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1937 The current president Masahiro Shima is born in Wakayama.
1953 Shima invents the Double Loop Stitch Sewing Machine.
 Shima invents the Double Loop Stitch Sewing Machine.
1954 Shima invents the Elastic Yarn Insertion Device and gloves using elastic yarn.
Shima invents the Elastic Yarn Insertion Device and gloves using elastic yarn.
1960 Shima develops a Semi-Automatic Motor Device for Glove Knitting Machines.
1961 Shima establishes Sanshin Seiki Mfg. Ltd., predecessor of SHIMA SEIKI.
Shima establishes Sanshin Seiki Mfg. Ltd., predecessor of SHIMA SEIKI.
Sanshin Seiki begins production of Semi-Automatic Motor Device.
1962 Masahiro Shima establishes SHIMA SEIKI Mfg., Ltd. in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, with the goal to develop and produce glove knitting machines which are completely automated.
Masahiro Shima establishes SHIMA SEIKI Mfg., Ltd. in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, with the goal to develop and produce glove knitting machines which are completely automated.
1964 SHIMA SEIKI successfully produces a fully automated glove knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI successfully produces a fully automated glove knitting machine.
1966 SHIMA SEIKI establishes Shima Idea Center.
1967 SHIMA SEIKI begins production of the FAC fully automated collar knitting machine, and extends its business into the flat knitting machine arena.
SHIMA SEIKI begins production of the FAC-7 fully automated collar knitting machine, and extends its business into the flat knitting machine arena.
1968 Owing to the increasing size of the company, a new factory and offices are constructed in Sakata, SHIMA SEIKI's current location.
Owing to the increasing size of the company, a new factory and offices  are constructed in Sakata, SHIMA SEIKI's current location.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the world's first fully automated semi-full fashion knitting machine, the SF.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the world's first fully automated semi-full fashion knitting machine, the SF.
1969 SHIMA SEIKI exhibits its fully automated semi-full fashion knitting machine at the Tokyo Harumi International Knitting Machinery Exhibition.
The company's presence at this show ensures it a prominent place among manufactures of flat knitting machines.
1970

SHIMA SEIKI develops and manufactures the world's first fully automated seamless glove knitting machine, the SFG.
SHIMA SEIKI develops and manufactures the world's first fully automated seamless glove knitting machine, the SFG.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SL fully automated double cam transferring semi-jacquard flat knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SL fully automated double cam transferring semi-jacquard flat knitting machine.

1971 SHIMA SEIKI displays its full product line at the ITMA exhibition in Paris. Upon receiving international acclaim, SHIMA SEIKI begins exporting its products.
SHIMA SEIKI displays its full product line at the ITMA exhibition in Paris. Upon receiving international acclaim, SHIMA SEIKI begins exporting its products.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SPL fully automated plating and lacing flat knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SPL fully automated plating and lacing flat knitting machine.
1972 SHIMA SEIKI receives an award for its technological merit from the Science and Technology Agency in Japan.
SHIMA SEIKI receives an award for its development of automated machinery from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry.
SHIMA SEIKI receives an award from the Medium and Small Business Research Institute.
SHIMA SEIKI receives an award for its technological merit from the Science and Technology Agency in Japan. SHIMA SEIKI receives an award for its development of automated machinery from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry. SHIMA SEIKI receives an award from the Medium and Small Business Research Institute. SHIMA SEIKI receives an award for its technological merit from the Science and Technology Agency in Japan. SHIMA SEIKI receives an award for its development of automated machinery from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry. SHIMA SEIKI receives an award from the Medium and Small Business Research Institute.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the New-SF fully automated semi-full fashion flat knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the New-SF fully automated semi-full fashion flat knitting machine.
1975

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SJG fully automated jacquard pattern glove knitting machine and receives a gold medal award for this invention at an industrial fair in Leipzig, Germany.

SHIMA SEIKI receives an Encouragement Prize from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SJG fully automated jacquard pattern glove knitting machine and receives a gold medal award for this invention at an industrial fair in Leipzig, Germany. SHIMA SEIKI receives an Encouragement Prize from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation. SHIMA SEIKI develops the SJG fully automated jacquard pattern glove knitting machine and receives a gold medal award for this invention at an industrial fair in Leipzig, Germany. SHIMA SEIKI receives an Encouragement Prize from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation. SHIMA SEIKI develops the SJG fully automated jacquard pattern glove knitting machine and receives a gold medal award for this invention at an industrial fair in Leipzig, Germany. SHIMA SEIKI receives an Encouragement Prize from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.

1976 SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated transfer-jacquard flat knitting machine, the ST-J.
1977

SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated transfer semi-jacquard full fashion flat knitting machine, the DSF.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated transfer semi-jacquard full fashion flat knitting machine, the DSF

SHIMA SEIKI develops the electronically controlled jacquard flat knitting machine, the SEJ.

