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16th May 2017, Wakayama

Shima Seiki to exhibit flagship MACH2XS machine at Meet the Manufacturer

Shima Seiki, a leading computerised knitting machine manufacturer of Wakayama, together with its European subsidiary Shima Seiki Europe, will participate in the Meet the Manufacturer 2017 exhibition in London later this month.

Meet the Manufacturer is a trade show and sourcing event showcasing British manufacturing of clothing, textiles, and fashion accessories, and features various manufacturers and suppliers to the UK apparel and textile industries. Shima Seiki will demonstrate its seam-free Wholegarment knitting technology.

MACH2XS machine

Recent consumer trends such as increase in online shopping activity have changed supply chain requirements, with growing demand for mass customisation and short turnaround. The combination of Shima Seiki’s Wholegarment knitting technology that allows a garment to be produced in its entirety without the need for linking or sewing, along with the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system is said to offer an ideal manufacturing model to support such trends, the company reports.

MACH2XS123 8L Wholegarment knitting machine. © Shima Seiki

Demonstrating the latest in Wholegarment knitting technology will be the flagship MACH2XS machine that features the company’s original SlideNeedle on four needle beds and patented spring-loaded full-time sinker system. Capable of Wholegarment knitting in all-needles, MACH2XS has been developed to offer great flexibility for knitting beautiful and sophisticated, high-quality Wholegarment products with a seemingly endless variety of knit patterns at very high efficiency.

At Meet the Manufacturer, Shima Seiki will show traditionally woven items such as gilets and jackets using a special inlay technique that yields novel knit-weave hybrid fabrics that are suited for such items.

3D design system

Also on display will be the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system, which provides comprehensive support throughout the apparel supply chain, integrating production into one smooth and efficient workflow from yarn development, product planning and design to production and even sales promotion.

SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system. © Shima Seiki

Of particular interest is its ultra-realistic simulation capability that realises Virtual Sampling, the company reports. “When countless variations must be evaluated before arriving at a final design, virtual product samples can be used to streamline the decision-making process by minimising the enormous amount of time and cost normally associated with producing actual samples for each variation,” the manufacturer explains.

“These Virtual Samples can be used to promote the product at the retail level, before production even begins, and is ideal for gauging demand beforehand. APEX3 also supports design and simulation in a variety of other industries such as circular knitting, weaving, pile weaving and printing.”

Exhibition details

Exhibition: Meet the Manufacturer 2017

Date: Wednesday, 24 ~ Thursday, 25 May 2017

Hours: 9:00AM ~ 6:00PM (final day: ~ 5:00PM)

Venue: The Old Truman Brewery

91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL UK

Tel: +44 (0)207 770 6000

Organiser: Meet the Manufacturer

Tel: +44 (0)1372 610 808

Booth No.: K-10

Exhibited technology

  • MACH2XS123 8L (Wholegarment knitting machine)
  • SDS-ONE APEX3 (3D design system)

For more information please contact:

Shima Seiki Europe, Ltd.

Tel: +44-1332-814770

Email: [email protected]


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