management, textile design and product development, Stoll machine programming, and customer service. Some team members will relocate from New York and others will be new.
The team’s focus will be 2-fold, serving the needs of the Stoll machine market with innovative machines, spare parts and technical service, as well as innovation support services for all. These support services include textile product design and development, sample, prototype and small collection production and training.
For these new activities, Karl Mayer is making a major investment in the Greensboro building, adding a state-of-the-art textile development and visitor center. This center will have customer collaboration and training areas with end-product samples, Stoll machines for demonstration, training and production purposes, and a prototype finishing and assembly operation. The new center will offer similar collaboration opportunities for industry partners working with other technologies. It is planned to be completed in March 2021.