Antonia Gottschalk (outside left) and Max Kürig (outside right) from the KM.ON management team are pleased to have Christian Zarbl (2nd from left) and Bartho Schulte from Digitale Strickmanufaktur on board (Source: Karl Mayer)
KM.ON innovates and digitalizes the textile value chain with its offerings. Recently, the potential and capacities for this were significantly expanded. On April 28, 2022, KM.ON, the software company of the Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany, acquired the cloud technology developed by Digitale Strickmanufaktur (Digital Knitting Factory), thus expanding its portfolio of cloud solutions for textiles. In addition, the team of the start-up Digitale Strickmanufaktur PoC GmbH, Krefeld/Germany, was integrated into the KM.ON team. Together, they will continue to launch innovative textile solutions.
With the newly acquired cloud solutions, flat knitting machines from Stoll can be networked with the cloud. Customers can thus take advantage of further digital offerings, for example to transfer their individualized products directly to the machine and produce them without any administrative effort. This eliminates the need to manually individualize the knitting file.
The cloud solution developed can also play a role in industrial-style on-demand manufacturing in the future. An increasing number of products are being ordered directly through online stores, e.g. from major brands or sporting goods manufacturers. With cloud technology, the order can be routed directly to connected production facilities and the goods manufactured and shipped to the customer without detours. This saves on warehousing costs and reduces cost-intensive markdowns. In addition, there are fewer climate-damaging emissions because the product can be transported directly from the producer to the buyer. The latest acquisition enables KM.ON to make the most of opportunities arising from future scenarios such as these.