Fritz P. Mayer, managing associate of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen, Germany, has been elected for the second time as chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt. Regina Brückner, managing associate of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg, and Karlheinz Liebrandt, co-owner of Liba Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila, will be vice-chairmen. Earlier, the member companies of the Textile Machinery Association had elected their new board of directors for the period until 2014.
Mayer has participated in the management of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik since 1980. The company, founded in 1937 in the Hessian Obertshausen (approximately 30 km east of Frankfurt), is a leading manufacturer of warp knitting and Raschel machines.
The VDMA represents the interests of approximately 3,000 manufacturers in more than 30 different machinery and plant sections. It is Europe’s largest industrial association, representing 90 percent of all German machinery and plant makers as well as a number of members from other EU countries. Almost 120 textile machinery builders are members. With a share in exports of about 85–90 percent and deliveries all over the world, this is one of the most important groups within VDMA. German companies are currently leading in exports on the world market for textile machinery, with a share of almost 30 percent.