Shima Seiki at Premiere Vision in Paris, France

Shima Seiki at Premiere Vision in Paris, France

Leading computerized knitting machine manufacturer SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan will exhibit at the Première Vision show in Paris (September 13-15, 2016). It will once again participate in the “Knitwear Solutions” category for the flatbed knit sector as sole machine technologist, following its successful participation in past editions.

On display will be SHIMA SEIKI’s flagship MACH2XS WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machine that features the company’s original SlideNeedle™ on 4 SDSONEAPEX3_realtime3Dviewneedle beds and patented spring-loaded full-time sinker system. MACH2XS is the crystallisation of all of SHIMA SEIKI’s experience and know-how as world-leader in computerized flat knitting machine technology and pioneer in WHOLEGARMENT® knitting allowing a garment to be produced in its entirety without the need for linking or sewing afterward. Capable of WHOLEGARMENT® knitting in all-needles, MACH2XS offers great flexibility for knitting high-quality, sophisticated WHOLEGARMENT® products with seemingly endless variety of knit patterns, at very high speed, efficiency  and productivity.

Also exhibited is the latest version of the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system. At the core of SHIMA SEIKI’s “Total Fashion System” concept, APEX3 offers comprehensive support of the entire process of knitwear production from planning and design to production and sales promotion, as well as its capability for Virtual Sampling. Ultra-realistic simulation capability allows Virtual Sampling to minimize the costly time- and resource-consuming sample-making process while enhancing presentation quality. APEX3 also supports design and simulation in a variety of other industries such as circular knitting, weaving, pile weaving and printing.

Première Vision Paris will also be used for demonstrating the newly launched Shima Trend Archive & Forecast (staf®) site. staf® is a web-based service for fashion designers, planners and merchandisers, dedicated to empowering its members with the means to search and download from a rich stock of information as well as tools to organize that information to aid in fashion planning, design and presentation. staf® features an information archive of fashion and colour trends covering the past 50 years, as well as a massive collection of fashion-related content, covering materials, flat sketches, design patterns and collection photos.

SHIMA SEIKI will also exhibit knitwear produced on its latest line of computerized knitting machines, including revolutionary seam-free WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear that features superior fit, comfort and draping characteristics.

With the fashion industry constantly updating its offerings every few months, fashion planners, designers and merchan-disers traditionally havestdaf come under enormous pressure to present new ideas on a consistent basis, leading to stress, psychological burn-out and even physical illness. As a means to alleviate this situation and give industry professionals an unprecedented opportunity to enhance their planning efficiency and capability, staf® features an information archive of fashion and colour trends covering the past 50 years in addition to those for the next season, as well as a massive collection of fashion-related content, covering materials, flat sketches and design patterns. In addition, a vast collection of fashion photos are available in conjunction with the Aflo photo agency, and the latest fashion-related news articles can be picked up from news sites as well. All this information can be selected and sorted efficiently and organized in a concept board that can be shared among a variety of smart devices for presentation purposes.

Furthermore, the advantages gained from using staf® can be enhanced significantly in combination with SHIMA SEIKI’s own “SDS-ONE APEX3” design system. staf® content can be imported, edited and processed quickly and easily on APEX3. 3D data can also be combined with APEX3’s simulation capability, offering even more powerful and effective presentation.

A free 30-day trial is available upon account registration:

Service Name:     Shima Trend Archive & Forecast (staf®) URL:

Launch Date:       Monday, 5th September 2016 Membership:        USD  2400/year

staf® will be featured at the upcoming Première Vision show in Paris. Special demonstrations will be available at the SHIMA SEIKI booth in Hall 6, Booth 6J40-6K41.

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