The International Apparel Federation (IAF) welcomes the new WTO multilateral trade agreement that has been reached recently in Bali. The ‘trade facilitation’ package, the prime component of the agreement, is said to be beneficial to the global apparel industry.
The industry has probably the most internationalised supply and demand structure in the world, and with a growing market share of large retail chains and brands with a global presence, internationalisation is increasing still, the IAF reports.
ACITIF, African Cotton Textiles Industry Federation, has become a new member of IAF, International Apparel Federation.
ACTIF represents the national associations and private industries in 24 African Countries and is very active in promoting the emerging African apparel and textile chain. The Federation is proud that with this membership from Africa now all continents are represented in its membership.
The four trend proposals all Made in Italy from the designers at Eurojersey for the Summer 2015 Underwear and Lingerie collections are inspired by the natural elements: water, earth, air and fire.
The fabrics feature various patterns and colours that intertwine and merge into one another, created using EcoPrint printing technology.
Real reproductions, minute details and contrasts, effects and see-through designs are interpreted by Sensitive Plus, Sensitive Seric Plus, Sensitive Ultra Light, Sensitive Touch, Sensitive Sheer and Sensitive Classic fabrics, following the trends.
Novozymes and China Knitting Industry Association (CKIA) have signed a strategic partnership agreement in Beijing to jointly promote the sustainable development of biological solutions in the Chinese knitting industry.
Low carbon emissions, energy savings and environmental protection are among the goals of the agreement. It addresses bio-innovative application and research in the knitting sector.
The two sides will cooperate in areas including sewage treatment at knitting enterprises and energy conservation. Novozymes will provide basic tests, research and technical guidance.
Nike has launched a brand new basketball shoe incorporating its Flyknit seamless uppers which are knitted in one single piece using advanced flat knitting technology.
Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has attended a high-level lunch organised by Walpole, the British Luxury association, where the action plan for implementation of the European strategy for fashion and high-end industries by 2020 was discussed.
The plan was presented by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani at the event, attended by key stakeholders and sectors of the fashion and high-end industries.
After the great response to its first denim collection for Spring/Summer 2014 leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll took up the challenge of creating a collection of wintery denim knits for Autumn/Winter 2014/15 and the result is the inspiring Stoll Winter Denim Trend Collection 14/15, which the company has just launched.
“The novelty of the current collection is based on extraordinary pattern techniques but also the combination of seasonal mixed materials, merino wool connects in this context with indigo-dyed cotton,” says Jörg Hartmann, Head of Fashion & Technology at Stoll.
Nottingham Trent University fashion design student Mel Uskuri, 21, from Cannock, Staffordshire, has a won a £3,000 industry prize as part of the first-ever fashion scholarship awarded by Derbyshire fashion house and knitwear manufacturer David Nieper.
According to David Nieper, with the UK fashion industry facing a shortage of design for manufacturing skills, it is working with Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design to up-skill the next generation of designers, pattern-cutters and dressmakers with the knowledge and industry experience employers look for.
The winter session of Interfilière Paris, the leading trade fair for intimates and beachwear fabrics, will take place from 25-27 January in Paris, Porte de Versailles, exploring the dominating trends for Spring-Summer 2015.
Designed as a creative showcase for tomorrow’s trends, the show will bring together the entire intimates and beachwear industry in the same pavilion. A unique concept, the event is offering the sector’s professionals excellence in fabrics, the most sought-after accessories, know-how and inspiration.
The 14th China International Exhibition on Hosiery, Knitting, Dyeing and Finishing Machinery and the 3rd China International Exhibition on Automatic Garment Machinery and Sewing Equipment, YIWU TEX 2013, are taking place from 19-22 November at Yiwu International Expo Centre, Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, China.
The four day exhibition has attracted 200 knitting and automatic garment machinery exhibitors from 11 countries and regions. It is expected to receive 12,000 visitors and about ten delegation groups from local and overseas.
With the aim of specialisation, marketization and brand building, the exhibition strives to provide the strongest trading platform for knitting and automatic garment machinery.
The second Euratex Convention, the European exchange and meeting platform for the textile industry, welcomed 130 participants from 16 countries, and featured 18 lectures providing ideas and visions for the future of the textile and clothing Industry.
The event, based around a future-oriented subject ‘European Textiles & Fashion 2025 - A new industry paradigm driven by innovation’, took place from 4- 5 November at Deutsche Bank in Berlin.
Tanatex Chemicals, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced Fibermate CW, a high performance waxing agent, designed to create surface smoothness in yarns.
Pringle of Scotland, the knitwear favoured by celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Tilda Swinton, has narrowed its annual losses despite suffering a 30% slide in sales.
The company’s owners also admitted they do not expect it to deliver a profit in the near future but pledged to keep investing in the business.
Parent group Pringle Enterprises ploughed £6 million into the company during the past financial year, which ended on 26 January, and has injected a further £4.3m since then.
Première Vision Shanghai and Denim by Première Vision Asia confirmed their premium positions as more than 3,100 professionals came to Shanghaimart on 22-23 October to discover the offer of 70 exhibitors.
Première Vision events featured premium collections, exclusive trends and industry information, creating a unique business and network platform for the Asian fashion industry.
At Denim by Première Vision Asia, international and domestic denim makers presented top developments and excited designers with their cutting-edge collections. Première Vision Shanghai exhibitors displayed a strong and focused offer to the Asian market for the Fall-Winter 14/15 season.
Lingerie and Swimwear were the centre of attention during the two day trade shows and fashion events in Shanghai at Interfilière Shanghai and Shanghai Mode Lingerie.
The ninth edition attracted 7300 visitors from 60 countries, reaching a new milestone. Chinese and international industry specialists gathered to explore the latest collections of 269 Interfilière exhibitors and 41 lingerie and swimwear brands from Europe, Americas and Asia.
Overall orders of textile machinery for the third quarter of 2013 dropped by 7% compared to the previous quarter, ACIMIT reports.
ACIMIT President Raffaella Carabelli said: “The slowdown in the Chinese market is taking its toll abroad, whereas in Italy a general lack of confidence is hurting a recovery in investments.”
Germany has done its bit for the global Campaign for Wool this year by initiating a special fashion project called Wool School, a design competition in cooperation with selected retail partners and colleges of fashion and design.
DuPont Industrial Biosciences, in collaboration with Huntsman Corporation, have announced today the results of a case study that demonstrates the performance of Gentle Power Bleach, powered by DuPont’s first-to-market enzymatic bleaching technology, DuPont PrimaGreen EcoWhite.
The study, conducted between 2006 and 2012, measured significant reductions in water use, energy consumption and chemical use coupled with notable increases in product quality and yield.
A Wisconsin textile manufacturer Monterey Mills has acquired Glenoit Fabrics, a leader in high pile knit fabrics for apparel, accessories, footwear and specialty products, which operates a mill in Tarboro, NC.
Monterey Mills, formerly a competitor of Glenoit’s, plans to modernise the Tarboro plant in an effort to turn around its sagging fortunes. The acquisition includes the machines inside the plant but not the building itself, which Monterey will lease from the local ownership group.
The company acquired Glenoit from a local ownership group that had bought the business from Haixin, a Chinese company that acquired Glenoit in 2002.
Ramsay McDonald Group, textile agents in Australasia, is pleased to offer for sale a full and comprehensive range of knitting and dyeing production plant and equipment located at the New South Wales, Australia sites of Standard Knit Fabrics and Universal Dye Works.
The topic of responsible textile creation became the subject of a roundtable discussion for the first time at the Première Vision apparel fabric show, that took place from 17-19 September in Paris.
Nearly 200 industry players, such as knitters, weavers, fashion brands, designers and consumers, attended the conference to hear the panel of fashion and textile experts discuss the new issues of responsibility in the textile industry.
Texworld USA, the apparel fabrics show in North America, has partnered with Manufacture NY, a fashion incubator for emerging designers. The partnership is expected to provide designers with an opportunity to source fabrics and speak with Manufacture NY about their products and services offered.
“Our goal is to be able to provide all the necessary resources for our attendees at Texworld USA. By partnering with Manufacture NY we will be able to provide our visitors with an interactive show floor and for our emerging designers, a premium resource on how to start their brand,” commented John P. Gallagher, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt.
Filo was a vigorous show as it reflected on 20 years and 40 editions of the yarn exhibition in Milan. It symbolised the feeling of new found direction which has flourished lately in the Italian industry.
The focus on the values of Made In Italy, and concomitant values of exhibitors from other countries has reaped benefits over the years. High end yarn producers from Switzerland, France, Japan and international companies like Lurex are part of a concerted effort to retain and nurture the high quality spinning industry represented in Filo by well-known fashion and technical spinners for both knit and weave.
The German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA) is arranging two technological conferences in Indian textile centres this year in order to improve the level of knowledge about German textile machinery manufacturers and to spread information about the latest technological developments.
The VDMA event series will bear the title 'German technology meets Indian textiles'. It will be held at the Taj President Hotel in Mumbai on 3 December and at the Le Meridian Hotel in Coimbatore on 5 December.
The textile machinery builder Karl Mayer has announced some of the new courses that will feature in the programme at the Karl Mayer Academy, which specialises in well targeted knowledge transfer.
This training centre is based at the company’s headquarters in Obertshausen and also has branches in India and China.
Japanese flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki flexed its technological muscles here in the heartland of Italian knitwear production when it showed no fewer than 17 different high technology flat knitting machines for the production of advanced knitwear, knitted footwear and accessories last weekend at its Open House show. Also on show was the company’s SPR2 (Shima Production Report) production management system and SDS ONE APEX 3 Apparel Design Workstation.
HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel, has acquired Maidenform Brands for approximately $583 million.
Maidenform is a leading seller of bras, shapewear and panties under brands such as Maidenform, Flexees, Lilyette, Self Expressions and Sweet Nothings.
“Maidenform is a great company with strong brands and a rich tradition of innovation in intimate apparel,” commented Richard A. Noll, Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Maidenform business and brands are a perfect addition and complement to our core business and brands. This is an excellent use of our strong free cash flow to create value.”
India could emerge as the largest hub for sourcing of apparel and knitwear garments in the next five years, according to Indian apparel industry officials.
"With China showing more interest in engineering and IT sector and Bangladesh being looked at as a non-compliant country, global players, both in traditional and non-traditional markets are eyeing India's potential for outsourcing with great interest,” commented A Shaktivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC).
Since June of this year, long-term VDMA (German Engineering Federation) member H. Stoll GmbH & Co. KG has been an active partner of the ‘Blue Competence’ Sustainability Initiative launched by the organisation.
Yesim Textile, a leading manufacturer of knit goods for US and European retailers, took part in the 'Online monitoring of wastewater' project, started by its region’s Metropolitan Municipality. Yesim Textile is the ninth company to launch the monitoring station, with the support of the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.
Mayor Recep Altepe recently visited the site to examine the station with Senol Sankaya, Yesim Textile CEO. He said: “Yesim Textile is a company that services the world's leading brands in production and is one of the most established companies in Bursa. In the factory there is already existing treatment plant. We established the station here to observe if the system was operating and to show the plant as an example for other companies.”
Italian knitwear brand Newland has launched Merintech, a new knitwear collection for men and women featuring Dryarn, the innovative polypropylene micro fibre.
According to Athesis srl owned Newland, it chose Dryarn for its exceptional lightness, comfort and thermal insulation. Merintech leisure wear features a classic style with a touch of the latest fashion and is designed for people looking for the maximum comfort in sportswear.
The 2013 Art and Design postgraduate exposition at Nottingham Trent University will feature creative talent from countries including China, India, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Ireland, Holland, Africa, Turkey and Spain.
Over 180 artists and designers will be showcasing their work in September and October, including local artists from Nottingham, who will also have their work on display. The event marks the completion of the designers’ postgraduate education.
Carol Jones, head of Masters courses for the School of Art & Design, said: “Our cohorts comprise of different backgrounds, cultures and age ranges, from 25-65, helping to provide a significant creative community.”
Flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll claims it has set new standards in the knitting world. Due to its unique yarn carrier technology, the newly launched Stoll CMS ADF-3 knitting machine offers many features for innovative knitting when it comes to structural technique and colour combinations. The company says the new machine combines all previously known yarn carrier technologies with its newly expanded functions to create a powerful flat knitting machine.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, will work together with the local consulting firm BCaD based in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, to promote Italian technology applied to the textile industry.
Following the recent institutional mission, ACIMIT has laid the groundwork towards strengthening links between Italian machinery manufacturers and Ethiopian textile companies.
Premiere Vision September 17-19th opened in a market atmosphere becoming more positive as each trade fair opens, buoyed up by forecasters. This was reflected in general attitudes of the professional visitors there in greater numbers, always more sceptical, but nevertheless inspired by the current offer.
Most were interested in the level of ingenuity and technical expertise revealed in the colours, knits and blends for Autumn/Winter 2014/15. There is still great interest in knit developments, helped by the Knitwear Solutions area and a focus on men’s knitwear, presenting new approaches in garment form, highly visible at the entrance of the show for the third time.
Shima Seiki, the very popular knitting machine manufacturer from Japan, were amongst the exhibitors at the Knitwear Solutions area of Premiere Vision. With their incredible technology that almost seems to work like magic, Shima have been the biggest innovator in knitwear production and design since the early sixties, providing not only machinery but also CAD software.
I visited their stand at the show last week and I was given a very thorough introduction to their APEX 3 computer package, which is one of the company’s main points of focus along with their Wholegarment machines.
TS Knitwear who are based in Leicester UK, require an experienced knitwear technician with experience of Stoll M1 programming software as well as knowledge on Stoll CMS machines.
Missoni, the iconic Italian knitwear fashion brand, has developed a new Autumn-Winter 2013 collection featuring knits in denim jackets and jeans, together with Jean Machine, the contemporary men's denim manufacturer.
