Summary contemporary witnesses report MALIMO 

A time witness report written by Mr. Harry Weinert (Germany)


Since my studies of 1957, the new technology for the production of textile fabrics called "Malimo" has accompanied me more or less, but steadily. MALIMO is an original invention in the GDR by Mr. Rudolf Mauersberger. However, it is not directly comparable to other typical GDR inventions, such as BMT coke or low-shaft- furnaces. The product "MALIMO" is a technology called "sewing knitting technique " for the production of textile fabrics between the weaving and the knitting process. MALIMO has survived the political transition in 1989/90, but not without prejudice

At the beginning of 1956 the team around Mr. Mauersberger had to overcome great difficulties. Like all new developments, this technology had to be implemented. They assumed the reputation of requiring more material, (more yarn), per unit of area on textile fabrics.
The diagonal elongation is also greater than in woven fabrics, the effective application areas had to be crystallized.
Non-woven fabrics (vlies fabrics),
furnishing and decorating fabrics, sportswear, swimwear, carpeting outfits and much more were produced using this method and its variations, because all of the Mali-techniques had a higher production output than previously used weaving techniques.



The machines and machines systems were developed continuously Trust TEXTIMA Karl-Marx-Stadt. The Research Institute for the Textile Industry developed the processes like Maliwatt, Malivlies, Malipol, Schusspol and Voltex. The range of application and range of products could be extended thus.
The development of the machine resulted in larger working widths,
smaller nicety, more pattern possibilities and their variability as well as higher working speeds.
The production capacities in the textile and light industry had been restructured or rebuilt using these modern Mali techniques.
The successes in the GDR textile industry also aroused international interest. Machines for the Mali-techniques including procedures were exported to more than 50 countries

After the political change in 1989/90, most of the manufacturing facilities for textiles on the former territory of GDR were closed, dismantled and liquidated.

The production of machines and systems for Mali-techniques was strongly reduced, also because major sales areas and markets had disappeared. The BRD Company Carl Mayer took over essential parts of the TEXTIMA company Malimo and continued to produce machines for Mali-techniques in a newly constructed plant in Chemnitz, but to a much reduced extent.
After 2010, C. Mayer ceased production of machines and systems for Mali-techniques. The further development in the field of "technical textiles" has been stepped up by new methods. Characterizing elements from the Mali-techniques were used in new technologies and machine systems.
Machines for Mali-techniques are further manufactured by smaller companies in much smaller quantities. The repair, modernization and reconstruction of machines for Mali-techniques from former GDR companies as well as from abroad and their reuse in textile companies is intensifying reuse in textile companies is intensifying.

 Mali-techniques are nowadays not used more often in the original form, but "MALIMO" lives on in further developed procedures and technologies