The long-established French lace maker Noyon has purchased four state-of-the-art knitting machines from the Karl Mayer group.   

The new units, each weighing more than 17 tonnes, will introduce the Textronic process to the Noyon range. Each machine has 66 bars, 36 for soft twisted embroidery yarns, 24 for gimp yarns and six to work on the background fabric and works at a speed of 350 turns a minute.

Changes in design, fabric and width are executed digitally, with adjustments made on-screen.

Samples of laces produced on the new equipment will be the highlight of the collection due to be shown at Interfilière in January 2004. They will be categorised as the Hightex collection.

By Sonia Roberts.