Knitwear Solutions, the area dedicated to the creativity of flatbed knits, was inaugurated at the September edition of Premiere Vision last year and since then it has been growing steadily: with an increasing presence of knitwear in ready-to-wear collections, it only seemed obvious to expand this dedicated platform to provide both designers and manufacturers alike with an opportunity to meet and establish new business relationships.
In comparison with September 2012, when only 26 companies showed, there are already 50 exhibitors confirmed and an additional 26 new companies that will show at the next edition of Premiere Vision. Knitwear Solutions is not only a platform dedicated to manufacturers from all over the world, but it fulfils all the requirements dictated by the demanding process of knitwear design, from the numerous spinners showing at Expofil, to the manufacturers and also the knit design studios present at Indigo.
Stoll Software Solutions from leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll now offers a broad array of useful software tools which complement Stoll knitting machines and pattern design solutions. According to the company these tools will offer many benefits to textile manufacturers who are looking for maximum flexibility and cost-efficiency.
James Sugden, Group Managing Director at leading Scottish cashmere knitwear producer Johnstons of Elgin is backing plans to establish a £4 million innovation centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Galashiels campus in the Scottish Borders. Formerly the Scottish College of Textiles, the Galashiels campus has long been the leading centre for textiles education in Scotland.
Exports to EU countries from many of the world’s leading clothing exporting countries fell at rapid rates in 2012, reflecting continuing uncertain economic conditions in the region, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Trade and trade policy: the world’s leading clothing exporters and key markets.
Exports to countries in the Middle East, by contrast, grew strongly – as did exports to a number of countries in Asia and South America.
Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry, will participate in the A+A 2013 Safety, Security and Health at Work International Trade Fair that will take place in Dusseldorf, from 5-8 November.
The Woolmark Company displayed its wares to more than 12,000 visitors at the 22nd edition of SpinExpo trade fair in Shanghai that was held earlier this month from 3-5 September. The company presented a range of product innovations and global trends in wool, displaying an array of tactile and colourful yarns.
This season sees a return to knitwear for Woolmark, with warm colours emerging as the dominant hue for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season.
Cashmere World, a vertically integrated business platform for the international cashmere trade, will take place from 25 - 26 September in Hong Kong. It is a high-quality, annual meeting place for business, a catalyst for fashion trends and technology innovation, as well as a venue for the promotion of the unique qualities of cashmere.
Cashmere World fosters the international collaboration of cashmere professionals spanning the various sectors of this specialised industry, from raw materials to finished products.
According to the latest Bangladesh based Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data, in July this year knitwear products fetched $1.25 billion, registering a 25.24% growth over the same period last year.
Of the total export earnings, knitwear items fetched $2.10 billion during the first two months of the current fiscal year, which is an increase of 17.19% since the last year. Earnings from knit items surpassed the target by 5.69%.
Permoda, Colombia based garment producer, combats cheap imports by investing in a Montex 6500 stenter to control costs, by increasing competitiveness in the quality of its own-brand products.
"This is a completely new addition to our production line," commented Permoda's Maintenance Director William Garzon Alarcon. "The plant was opened just seven years ago, and until now we have been using conventional stretching frames for our fabrics.
Permoda manufactures for the Latin American markets, with brand names such as Armi, Pronto, B-Kul, Koaj and Love catering mainly for the young fashion sectors.
Première Vision, aiming to showcase textile creativity and innovation, is now also seeking to show that responsibility is not incompatible with creativity and technical and technological progress.
Joined by a panel of textile and fashion industry professionals, experts in this new strategic issue, Première Vision is hosting a roundtable discussion dedicated to the theme of responsible textile creation.
Christian Wijnants, the winner of the 2012/13 International Woolmark Prize, has launched his capsule collection at a VIP event at the London’s Harvey Nichols store last week.
“It’s a dream come true to have my fashion in Harvey Nichols London, it’s one of my favourite stores and it’s an honour to show my work here,” commented Christian Wijnants.
The unveiling was attended by leading British journalists and editors, among which were Grazia’s editor-in-chief Jane Bruton and Vogue’s executive fashion editor Serena Hood.
Nottingham Trent University was recently selected as the only university from Europe to participate in Spinexpo, one of the largest international fairs for fibres, yarns and knitwear in Shanghai, China.
Students’ work from the university’s School of Art & Design was on display at Spinexpo this week and t an event that was attended by thousands of designers, buyers and decision makers from retailers, international brands and manufacturers.
Nottingham Trent University showcased garments and fabrics from 24 students who have recently graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Textile Design or Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles. Items on display had a focus on tactile elements such as knitwear with weaves and embellishments.
The Woolmark Company will showcase a selection of Merino wool innovations, trends and industry services at SpinExpo Shanghai that will take place from 3-5 September.
On display will be the latest edition of The Wool Lab, produced each season in Italy. This is a tool which is widely used by the industry, which selects the best wool products worldwide and identifies the emerging trends from fashion, design, art, pop culture, music and other fields.
A new way to dye Merino Vintage will also be presented, along with the Sculptured Merino innovation.
Following its successful showing at the Enkvegas trade show in August, Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, Japan, together with its US subsidiary Shima Seiki USA will participate in the Coterie exhibition in New York this month.
The company will be showcasing the latest collection of the ‘Isola Bella’ brand of knitwear line, including the latest in seam-free Wholegarment knitwear that features superior fit, comfort and draping characteristics.
The Woolmark Company has released an updated and improved version of The Wool Lab app, available on Apple iTunes for iPads.
The Wool Lab Version 2.0 mirrors the mood boards and fabric swatches and presents the seven inspiring themes from The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2014/15 edition. The Woolmark Company will release a new version of The Wool Lab app as each seasonal edition is launched.
Galleria Intima, India’s largest sourcing fair for intimate apparel professionals came to an end on 24 August, 2013, receiving a massive response from the industry, the Intimate Apparel Association of India (IAAI) reports.
Taking place from 23-24 August at the Grand Hyatt, Goa, the second edition of the show surpassed the organisers’ expectations, welcoming about 1200 visitors, including 850 intimate apparel manufacturers. The event was inaugurated by Goa Tourism Minister Shri Dilip Parulekar and was also attended by the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar, and National Secretary of BJP, Smt Arti Mehra.
Yusuf Dohadwala, CEO of IAAI commented: “IAAI has once again proved its commitment towards the industry’s growth. Galleria Intima has pushed many boundaries in its second round and has given the industry new scope. Over four billion rupees worth of business was transacted over these two days”.
For Fall/Holiday 2013, Nike updates classic styles with a revolutionary reinvention of fleece fabric in its Nike Tech Fleece Collection that is said to combine the fit, feel, and function of Nike’s most iconic sportswear silhouettes.
The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF), a private sector group, expects Taiwanese companies that attended a fashion trade exhibition in Las Vegas are to obtain about US$5 million worth of orders.
The 16 textile exporters from Taiwan displayed readymade clothing, hats, socks and other accessories to potential foreign buyers at the Las Vegas Magic Show 2013 that was held from 18-21 August.
Shima Seiki, a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry will exhibit at the Première Vision show in Paris that will be held from 17-19 September.
It will once again participate as a sole machine manufacturer in the ‘Knitwear Solutions’ category for the flatbed knit sector, following its participation in the inaugural edition of Knitwear Solutions two seasons ago.
Speaking during a visit to Barrie Knitwear, the First Minister Alex Salmond said the Barrie Knitwear firm was an excellent example of a local Scottish company making waves on the global stage, having sealed its 25-year association with Chanel last year with a takeover by the fashion giant.
The Finance Minister John Swinney chaired a summit at Peter Scott Knitwear, organised by the Scottish Government to discuss how the Scottish Government and its agencies can do more to help the sector make the most of the estimated £81billion global market.
In first half of 2013 Lenzing has generated earnings in line with the company’s expectations, but considerably below the first half of 2012. Consolidated sales declined by 6.8% in the first half of 2013 to EUR 989.9 million. Furthermore, there was a loss of external sales of about EUR 42.5 million at the Paskov pulp plant.
EBITDA amounted to EUR 162.0 million, down 16.3% from the first half of 2012. The EBITDA margin was 16.4% in contrast to the prior year figure of 18.2%. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first half-year totalled EUR 103 million, a decrease of 27%.
The disposal of the Business Unit Plastics by the Lenzing Group resulted in a cash inflow of EUR 61.7 million and a gain on disposal before taxes of EUR 25.9 million at the half-year reporting date.
Leading textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest tricot and raschel machines as well as ideas for manufacturing innovative sportswear and outerwear fabrics on 25 September at its open house event.
For the company’s Business Unit Warp Knitting the event will take place at Karl Mayer’s own Development Centre in Obertshausen.
The very latest flat knitting technology from leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll went on show at a three day Open House Event from 3-5 July at Stoll GB Ltd’s newly refurbished showroom and design centre in Leicester, UK. A range of the latest Stoll machines was exhibited but the star of the show was the CMS ADF-3, Stoll’s electronically controlled flat knitting machine with direct yarn feed and motorised yarn feeders.
Invista, owner of the Lycra brand, has been announced as the headline sponsor of Moda Lingerie & Swimwear trade show for the fifth consecutive season. With a key focus on the Xtra Life Lycra fibre brand, the team from Invista will be present at Moda, which will be held at Birmingham NEC from 11-13 August.
“We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring Moda once again, and as the UK's national show for the intimate apparel and swimwear industries we feel it is the perfect fit for Invista and the Xtra Life Lycra fibre brand,” commented Michele Duncan, Invista’s Marketing Account Manager.
Texworld USA celebrated its 15th edition with a record number of exhibitors and visitors. The trade show hosted 438 exhibitors from 15 countries, a 33.5% increase from the last summer’s show.
“The exhibitor and attendee numbers demonstrate that Texworld USA continues to be the most important platform for sourcing apparel fabrics in North America,” explained John P. Gallagher, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt. “Our exhibitors are looking for renowned brands and we are pleased to say we bring buyers from some of the largest brands such as J Crew, Ralph Lauren, PVH, Elie Tahari and many more.”
Just one month after opening its new textile engineering laboratory specialising in flat knit engineering (see: Innovation lab for engineered flat knits opens in LA ), Los Angeles based Fabdesigns, Inc., has announced that its flat knitted armoured compression space suit has been selected as one of the top 20 finalists in the “LAUNCH 2013 Systems Challenge”.
Latvia can be proud of its ancient crafts, amongst which knitting and crocheting take the most prominent place, the tradition dating back to the 14th century. Rich in national character, different patterns and natural colours, traditional knitted accessories and garments such as hats, scarves, sweaters, wraps, mittens and thick winter socks can be found in the small souvenir shops as well as in the big brand stores.
Being an essential part of everyday life centuries ago, modern mittens and scarfs still reproduce the ancient pagan ornaments. Famous for being hand made, these warming souvenirs attract tourists’ attention during any time of the year.
Knitwear designers, sourcing managers, retail buyers and brand directors explored an international offering comprising fibres, yarns, knitwear manufacturing, trend direction and market intelligence at the fifth edition of SPINEXPO New York, held from 16-18 July, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.
The three-day fair attracted 1379 visitors, a 10% increase over the 2012 edition. 37% of the attendees represented the flatbed knitting sector, with 16% involved in knitted fabrics for outerwear, 10% in weaving for clothing, 8.5% working in knitted accessories and 6% in hosiery.
Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan together with its U.S. subsidiary Shima Seiki U.S.A. Inc. will exhibit at the ENKVEGAS August 2013 leading womens wear show in Las Vegas this month. On display will be the latest collection of the “Isola Bella” brand of knitwear line, including the latest in seam-free Wholegarment knitwear that features superior fit, comfort and draping characteristics.
Italy has recorded 12% overall growth in new orders for textile machinery for the second quarter of 2013, thanks to foreign markets (+14%) and a stable domestic market (-1%).
Shima Seiki has announced it is setting a new benchmark in intarsia knitting by introducing its new MACH2SIR computerised flat knitting machine which can be equipped with a record 40 intarsia yarn carriers and runs at speeds of up to 1.4 metres per second whilst operating at lower noise levels. The Japanese company says that as the name suggests the new machine offers unprecedented speed and efficiency. The MACH2SIR’s new R2CARRIAGE System achieves quicker carriage returns after each course.
Knitting machine manufacturer Karl Mayer has revamped and refined its current version of the HKS 2-3E with CFP components that has been operating at the high speed of 4000rpm, presenting the new HKS 2-SE that ‘broke the record’ at the ShanghaiTex trade fair that took place in June.
The ‘S’ in the machine designation stands for ‘short stroke’ and represents a change in the nomenclature, which has already been implemented on some three and fourbar HKS machines. The ‘E’ is an abbreviation for ‘elastane’ and means that only elastane yarns can be processed in GB 2.
Nike has introduced a new range of running shoes which allows runners to reap the benefits of the natural motion found in Nike Free platform technology and the ‘supportive second skin fit’ of its seamlessly flat knitted Flyknit technology. The Nike Free Flyknit unites two of Nike’s most innovative and popular technologies to deliver barefoot-like flexibility and a compression fit that is said to lock the foot in place.
To attract more Malaysian buyers and to explore new destinations for RMG products, Bangladesh is holding a three-day fair, organised by Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), and Head Master Events, at the Putra World Trade Centre in Malaysia from August 15.
“To retain the export growth in the upcoming fiscal year, we should search new destinations and Malaysia could be a good choice,” said a BGMEA director.
HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel, has announced that Robert F. Moran, former chairman and chief executive officer of PetSmart, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.
“We are delighted to have Bob join our board with his wealth of retail leadership experience and a strong finance background,” Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll said. “Bob’s successful international career and North American retail experience will be assets to our company.”
