Shima Seiki showcases next-genration knitting machines at ITMA 2023

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Leading flat knitting technology firm SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan, will be participating in the International Textile Machinery Association exhibition (ITMA 2023) in Milan, Italy this June.

Held every four years in Europe, ITMA is known as “the Olympics of textile machinery” and sets the stage for presenting the latest technology to the textile industry. Due to exhibition rules, there was a time when visiting ITMA meant you could expect to see brand-new machines exhibited for the first time. Since the 1990’s however, that regulation has become relaxed, and more recently, the kind of excitement expected from manufacturers showing first-time technology seemed like a thing of the past.

Meanwhile, SHIMA SEIKI has consistently maintained an impressive showing at ITMA, showing something new and exciting at every edition under our guiding philosophy: “Ever Onward.” For 2023, this tradition not only remains intact, but recalls ITMAs of the past through a brand-new lineup mostly consisting of new machines and next-generation prototypes.

The Next-Generation group of machines is represented by the letter ‘R,’ first used in the SWG-XR WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine launched last year in time for SHIMA SEIKI’s 60th Anniversary event. The SWG-XR name is based on the original SWG-X four-needle bed WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine which debuted at the Milan ITMA in 1995. As ITMA returns to Milan, SWG-XR refers to its origin as a pioneering invention that launched a new genre of seam-free knits produced in one entire piece. At the same time, it represents a renewal of SHIMA SEIKI’s commitment to its customers, the industry, and the environment, as all aspects of the machine were re-evaluated in terms of its purpose, the way it is manufactured, how it is used and how it impacts the environment. The same renewal has been applied to the rest of the company’s product lineup, and it is this renewal that becomes the core of SHIMA SEIKI’s exhibition concept for ITMA 2023: “Reborn.”

Of the 9 knitting machines SHIMA SEIKI is exhibiting at its 600 sq. meter booth located at Hall 4, Stand D209, 8 machines will be part of the Next-Generation lineup, ranging from WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines and computerized flat knitting machines to glove knitting machines. More than 300 items will be on display as proposals for knitted applications in various fields ranging from fashion, sports, shoes, bags, and accessories to medical, safety, automotive, aeronautical, and other wearable and industrial textile applications.

In addition to machine technology, SHIMA SEIKI’s SDS-ONE APEX series computer graphic design system and software will be shown with their latest software upgrades that feature significant improvements in knit programming, 3D functions, and speed. Demonstrations will be available for a comprehensive fashion tech solutions package based on realistic virtual sampling and supported by various digital solutions and web services.

With a comprehensive display of its latest products and services, SHIMA SEIKI technology at ITMA 2023 will demonstrate smart, speedy, and sustainable production that further secures its leading role as flat knitting solutions provider.

Exhibit Details

Exhibition: International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA 2023)
Date: Thursday, 8th – Wednesday, 14th June 2023
Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (final day: – 4:00 PM)
Location: Fiera Milano Rho Strada Statale Sempione, 28, 20017 Rho Milan ITALY
Organizer: ITMA Services Pte Ltd  Tel: +65-6849-9368
Booth No.: Hall 4, Stand D209


Exhibited Technology

  • Next Generation WHOLEGARMENT Knitting Machines
  • Next Generation Computerized Flat Knitting Machines
  • Next Generation Glove Knitting Machines
  • SDS-ONE APEX4 3D Apparel Design System
  • APEXFiz Design Software
  • SHIMA Datamall Digital Content Web Service
  • yarnbank Digital Yarn Sourcing Website
  • SHIMA KnitManager Knit Production Management System
  • WHOLE GARMENT and other knit samples


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