SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan will exhibit for the first time at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics show in Shanghai, China this month. In this Autumn Edition it will collaborate with a number of partner companies including yarn suppliers and knit manufacturers together in a common booth.
Under the theme “Future Knitwear,” SHIMA SEIKI will be showing with the following partner companies: Yarn suppli- er UPW; yarn supplier and knit manufacturers Shanghai Xinnuo and Yarns & Colors; and knit manufacturers Jiaxing Diwei and Jiangsu YangFan. Visitors will enjoy the one-stop-solution experience offered by the triple advantage of having yarn supplier, knit manufacturer and knitting machine developer in one location to cater to a wide range of needs.
SHIMA SEIKI will be demonstrating the synergy formed between its WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology and the latest version of its SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system, while focusing on the needs of a changing Chinese textile industry that no longer concentrates its efforts on the export market. With more production moving to Bangladesh and other ASEAN nations, demand for automation and labor savings as well as other new forms of production are rapidly increasing. So, too, is demand for SHIMA SEIKI’s WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machines.
The combination of WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines and APEX3 design system provides revolutionary game- changing flexibility in the knit supply chain. Ultra-realistic simulation capability on APEX3 allows Virtual Sampling to minimize the impact that the sample-making process has on current manufacturing in terms of time and cost. With this new manufac- turing model, the production cycle can be shortened to such an extent that on-demand production is possible for mass customization applications.
SHIMA SEIKI will also exhibit knitwear produced on its latest line of computerized knitting machines, including seam- free WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear that features superior fit, comfort and draping characteristics, as well as samples knitted on the SRY inlay machine featuring hybrid knit-weave structures. Of special note are samples knitted using the newly released i-Plating option on its SVR SP-type machines, which feature inverse-plating technique on every needle, and when combined with inlay technique made possible with the machine’s loop pressers as well as sinker patterns made possible with spring- type moveable sinkers, extremely unique and novel patterns are produced that are exclusive to SHIMA SEIKI computerized knitting technology.