The 73rd edition of Pitti Filati concluded in Florence last week. Once again, the closing figures of the AW 14 edition seemed very promising: the number of buyers increased by 2.5% compared to last year, with 2,500 foreign buyers (6% more than last year). The number of Italian buyers remained the same as the previous edition, even though more national companies attended the show.
Luxury hosiery manufacturer Corgi has revealed its exclusive Regimental Collection, produced in close association with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, at the prestigious Coronation Festival in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Fabdesigns Inc., a textile engineering company with a world class reputation for innovative knit engineering and pioneering technology in knitted footwear, has reopened its private textile laboratory in California to offer consulting and development proof of concepts in footwear, technical, industrial, and highly advanced performance knitted textiles. The company which is based in the Los Angeles district of Encino, recently took delivery of some new flat knitting machines and officially opened its doors for business yesterday.
Research into the prevention of allergens, carried out at Nottingham Trent University, has resulted in the creation of an innovative net curtain that is said to be able to trap and filter up to 56% of dust and pollen. New window dressings are now being sold through retailers including Paul Simons and Ponden Home.
Home furnishings company Tyrone Textiles commissioned the work through the university’s Future Factory project, a scheme that supports sustainability within East Midlands’ small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Nine renowned US mills will exhibit at 15th edition of Texworld USA, North America’s largest apparel fabrics show, to showcase innovative textile materials sourced closer to North American market to meet the growing demand for textiles and apparel. These represent the complete supply chain from spinner to knitter to full package garments.
Cariaggi, an Italian knitwear yarn spinner specialising in cashmere, vicuña and super-fine wools, has posted first-semester results that show a 1% growth in sales compared to the same period last year.
Current performance points to a year-end result of 103 million Euros, an increase of 2% on last year. The markets which recorded the highest growth over the first half of 2013 were the US (+ 6%) and France, with an increase of 16%.
The company is continuing to invest in its Fantasia yarn range, that constitutes the brand’s Autumn/Winter collection 2014-15.
In September this year, leading fabrics show Première Vision (PV) will be presenting the third edition of Knitwear Solutions, a platform dedicated to creative flat knitted fabrics and garments. Initiated in September 2012, this area has, in only two seasons, PV says, confirmed its legitimacy at the world’s premier fabric show.
Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia re-colours its Cashwool Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collection, opting for revolutionary and colourful Cashwool Paint shades.
Ever since parcel bombs from Yemen threatened the future of international air cargo in 2010, European authorities have been working hard to close gaps in security and in order to ensure safer handling of airfreight cargo without the access of unauthorised persons, special EU regulations have been introduced which been implemented in Europe since 25 March this year.
The new regulations, EC No. 300/2008 and EU 185/2010, declare an air cargo shipment of a particular company as ‘safe’ only if the respective enterprise had previously obtained the status of ‘officially accepted known consignor’. This requires the approval of the German Federal Office of Civil Aviation (LBA).
In this two part feature, we focus on an exciting new development affecting the UK’s knitwear design, manufacturing and retail sectors – the opening of a new knitwear Design Centre in the country’s knitwear capital Leicester, backed by leading flat knitting machine builder H. Stoll GmbH & Co KG of Germany.
Casual, cool, robust – are attributes normally attributed to jeans, which have their roots in hard wearing work clothes. Today the jeans fabric denim is the basis for the popular ‘used look’ of many well-known designers and manufacturers. Leading flat knitting machine builder Stoll was inspired by this style and has created something completely new for its latest Denim Trend Collection.
Première Vision, the world's premier fabric show, will once again host Knitwear Solutions, an international flatbed knits event, that will be held 17-19 September at Parc des Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris.
Created in September in 2012, the Knitwear Solutions space brings together the full-range of players in the flatbed knit sector: a leading technology manufacturer, knitters and 15 knit studios (at Indigo).
Première Vision is also the lead show in a line-up that also includes Expofil, Indigo, Le Cuir à Paris, ModAmont and Zoom by Fatex.
FILO, the International fair for yarns and fibres is celebrating its 20th anniversary, presenting its 40th edition that will take place from 9-10 October at the Le Stelline Congress Centre in Milan.
The Managing Director of West Wales-based luxury socks and knitwear manufacturer Corgi Hosiery will travel to Moscow with Wales’ Economy Minister Edwina Hart this week, to take part in a Welsh Government trade mission to Russia.
Sibling, a UK based label created by Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, was announced today as the winner of the European selection for the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize, during the award event held in Milan at Palazzo Crespi today.
A judging panel including Franca Sozzani, Angela Missoni, Godfrey Deeny, Tim Blanks, and Susanne Botschen selected the winner. Angela Missoni, commented: “The group of the nominees was of a very high level, and we struggled to take the decision. At the end, we decided for Sibling because they demonstrated to be the more complete and mature label, and their creative research, joint with their knowledge of wool and knitwear, was the key factor.”
Leading German flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll has released its new Denim, a Vision Collection which takes the company and knitwear into a completely new product category. The collection is introduced as follows:
Italian knitwear yarn spinner Cariaggi has created an Autumn/Winter collection 2014-15, which was designed with the ultimate warmth and comfort in mind: “the pleasure of being wrapped up against the cold in soft ‘clouds’ of fine yarns”.
It bears repeating: Knitwear is having a moment. With current catwalks full of knitted dresses, sweater coat hybrids, and oversized jumpers, knitwear’s next evolution is into more tailored territory. For Autumn/Winter 2014, knitwear borrows compact structures, graphic patterns, and yarn configurations more typically seen in woven fabrics. Many of these looks incorporate wide knitting and cut-and-sew techniques.
Leading flat knitting machine builder Stoll has made available a great video of its current Stoll Denim Collection which can be viewed here on Knitting Industry in HD (high definition). The Stoll Denim Collection shows a selection of the almost unlimited potential for denim in knitting.
Our client based in the East Midlands, UK is seeking to recruit an experienced Stoll Knitting Technician.
Steven Oo, an exciting young designer whose post-modern knitwear was featured in a 2010 New York Times review by fashion columnist Suzy Menkes, will bring his story to Spinexpo with a concise collection of specially-designed pieces to be displayed at the New York show in July. With a self-professed love of “simple, high-quality yarns with a great hand,” Mr. Oo’s Spinexpo collection will utilize yarns from exhibiting worsted spinners such as Ningbo Consinee, Novetex, Südwolle, Xinao Group, and Zhejiang Zhongding.
Leading computerized knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki of Wakayama, Japan has announced it will exhibit at ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, which takes place from 29th May to 1st June.
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.
If the turnout at last month’s Private Show at Shima Seiki Italia is anything to go by, then the Italian knitwear industry is in fine shape and looking to invest in the very latest knitting technology to help it maintain its competitive advantage over other global knitwear manufacturing centres.
Under the slogan ‘Three Degrees of Natural Motion’ Nike is introducing three special edition shoes which will be available this week in Europe - the Nike Flyknit Racer, Flyknit Trainer HTM, both of which incorporate the company’s revolutionary Flyknit seamless flat knitted uppers, and the Inneva Woven a lightweight shoe with a woven upper.
Caerlee Mills Ltd, the company which runs Scotland’s oldest continually operating knitwear mill has gone into provisional liquidation after a drop in orders has left the company in financial difficulty.
The following interview with Gerald Rosner, CEO of warmX GmbH, conducted by Groz-Beckert and published in its e-newsletter, investigates the history, function, applications and technical challenges faced by the German flat knitter which is becoming a force in heatable garments.
At the 21st edition of Spinexpo Shanghai, a new Knitwear Pavilion is bringing together the best and the brightest of Asia’s new generation of knitwear producers. These young entrepreneurs defy old stereotypes with the latest equipment, dedication to design, and willingness to engage in an open exchange with their partner customers from traditional as well as new markets. It’s a new way of doing business, bringing fresh ideas to stimulate customer thinking, and resulting in differentiated product that reflects the trends yet is tailored to the needs of the customer.
Leading Japanese computerised flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki will be showcasing its latest high technology design system at next month’s Preview in Daegu in Korea. On show will be the latest version of the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D which will be demonstrating its comprehensive support of the entire process of knitwear production from planning and production to sales promotion.
Already catering to German, English and Chinese speakers, the historic Reutlingen, Germany based company Stoll is now launching its website, www.stoll.com , in Russian.
SHIMA SEIKI's Total Design Center (TDC), plans, designs and produces original knit samples for consideration by its customers. From basic sweaters to WHOLEGARMENT ensembles, each monthly collection features a collection of the latest samples available from TDC.
Click on the image to view Shima’s collections for January & February 2013
Janet Prescott reports from Paris
Gathering optimism evident since the first fabric and yarn shows was also present at Premiere Vision where there was an increase in exhibitors and where a colourful approach to design reinforced the mood of buyers looking for the new and attractive for SS 2014.
Leading Japanese computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has launched a fantastic new video of a fashion show, which the company put on for customers during its three day 50th Anniversary Celebration event held at its hometown in November 2012 in Japan - and it really is worth watching, both for the content and for the camera work.
Montreal based ITM World Group, a specialist international dealer in used knitting machines, is offering for sale, a complete knitwear manufacturing facility in Guatemala, Central America. The machinery and equipment is located at the Guatemala factory of Koam Knitting S.A., a Los Angeles, California headquartered company which closed recently due to lack of orders from its customers.
Illustrator Damien Weighill has created a large-scale artwork that has been knitted into a two-metre length of fabric to promote the Adidas Primeknit running shoe, launched at the London 2012 Olympics, which is knitted on a flat knitting machine. (See - Adidas unveils adizero Primeknit running shoe and adizero Primeknit: How it’s made for background.)
Leading top quality British fine gauge knitwear producer John Smedley Ltd has received the Royal Warrant of Appointment from Her Majesty The Queen as a ‘Manufacturer of Fine Knitwear’. The Derbyshire, England based knitwear manufacturer has been making knitwear for over 200 years in Lea Mills and enjoys a unique position in the world of knitwear for its extra fine merino wool and Sea Island cotton men’s and women’s knitwear.
Leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll is commencing series production of its brand new CMS ADF-3 flat knitting technology in this, the company’s 140th year. The latest Stoll ADF flat knitting technology was first shown in prototype form at last year’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition in Shanghai and will go on sale this summer.
For Spring/Summer 2014, Italian knitwear yarn spinner Cariaggi takes up the theme of lightness again and besides its classics, presents new ultra-light yarns that enrich the collection with their extraordinary light hand and silky appearance.
The Workwear & Corporate Clothing Show is the only UK event dedicated entirely to the manufacture and supply of professional clothing, from cutting edge corporate wear to durable workwear and life-saving PPE (personal protective equipment).
Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan celebrated its 50th Anniversary on February 4th, 2012 and in November, the company held a gala celebration with over 1400 customers and 1300 employees over a 3-day period.
Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan celebrated its 50th Anniversary on February 4th, 2012 and in November, the company held a gala celebration with over 1400 customers and 1300 employees over a 3-day period.
Flat knitting machine builder Stoll will exhibit at Knitwear Solutions, the ‘show within a show’, for flat knits launched by Premiere Vision in September this year. The show takes place at the Parc d'Expositions, Paris Nord, Villepinte from 12-14 February 2013.
Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. is to exhibit at the Première Vision show in New York in January 2013. On display will be the latest version of the Japanese company’s SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system.
Leading computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki of Wakayama, Japan will be exhibiting at the upcoming 10th Dhaka International Textile & Garment Machinery Exhibition (DTG 2013) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in cooperation with its partner Pacific Associates Ltd.
Leading yarns and knitwear exhibition Spinexpo is launching a brand new Knitwear Pavilion at its March 2013 Shanghai edition which will incorporate knitwear trends for SS 2014 and colour of the season by WGSN.
Amongst the 600+ cutting edge knitwear samples displayed at the Big Whale arena in Wakayama, Japan, at last month’s Shima Seiki 50th Anniversary Celebration, was the Spring 2013 collection of a new US based up and coming knitwear brand called Kotoba.
Leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll is giving new life to an ancient method of embellishing fabrics with the introduction of its Stoll-devoré knit© technique for flat knitting.
Iconic Italian knitwear brand Missoni is to launch a lower priced diffusion line of its famous zig-zag patterned knitwear. The news was announced after the company’s collaboration last year with US fashion chain Target, which was an instant sell out.
Almost 1500 guests assembled in Wakayama, the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan, for the Shima Seiki 50th Anniversary Celebration last week.
Approximately 750 guests and Shima Seiki representatives gathered at the company’s headquarters and at the city’s Big Whale arena on each of the 8th and 9th November to celebrate the historic occasion. In addition, almost 1350 employees celebrated their company’s 50th on Saturday 10th November at the same venue.
High technology flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki launched two new machines at its 50th Anniversary celebrations here in Wakayama yesterday where around 1500 guests gathered to celebrate the occasion.
We are a fast growing impendent company looking to recruit a fully experienced programmer for our design and knitting department based in Thurmaston, Leicestershire in the East Midlands of the UK.
The successful applicant will be a team player and be conversant with Mach 2S, SWG-V Machines.
Media reports emerged this afternoon which say adidas may be able to sell its adizero Primeknit running shoe with flat knitted upper in Germany from next month after a court ruled that a temporary injunction brought by rival Nike is not sustainable.
Innovative fashion knitwear brand 019 Sweater Shop has launched a new online store to complement its popular Sheffield and Leicester retail outlets, giving the company not just a national, but a global presence and enabling its rapidly growing band of customers to browse and shop 24 hours a day, online.
Chanel, the luxury goods brand, has bought Barrie Knitwear a cashmere knitwear manufacturer based in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick, following the collapse of its owner Dawson International. Barrie has produced cashmere knitwear for Chanel for the past 25 years.
