SHIMA SEIKI to Exhibit at Pitti Filati 91


SHIMA SEIKI ITALIA S.p.A., Italian subsidiary of leading Japanese computerized knitting solutions provider SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD., will exhibit at the 91st edition of the Pitti Immagine Filati exhibition in Florence, Italy. Products exhibited will include the SWG-FIRST124 and N.SIR123SP computerized flat knitting machines as well as APEXFiz™ design software.

The renewed SWG-FIRST124 is a synthesis of all of SHIMA SEIKI’s experience and know-how in computerized shaped knitting, realizing a tremendous range of knitting from full-fashioning and rib shaping to integral knitting. This all-purpose capability is made possible by the revolutionary SlideNeedle™, which, together with loop pressers and transfer jacks, offers remarkable variety, expanding the boundaries of flat knitting with the capability to produce garments that were previously impossible to produce.

The N.SIR123SP computerised knitting machine with intarsia capability features a special loop presser bed for producing hybrid inlay fabrics with both knit and weave characteristics. Shown in 18G at the SHIMA SEIKI booth, N.SIR123SP will also feature the special i-Plating option, capable of alternating yarn colors in any pattern, producing jacquard-like designs using plain jersey stitch. Plating can be performed within the same course and for individual needles. In combination with the loop presser and spring-type moveable sinker system even greater diversity in knit design is possible.

APEXFiz™ is subscription-based design software that supports the creative side of fashion from planning and design to colorway evaluation, realistic fabric simulation and 3D virtual sampling. Virtual samples are a digitized version of sample making that are accurate enough to be used effectively as prototypes, replacing physical sampling and consequently reducing time, cost and material that otherwise go to waste.

APEXFiz™ thereby helps to realise sustainability and digitally transform the fashion supply chain.

Continuing from past editions of Pitti Filati are knit samples produced in collaboration with Italian designer Vittorio Branchizio. Staff at the SHIMA SEIKI booth will be donning knit uniforms produced as a collaborative effort between SHIMA SEIKI ITALIA, knitting companies and yarn companies.

Exhibition Details

Date:              Wednesday, 29th June – Friday, 1st July, 2022 Hours:  9:00AM – 6:00PM

Location:       Fortezza da Basso

Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1, Firenze, Italy Tel: +39 055 49721

Organiser:                         Pitti Immagine S.r.l. Booth No.: C/4-8

Exhibited Technology

SWG-FIRST124 18G Computerized flat knitting machine N.SIR123SP 18G                            Computerized flat knitting machine APEXFiz™                                            Design software subscription service Various knit samples


Company Name: SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD.

Established: 1962

President: Mitsuhiro Shima

No. of Employees: 1,414

Headquarters: Address: 85 Sakata Wakayama 641-8511 JAPAN

Telephone: +81-(0)73-474-8210 (Joint Sales Division)

Facsimile: +81-(0)73-474-8270 (Joint Sales Division)


Core Business: Development, manufacture, sales and service of WHOLEGARMENT® knitting machines, computerised flat knitting machines, glove and sock knitting machines, computer graphic apparel design systems, apparel CAD systems, computerized fabric cutting machines (CAM), textile printing machines and other related peripherals.

Company Profile: SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan is a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry. With complete systems integration from planning, production to sales promotion and retail sales, SHIMA SEIKI has been dedicating its products and services to the knitting industry worldwide through the latest in computerised knitting technology.

SHIMA SEIKI is also the pioneer in complete garment manufacturing technology—called WHOLEGARMENT®—wherein an entire knitted garment is produced on the knitting machine without the need for linking or sewing afterward. Since its commercial introduction in 1995, SHIMA SEIKI has been the undisputed leader in WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology with 35 years of on-going research and 25 years of proprietary field experience and know-how, not to mention over 2500 related patents and patents pending worldwide.

Meanwhile SHIMA SEIKI’s SDS®-ONE APEX series 3D design system and APEXFiz™design soft- ware feature ultra-realistic knit simulation for creating virtual samples. Virtualsamples minimise time, cost and material associated with the sample-making phase.

Virtual samples can also be used to gauge consumer response to items before going to market, effectively realizing production based on demand forecasting. Inventory can therefore be optimised to minimise leftover stock, realizing smart, speedy and sustainable production.

SHIMA SEIKI, SWG, SIR, SDS, SDS-ONE, SDS-ONE APEX, APEXFiz, WHOLEGARMENT and SlideNeedle are registered trademarks or trademarks of SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. in Japan and/or other countries


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