Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger has developed knitting data for 3D knitted protective facemasks, which it is making available to its customers. The Vionnaz headquartered company is also producing masks at its factory, which are for sale via its website.
“In the following months to come, the protection mask will play an important role in the public. There are many important reasons to wear a mask today,” Steiger explains. “To show to the public the graveness of the actual situation, so that even irrational persons could be animated to reflect. One collects himself with a lot of self-restraint maybe not so often in the face and washes the hands to himself furthermore often. Sick person sticks on healthy less fast.”
“Steiger has developed a knitting program to knit 3D seamless protection masks. There are 2 knitting programs for knitting gauges E14 and E12 which we offer with great pleasure to Steiger machine owners. Both programs can be downloaded from the customer area starting from April 16, 2020. We hope that we can give a small contribution to all of our customers during these difficult times,” Steiger says.
“The masks are produced on a new machine type able to knit fabrics in 3 dimensions. High tech, this zero-waste mask exits the machine almost wearable. Thanks to technological innovation, we are able to insert the elastic seamlessly during knitting. This allows us to skip one production step and increases comfort. These ecological masks are an effective way to protect yourself,” the company adds.
“These masks were designed according to the AFNOR standards «Barrier mask», adopted by the French Government as an immediate measure. They are not intended for doctors or patients of Covid-19. When you leave home, the distance requirements cannot always be guaranteed. These masks provide efficient protection for yourself and others to limit the risk of spread. As a general rule, they are intended for people travelling in public or shopping. They can also be used for professional activities where contacts cannot totally be avoided.”
“We recommend wearing the same mask not longer than 4 hours. Wash at least at 60 degrees for 30 minutes. This model is currently under certifying and will be followed by even more innovative models with new shapes and colours.”
Steiger, founded in 1949, produces industrial flat knitting machines for three market segments – the fashion industry, the medical sector and technical knitting. At its factory in Vionnaz, Switzerland it produces machinery for the European market for the production of high-quality knitwear.
“Due to the Covid-19-crisis, we decided to modify these machines and knit finished products for the first time in our history, namely protective masks,” Steiger concludes.
Steiger Participations SA is active in the development, production and sale of industrial flat knitting machines. From its headquarters in Vionnaz, it develops and produces machines for the European market. Built in 2007, its factory in China supplies the Asian and American market. In the field of fashion Steiger has specialized in high end machines. It has successfully developed technical knitting and has become a world leader in medical and orthopedic applications. Since 2015 it has developed a new segment in the field of knitting composite fibers. This makes it possible to industrialize the production of 3D textile preforms which are then solidified in high temperature molds.
With more than 70 years of experience in flat knitting machines, Steiger is known worldwide for the quality and performance of its machines. Steiger has always been committed to satisfy the needs of its customers. It has built a structure that allows customization of the machines to the specific needs of each client. Close to the market, Steiger is oriented towards research and continuous development of highly innovative technologies. It builds flat knitting machines that are able to anticipate the future needs of the global fashion, medical and technical markets.
Since July 2010, Steiger has been a member of Ningbo Cixing Co. Ltd. based in Zhejiang Province in China. Thanks to its successful IPO in 2012, Ningbo Cixing Co. Ltd. has become the world leader in the industrial knitting machine.
HISTORY OF 70 YEARS
1949 – STEIGER CREATION IN ROANNE
1963 – STEIGER MOVES TO VIONNAZ
1979 – THE FIRST FULL ELECTRONIC MACHINE WORLDWIDE: ELECTRA
1991 – INTRODUCTION OF VESTA – INDIVIDUAL NEEDLE SELECTION
1999 – THE FIRST MACHINE WORLDWIDE WITH MOTORISED YARN GUIDES: VESTA MULTI: 4 HEADS – – 24 YARN GUIDES
2000 – REVOLUTIONARY COMPOUND NEEDLE (PAT. WORLDWIDE)
2001 – BEST INTARSIA MACHINE: ARIES.3
2010 – MEMBER OF NINGBO YUREN GROUP
2012 – IPO SHENZEN STOCK EXCHANGE
2014 – ACQUISITION OF THE PRODUCTION BUILDING IN VIONNAZ
2015 – DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST FLAT KNITTING MACHINE FOR THE PRODUCTION IN 3 DIMENSIONS OF CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL
2017 – PRODUCTION OF THE TAURUS 2.170 XP FLAT KNITTING MACHINE USING THE PATENTED COMPOUND NEEDLE
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