Shima Seiki President Dr Masahiro Shima has been inducted into the American Textile Hall of Fame, in recognition of his significant contribution to and support given to the industry.
A top end Scottish knitwear mill which manufactures for the likes of Channel is said to be very close to being rescued.
This article was written by Debra Cobb for our sister site Innovation in Textiles which has a technical textiles focus. However, the ‘fashion fabrics get technical’ message was so powerful and knits featured so heavily, that we thought we would publish it here too...
The 20th session of Spinexpo is said to have ended in a positive climate of global satisfaction just before an enormous storm which turned the exhibition hall into multiple waterfalls. “We can only thank the Gods for planning this storm right after the closing time, escaping from a real flood during the show,” organisers exclaimed at the close of the show.
Fabrics for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 contrasted opulent surfaces and handles with compact density and functional technicity at the September 2012 edition of Première Vision Pluriel in Paris.
Visitor traffic was strong over the first two days of the fair, according to Phillipe Pasquet, CEO and editor-in-chief of Première Vision, calling the opening day “historic, ahead of expectations.” Exhibitors were also pleased with attendance at the fair; Bel Maille’s Stéphane Ziegler commented, “Traffic has been very good with our current customers. We were very happy to see several new customers, including more Americans.”
Just weeks after the closing of the Olympics, Nike has been granted an interim injunction against adidas for patent infringement by adidas’ adizero Primeknit shoe which it released in July on the eve of the London games. The patent or patents in question protect Nike’s revolutionary Flyknit shoe range which sport seamlessly knitted uppers produced on Stoll flat knitting machines.
Masters of Linen, the promotional platform of the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC) will be showcasing a brand new range of linen knits at this week’s Première Vision which is taking place in Paris from Wednesday.
A knitwear manufacturer based in the Shetland Isles off the North West coast of Scotland is investing in new knitting machinery and increasing its workforce to keep pace with rising demand for its traditional knitwear.
The UK government announced yesterday over £2 million worth of support for a new skills programme led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield that will improve the skills of people already working and develop the next generation of skilled talent for these industries. The partnership includes manufacturers from textiles, technical textiles, apparel and textile services sectors, trade associations and Creative Skillset.
Making beautiful knitwear is something that requires plenty of technical know-how but above all else – it requires passion. This is especially the case with seamless knitwear. Viola Stils, a small company based in Jekabpils, east of the Lativian capital Riga, is a company that possesses both in abundance.
Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, a prestigious Italian spinner specialized in cashmere, vicuña and superfine wools is strengthening its presence in China yesterday, inaugurating a new sales office in Shanghai. The branch aims to follow Chinese and other Asian market customers more closely and as per the company’s heritage, will continue to maintain its production in Italy.
In a recent blog post called ‘How Primeknit was born – There are no books we could have referred to for this project’, adidas product developers Astrid Lang and Stefan Tamm describe how the company’s revolutionary flat knitted seamless sports shoe upper was born.
The Woolmark Company will showcase a selection of Merino wool innovations, trends and industry services at Spin Expo in Shanghai this September.
Some of the highlight product developments on show include:
Leading flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki will exhibit at the Première Vision (PV) show in Paris this autumn. The Japanese company will participate in a new category for flat knitted fabrics called ‘Knitwear Solutions.’
Cashmere World is the annual business platform for the international cashmere trade. This year, it marks its move from Beijing to Hong Kong with an interesting seminar series that provides a professional forum to discuss the latest developments in the global cashmere industry.
Cashmere manufacturer Dawson International, which owns the Barrie Knitwear manufacturing operation, has gone into administration. The company employs 180 people in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick.
Adidas has released a video which shows how its new adizero Primeknit seamless running shoe upper is made. The high speed dynamic video which lasts just two minutes and thirteen seconds, shows the adizero Primeknit upper being made in a factory in Germany from start to finish.
Cashmere World organisers say the show is primed for a big and successful Hong Kong debut with many of the world’s most important cashmere producers and luxury brands invested in the exhibition.
According to a BBC report this afternoon, shares in Dawson International, the cashmere knitwear manufacturing company based in Hawick, Scotland, have been suspended while directors decide whether or not the business is to be placed in administration.
Nike has widened the use of its revolutionary flat knitted Flyknit technology and introduced an exclusive distance track spike shoe which is being worn in competition by 10,000 metre runner Dathan Ritzenheim.
Although China's textiles industry is experiencing challenges under the 12th Five Year Plan, the industry’s transformation and upgrading is ongoing and according to the organiser of the ‘Yiwu’ exhibitions, Adsale Exhibition Services, it is still showing healthy development.
Nike has released its third instalment of the HTM Flyknit collection. HTM, the ongoing collaboration between Fragment Design Founder Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike design legend Tinker Hatfield and Nike Inc. CEO and designer Mark Parker, is said to celebrate the groundbreaking performance attributes of a new technology that changes the way footwear is constructed.
When sportswear and sports shoe giant Nike announced in February the launch of a revolutionary new running shoe which uses state-of-the-art integral knitting techniques to create a one piece upper, we published the following article - Nike Flyknit a seamlessly knitted running shoe! .
In a sensational move just one day before the Olympic opening ceremonies, adidas has revealed the adizero Primeknit, its first one-piece upper performance running shoe featuring what it calls “a new seamless engineering technology.”
Images released tonight show a running shoe with an upper very similar to Nike’s Flyknit flat knitted which goes on general release today.
According to a new series of Textiles Intelligence reports, textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy, and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence.
German flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll has reported a successful ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 which took place in Shanghai in June. The Reutlingen based company says that its newly designed 755 square metre booth was a hit with trade show visitors and was the most popular exhibit at the event, with up to 1200 visitors per day.
Dawson International has warned it may have to appoint administrators if talks over its pension funds with trustees and regulators fail, after it had failed in a bid to put its pension plans into a protection fund.
Clarion Events North America (Clarion) announced yesterday the launch of ExpoProducción, a new trade fair primarily for the apparel and sewn products manufacturing industry in Mexico and Central America.
The 71st edition of Pitti Immagine Filati, which took place at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence from 4-6 July 2012 attracted 4600 visitors and for the first time in the history of the event the number of foreign buyers (2340) exceeded the number of Italian visitors (2260) which decreased by approximately 18%.
When leading European fabrics show Première Vision (PV) announced in February that it was launching Knitwear Solutions, a platform for flat bed knitted fabrics – most of us were surprised but mainly in agreement that there was the need for such a ‘show within a show’.
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.
A textile company has agreed a deal which will help to safeguard 200 jobs at a Scottish Borders mill. Bolton UK based Ruia Group has acquired a stake in Scottish Borders knitwear manufacturer Hawick Knitwear.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
Leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll has launched an exciting prototype flat knitting machine with direct yarn feed and motorised yarn feeders. The Reutlingen based company’s CMS 530 HP-ADF was unveiled at last week’s ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 in Shanghai where it created a lot of interest and Stoll’s Director of R&D Michael Sedlag talked to Knitting Industry about the company’s latest high-tech flat knitting machine.
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.
The Advanced Textiles Research Group of the School of Art and Design is looking for highly motivated individual with sound knowledge on modern computerised flat-bed knitting technologies.
Japanese computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki is exhibiting under the slogan of ‘A New Era of Knitting ‘at this week’s ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shangahi and it is clear that the company means business with its very interesting new line up of flat knitting machines.
As the 3rd ITMA ASIA + CITME got underway in Shanghai this week Heinz Peter Stoll, President of leading German flat knitting machine builder Stoll gave his views on his company’s latest products, Asian markets and other international markets for flat knitting machines.
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition kicked off here in Shanghai today at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The show has drawn a very strong response as textile machinery makers continue to leverage the established branding of ITMA ASIA and CITME to market their latest textile machinery and related technology.
Leading Swedish flat knitter Ivanhoe is moving its knitwear production back to Sweden from Estonia on the other side of the Baltic Sea, after producing there for almost 20 years.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins. All of the world’s leading manufacturers of machinery and equipment for the knitting industry will be exhibiting and a full list of exhibitors can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
Senol Sankaya, CEO of leading Turkish manufacturer of knitted goods, Yesim Tekstil, has been named as one of three speakers in the Supply Chain session of the 28th IAF World Apparel Convention to be held from 24-28 September 2012 in Oporto, Portugal.
Leading Japanese manufacturer of advanced flat knitting machines and design systems, Shima Seiki has launched its latest Knit Style Book of knitwear design trends.
According to a report in the Daily Star, Bangladesh’s ministry of commerce is planning to start training workers new to the garment industries in order to build them into a skilled workforce as well as counselling them on the working environment of the industry’s many booming factories.
Flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has announced the opening of a new sales and service office in Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom-Penh. Shima Seiki (Hong Kong) Cambodia Branch is the latest addition to the Japanese company’s efforts to strengthen the Shima Seiki sales and service network in the Asian region. Other network locations include Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand. An opening ceremony will take place in due course.
According to a report on the Scotsman.com website yesterday, Scotland’s textile manufacturers are now working together on the nationwide roll-out of an initiative aimed at encouraging more young people into the industry, following the successful launch of a modern apprenticeship scheme in the Scottish Borders region last year.
After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009, as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.
US and EU textile and clothing import prices rose sharply in 2011 reflecting hikes in raw material prices, according to the latest Textile Outlook International reports from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
In 1962, flat
knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki began developing products to benefit
the knitting industry under the corporate motto Ever Onward. 50 years later the leading Japanese company continues
to supply cutting-edge flat knitting technology and ITMA Asia + CITME 2012,
which is being held in Shanghai from 12-16 June, presents an excellent opportunity
for Shima to showcase its current offering during its anniversary year.
Although it is commemorating the past
Flat knitting machine
builder Stoll will be sporting a revamped brand image and showing innovative
new technology that it says will deliver greater flexibility, creativity and
additional colours for knitters at this year's ITMA ASIA + CITME show.
The Reutlingen, Germany based company with a long history, says
it will premiere a new machine and present new intelligent knitting
technologies in Shanghai in order to strengthen its leading international
position in the mark
Walking along West 39th Street in New York's garment district, one might be surprised to see a
Stoll knitting machine through a street-level window. It's a sign that knitwear development is
alive and flourishing in New York, in spite of competition from Asia and other
global centres of knitwear manufacturing. While New York's knitwear industry
was once relegated to factories in outlying Brooklyn and Long Island, today
there are modern, well-equipped knitwear s
With the introduction
of its Productivity Enhancement Pack (PEP), leading flat knitting machine
builder Stoll says it has increased the productivity of its machines yet again
and is thereby setting new standards in the production of knitwear.
PEP accelerates the knitting process via increased carriage
speeds and the improved possibilities offered by yarn carrier staggering at the
fabric selvedge. Stoll says the custom technologies developed are
Leading flat knitting machine builder Stoll reports that it increased
the number of three system machines it sold in the 2011 financial year. The
German company said in a statement today that a clear trend can be seen in
production towards the use of three efficient combined knitting systems as
opposed to the conventional use of two systems.
According to Stoll, application
examples show that almost every pattern can be knitted in considerably shorter
time using a thr
We are looking to recruit an experienced Shima Seiki flat
knitting machine programmer. Company: Shima Seiki Europe Ltd
Job Description: Programmer
Hours: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4.30pm with overtime when necessary
Based: Castle Donington, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Salary: Negotiable on experience
Benefits: Car /Health Insurance/Pension
Further training will be made available regularly to the
successful candidate. Occasional travel will be required.
If you are interested and think you have the necessar
As a follow up to
last autumn's international textile machinery show, ITMA, in Barcelona, UK
headquartered Shima Seiki Europe opened its doors this week to showcase the
Japanese company's latest advanced flat knitting technologies.
European visitors were invited to attend demonstrations of
the Wakayama based company's latest Wholegarment and fully fashioned knitting
machines as well as the SDS One Apex 3 Apparel Design Station.
Speaking on the
second day of the
of advanced computerized flat knitting machines Shima Seiki is investing in a
new purpose built factory which will manufacture the Japanese company's state
of the art Wholegarment flat knitting machines.
The new Japanese Yen 700 million (US$ 8.98 million) facility,
which is being built in anticipation of increased demand for Wholegarment
technology is already under construction at the 50 year old company's Wakayama
For the past three years, Assistant Professor and Fashion
Design Program Director Genevieve Dion of Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal
College of Media Arts & Design has focused her research on identifying
production methods that advance the field of wearable technology.
Following the signing
of a groundbreaking, $1 million agreement with Shima Seiki USA, Dion will now
have the state-of-the-art laboratory to conduct research for the development of
Sportswear and sports
shoe giant Nike Inc. has announced the launch of a revolutionary new running
shoe which uses state-of-the-art integral knitting techniques to create a one
piece upper which is virtually seamless. The Nike Flyknit upper is engineered
for precision fit and aims to create the feeling of a second skin for runners.
Oregon based Nike holds a number of patents which cover the
knitting of one piece trainer uppers using both warp and weft knitting (fl
Leading European fabrics show Première Vision has announced
it is launching Knitwear Solutions, a
platform for flat bed knitted fabrics - and about time too!
The new knitwear
initiative will go live at the September show in Paris.
For many years PV has been dominated by Europe's top weavers
but now with knits becoming stronger in fashion, many circular and warp knitted
fabric producers exhibit at the show.
This week's show which finishes today was
a good example, with a
Leading Japanese flat
knitting and glove knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has launched a
brand new electronically controlled version of its legendary SFG series glove
knitting machine. The SFG-I is available in 10, 13, 15 and 18 gauges and in
sizes M, L, L2 and L3.