1978

SHIMA SEIKI opens a new sector of the flat knitting machine industry with the release of the SNC series Shimatronic computerized jacquard flat knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI opens a new sector of the flat knitting machine industry with the release of the SNC series Shimatronic computerized jacquard flat knitting machine.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the TMS Tape-Making System.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the TMS Tape-Making System.

1979

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Okochi Memorial Foundation Technical Award for its development of the fully automated jacquard glove knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Okochi Memorial Foundation Technical Award for its development of the STJ fully automated glove knitting machine. SHIMA SEIKI receives the Okochi Memorial Foundation Technical Award for its development of the STJ fully automated glove knitting machine.

SHIMA SEIKI establishes Knitmac Engineering Co., Ltd., (Knitmac Co., Ltd., of today)

SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated tuck jacquard glove knitting machine, the STJ.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated seamless pile glove knitting machine, the SPG.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated tuck jacquard glove knitting machine, the STJ. SHIMA SEIKI develops the fully automated seamless pile glove knitting machine, the SPG.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the famed SEC computerized flat knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the famed SEC computerized flat knitting machine.

1980

Shima Fine Press Co., Ltd. is established.

SHIMA SEIKI receives National Commendation for Invention from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) for glove knitting method.
Receives National Commendation for Invention from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) for glove knitting method. Receives National Commendation for Invention from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) for glove knitting method.

1981 Nanpuso, a guest facility and training center for providing technical guidance to Shima users, opens in Wakayama.
Nanpuso, a guest facility and training center for providing technical guidance to Shima users, opens in Wakayama.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-1000 Shimatronic Design System.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-1000 Shimatronic Design System.
1982

The Osaka Branch Office opens.

The Knit Design Center (currently Total Design Center) opens.

SHIMA SEIKI improves the seamless glove knitting machine through computerization, successfully allowing the production of gloves in a single process on its SFG series.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the computerized flat knitting machine, the SET.
SHIMA SEIKI improves the seamless glove knitting machine through computerization, successfully allowing the production of gloves in a single process on its SFG series.

1983 SHIMA SEIKI displays its full product line at the 9th ITMA exhibition in Milano, Italy. The main attraction of Shima's exhibit, the Total Knitting System, gains high recognition from international participants.
1984

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-310 Shimatronic Design System.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-310 Shimatronic Design System.

1985 SHIMA SEIKI establishes its subsidiary, SHIMA SEIKI Europe, Ltd. in Milton Keynes, U.K.
SHIMA SEIKI Europe, Ltd.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the DSCS digital stitch control system.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the DSCS digital stitch control system.

SHIMA SEIKI receives worldwide acclaim for the development of its computer graphic systems line-up, including the SDS-380.
SHIMA SEIKI receives worldwide acclaim for the development of its computer graphic systems line-up, including the SDS-380.

1986

SHIMA SEIKI Mfg., Ltd., Taipei Branch opens in Taiwan.
SHIMA SEIKI Mfg., Ltd., Taipei Branch opens in Taiwan.

SHIMA SEIKI establishes its first U.S. subsidiary, SHIMA SEIKI USA, Inc. in Cranbury, New Jersey.
SHIMA SEIKI establishes its first U.S. subsidiary, SHIMA SEIKI USA, Inc. in Cranbury, New Jersey.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-480 apparel multi design system.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-480 apparel multi design system.
1987

The Tokyo Branch Office opens in Akasaka, Tokyo.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the Micro-SDS Shimatronic Design System.
 SHIMA SEIKI develops the Micro-SDS Shimatronic Design System.
1988

SHIMA SEIKI develops and markets the PGM-2 apparel CAD system.
SHIMA SEIKI develops and markets the PGM-2 apparel CAD system.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the computerized flat knitting machine, the SEK.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the computerized flat knitting machine, the SEK.

1989 SHIMA SEIKI receives the 3rd Tokyo Creation Award for its development and merit of Shimatronic Design Systems.
 SHIMA SEIKI receives the 3rd Tokyo Creation Award for its development and merit of Shimatronic Design Systems.  SHIMA SEIKI receives the 3rd Tokyo Creation Award for its development and merit of Shimatronic Design Systems.

At the 4th Osaka Textile Machinery Show (OTEMAS), SHIMA SEIKI introduces its long-anticipated next-generation computerized flat knitting machine, the SES series.
At the 4th Osaka Textile Machinery Show (OTEMAS), SHIMA SEIKI introduces its long-anticipated next-generation computerized flat knitting machine, the SES series.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the HYPER PAINT Shimatronic Design System.

