As it is common to most other industries, the increasing demand accompanied by the need of cost reduction has called for the mechanization of the originally manual production process of bobbin lace. The braiding machine served as basis for the development of mechanical production equipment.
The basic concept of the Jacquard-controlled bobbin lace machine which was introduced approximately at the turn of the 20th century has proven its validity. However, many improvements of major and minor nature were made over the years.
At that time the manufacturers of machines as well as a lot of bobbin lace producers were domiciled at Wuppertal-Barmen in close proximity. Shared interests and close communication between these parties have greatly contributed to the further technological development.
Today the mechanical production of bobbin lace with electronically-controlled machines has reached a peak level of sophistication.
Even though bobbin laces are today mechanically produced at rather large scale, they still represent detailed replica of the ornate hand made bobbin laces, which explains their high market value.
The specific characteristics and the wide range of pattern ensure good marketability of the bobbin lace in numerous application fields.