Following in the footsteps of the original SFG fully
automatic seamless glove knitting machine, Shima Seiki's new SFG-I is now set
to become the new global standard for fine and ultrafine gauge gloves,
According to an RTE News report this afternoon, leading
Irish knitwear manufacturing retailer Carraig Donn is creating 150 new jobs by
expanding its retail, online and manufacturing business units.
Carraig Donn, a craft and knitwear company based in
Westport, Co Mayo on the west coast of Ireland announced it was creating 150
jobs this afternoon in the presence of the Taoiseach (head of the Irish
government) Enda Kenny.
Mr Kenny attended the jobs announcement at the co
ITM World Group, a well known international textile
machinery trading company, has partnered with Hong Kong based Federal
Engineering to bring the Chinese built Darun brand of computerized flat
knitting machines to international markets.
Montreal headquartered ITM World Group has traded in both
new and used knitting machines since the late 1950s and has facilities in New
York, Barcelona, Hong Kong and China, as well as Montreal.
Federal Engineering has its Darun bran
Despite having fewer exhibitors and fewer visitors than the
previous show in Münich four years ago, the 2011 edition of the International
Exhibition of Textile Machinery (ITMA 2011) in Barcelona ended with results
that far exceeded expectations for Shima Seiki.
"Considering the current global economy and the fact that an
overwhelming majority of textile production is located in China, the venue
location of Barcelona, Spain did not offer consolation for concerns initial
Intarsia options on the world's best computerised flat knitting machines just got better. Leading flat knitting machine builders Stoll, Shima Seiki and Steiger all showed multi feeder and new intarsia machine options at last month's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, which give knitwear designers and manufacturers greater design scope than ever.
Up to 40 yarn carriers
Japanese flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Sei
Japanese flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has launched an ultra-fine gauge computerised flat knitting machine in 21 gauge, the finest ever flat knitting machine with shaping capability. The SWG FIRST 154 S21, which is cut 21 needles to the inch, has the capability to knit fabrics in the gauge range 18 to 26 for single jersey and 18 to 20 gauge for rib fabrics.
Translated, the ‘Seiki'
"Cashmere is widely acknowledged as one of the most luxurious fabrics available. Exceptionally soft, but hard wearing too. Yet, although many in the garment and textile industries know of it, they know very little about it. That is about to change."
So say the confident organisers of Cashmere World, Hong Kong based leading exhibitions organiser UBM Asia.
Cashmere World (CW) is a trade exhibition for the whole cashm
Swiss flat knitting machine manufacturer Steiger will be unveiling its latest innovations at next month's ITMA show in Barcelona under its ‘Time to Knit' banner. The Chinese owned company will show a new version of its Aries flat knitting technology which it says offers improved productivity and patterning potential. Steiger will also show its latest ITMA 2011 knitwear collection.
Up to 32 yarn guides
The New Aries machine whic
SHIMA SEIKI - Knit Sample Collection, March/April 2011
SHIMA SEIKI's Total Design Center (TDC), plans, designs and produces original knit samples for consideration by its customers. From basic sweaters to WHOLEGARMENT ensembles, each monthly collection features a collection of the latest samples available from TDC.
Click on image to view this month's collection and collection archive.
SHIMA SEIKI's Total Design Center (TDC), plans, designs and produces original knit samples for consideration by its customers. From basic sweaters to WHOLEGARMENT ensembles, each monthly collection features a collection of the latest samples available from TDC.
Click on image to view this month's collection and collection archive.
Germany's Kern-Liebers Group has rebranded its needle, sinker and textile machine parts businesses Kern Liebers, Saxonia, Leistner and Naplafa under the Kern-Liebers Textile umbrella brand with a brand new image. Through recent rapid expansion, the company says it has steadily evolved into an expert in the field of knitted fabric technology and is now ‘the alternative' as a full-line supplier to the market.
Japanese flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki Mfg. Ltd. has reported an increase in net sales of 18.4% to Yen 16,402 million (US$ 211 million) for its first quarter ended 30 June 2011, compared with the same period last year.
Operating income for the period was just marginally lower at Yen 2,846 million (US$36 million). The company also announced that as a result of recent fluctuations in exchange rates, it had incurred a
Stoll's history in the knitting machine manufacture industry started to 138 years ago. In 1892, Heinrich Stoll (right) invented the world's first purl stitch flat knitting machine, and thus, the German company says, revolutionized the textile machinery market.
To this day, Stoll continues to develop and pioneer flat knitting machine technology, create innovative software solutions and
Leading Japanese builder of computerised flat knitting machines Shima Seiki officially introduced its slide needle technology into the company's coarse gauge sweater knitting machines when it launched the brand new SCG122SN compact machine flat knitting machine earlier this month at ShanghaiTex.
The machine was shown as a prototype exactly a year ago at the ITMA Asia + CITME 2010 exhibition in
Leading Japanese computerised flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki officially launched its new entry level SSR112 flat knitting machine here at ShanghaiTex last week. The company said its latest high technology - low cost model was very well received and contracts for significant numbers of machines were concluded or set up at the exhibition.
The low cost SSR112 is available in two variants, namely the SV (variable gauge) and
Japanese computerized flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. will be present its line up of advanced computerized flat knitting machines and peripherals at this year's ShanghaiTex 2011 exhibition which kicks off next week. Machines will be exhibited in a wide range of gauges from coarse to ultrafine, including several first-time exhibits of new technology.
"The company's exhibit will emp
Japanese flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has announced the release of a brand new computerized flat knitting machine that is said to be highly productive, energy efficient, and compact. The new machine, named SSR112, has been developed as a new machine for a new era of knitting.
"The worldwide economic slowdown has shifted production toward manufacturing centres which provide a large amount of basic goods at a lower price. Since the recovery of the economy, p
Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time last week at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles.
Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the comp
Flat knitting machines up 187% to 51,130 machines - 37,800 (74%) go to China
Circular knitting machines up 36% to 34,500 machines - 26,400 (77%) go to China
The 33rd annual International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) just released by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), show that global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing in 2010. Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007 shipments of
Flat knitting machine builder Stoll’s history in the knitting
machine manufacturing industry started 138 years ago. In 1892, Heinrich Stoll invented the world’s
first purl stitch flat knitting machine, and thus, revolutionized the textile
machinery market. To this day, Stoll
continues to develop and pioneer flat knitting machine technology, create
innovative software solutions and modern knitting techniques.
At Shanghaitex 2011, from June 14 to 17, the Stoll stand
Alco Knitting Machine Services Ltd. is a U.K. based company
that specialises in the sales of spare parts and servicing of Monk and Bentley
Cotton fully-fashioned knitting machines.
Alco was formed in 1996 By Alec Corah following 45 years
service at S.A Monk, later known as Monk-Cotton International. Alec began work
as an apprentice fitter and progressed his way through the company firstly onto
the outside staff servicing the machines, then as sales and service manager and
SHIMA SEIKI's Total Design Center (TDC), plans, designs and
produces original knit samples for consideration by its customers. From basic
sweaters to WHOLEGARMENT ensembles, each monthly collection features a
collection of the latest samples available from TDC.
Click on image to
view this month's collection and collection archive.
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The unstoppable switch from hand operated machines (hand flats) to computerized flat knitting machines in mainland China’s knitwear factories,
has helped leading Japanese machine builder Shima Seiki to lift sales of its
computerized flat knitting machines by 22.9% in the third quarter of 2010.
The company’s key, market of China has seen a shift from
manually operated (hand flat) machines to computerised flat knitting machines
on increasingly important factors such as
Leading German computerized flat knitting machine builder, H.
Stoll GmbH & Co. KG will be showing its latest collections, technologies
and knitting solutions at the forthcoming SpinExpo in Shanghai, a leading
exhibition for yarns, knitwear and technology.
The Reutlingen based company says it has embraced its brand
through machines, people and fashion since 1873 and as a synonym of ‘The Right
Way to Knit’ for over 130 years; its vision is to make sure that sti
Shortly after celebrating its 49th anniversary on 4 February
2011, Japanese flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki held a send-off
rally for its 100,000th computerized knitting machine to be shipped overseas.
The commemorative machine was a 7 gauge NSSG122-SV machine,
scheduled for installation at a knitting factory owned by one of Shima’s Hong
Kong based customers. The machine is to become one of over 3000 Shima Seiki computerized
knitting machines install
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Staff of Shima Seiki Italia
were busy last weekend when the company opened its new showroom and service
centre in Villorba in the Treviso commune of Veneto in Northern Italy. Following
the inaugural opening guests were invited to participate in demonstrations of
Shima Seiki’s Mach2X 18L high speed ultra-fine gauge Wholegarment machine and
the latest SDS One APEX computer graphic design system.
A subsidiary of Shima Seiki Manufacturing Ltd., Shima Seiki
Dr. Masahiro Shima, president and
CEO of Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., leading manufacturer of computerized flat
knitting machines, has been awarded an honorary medal for his contribution to
the Italian Republic.
On 15th July this year, Dr Shima attended an award ceremony at
the residence of the Italian ambassador to Japan in Tokyo, where he and eight
other recipients were awarded the medal of the Order of the Star of Italian
Solidarity. The medals were presented by Ambassa
Under its cluster development
program for the knitwear industry, India’s Ludhiana based Knitwear Club in
support with Apex Cluster Development Services has started a training program for
computerized flat knitting machine operators. After mobilizing unemployed youth
from nearby villages, the program is being held at M/S. Golf International,
Industrial Area, Ludhiana.
Mr.Vinod K.Thapar, President of the Knitwear Club, visited
the training site yesterday and lauded
Japanese flat knitting machine
builder Shima Seiki has been offering English and Japanese versions of its Wholegarment
product tags exclusively to knit manufacturers and merchandisers associated
with the creation and promotion of Wholegarment products in English-speaking
markets as well as its domestic market in Japan.
Now, in its effort to support the manufacture and sales of Wholegarment
knitwear in the Chinese domestic market, the company has introduced Chine
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Leading flat knitting machine
builder, Shima Seiki recently exhibited a wide range of its computerized flat
knitting technology at the ITMA Asia + CITME 2010 exhibition held in Shanghai,
China, under the exhibition concept "Solutions for Diversity." We
spoke to Shima’s Masaki Karasuno in Shanghai, who explained the Japanese
company’s latest exhibit concept:
“As the world steadily recovers from the global economic
slowdown, the Asian textile industry is already
Leading Japanese builder of
computerised flat knitting machines Shima Seiki looks set to introduce its
slide needle technology into the company’s coarse gauge sweater knitting
machines. At last week’s ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, the Wakayama based technology
leader showed a prototype 3 Gauge machine which is aimed at the ultra-coarse ‘hand
knit look’ market incorporating its slide needle technology.
Although Shima’s slide needle technology has been arou
Scottish borders knitwear manufacturer
Peter Scott & Company went into administration yesterday leaving 150 jobs
at risk. The company has been a key employer in Hawick, Scotland’s high quality
knitwear manufacturing centre, for more than 130 years.
Staff are reported to have been told to leave the Hawick
factory with immediate effect, in another blow for the troubled textile
industry in the Borders. Earlier this year 132 jobs were lost at JJ & HB
While Shima Seiki Mfg. Ltd. makes
its final preparations in Japan for ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai next month,
the company’s latest high-speed premium MACH2 technology has been on show at
its subsidiaries in Italy, Spain and UK. Shima’s latest four-needle bed Wholegarment
knitting machine, the MACH2X153 in 18 gauge and its high-speed 40 feeder
intarsia machine, MACH2SIG in 12 gauge, have been demonstrated to the cream of
Europe’s knitwear manufacturers over the
Ansell Limited, a global leader
in hand protection, has launched HyFlex 11-830, an ergonomically designed knitted
glove that incorporates ZonzKnit Advanced Comfort Technology for improved comfort
and fit. Ansell is one of the largest manufacturers of knitted industrial
gloves in the world and operates large plants of Shima Seiki glove knitting
machines in different parts of the world.
HyFlex 11-830 to present workers with a glove that offers
Leading Japanese flat knitting
machine builder Shima Seiki has launched a brand new version of its coarse
gauge compact machine designated the NSES122CS. The machine replaces the
company’s well known SES122CS model and gets a whole host of new features to
bring it in line with the company’s NSSG122 and NSIG122 latest generation medium,
fine and ultra-fine gauge compact machines. The NSES122CS compound needle
sinker machine is available in gauges 3, 4 and 5 in a 4
KBL Group International, one of
the largest North American based producers of sweaters, is the latest company in
the sector to expand in New York City’s Garment District. The company is following
in the footsteps of several other expanding knitwear companies by moving into a
significantly larger showroom just a couple of buildings away from its current
According to a recent Crain’s report, KBL has signed a
six-year lease for 18,000 square feet of spa
Leading Japanese computerized flat
knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. will be exhibiting its range
of advanced computerised flat knitting machines at this year's ITMA Asia +
CITME 2010 exhibition. On display will be a representative cross-section of its
technology, ranging from conventional shaping and intarsia machines to its
latest high-spec Wholegarment knitting machines, in a wide range of gauges from
coarse to ultrafine. Of the nine machines sch
Flat knitting machine builder
Stoll has launched a new version of its M1plus® pattern software, version 5.1, which
it says offers many new highlights for knitting technicians, including high
speed Argyle programming.
Stoll is especially keen to point out the new Argyle tool which
allows the generation of Argyle diamonds with or without fancy stitches
(rakers) automatically. As a consequence, drawing the diamonds manually is no
In addition the
Taiwanese circular knitting machine
builder Pai Lung is to target India’s developing knitwear manufacturing sector
with its fully fashioned flat knitting machines which it launched at the last
ITMA Asia + CITME in 2008. Until then the company, which is a major circular
knitting machine builder had only ever built simple flat machines for knitting
collars and accessories.
