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From machine whisperer to knitting master.

1958. Alfred Buck Senior becomes self-employed in the production of turned stamped parts in contract work. He then supplies accessories and overhauls older knitting machines. The market clearly has a future.

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The first flash of inspiration.

Alfred Buck receives an order to develop a knitting machine for carpet yarn production with 30% higher performance than commonly experienced on the market. He builds the first machine and maximizes the working speed based on the technology available at the time. It speeds up the machine, but also increases wear and shortens running time. Far from ideal. Buck realizes that he needs to rethink the process. Then, the decisive breakthrough. He develops a revolutionary knitting curve that allows a higher throughput with low wear. The Buck knitting system is born.

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Crisis as opportunity.

It takes place in the 1970s. The German knitting machine market collapses. Many companies decide to settle abroad. Alfred Buck adapts the new knitting technology to machine gauges for the garment industry and wins Mayer & Cie as licensee in Albstadt, Germany.

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Knitted and finely engineered.

The demand for clothing sinks. Buck thinks about options. Couldn’t other types of materials be knitted as well? He modifies the knitting head and lo & behold: yes they can! Buck engineers his own machines for producing knitted wire mesh for the automotive industry. Initially in the field of filter technology. Damping elements then follow. And Buck is still supplying to both customers today.

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The automotive industry prospers.

The world loves German cars. And can’t get enough of them. Buck also senses this as a supplier – and takes advantage of the opportunity to refine his technology, optimize processes, venture into new sectors and constantly make new inventions.

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Think big.

After a rapid upswing, Buck has garnered quite an impressive product range. The requirements are growing. Impressed with the excellent performance and quality, a system supplier to the American automotive industry encourages Buck to produce in the US. Buck listens to his instincts and embarks on the adventure as a small business. Successfully! After 10 years, he rebuilds in South Carolina.

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The pioneering spirit remains unbroken.

To this day, Buck is always breaking new ground. Since 1990, he has been working together with his son Alfred Ernst Buck, industrial mechanic and graduate engineer (FH) in textile technology. A few years ago, Buck filed a groundbreaking patent that will most likely trigger a small revolution in the medical sector. It is still top secret however. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we can talk about it. We can only say one thing: It is a very entangled matter.