Leading flat knitting solutions provider SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. of Wakayama, Japan has been selected by the Cabinet Office public relations office of the government of Japan as one of several innovative companies effectively undertaking Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations as a global agenda.
At the 74th session of The United Nations General Assembly scheduled to convene in September 2019, the SDG Summit will review progress of implementation of SDGs by each participating government. As part of the Cabinet Office’s effort in promoting the country’s advanced technology as it pertains to SDGs leading up to the Summit, SHIMA SEIKI has been selected for its solutions in sustainable consumption and production made possible with its combination of WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines and design system.
The impact that the apparel industry has on the environment is now being addressed as a global problem affecting the future of the planet we live on. Much of the trouble stems from waste in manufacturing, and waste in consumption — whether too much or lack thereof.
Addressing these problems is SHIMA SEIKI’s WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines. Whereas conventional knit manufacturing methods consist of separate parts being knit then cut and sewn together, WHOLEGARMENT knitting is capable of producing an entire garment without seams, using only the amount of yarn required to knit that item. In addition, by utilising the company’s SDS-ONE APEX series 3D design system in product planning and design, photo realistic simulations can be used as virtual samples that can replace actual knit production in the sample-making process that consumes a major portion of time, cost and material used within the apparel supply chain.
Moreover, virtual samples can be used at the retail level to gauge consumer acceptance of upcoming products, data for which can be used in forecasting demand. Such feedback can be used to adjust production volume and optimise inventory, preventing leftover stock that would otherwise go to waste. The combination of WHOLEGARMENT knitting and virtual sampling provides a new manufacturing model that can shorten the production cycle significantly and realizes sustainable consumption and production.