Pai Lung now plans to take two of its PLF-KS132 computerized
flat knitting machines, which have
applied to intarsia knitting
Maximum number of
yarn carriers increased from 32 to 40
Leading Japanese flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki has
introduced a new intarsia flat knitting machine which looks set to raise
standards in the machine knitted intarsia market. The company’s new MACH2SIG model
is the latest addition to its latest generation high speed MACH2 series
Until now the MACH2 designation was reserved f
In its continuing effort to bring Wholegarment
knitwear and its benefits to the knitting industry and consumer knitwear market
alike, Shima Seiki has introduced another breakthrough in this the most
technologically sophisticated form of commercial knitting.
The new MACH2X153 18L machine is the latest model in Shima
Seiki's flagship MACH2X series. According to Shima, like other MACH2X machines,
it can knit beautifully shaped Wholegarment knitwear with the highest-poss
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Sweater manufacturer KBL Group
International, one of the largest North American based producers, has acquired
North Bergen, New Jersey based AR Knitwear and its well known Sweater Project
brand. Sweater Project is known for its fashionable sweaters and jackets for
KBL President Steven Begleiter said that Sweater Project’s reputation
and KBL’s ability to move high volumes of product through its supply chain
would make a good asset. David Rosenb
Scottish cashmere knitwear
manufacturer JJ & HB 1788 Cashmere Mills has called in receivers after the
company reportedly ran out of cash after orders plummeted due to the current
economic crisis. Receivers are now looking for a buyer for the business.
Just over a year ago, US retailer Brooks Brothers acquired a
25% shareholding in the factory which had belonged to the Italian owned
Ballantyne brand. The factory which is located near Peebles in the Scottish
Johnstons of Elgin, a leading Scottish
manufacturer of cashmere knitwear and accessories has appointed Nick Bannerman as
the new Managing Director of their Hawick factory and a main board director of
the holding company. Mr Bannerman who is currently CEO of Kinloch Anderson in
Edinburgh was previously Managing Director of Hawick based knitwear manufacturer
Peter Scott for 15 years.
Speaking to the Hawick News, James Sugden, current Managing
Director said: “I hav
Flat knitting machine builder Stoll is offering knitters three useful
tools to help them get their ideas knitted. The trio of tools were highlighted
in the company’s Stoll
Trend Collection 2011, which KnittingIndustry.com published yesterday.
Knit ABC, Basic Vol.
Knit-ABC is a communication tool for all those working with knitted
textiles, which Stoll has developed to prevent misunderstanding in situations where
different technical terms are used which mea
Applicant: MATSUYA IND LTD [JP]; NAKAHARA SHIGEKI [JP]
Inventor(s): NAKAHARA SHIGEKI [JP]
Abstract of WO 2009139042 (A1)
A setting-up device for flat knitting
machine that allows freely detaching of a setting-up yarn from a setting-up
needle and ensures easy low-cost working of the setting-up needle and that even
in the event of a decrease of downward tension to a knitted fabric during
knitting operation, is free from accidental disengagement of the setting-up
According to a new report from
Textiles Intelligence called ‘World Markets for Textile Machinery, 2009: Part 3
- Knitted Fabric Manufacture’, 2008 was a poor year for the international
knitting machinery market as a whole. Global deliveries of single jersey and
double jersey circular knitting machinery to the world’s mills declined, as did
shipments of hand knitting and semi-automatic knitting machinery and shipments
of electronic flatbed knitting machine
Stoll’s entry level models in its Compact
Class and Multi Gauge Class, now called CMS 502 and CMS 502 multi gauge, have recently
been given a considerable upgrade by the German machine builder. Additionally,
both models are now available with an auxiliary take-down as an option.
Offering 2 knitting systems, 45 inch working width,
take-down comb and cutting and clamping on the right hand side, the machines
are now also equipped on the right hand side with a
22 October 2009, Wakayama - In order to promote consumer
awareness of Wholegarment knitwear and its benefits, as well as to distinguish
Wholegarment from other knitted products, Shima Seiki has been offering
Wholegarment product tags exclusively to customers utilizing Wholegarment
knitting machines, as well as to apparel planners, designers and merchandisers
associated with creating and promoting Wholegarment products. Since their
introduction, over 5 million Wholegarment product tags have
Flat knitting machine
manufacturer Shima Seiki is collaborating with one of the oldest and most
respected department stores in Japan, Takashimaya Department Stores, to take in-store
orders for custom knitwear using its latest Wholegarment knitting technology.
The company’s ‘Ordermade’ Wholegarment knitwear project is running at the
Takashimaya Yokohama store from 7th to 19th October, and at the
Tokyo main store from 21st October to 3rd November.
Applicant: STEIGER SA ATELIER CONSTR [CH]; BASEGGIO MARCELLO [CH];
PROST MICHEL [CH]
Inventor(s): BASEGGIO MARCELLO [CH]; PROST MICHEL [CH]
of WO 2009109886 (A1)
The invention relates to a draw comb
(11) for a rectilinear knitting machine that comprises at least one attachment
sinker (13) including at least one hook (16) extending mainly in a vertical
longitudinal plane (xz) in order to have a low thickness in the transverse
direction (y), and in
Scottish textile and knitwear producer
Dawson International has reported widening losses of £3.2 million in its Half
Year Statement for the period ended 4 July 2009.
Commenting on the interim results, Chairman David Bolton
said: "As anticipated in our Annual Report for 2008 the Group has
experienced a lower level of demand overall for its products in the first six
months of 2009, trading through the worst economic conditions experienced for a
very long time. I
UK based SmartLife Technology Ltd, has been awarded an
international patent for a knitted ‘linear electronic transducer’ which is
incorporated into a garment in order to monitor a patient’s health.
The invention described in the patent relates to electronic
transducers, and particularly to transducers incorporated into a knitted
structure. The device disclosed in the patent publication comprises a knitted
structure having at least one transduction zone
Swedish company Ab
Initio has developed a range of flat knitted fabrics with sound
absorbency properties, which it says can be used in decorative textiles for
public, technical and commercial environments. The company says its unique Cullus
fabrics combine function, flexibility with good aesthetics.
Ab Initio was set up as a spinout
company from the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, by Ulla Eson Bodin, Folke
Sandvik and Helga Aiff in 2007 and began with the inten
Applicant: SMARTLIFE TECHNOLOGY LTD [GB]
Inventor(s): TILAK DIAS [GB]; HURLEY WILLIAM [GB]
Abstract of GB 2456822 (A)
An electronic transducer comprises a
knitted structure extendible in two dimensions defined by its courses and
wales. An electro-conductive yarn 4 defines a single course in the structure
adjacent non-conductive yarns 2, and is part of a circuit providing an
indication of an electrical characteristic of the yarn. The structure may comprise
James Sugden, Managing Director of
leading Scottish knitwear and accessories manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin’s Hawick
mill, has been honoured by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with an Honorary
Doctorate in recognition of his services to the textiles industry.
In an interview with the Hawick News, Mr Sugden said that
the current state of the business had improved after three very difficult quarters
during which they had made 20 redundancies to combat the fall in
Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MFG [JP]; KOTAKA NORIO [JP]
Inventor(s): KOTAKA NORIO [JP]
Abstract of WO 2009084193 (A1)
Provided is a yarn-end treating device
for a flat-knitting machine, in which knitting yarns can be gripped and cut by
driving two grippers and a cutter at one rotating step of a drive shaft. A left
gripper unit (3) and a right gripper unit (4) are equipped, at their respective
distal ends, with gripping portions (5 and 6) capable of gripping knittin
At Shanghaitex 2009, which took
place last weekend, Shima Seiki exhibited its line of advanced computerized
flat knitting machines and reported strong interest in its technologically
advanced machinery such as its latest Wholegarment knitting machines. The
display ranged from its SSG and SIG series conventional shaping machines to its
latest MACH2-series high-performance Whole garment knitting machines.
With the world economy in a downturn and the subsequent
The precision that we have
come to expect from leading flat knitting machine builder Shima Seiki, has now
been applied to the company’s Air Splicer, a proprietary device which ensures
high quality colour changes in multi colour knitwear. The Air Splicer has been
developed for multi-colour knitting on the company’s range of complete garment
knitting machines and it is set to significantly enhance the company’s
Wholegarment technology. KnittingIndustry.c
Under the motto ‘My Stoll. My
Future’, leading flat knitting machine builder, Stoll will present a variety of
highly productive flat knitting machines as a representative cross section of
its CMS machine program at Shanghaitex, which opens today, along with several
software applications and a range of interesting and innovative patterns
developed especially for the exhibition.
New CMS HP models
Besides flexibility and reliability, productivity is a key
Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MFG [JP]; MURATA MACHINERY LTD [JP]
Inventor(s): ARIKITA REIJI [JP]; NAKAI KENJI [JP]; HATAKEYAMA YASUNORI [JP]
Abstract of EP 2042625
The invention relates to a piecing
method capable of securing the strength of a spun yarn obtained by the piecing,
and omitting a protrusion treatment step for a fabric knitted by the spun yarn
obtained by the piecing. Tip end portions (21a, 22a) of knitting yarns (21, 22)
are overlaid in the sam
Pioneering manufacturer of advanced flat knitting machines for complete
garment knitting, Shima Seiki Mfg., has reported early sales of its new MACH2X
high speed Wholegarment knitting machine. The machine, which was launched at
last year’s ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai, is now on show at some of Shima’s subsidiaries
and the company reports that it has already sold some 15 gauge MACH2X machines in
Italy. We recently visited Shima Seiki Europe’s showroom near D
In recent years, leading German
flat knitting machine builder H. Stoll & Co, has achieved much in the quest
to widen the use of knitting machines and in particular flat knitting machines
in technical applications.
Flat knitting machines are mainly used in the apparel sector
for producing knitted outerwear and accessories but Stoll has pioneered the use
of the technology for technical applications. The company has a dedicated sales
and technical team for techn
Leading flat knitting machine
builder Stoll has recently launched a ‘Pattern
Library’ service, which allows its customers to order books of knitted
swatches from the company’s highly regarded Trend Collections, which are normally
only available in printed and digital format each season.
Library, which is a limited edition, is available upon request from the
company (see below for contact details). Joerg Hartmann, Managing Director,
Shima Seiki Mfg. Ltd., has announced the
opening of its new Spanish subsidiary, Shima Seiki Spain S.A.U. The leading Japanese
flat knitting machine builder has set up a subsidiary company which will act as
a sales and service organization for Spain and Portugal. The company will be headquartered
at Barberá Del Vallés
near Barcelona in northern Spain.
Mr Yoshihiro Sakuma, who has been appointed Managing
Director of the new subsidiary, will also cont
Applicant: PAI LUNG MACHINERY MILL CO LTD [TW]
Inventor(s): LIN YU-SHENG [TW]; WANG JOE [TW]
of US 7509821
A yarn measuring device for a flat bed knitting machine which has a chassis, a
needle bed, a track and a carriage. The carriage has a cam controller and a
mask plate. The yarn measuring device includes a counter, a detection unit and
a programmable logic circuit controller. The programmable logic circuit
controller, the counter, the dete
in productivity for high quality Wholegarment knitwear
Like the SWG®-X on which it is based, the new MACH2®X is a WHOLEGARMENT
specialty machine that features 4 needle beds and Shima Seiki’s original
SlideNeedle™. And like the SWG®-X, it can knit beautifully shaped, high-quality
WHOLEGARMENT® products which conform to the body for improved comfort and a
more elegant silhouette.
As the “MACH” name suggests, what sets the MACH2®X apart is
its speed and prod
The next generation in computerized flat bed knitting
A synthesis of all of Shima Seiki’s experience and know-how,
the SWG®-FIRST® series “Next Generation” computerized flatbed knitting machines
offer tremendous capability previously unimagined in the world of knitting.
Everything from full-fashioning, rib shaping to 3-dimensional shaping, as well
as WHOLEGARMENT® production can be performed. This all-purpose capability is
made possible through the development of our revolutionary
Even more effective virtual sampling with 3D modelling
With its ability to support all aspects from planning,
design, sampling and production to machine programming, merchandising and sales
promotion, SDS®-ONE has established itself the reputation as an All-in-One
apparel design tool. SDS®-ONE also performs as a communication tool. From
spinner to apparel planner, designer, manufacturer, merchandiser and retailer,
design decisions and product concepts can be communicated without breakd
Applicant: ANSELL HEALTHCARE PROD LLC [US]
Inventor(s): THOMPSON ERIC [US]; MORELAND JEFFREY C [US]; GARAY GERARDO
RODRIGUEZ [MX]; PERALES SOLIS NORBERTO HECTOR [MX]; NARASIMHAN DAVE [US]
of US 2009044571 (A1)
A knitted glove made by creating each
of the at least fifteen sections using a separate knitting course on a flat
knitting machine providing varying stitch dimensions with one or two yarns in
one or more sections. Custom stretch characteristi
Flat knitting machine builder H.Stoll & Co will open its brand new Stoll Fashion & Technology Center in New York (FTNY) on April 1st. The new showroom is situated in the heart of the Garment District of Manhattan, New York and will give the fashion and clothing industries the opportunity to experience the services of the FTNY world at close quarters. The highlight of the inauguration at the 15,000 square feet facility will be the introduction of the reinvente
Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MFG [JP]; YAMAMOTO SHINJI
Inventor: YAMAMOTO SHINJI [JP]
Abstract of WO 2008152931 (A1) Knitting data is changed into 3D-filament data expressing the positions of stitches,
the connecting relations between the stitches and the kinds of the stitches, so
that the virtual wearing is made on a human body model or a fabric. Layers of a
knitwear are formed by setting a view point and a light source, by converting
Abstract of US 2008302137
A yarn feeder comprises a switching
mechanism which presets a swing direction of the yarn feeding port after
completion of a yarn feeding operation, and, after having completed yarn
feeding operation, changes over the swing of the yarn feeding port from one
yarn feeding position to another standby position interlocking with the
released selective operation of the entraining means, in which the switching
The Stoll Fashion &
Technology Center held the first of a series of technical seminars for the
knitwear industry at the Quintessence New Century Hotel in Tong Xiang on 27
November. The seminar, which attracted more than 70 participants from the local
knitwear industry aimed to increase communication and sharing of information
amongst knitting professionals.