1990 SHIMA SEIKI's new headquarters building is completed.
SHIMA SEIKI's new headquarters building is completed.
1991 SHIMA SEIKI establishes SHIMAX ITALIA in Milan, Italy. The development of the SuperMicro SDS allows productivity of up to sixty times that of conventional systems.
The development of the SuperMicro SDS allows productivity of up to sixty times that of conventional systems.
1992 The Nagoya Branch Office opens.

SHIMA SEIKI introduces the SES122-S computer-controlled flat knitting machine with full-time spring-loaded sinker system.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces the SES122-S computer-controlled flat knitting machine with full-time spring-loaded sinker system.

SHIMA SEIKI enters the CAD/CAM field with its P-CAM computerized fabric cutting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI enters the CAD/CAM field with its P-CAM computerized fabric cutting machine.

SHIMA SEIKI introduces the high-definition Acrograph 482 high-end computer graphic design system with realtime processing capability.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces the high-definition Acrograph 482 high-end computer graphic design system with realtime processing capability.

1993

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Tecnica della Confezione International Award.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Tecnica della Confezione International Award. SHIMA SEIKI receives the Tecnica della Confezione International Award.

SHIMA SEIKI receives the 14th Fashion Culture Award.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the 14th Fashion Culture Award.

SHIMA SEIKI introduces the SES122RT computerized flat knitting machine with 4-bed configuration for unprecedented transfer capabilities.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces the SES122RT computerized flat knitting machine with  4-bed configuration for unprecedented transfer capabilities.
1994

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Jubilee Award from the Textile Institute of Great Britain.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Jubilee Award from the Textile Institute of Great Britain. SHIMA SEIKI receives the Jubilee Award from the Textile Institute of Great Britain.

Total Design Center is established.

SHIMA SEIKI introduces the world's first computerized hybrid flat knitting machine with warp insertion capability, the SPL102CS.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces the world's first computerized hybrid flat knitting machine with warp insertion capability, the SPL102CS.
1995

SHIMA SEIKI introduces the SWG-series, the world's first commercially productive computerized WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, at the 12th ITMA exhibition in Milano, Italy.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces the SWG-series, the world's first commercially productive computerized WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, at the 12th ITMA exhibition in Milano, Italy.

SHIMA SEIKI introduces a new line of Shimatronic Design System including the SDS-HP3.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces a new line of Shimatronic Design System including the SDS-HP3.

SHIMA SEIKI develops and markets the P-CAM160 single-ply fabric cutting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI develops and markets the P-CAM160 single-ply fabric cutting machine.

1996

SHIMA SEIKI's company shares are publicly listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

SHIMA SEIKI receives the 18th Senken Shimbun Newspaper Award.

1997 SHIMA SEIKI receives the Business Manager Award from Zaikai Kenkyusho. The SWG-FIRST computerized flat knitting machine featuring the newly developed SlideNeedle debuts at the 6th OTEMAS.
The SWG-FIRST computerized flat knitting machine featuring the newly developed SlideNeedle debuts at the 6th OTEMAS.
1999

SHIMA SEIKI receives the 19th Business Leaders' Award from Mainichi Shinbun Newspaper.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the 19th Business Leaders' Award from Mainichi Shinbun Newspaper. SHIMA SEIKI receives the 19th Business Leaders' Award from Mainichi Shinbun Newspaper.

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Award for its achievement in Industrial Property from the Japan Patent Office.

SHIMA SEIKI displays its full line-up of SWG-V, SWG-X and SWG-FIRST WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines at the 13th ITMA exhibition in Paris.
2000

SHIMA SEIKI opens new "Communication Space" showrooms at its Tokyo and Osaka branch offices.

SHIMA SEIKI ships its 10,000th computer graphic design system.

SHIMA SEIKI develops its All-in-One design system, the SDS-ONE.
SHIMA SEIKI develops its All-in-One design system, the SDS-ONE.
2001 SHIMA SEIKI establishes the SHIMA SEIKI Design Center of Milano in Italy.
2002

SHIMA SEIKI celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a gala event and fashion show.

