The measures undertaken to contain the spread of COVID-19 have contributed to order downturns from the German engineering sector. Among member businesses of the German engineering industry association VDMA, over 90% of respondents report adverse effects, a third of these serious.
The coronavirus crisis has also made its mark on the purchase books of Mayer & Cie."After a promising first quarter of 2020," says sales director Wolfgang Müller, "Our clients have since the end of March, when more or less the whole planet went into lockdown, scaled-down orders harshly. Luckily, there are a couple of markets maintaining up some of their routine activities while observing strict measures to include the corona pandemic."
One of those niches is Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government has set itself the target of getting neighborhood cotton processed in Uzbekistan, which is the reason why the country is pushing forward the development of spinning mills, knitting factories and garment makers.
According to the trade journal Gesamtmasche, up to US$ 2.5 billion will be spent in textiles and garments industry development between 2018 and 2021. "In contrast to machine requests, which are directly related to orders received by the customer, this program is less dependent on daily financial conditions," Wolfgang Müller says.
Mayer & Cie. has been a machinery supplier for the government's program because of the project's beginning, sending a continuous variety of machines to Uzbekistan every year. This model with its comparative technology is seen as a cotton specialist; its key selling points are reliability, despite greatly varying yarn qualities, secure plating and strength of output. Other versions frequently shipped to the Central Asian state will be the D4 2.2 II for rib and nice rib knits, the D4 3.2 for interlock 8-lock constructions, and the MBF 3.2 for producing three-thread fleece.
"The door openers to the Uzbek market are sure to have been the quality and operation of these Mayer machines," states the organization's sales director in retrospect. "Yet, what's allowed us to obtain a fantastic foothold in the market is our after-sales team. They reach top marks for dedication, swift response times and capable service support."
Does that mean that the outlook for the future is great? Definitely, says Wolfgang Müller. "We can focus on the assumption that Uzbekistan will Continue to back textile industry development. With their modern, high-quality equipment export opportunities seem promising, also. Once The growth tendency."
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