The latest advent in knitting allows greater possibilities, not only in fashion and sportswear design, but also other technical applications that require highly versatile. At ITMA 2019, the knitting hall was among the popular stopping points of visitors for advanced novelties. Let’s dive into the forward-looking technologies to future proof your business.

Kern-Liebers sets the benchmark of quality and reliability

(Left) Maik Broghammer, Customer Service at Kern-Liebers and Josef Hetzel, Area Sales Manager Asia at Kern-Liebers .Kern-Liebers Textiles was represented by Kern-Liebers knitting parts, Saxonia and Leistner at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona. Under the umbrella brand Kern-Liebers, the company introduced a complete range of needles, components for weft and warp knitting machines at the exhibition.

Josef Hetzel, Area Sales Manager Asia at Kern-Liebers said: “There are a lot of suppliers providing needles. We stand out as our products are of highest quality and reliability, and most of our customers are high-end providers. This makes us in a good position as the customer requirements are very high at the present.”

According to him, as the warp knitting market is producing more and more complex end products, the technical requirements for these products, and in particular for blocks, are constantly increasing.

“Meeting these increased requirements presents new challenges for our developers, but it also means that we achieve high standard in terms of quality, the lifespan of our end products, and development expertise with our Saxonia product range,” Hetzel continued.

For flat knitting, he introduced that Kern-Liebers have been working together with flatbed knitting machine manufacturer STOLL for decades.

“This long partnership between the two companies means that Kern-Liebers offers the complete range of needles and parts for Stoll CMS machines, and it also means that all needles and spare parts meet 100% of OEM specifications,” he noted.

In terms of circular combs, the brand PAUL LEISTNER offers a new comprehensive assortment of circular combs for cotton combing machines.

Paul Leistner’s special expertise shows in the exact and repeatable configuration of the teeth and the accuracy of densities and projections. Thereby the tops can be kept extremely clean which is a prerequisite for an optimum spinning process.

Commenting on the market development, he said: “Asia is definitely the biggest market for knitting machines, and that’s reason we are concentrating on this region. In the past, China was our only focus. But now, in addition to China, we are also focusing on Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and India because they are the countries at the beginning of a big jump. Meanwhile, Turkey is also a good market. It is also important to be active in Central America and South America.”

Santoni celebrates 100 years of technological revolution

Anton Li, Vice President, Customer Relationship, Santoni (Shanghai) Knitting Machinery Co. Ltd.ITMA 2019 coincided with the 100th year anniversary of Italian circular knitting machinery manufacturer Santoni. At the exhibition, the latest seamless circular knitting machines, sock knitting machine, large diameter fabric knitting machine and some new finishing technologies were showcased.

According to Anton Li, Vice President, Customer Relationship, Santoni (Shanghai) Knitting Machinery Co. Ltd., all types of machines have added new applications, such as socks knitting function on circular knitting machines. There was also a prototype of an automatic patterning, cutting and sewing machine.

He introduced that the machines are made both in Italy and China. The plant in China is comparatively bigger so some machine models are totally produced in Shanghai. Basically, the China plant caters for the Far Eastern countries.

“Our products are sold to all popular textile production bases, such as China, India, Turkey, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, etc. Among them, China is the biggest market for us so we set up a subsidiary in China to produce machines.”

He said the Chinese market has its ups and downs and there are changes in demand every year. “This year, the market is a bit slower, but apart from sales, we’re also focusing on research and development, and collecting trend information from end-users.”

He said, Santoni originally dealt with OEMs only, but now it works more closely with the brands in the downstream. “To the brand owners, fashion design is very important so we help to nurture knitwear designers who can help the brands to create new collections, hence influence the OEMs to buy our machines.”

“The wellness concept that popularizes sportswear, active wear and athleisure wear has been around in the west for many years. In China, as consumers have increased income, they take their well-being more seriously, which in turn drive the demand for clothes specialized for professional sports and those for general exercises,” he commented.

Mayer & Cie highlights unconventional weft knit machine study

(From left) Axel Brünner, Head of Product and Service Center; Sebastian Mayer, Business Development, Authorised Officer; Wolfgang Müller, Sales & Service Director, Authorised Officer.Mayer & Cie. (MCT) presented a weft knit machine study which demonstrated a new technique of manufacturing textile fabrics at the show.

The long-established German firm took a fresh look at a proven procedure, weft knitting, and combining it with circular knitting. “Weft knit is a new study of old knitting technology. The technology can be applied to knit all kinds of products and better preserve the needles, hence requires less wear and less cost,” said Wolfgang Müller, Sales & Service Director, Authorised Officer.

“Most of the customers’ biggest problems involve needles, which affect stitch density and yarn quality,” pinpointed Axel Brünner, Head of Product and Service Center.

In view of this, Mayer & Cie. developed Weftnit 3.2 which relies on bearded needles, but not latch needles. It offers benefits in terms of needle service life and gentle stitch formation.

Another highlight at the booth was its improved Spinit 3.0 E spinning and knitting machine. Existing properties of the machine such as fancy patterning possibilities have been developed further.

With greater speed and a wider range of fibres that can be used, Mayer & Cie. aims to offer its customers additional incentives to create a unique selling proposition of their own by means of the Spinit 3.0 E.

“With this fancy model we can adjust different yarn counts when the machine is running. The speed of the machine is also increased. It does not only handle cotton, but also polyester yarn. This is an important integration and also gives customers more flexibility in the fashion market,” Axel commented.

STOLL debuts new knitelligence machine generation

STOLL’s booth at the show.STOLL presented in Barcelona its latest innovations and developments within the fields of fashion, technology, technical textiles and knit wear.

For the first time, the company introduced the new knitelligence machine generation at this exhibition. As said, the new knitelligence machine generation is tailored to the specific needs of the digital world. It facilitates work through process automation, more transparency, shorter response times, shorter production cycles, and higher productivity.

Further advantage of the new knitelligence machine includes the new Multi-Touch Panel. It is more user-friendly thanks to its improved readability and excellent surface.

Based on knitelligence and the latest innovation, STOLL-knitrobotic is a fully automated production process which allowed visitors to take home a finished knitwear piece with an individualized motif as a souvenir.

In field of knit and wear, the company presented the ADF 830-24 ki W knit and wear and CMS 830 ki knit and wear. The ADF 830-24 ki W knit and wear offers greater flexibility in coloring and patterning while CMS 830 ki knitwear machine delivers demanding patterns such as the French shoulder.