The two main topics were presented to seminar attendees. The
first, “Technical Realization of Popular
Crystal Martin Knitwear Limited, a UK based garment
manufacturer and supplier to Marks & Spencer has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SQ Group a
leading sweater supplier in Bangladesh to produce world-class sweaters
exclusively for Marks & Spencer (M&S).
According to the country’s Financial Express, SQ Group
Chairman M Ghulam Faruq and Crystal Martin Knitwear CEO Lawrence B Ward signed
the MoU to set up t
According to a report in The New
Nation yesterday, Bangladeshi knitwear manufacturer Sun Yad Knitwear Limited, is
to set up a garment manufacturing facility in the Adamjee Export Processing
The company will invest US$ 5.132 million to set up their
plant and produce garments creating employment opportunity for 1995 Bangladeshi
nationals. An agreement to this effect was signed between the Bangladesh Export
Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and the Sun Y
As part of flat knitting machine builder Stoll’s global strategy to
support educational institutions, the company has been successfully working in
close cooperation with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York
for over two decades.
Most recently, through the contribution of Stoll America
Knitting Machinery in the USA
and Stoll’s Fashion and Technology department in Germany, a design competition was
held for FIT students. After being
Leading flat knitting machine builder Stoll has worked with Australian Wool
Innovation (AWI) to create a unique technically advanced range of knitwear
designs with form and function.
Technical Knitwear which is part of Stoll’s Modern Nomad
range of knitwear designs for Autumn/ Winter 09/10, consists of highly
technical patterns, including a Merino wool facing on one-side and PrimaLoft
yarn on the other in areas required by the body t
Bangladesh’s knitwear sector
secured at least 12 per cent higher export orders in October this year over the
corresponding period in 2007, according to a report in The Financial Express.
This was revealed by an analysis conducted by the research
unit of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).
The unit analysed the UD (utilisation declaration) issued by the BKMEA to reach
"We issued UD 12 per cent higher in October over t
In an article in
Aberdeen based newspaper The Press & Journal, cashmere and woollen knitwear
manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin said its two mills were working flat out to
feed demand for its products. Johnstons, which employs 600 people across sites
at Elgin in the Scottish Highlands and Hawick in the Scottish Borders, added it
was making the most of a weaker pound and is finding newly acquired
competitiveness in its main export markets.
With the val
Leading flat knitting machine
builder Shima Seiki has released technical specifications for its new MACH2X
and MACH2S high speed Wholegarment knitting machines, indicating that the
machines are almost ready for sale. Prototypes of the four needlebed MACH2X and
double needlebed MACH2S were recently exhibited at ITMA Asia + CITME in
Like the SWG-X on which it is based, the new MACH2X is a Wholegarment
specialty machine that features four needle beds and S
management of the design, sampling and production of small quantities of high
value-added knitwear is the new challenge of all knitwear manufacturers and is
at the heart of their future performance. This is why Yxendis, a well known 3D
knit creation and simulation software company and flat knitting machine builder
Steiger have entered into a close partnership to deliver new business
opportunities to their customers.
This is achiev
PILOTELLI RENATO [IT];
PILOTELLI ROBERTO [IT]
PILOTELLI MACCHINE TESSILI S R [IT];
PILOTELLI RENATO [IT];
PILOTELLI ROBERTO [IT]
Abstract of WO2008105006
The device comprises: a path for a working yam (FL); a yam guide (33A) for the
working yarn; a retention member (57) for retaining an auxiliary yam (FA); a
support (35) for the auxiliary yarn, which is mobile between a wa
Brooks Brothers has acquired a 25% shareholding in Ballantyne’s knitwear factory
near Peebles, one of Scotland’s top quality cashmere knitwear manufacturers.
Ballantyne’s Italian owners have also sold a 55% stake in
the Borders mill to Massimiliano Zegna Baruffa, textiles entrepreneur and former
owner of the famous Italian worsted yarn spinner Zegna Baruffa. Ballantyne is
to retain a 20% shareholding in the mill.
As the largest textile producer
in the world, China is obviously one of the most important markets for any
textile machine manufacturer, and for Shima Seiki, ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 presented an opportunity
for the company to re-emphasize its position as leader in flatbed knitting
Despite the effects on China of the economic downturn in the
U.S., Shima still sees continued opportunities in the Chinese knitting
industry. Rising wages and labour
Applicant: UNIV MANCHESTER (GB)
Inventor: DIAS TILAK (GB); COOKE WILLIAM (GB); FERNANDO ANURA (GB)
Abstract of US7421860There is disclosed a knitting machine comprising: at least one knitting needle; at least one positive yarn feed device for feeding yarn to said at least one knitting needle; needle monitoring means for providing information relating to the at least one knitting needle during the course of a knitting operation; and a controller for controlling the operation of the positive ya
SEIKI MFG (JP)
Inventor: MIYAMOTO MASAKI (JP)
Abstract of EP1959041
The invention relates to a method and
an apparatus for cutting and holding a warp in a weft knitting machine that can
appropriately cut even a knitted fabric knitted with a warp fed from a warp
insertion mechanism, and can hold the end yarn after the cutting. In a weft
knitting machine (1) in which a warp (4) can be inserted, a cut target portion
(14) is formed to intersect the warp (4) while reciprocating at
Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY LTD (JP); SHIMA SEIKI MFG (JP)
Inventor: HATAKEYAMA YASUNORI (JP); NAKAI KENJI (JP);
MINAKATA KATSUJI (JP)
Abstract of EP1959042
An objective of the present invention
is to provide a yarn piecing method and device useful when used for
sequentially selectinganyof plural types of yarns different in color or
suchlike, and supplying them to a yarn feeding device in a knitting machine. In
the present invention, two yarns Y1 and Y4 to be pieced are accommodated and
Inventor: DUA BHUPESH (US); THOMAS EDWARD NATHANIEL (US)
Abstract of US2008196181
An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the article of footwear
are disclosed. The footwear may include an upper and a sole structure. The
upper incorporates a textile element with edges that are joined together to
define at least a portion of a void for receiving a foot. The textile element
may also have a first area and a second area with a unitary construction. The
SEIKI MFG (JP)
Inventor: OKAMOTO KAZUYOSHI (JP)
Abstract of US2008190147
A knitting method for knitting a
tubular knitting fabric having gores of front and back knitted fabric parts
which are different in size in the manner that no twisting of loops can be
provided at the stage of the completion of the joining of the gores so that the
tubular knitted fabric can be knitted up continuously without any need of
rotation operation. A position of a reference boundary at the stage o
SEIKI MFG (JP)
Inventor: MAEIWA TETSUJI (JP); TAKENAKA KAZUKO (JP)
Abstract of EP1956129 For each module on the design of knitting, its knitting program and a parameter
on knitting are stored separately. When the knitting parameter is converted
into a handle on GUI and displayed and a user operates the handle, it is
accepted as input of the knitting parameter. The accepted knitting parameter
and the knitting program serve as the design of a module. Each module of
When ITMA Asia + CITME opened
its doors in Shanghai one month ago, German flat knitting machine builder H.
Stoll & Co was popping the champagne corks to celebrate the company’s 135th
anniversary. Stoll was actually founded 135 years to the day on the 27th of
July 1873. Stoll
demonstrated how a company with a long tradition and established technology
should continue to innovate. In Part 1 of this two part Feature,
KnittingIndustry.com looked at Stoll’s
NA IONAL DE CERCETARE DEZ (RO)
Inventor: ENE ALEXANDRA GABRIELA (RO); MIHAI CARMEN (RO);
PETRESCU ADRIANA (RO)
Abstract of RO121889
The invention relates to a bioimplant meant for the treatment of herniae and
gastroenterological eventrations and to a process for producing the same. According
to the invention, the gastroentrological bioimplant consists of a knitted
textile carrier made of rotoset polyester filament yarns having a length
denisty of 76...93 dtex/f24-32, in the
Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MFG (JP)
Inventor: MAEIWA TETSUJI (JP); TAKENAKA KAZUKO (JP); SUZUKI
NORIYUKI (JP); KAMIKAWA YASUYO (JP)
Abstract of EP1950676 A color extraction area is specified in a natural image and a color in the area
is extracted and spread. The spread image is displayed as a preview and the
extracted area is modified when required. When the extracted area is confirmed,
the number of colors is limited, a knitting pattern is spread to be
configuration data. It is possible to easily d
BECKERT KG (DE)
Inventor: KRAUSS RAINER (DE)
Abstract of US2008184745
A needle bed ( 2 ) in accordance with the invention for a knitting machine
comprises guide channels for knitting tools that are interrupted, in
particular, in the region of the knitting lock, so that each needle is only
guided laterally in the region of its foot. Preferably, the needle bed is
designed in a segmented manner, in which case the segments adjoin each other at
a joint that extends in a direction t
Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MFG (JP)
Inventor: NAKAYAMA TOMOAKI (JP)
Abstract of US2008169041
In a tubular knitted fabric with a stripe pattern knitted by a flat knitting
machine, to cause cross-over yarns to appear inside the tubular knitted fabric
so as to eliminate cutting operation of the cross-over yarns. For each knitting
of a plurality of courses, a first knitted fabric portion and a second knitted
fabric portion are continuously knitted by switching a first knitting yarn and
a second knitting
When ITMA Asia + CITME opened its doors in Shanghai one
month ago, German flat knitting machine builder H. Stoll & Co was popping
the champagne corks to celebrate the company’s 135th anniversary. Stoll
was actually founded 135 years to the day on the 27th of July 1873.
Developed from the pioneering spirit of Heinrich Stoll, the
company is now a worldwide enterprise with a presence in over 70 countries with
135 years of inventions, patents and almost 300 different machin
Applicant: GROZ BECKERT KG
Inventor: KRAUSS RAINER
Abstract of SG144046 Needle Bed With Cooling Channel A needle bed (1) of a knitting machine has a
segmented configuration. The segments (5, 6) border against each other via the
abutment surfaces (10, 8). Extending from at least one of provided, e.g., in
the segment (6). The adjacent segment (5) covers these cooling channels,
thereby closing said cooling channels. (Fig. 1)
To view the full patent, please click the link below.
Needle bed with
INT CORP (US); O'CONNOR JOSEPH GERALD (US); PAQUIN MAURICE (US); EAGLES DANA BURTON (US); DAVENPORT FRANCIS L (US)
Inventor: O'CONNOR JOSEPH GERALD (US); PAQUIN MAURICE (US);
EAGLES DANA BURTON (US); DAVENPORT FRANCIS L (US)
Abstract of WO2008095055 A method of manufacturing an industrial fabric comprising the steps of knitting
a first fabric strip portion having two widthwise edges and a width that is
narrower than the industrial fabric to the desired length of the industrial
Sample No : y1627
Machine: SWG203-X 12
Material: Wool 50% acrylic 50% 2/46x2,
2/46x3,Nylon 92% lycra 8% 20/70dx1
Knitting Technique: Lateral
Specially configured for Wholegarment knitting with 4 needle
beds and an additional loop presser bed, Shima Seiki’s SWG-X features vast
improvements over the original SWG-series machines.
With a completely new design based on FIRST “next
generation” technology, the SWG-X is capable of produci
Leading German flat knitting
machine builder Stoll has exhibited a new prototype version of its best selling
CMS 530 compact flat knitting machine which is faster and better than its
predecessor. The CMS 530 multi gauge, with a working width of 50 inches (127cm)
and three knitting systems was shown in three different gauges demonstrating
three different applications at ITMA Asia.
A prototype CMS 530 multi gauge machine was exhibited in 8.2
gauge which according to
ITEMA Group flat knitting machine
builder Steiger S.A showed machines from its new three level offer to knitwear
manufacturers in Shanghai - Aries, Gemini and its latest addition Libra.
Steiger launched Libra at the opening of its new Steiger
Fashion facility in Modena, Italy earlier this year as an economical
alternative to its Aries series which is equipped with special compound needles
and 32 motorized yarn carriers. According to Steiger’s Managing Director Pierre-Y
Leading Japanese flat knitting
machine builder Shima Seiki has launched two new high speed flat knitting
machines for seamless knitwear which run at speeds of up to 1.6 metres per
second. The four needle bed MACH2X and two needle bed MACH2S are being
showcased at ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 which opened in Shanghai yesterday.
Like the SWG-X on which it is based, the new MACH2X is a Wholegarment
machine which features four needle beds and Shima Seiki’s slide needle. As the
Applicant: Shima Seiki Mfg (JP)
Inventor: TAKEDA KOJI (JP); YOSHIMURA MASAAKI (JP)
Abstract of US2008167749 A decision is made as to whether a fabric to be knitted is tubular or flat, and
density is corrected such that knitting-start density is smaller and
knitting-end density is larger for a tubular fabric. Knitting-start density is
larger and knitting-end density is smaller for a flat fabric. A variable
density section is provided between the end part and the central part of the
fabric thus co
Applicant: Shima Seiki Mfg (JP), Okuno Masao (JP)
Inventor: OKUNO MASAO (JP)
Abstract of WO2008081578
A fabric knitting method and a design device in a weft
knitting machine capable of inserting a warp in which knitting efficiency can
be enhanced by decreasing the number of traveling courses of a carriage
required for knitting such a fabric that at least one side of a warp section
become a weft section. Warp sections (5, 3, 6) are knitted by the rightward
traveling of a carriage and a weft secti
Applicant: SHIMA SEIKI MFG (JP); GOTO MASANORI (JP)
Inventor: GOTO MASANORI (JP)
Abstract of WO2008081579
Provided is a yarn end treating device for a flat knitting
machine, which can actuate a cutter by itself with a gripper unit side having the
cutter, even if the rotation of a sliding guide member is not used. A first
gripper (11) and a second gripper (12) have a first gripping portion (13) and a
second gripping portion (14) capable of gripping a yarn (5) at their leading
Circular knitting machine builder Pai
Lung Machinery Mill Co. Ltd, is to launch its first full-blown computerized
flat knitting machine for knitwear production. Its new model PLF-KS132 at ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2008 will be showcased n Shanghai next weekend.
