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Billy Hunter

Editor's Viewpoint

28th January 2015, Manchester

Knitting to feature strongly at first shows of 2015

Knits and knitting technology will feature heavily at the late January/ early February shows in Europe, USA and beyond this year. And here are some of the highlights to look out for.  We’ll also have reports from Pitti Filati, ISPO and Outdoor Retailer for you just shortly.

Pitti Filati - Florence

Shima Seiki Italia, an Italian subsidiary of the leading Japanese computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki MFG., will exhibit at the 76th Pitti Immagine Filati exhibition in Florence, Italy this week. The show opens today and runs until Friday.

The company will take part in the KnitClub section of the exhibition, which is aimed at appealing to the technical and creative interests of visitors and to stimulate advanced integration of the entire production chain. Read more.


Zegna Baruffa

Zegna Baruffa, the leading Italian yarn producer, presents lightness and freshness as the key features of its yarns for this season, designed to provide the utmost comfort and elegance.

Viscose becomes one of the main players and perfectly combines with cotton in yarns like Salvia (nm 2/100) and Acqua (nm 2/63) and with wool, in blends such as Bering (nm 2/60) and Crepe (nm 2/48), specifically treated to keep the body fresh. Read more.


For the next Spring/Summer season Cariaggi, Italian knitwear yarn spinner, has come up with a new Ultralight collection of yarns, which take the lightness and impalpability of the finest fibres to the highest levels, according to the manufacturer.

Cashmere and merino are reworked in ever-finer counts, and the raw materials are processed with different techniques to produce diverse effects – some are softer and fluffier, while others look drier and crisper. Read more.

We’ll have a full report from Pitti Filati in due course.

ISPO - Munich

As usual knits and knitting technology will feature strongly at ISPO. Here are a few highlights to look out for.


Sitip, the leading Italian warp knitter, will feature its latest collection of technical fabrics with creora highclo super-chlorine resistant elastane for Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 season at the ISPO trade fair which takes place in Munich from 5-8 February.

The latest collection to be showcased at the leading international platform for the sport business elite will feature fabrics designed for performance active wear and swimwear. Read more.


Eurojersey, another leading Italian textile company, is launching its new Sensitive Fabrics collection at ISPO, the leading exhibition for sportswear industry.

The new Sensitive Fabrics are said to offer a wide range of solutions for sports, from water activities to outdoor sports, in order to guarantee the best performance in all training and competition situations. Read more.

Shima Seiki

Computerised falt knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki of Wakayama, Japan, together with its Italian subsidiary Shima Seiki Italia S.p.A., will participate for the first time at ISPO. On display will be the company's SWG091N2 compact Wholegarment knitting machine suited to seam-free knit production in the field of athletic performance wear. Read more.


Leading seamless knitting machine manufacturer Santoni will also be present at ISPO with a brand new range of seamless sportswear. More details on this will follow shortly.

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market – Salt Lake City


FiberVisions, producer of CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene staple fibre, presented its collection of WoolVisions fabrics at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market that took place last week from 21-24 January, in Salt Lake City, UT.

“As a disperse-dyeable, staple synthetic fibre, CoolVisions is ideal for spinning with fine-micron merino wool, offering colour and design options unavailable with solution-dyed polypropylene/ wool blends, as well as an exceptionally soft hand,” commented Susan Lynn, Global Sales and Marketing Manager for CoolVisions. Read more.

We will be publishing a full report on the Outdoor Retailer show just shortly.

Elsewhere in the world

Elsewhere in the world the year’s early exhibitions are about to kick off.


Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will present its latest developments for sewing machine needles at the Garment Technology Expo (GTE) that is due to be held from 28 February to 3 March in New Delhi, India.

The GTE is regarded as India’s most important exhibition for apparel and knitting technology, with the focus on machines for clothing manufacture, accessories and services. Read more.


Leading computerised flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, will be exhibiting at the 12th Dhaka International Textile & Garment Machinery Exhibition (DTG 2015) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in cooperation with its partner Pacific Associates Ltd.

Operating within the Bangladeshi market since 1996, this will be the eighth time the Japanese manufacturer will participate at the show. Read more.

Stay tuned for more shows and exhibition coverage here on Knittingindustry.com.

Billy Hunter


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