POPULAR 10 CIRCULAR KNITTING MACHINE BRANDS
In the year 2016, European Union imported 2637.6 million kg of knitted garments with a rise of impressive 6.56% on Y-o-Y basis and outpaced the growth of woven garment imports which managed to stand at 2035 million kg quantity. The statistics show the rising importance of knitting in the apparel industry. The bulk production of the knitted garments has increased the dependability on circular knitting machines as it always has an advantage over flat knitting when it comes to knitting commodity products such as T-shirts, outerwear and undergarments. Additionally, circular knitting machines are increasingly becoming popular these days with the surging demand for swimwear and seamless apparels. There are hundreds of manufacturers selling these circular knitting machines (mainly the Chinese ones), but has chosen the 10 most popular brands which are predominant in India and Bangladesh.
Following the principle of ‘Experience makes difference’ for almost 155 years, Terrot is a reputed name in production of electronic and mechanically controlled circular knitting machines. The company has recently added computer controlled machine UCC572TR to its basket. The machine is developed to produce high-quality patterned fabric for outerwear. Using the 3-way technology, the machine allows various pattern styles on both sides of the fabric. The high-grade knitting structures like double face, jacquard, and relief represent the real strength of UCC572TR. The model has 72 feeds over a 30-inch diameter and reaches a speed factor of SF 540 to deliver a substantial production performance. Pattern changeovers can be made in seconds via USB or LAN port.
India Agent – Voltas Limited (Textile Machinery Division)
Vietnam Agent – C.Illies
Bangladesh Agent – Terrot Bangladesh
2 Mayer & Cie
Germany-based Mayer & Cie has a portfolio presenting 50 types of circular knitting machines. The company has every possible knitting solution such as fabrics for sportswear, for underwear in body widths, for fashionable outerwear and for mattress covers or car headliners. To knit fabrics used in sports and athleisure category, the company is offering IG 3.2 QC high performance interlock knitting machine. The IG 3.2 QC achieves a maximum output of 1.4 m/s – which with 96 feeders over 30 inch diameter means bulk production in the true sense. Delayed and synchronous timing can also be regulated using exchange cams to produce a wide spectrum from loose to extremely tightknit fabrics.
India Agent – Batliboi Textile Machinery Group Knits Division
Vietnam Agent – Multicom Co. Ltd.
Bangladesh Agent – Brady Services Company Ltd.
Being a Shanghai (China) based pioneer in circular seamless knitting technology, Santoni is known for its large diameter knitting machines. Santoni’s Double Jersey Circular Knitting Machine
– the Mec-Mor CMP – incorporates variable panel (Variatex Technology) for the production of garments in weft knitting. This 33-inch diameter machine has gauges ranging from E7 to E20 with 12 feeds and achieves maximum output of 1.1 m/s. The machine is designed with needle-to-needle selection in 3 technical ways both for the cylinder and for the dial. Each feed is equipped with a combined knitting/transfer system. Therefore, at every revolution of the cylinder, the programming system can set each single feed either as a ‘knit feed’ or as a ‘transfer feed’ achieving a great level of productivity.
India Agent – Balaji Knitmatics
Pakistan Agent – Al Ameen Trading Co.
Bangladesh Agent – SSBangla Textile Technologies Ltd.
China based Cixing offers vast technical solutions in computerized and seamless circular knitting machinery. Cixing’s GE
90 is a computerized seamless knitting machine which is equipped with two 16-segment needle selectors. The machine can use natural fibres, synthetic fibres and spandex covered yarn and can be used in applications such as the production of seamless garments mainly underwear, outerwear, swimwear, sportswear and medicalwear. The machine has a gauge range from 16 to 32 and a maximum tube diameter of 17 inches. It uses an independent exhaust fan or central exhaust system which automatically adjusts the traction force size. Additionally, the machine is equipped with torsion device to improve the flatness of the fabric.
India Agent – T Khanna and Co.
Bangladesh Agent – Cixing Bangladesh Ltd.