When Pai Lung’s clients asked the company whether it could
produce a computerized flat knitting machine on its own, the company felt
inspired to investigate flat knitting technology. “After years of efforts, we
Applicant: Shima Seiki Mfg (JP)
Inventor: Kitahara Kenji (JP); Yamano Hirotoshi (JP);
Nakamori Toshinori (JP)
Publication Date: 9 July 2008
Abstract of EP1942216
The invention relates to a weft knitting machine with a movable yarn guide that
can prevent damage to a fabric due to undesired catch of a yarn. Since a
forward movement amount of a movable yarn guide (1) to a needle bed gap (5) is
reduced near a position where a yarn is fed from a yarn feeding port (10a), the
yarn can be fed smoothly
Applicant: Shima Seiki Mfg (JP)
Inventor: Okamoto Kazuyoshi (JP)
Publication Date: 9 July 2008
Abstract of EP1942215
A method of knitting a knitwear capable of widening the
opening angle of a V-neck collar without forming twisted stitches is provided.
A knitwear with a collar is knitted using a flat knitting machine wherein a
body is knitted and shoulder parts are joined while holding stitches for
forming a neckline part on a needle bed in a resting state, the stitches for
the front neckline p
retailer of cashmere accessories and knitwear, Johnstons Cashmere has been
named Scottish textiles brand of the year at the third annual Scottish Fashion
Johnstons, which has manufacturing facilities in both Elgin
and knitwear town Hawick, was awarded the prestigious title at a glittering
ceremony and gala dinner in Stirling Castle, which was attended by a host of
designers and celebrities.
The fashion directors of British Vogu
Applicant: Shima Seiki mfg (JP); Okamoto Kazuyoshi (JP)
Publication Date: 3 July 2008
Abstract of WO2008078623
A method for knitting socks each having a sufficient depth
of heel without stretching the instep side of heel. When the heel parts of
socks each having a first tubular part, a heel part, and a second tubular part
is formed, the number of wales of a tubular fabric is increased using a
knitting needle not latching the final stitch line of the first tubular part,
partial knitting for rever
Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd has acquired Osaka
based bankrupt spinner of high quality cashmere yarns, Toyoboshi Kogyo Co., Ltd.
The deal which was approved by the Osaka District Court earlier this year, allows the manufacturer of high technology flat knitting machines
to guarantee supplies of cashmere yarn to knitwear manufacturers in their
domestic industry, some of whom use the company’s Wholegarment technology to
produce high quality cashmere knitwear. Shima has establishe
Applicant: Shima Seiki Mfg (JP); Minakata Katsuji (JP)
Publication Date: 3 July 2008
Abstract of WO2008078415
A method for selecting a needle and a weft knitting machine
in which knitting efficiency can be enhanced by reducing the running stroke of
a carriage. When only a cam system (4b) on the right side is used and a cam
system (4a) on the left side is not used, a section of preliminary needle
selection is provided at the right side end of the knitting width as shown by
slant lines. Setting an
Applicant: Shima Seiki Mfg, (JP)
Publication Date: 19 June 2008
Abstract of US2008141729
A knitting method provides an easy-to-wear knitted tubular
knitted fabric which gives little stretching feeling and exhibits high fitness
upon wearing by joining at least three tubular parts. The method of a tubular
knitted fabric using a flat knitting machine having at least a pair of front
and back needle beds extending in a transverse direction and disposed opposite
to each other in a cross direction, at
Luxury knitwear manufacturer
Pringle of Scotland looks set to close its Hawick knitwear manufacturing
facility with the loss of 80 jobs.
Management announced on Monday that it expected to close its
Hawick factory which employs 110 staff, whilst retaining 30 jobs to staff their
head office, finance and customer service departments.
Pringle, which has manufactured knitwear in Hawick for
almost 200 years, employed well over 1000 people as recently as the 1980s when
Cashmere specialist Dawson
International which owns the Barrie knitwear brand and cashmere spinner Todd
& Duncan, has issued a disappointing preliminary financial statement for
the period ending 29 December 2007.
- 2007 trading performance disappointing
- Increased raw material costs impact Spinning division
- Strong performance from Knitwear division
- Second half progress at Home Furnishings division after
poor first half
- Sale and l
Shima Seiki Mfg. Ltd has
participated in collaborative research on clothing for use in spacecraft using
its Wholegarment knitting technology.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency implemented the Open
Lab system in June 2004 as a scheme to realize a mechanism to facilitate
participation in outer space activities. The daily clothing used in spacecraft
developed under the collaborative research in the system for the “Unit for
Outer Space Life in the Near Future
International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics – ITMSS
The International textile
Manufacturers Federation has reported that shipments of electronic flat
knitting machines soared to new record levels in 2007.
The general expansion of global textile machinery shipments
which was observed during the previous four to five years continued into 2007.
Shipments of short-staple spindles, open-end rotors and texturing spindles were
up in 2007. Also in the weaving sector m
Fast fashion knitwear
manufacturer Viva Knitwear has recently installed a total of eighteen Shima
Seiki New SWG-V Wholegarment knitting machines in 5 and 7 gauges to supply UK
high street fashion retailers.
Viva Knitwear was founded in February this year by the business
partners of Britannia Knitwear, an established Manchester based knitwear manufacturer.
The company aims to bring new products to its customers as well as take
advantage of the savings which can
The UK’s fast
fashion knitwear manufacturing sector is investing in Shima Seiki Wholegarment
machinery to reduce labour costs, beat skilled labour shortages and provide
retailers with high quality garments with short lead times from a UK
Two closely linked companies, B.S. Attwall & Co Ltd of Leicester
and Viva Knitwear of Manchester have both recently invested in Shima New SWG-V
machines in 5 and 7 gauges. In addition, B.S
knitted products company Future Textiles Ltd is planning a future in technical
textiles and is already developing and manufacturing products for healthcare and
personal protective equipment applications.
Future Textiles was set up in April this year by Aidan
Tracey a former Remploy Manufacturing Director who has over thirty years knitwear
manufacturing experience. In a national shake-up of its UK manufacturing
operations, Remploy closed a
Havertex, a leading textile machinery company in the
circular knitting machine sector, has recently signed an important agreement
with Mifra, a primary concern in the textile machinery, and machine tool field.
The agreement concerns, in particular, Rimach electronic flat knitting
machines, for which Havertex is now the authorized distributor for South
Thanks to this agreement, Havertex completes its offerings
to the knitting market, and hence it can but expand its commercial penetration
On July 27, 2008 the ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2008 commences in Shanghai - and that is exactly, to the day, 135
years after the founding date of Stoll. "135 years of Stoll" stands
for pioneering flat knitting machine technique, innovative software solutions
and many extra services.
At the ITMA ASIA, Stoll presents a large number of highly productive
flat knitting machines as a representative cross section of the CMS program,
different software applications, and a bran
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Shima Seiki Manufacturing Ltd., a
Japanese maker of knitting machines, fell the most in more than
eight years in Osaka trading after profit missed its forecast and
the company was cut to ``neutral'' at Nomura Securities Co.
The shares plummeted by the daily limit of 500 yen, or 11
percent, to close at 3,910 yen, on the Osaka Securities Exchange,
the sharpest slide since October 1999. The company was the
second-biggest loser among 1,723 companies on the Topix index.
“Every company is the result
of the intuition and the efforts of an entrepreneur. “
Protti: 40 years of flat knitting machines, which today are
totally electronically programmed. Our success stems from the belief that the
growth of a company can only be achieved from within its organization. The
brothers Umberto, Antonio and Riccardo (current president) established the
company, and the cousins Luca and Massimo have recently become part of the
Abstract of WO2008032451
Publication date: 20 March 2008
A method of measuring the elastic characteristics of a
knitting yarn capable of self-evaluating the characteristics of an elastic yarn
in use by a knitting machine, and a knitting machine. When a yarn feed roller
(16) is reverse-rotated with the tip end of a knitting yarn (5) held with a
gripper (7), the tension of the knitting yarn (5) between the yarn feed roller
(16) and the gripper (7) can be increased. Free length of the knitting yarn
Abstract of WO2008018185
A movable sinker and weft knitting machine, manufacturable at low cost even
when a torque spring part is formed integrally with a sinker part, having no
variation in the shape etc. of individual sinkers, and having a reduced
manufacturing and working time. The torque spring part (13) is extended in the
direction opposite to the arm part (12b) from an intermediate part between a
support part (12a) and an arm part (12b) of the sinker part (12) of the movable
sinker (11). A
TÜYAP Fairs And Exhibitions Organization Inc. will organize
the 6th International Istanbul Yarn Fair between May 14 and 18, 2008 at Tüyap
Fair, Convention And Congress Center, Beylikdüzü – Istanbul, Turkey. Simultaneously with the above fairs
and at the same location, 25th International Knitting, Embroidery Hosiery Machines, Side Industries And
Accesories Fair And 25th International Textile Machines, Side Industries And
Textile Chemicals Fair organized in cooperation with TEMSAD Text
Abstract of WO2008004345
A knitting fabric and a knitting method for it which do not give
an oppressive feeling when the fabric is worn, and can leave no marks after it
is put off, and a knitting machine. Yarn tension increasing areas (7a), yarn
tension decreasing areas (7b) and boundaries (7c) between these areas are
provided in a mouth rubber portion (7). Each boundary (7c) is so partitioned
that knitting yarns (21) do not move beyond the boundary (7c). Knitting yarns
(21) belonging each area
Textile machinery exhibitors have
sold a large number of knitting machines during three days of MEGATEX 2008 held
at Karachi Expo Centre. According to organisers here on Thursday, local and
international industry professionals also signed memorandum of understanding
(MoU)for their mutual benefits. Speaking on the occasion, APTMA Chairman
Sindh-Balochistan Zone Tariq Saud said the country still retains great
potential to export textile items. Key speakers consisted of P
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and Ancillary Equipment
Machine Manufacturers include Stoll, Shima Seiki, Benninger,
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At the 12th International Textile Machinery
Exhibition (ITMA 95) held in Milano, Italy, Shima Seiki made a historic
presentation which dazzled the entire textile industry. One-piece complete
garment knitwear, the dream of the knitting industry, was finally a reality. Called
WHOLEGARMENT®, it signalled a whole new era of modern knitting.
Typically, a knitted garment consists of separate parts--the
front and back body panels and the sleeves--which are sewn together afterward.
In sharp contrast
New Stoll patent
applied for: Plated Stoll-Knit and Wear® seamless sweater, knit with
all needles on the CMS 730 T Knit & Wear with additional beds in the gauge
The topic of the new patent applied for is a plated
Stoll-Knit and Wear® seamless article knit with all needles in the gauge E 7.2
on the CMS 730 T Knit & Wear with additional beds. The fabric edges appear
like seam imitations and have the character of linked seams. They are knitted in purl
stitch pattern. Depending on th
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Abstract of WO2008009971
method for knitting gloves is disclosed, in which successive courses
are knitted parallel to the main glove axis (along the line of the
middle finger). The first row of stitches is formed along the line of
either the smallest finger or the thumb, and the process is continued
to successively form all five digits, integral with the core section.
The fingers and thumb are knitted as parallel tubular elements, but the
glove as a whole can be shaped to match different hand
6 March 2008 - Hawick Cashmere of Scotland successfully operates from Hawick, the capital of Cashmere in the Scottish Borders, and has become increasingly recognized in the global fashion world.
The Company is very pleased about the visit of The Princess Royal and enormously proud to show her the Autumn/Winter Collection 2008/09, which is currently being sold with great success to buyers from the most important fashion and department stores on three continents, and also its state–of-the-art ma
Abstract of World Patent No.WO2008004345
knitting fabric and a knitting method for it which do not give an
oppressive feeling when the fabric is worn, and can leave no marks
after it is put off, and a knitting machine. Yarn tension increasing
areas (7a), yarn tension decreasing areas (7b) and boundaries (7c)
between these areas are provided in a mouth rubber portion (7). Each
boundary (7c) is so partitioned that knitting yarns (21) do not move
beyond the boundary (7c). Knitting yarns (21) belo
Seiki – ITMA Preview
The 2007 edition of the International Exhibition of
Textile Machinery presents an opportunity for Shima Seiki to re-establish its
position among textile machinery manufacturers as the leader in flatbed
knitting machine technology. Absent from the previous ITMA show at Birmingham
in 2003 due to the break-off of the knitting machinery sector to form the International
Knitting Machinery Exhibition (IKME), Shima Seiki is returning this year to
Munich with a full product
Preview SHANGHAITEX 2007
Stoll will take
part at the SHANGHAITEX 2007 with a representative show to demonstrate most
advanced knitting machinery.
A representative selection of
the extensive product range will be presented at a spacious trade fair stand.
This begins with the new CMS 420E as a perfect introductory model for the
Compact and Multi Gauge- class and ranges up to the top model CMS 730 S
knit&wear in the Knit&Wear class. In addition, the proven model CMS 530
multi gauge in vario