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3rd July 2015, Brescia

All-in-One Group approach from Santoni and Lonati for ITMA 2015

At this year’s ITMA 2015, which takes place in Milan from 12-19 November, the Italian textile machinery powerhouse made up of Santoni, Lonati, Dinema, Tecnopea and ITS Machina Lonati will all exhibit under one booth in Hall 7 – C 106. The aim is to create a group synergy, which can offer a ‘complete response to textile and knitting requests’.

A total of 60 machines will be on show, displayed on a 1400 square metre booth, representing the complete production range of the Santoni/ Lonati Group Textile Companies, as follows:

  • Santoni Seamless machines
  • Large diameter circular knitting machines
  • Circular knitted garment length Mec-Mor machines
  • Warp knitting double needle bar Raschel knitting machines
  • Santoni automatic sewing machines for the hosiery industry
  • Tecnopea boarding and packaging machines for the textile industry
  • Lonati socks and pantyhose circular machines
  • Sangiacomo and Matec socks circular knitting machines
  • Dinema software for machines

•	Lonati will exhibit its socks and pantyhose circular machines. © Lonati

On the 200 square metre of the upper floor sample collections of items that can be knitted with these machines will be on show, representing the various technologies of the Group Companies developed in co-operation with leading companies in the textile field, to give a direct and immediate evaluation.

Also in this area the students of ITS Machina Lonati will present their capsule seamless collections developed in co-operation with Santoni’s R&D Department.

Santoni Seamless machines area

In the seamless area, the following machines will be shown:

  • Circular knitting machines for the production of underwear, outerwear, sportswear and footwear
  • Warp knitting double needle bar Raschel knitting machines for pantyhose, underwear, outerwear and footwear

Santoni’s Patrick Silva elaborates: “Here is the SM8/TOP2V machine that has recently been completely reviewed and has to be inspected. In fact it is a conceptually new machine, incorporating numerous exclusive patents. It offers exceptional productivity, on average 30% higher than the current model and is incredibly energy efficient.”

“It is due to technological innovation that allows our machines to have a lower environmental footprint. This combined with improved ergonomic design for ease of servicing offers a potential 30% extra production for the same overhead space,” Silva continued.

“Combine this with a 15% reduction in energy consumption and you have a machine offering improved environmental sustainability. It is also a very user-friendly model and comes equipped with completely new developed knitting parts such as the yarn-finger group, a new sinker cap for high quality wool yarns and other natural yarns as well as improving plating possibilities, all of which contribute to an improved final product quality,” concluded Silva.

Garment length Mec-Mor machines area

Santoni Group’s aim of combining innovation and leadership is to constantly create machinery solutions for customers to allow them to meet the continually challenging demands of the textile fashion world. This, the company says, is realized with the double jersey circular MEC-MOR CMP machine with open variable panel.

•	Mec-Mor Compact circular knitting machine. © Santoni

The machine offers high quality finished items and high productivity with its large number of feeds. One single machine for the production of all sizes, without waste, thanks to the variable width of the fabric panels, where the number of working needles can be specifically set for the required product. “It looks circular but performs as a V-BED,” says Patrick Silva.

“Being a versatile technology permits various and very different items to be knitted, from footwear, to reversible sport-jackets, fabrics for automotive seats, multi-purpose printed effect fabrics and many others.. even a tapestry for home decoration.”

Large diameter circular knitting machines area

This area is dedicated to the comprehensive range of large diameter circular knitting machines, including single and double jersey machines. It also includes the well-known ATLAS sinkerless machine, available in conventional as well as in ultrafine gauges (up to 80 gauge). “In this way we have set a profitable co-operation with Jersey-Lomellina for its prestigious fine gauge knitwear,” says Patrick Silva.

Circular socks knitting machines area

On show will be:

  • Lonati Goal circular knitting machines for socks and pantyhose
  • Sangiacomo and Matec circular knitting machines for sport socks and medical hosiery

Santoni automatic sewing machines area

On show here will be automatic sewing machines for the hosiery industry and robotics for hosiery, sewing and finishing.

Patrick Silva comments: “Here will be shown the most advanced automatic sewing systems for pantyhose and medical stockings. Following the latest market trend and development for ‘One Piece’ pantyhose a new automatic sewing system will be introduced.

Tecnopea boarding and packaging machines area

This area will focus on the design and production of boarding and packaging machines for the textiles industry. Here Tecnopea will demonstrate the latest developments in steam boarding and packaging for pantyhose and socks.

Group synergy area with Dinema

This area will focus on hardware and software for Lonati and Santoni Group Companies and for the industry in general.

Product/ Innovation and trend area

The 200 square metres of the upper floor will exhibit samples of fashion and sports apparel, tubular fabrics, knitted panels, socks, pantyhose, training shoes -  all examples of colourful and fresh-looking collections that can be obtained with the technology of the Group.

Patrick Silva explains:  “It is an area rich in novelties, of trendy new proposals, that have been set up with the involvement of several co-marketing companies and also the enthusiastic students of the ITS Machina Lonati.”

Patrick Silva, Marketing Manager at Santoni. © Santoni

“ITS Machina Lonati is a school of professional formation that offers a 2-year course of ‘Fashion Technologist Designer’ during which the students can develop, design, cultivate and express themselves, creating patterns and learning the textile know-how,” Silva adds.

“For ITMA 2015 a group of students have designed some one-piece concept gadgets that have been completely developed and knitted on our circular socks and seamless knitting machines. These will be offered as a free gadget to the visitors to our booth.”

“An App containing information of what is new at this exhibition has been made ready as well and can be downloaded from our web-site two weeks before the exhibition opens.”

In this area there will also be dedicated displays of new fashion collections developed by co-marketing with different companies acting in the textile sector among which is Jersey-Lomellina for ‘ultra- fine gauge’ garments.

Visitors will be welcomed by the students who will be wearing seamless garments designed by themselves and knitted with innovative eco-friendly yarns. “The designers’ vivacity and creativity is playing with the latest technological innovations,” Patrick Silva adds.


At ITMA 2015 yarns that are ecological, being completely re-cycled, will be used on Lonati and Santoni Group machines that are also environmentally respectful. .

Both Santoni and Lonati, as machine manufacturers, have signed up to ACIMIT’s ‘Sustainable Technology’ project.

Patrick Silva elaborates: “The ACIMIT Green Label is a document that aims to identify the energy and environmental performances of textile machinery and makes them easily recognizable and comprehensible using a process designated by the manufacturer as an evaluation parameter.”

Italian textile machinery manufacturers who wish to use the ACIMIT Green Label must comply with the sustainable technologies project and related rigorous compliance standards defined by ACIMIT, validated and certified by RINA, an international certification body. Only then can they be awarded the Green Label.

“Santoni and Lonati have obtained the ACIMIT Green Label as confirmation of their commitment towards the environment, as can be seen on their labelled machines, showing in this way to be perfectly in tune with this exhibition’s main topic – ‘The Sustainable Technology’, Patrick Silva concludes.”

“This event at the ‘All-in-One Group’s’ booth should generate an interesting and creative showcase featuring technological precision together with designers’ fantasies, completely ‘Made in Italy’ by the synergy of all of the Santoni and Lonati Group Textile Companies.”



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