Shima Seiki selects Archroma’s ‘Colour Atlas’ library system for their new design software

Archroma, a global leader in colour and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that the 4,320 colour references of its Colour Atlas library have been selected by Shima Seiki and integrated into their ‘SDS-ONE APEX’ series of software for the design, planning and virtual sampling of textile and apparel.

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Shima Seiki is a leading provider of digitally optimized solutions for the fashion industry, who combines its on-demand ‘WHOLEGARMENT’ knitting machine with realistic virtual sampling. Based on actual yarn data, fabric simulations generated on the SDS-ONE APEX-series are unparalleled in quality and realism. Design and simulation are available for knits and various other textile applications, and smooth transition to machine programming is possible for quick and accurate design-to-manufacture interface.

That is where the Colour Atlas by Archroma® will considerably benefit to the users of Shima Seiki’s solutions.

The Colour Atlas was launched in 2016 to provide fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf colour inspiration that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.

The Colour Atlas continues to evolve in line with Archroma’s commitment to sustainability through innovation. The company describes it as “The Archroma Way to a sustainable world: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. All colour references available in the Colour Atlas have been formulated with products that comply with leading international eco-standards, and can be selected based on the desired sustainability profile.

Today, the Colour Atlas contains 4320 colours applicable on cotton poplin, almost the double compared to similar tools available to textile and fashion specialists. Technical support is available to designer, manufacturers, as well as brands and retailers, through Archroma’s global offices – for every single colour from its selection to its implementation in production. Engineered colour standards empowered by NFC technology are also available for all colours and reproducible in production.

With this new collaboration, the users of the SDS-ONE APEX design software of Shima Seiki will have at their disposal 4320 colours that they can visualize, evaluate and implement, in a considerably accelerated process from the first creative idea to the production to the final outlet, whether online or in brick-and-mortar shops.

“Accurate colour evaluation and communication are very important issues for design work”, explains Hideya Ohtani, General Manager, Graphic System Development Division, at Shima Seiki. “We have high expectations for Archroma’s Colour Atlas to help our APEX series users develop their products in an even more smooth and accurate manner. “

“We are proud to bring our Colour Atlas library to the users of Shima Seiki’s extremely advanced design software,” says Chris Hipps, Head of Colour Management Services, at the Archroma Brand Studio. “Designers and users of the software will have at their disposal not only colour options they never had before but also colours that they can trust will be implementable right away. That’s what we strive to do at Archroma: create a new way of working: safe, efficient and enhanced. It’s our nature!”

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Archroma is a global colour and specialty chemicals company headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland. It operates with 3000 employees over 35 countries and with 25 production sites. Its three businesses – Brand & Performance Textile Specialties, Packaging & Paper Specialties, and Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants – deliver specialized performance and colour solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets, touching and colouring people’s lives every day, everywhere.

Archroma is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives and respecting the planet. The company is committed to challenging the status quo in the deep belief that it can make its industry sustainable; an approach reflected in its innovations, world-class quality standards, high service levels and cost-efficiency. Products enhanced, colours enhanced, performance enhanced – “Life enhanced”.

Shima Seiki is a leading solutions provider dedicated to delivering a digitally optimized value chain for the fashion industry. Founded on the development of the world’s first fully automated seamless glove knitting machine in 1962, Shima Seiki would eventually invent the world’s first WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine that can produce a garment in one entire piece without sewing. Using only the minimum amount of yarn required to knit a single garment, WHOLEGARMENT quickly became the benchmark for sustainable textile production. Shima Seiki combined on-demand WHOLEGARMENT knitting with realistic virtual sampling to achieve truly sustainable production that optimises inventory and eliminates waste.