SHIMA SEIKI has ISO9001 certification for Design and Manufacturing of Apparel Design Systems
ISO9001 certification

SHIMA SEIKI releases its new SIP-100F printing system.
SHIMA SEIKI releases its new SIP-100F printing system.
2004 SHIMA SEIKI receives Special Achievement Award from Senken Shimbun Newspaper. New machines are introduced in succession, including the SWG021, SWG-X 8 gauge and 15 gauge model WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, the NewSES122 and 123Si, as well as the NewSFG 18 gauge model.
New machines are introduced in succession, including the SWG021, SWG-X 8 gauge and 15 gauge model WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, the NewSES122 and 123Si, as well as the NewSFG 18 gauge model. New machines are introduced in succession, including the SWG021, SWG-X 8 gauge and 15 gauge model WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, the NewSES122 and 123Si, as well as the NewSFG 18 gauge model. New machines are introduced in succession, including the SWG021, SWG-X 8 gauge and 15 gauge model WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, the NewSES122 and 123Si, as well as the NewSFG 18 gauge model.
2005

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Kansai Zaikai Seminar Award 2005 Grand Prize from the Kansai Economic Federation and the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Kansai Zaikai Seminar Award 2005 Grand Prize from the Kansai Economic Federation and the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives. SHIMA SEIKI receives the Kansai Zaikai Seminar Award 2005 Grand Prize from the Kansai Economic Federation and the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives.

SHIMA SEIKI's solar-powered electrical generation facility is completed, resulting in one of the largest solar-electric facilities in the Japanese private sector with a total output of 1130kw.

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Design Excellent Company Award from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Design Excellent Company Award from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.

SHIMA SEIKI introduces the LAPIS hybrid warp/weft machine equipped with SlideNeedle.
SHIMA SEIKI introduces the LAPIS hybrid warp/weft machine equipped with SlideNeedle.
2006

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for achievements in intellectual property management.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for achievements in intellectual property management. SHIMA SEIKI receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for achievements in intellectual property management.

SHIMA SEIKI establishes the SHIMA SEIKI Design Center of New York.
SHIMA SEIKI establishes the SHIMA SEIKI Design Center of New York.

SHIMA SEIKI establishes Shima Seiki Win Win Ltd., a sales subsidiary in Hong Kong.

SHIMA SEIKI acquires Nova Knits Inc. to develop the WHOLEGARMENT market in the United States.
Nova Knits Inc.

SHIMA SEIKI acquires Shima-Orsi S.r.l. of Milan, Italy and establishes a direct sales system for the Italian market.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SSG and SIG series of flat knitting machines with WideGauge technology and outstanding cost performance.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SSG and SIG series of flat knitting machines with WideGauge technology and outstanding cost performance. SHIMA SEIKI develops the SSG and SIG series of flat knitting machines with WideGauge technology and outstanding cost performance.

SHIMA SEIKI begins sales of its SPF-W five-toe sock knitting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI begins sales of its SPF-W five-toe sock knitting machine.

2007

SHIMA SEIKI receives the 53rd Okochi Memorial Foundation Grand Production Prize for the "Development of advanced manufacturing systems of knit products utilizing the WHOLEGARMENT Computerized Flat Knitting Machine and the Shimatronic Design Workstation SDS-ONE.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the 53rd Okochi Memorial Foundation Grand Production Prize for the Development of advanced manufacturing systems of knit products utilizing the WHOLEGARMENT Computerized Flat Knitting Machine and the Shimatronic Design Workstation SDS-ONE. width=

SHIMA SEIKI Win Win Shanghai Ltd. is established in order to expand its sales network in China.
SHIMA SEIKI Win Win Shanghai Ltd. is established in order to expand its sales network in China.

SHIMA SEIKI receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for Green Development efforts including factories that blend in with their natural surroundings.
SHIMA SEIKI receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for Green Development efforts including factories that blend in with their natural surroundings. SHIMA SEIKI receives the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for Green Development efforts including factories that blend in with their natural surroundings.

SHIMA SEIKI celebrates its 45th Anniversary with a gala event and fashion show.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-ONE APEX which expresses WHOLEGARMENT designs in 3D.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-ONE APEX which expresses WHOLEGARMENT designs in 3D.
2008

SHIMA SEIKI establishes SHIMA SEIKI Korea Inc. in Seoul.

SHIMA SEIKI opens the Knit Museum in a multi-purpose business complex in Wakayama City.

SHIMA SEIKI establishes Toyoboshi Kogyo Co., Ltd.

SHIMA SEIKI computerized flat knitting machine sales reach 100,000 machines.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA adopts WHOLEGARMENT as daily wear for its astronauts on-board spacecraft.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA adopts WHOLEGARMENT as daily wear for its astronauts on-board spacecraft.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the MACH2X and MACH2S WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines with over twice the productivity of previous knitting machines.
SHIMA SEIKI develops the MACH2X and MACH2S WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines with over twice the productivity of previous knitting machines. SHIMA SEIKI develops the MACH2X and MACH2S WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines with over twice the productivity of previous knitting machines.

SHIMA SEIKI develops and markets the P-CAM160L single-ply automated leather cutting machine.
SHIMA SEIKI develops and markets the P-CAM160L single-ply automated leather cutting machine.

2009

The Knit Museum is reopened as the Fusion Museum Knit x Toys.

SHIMA SEIKI acquires SHIMA SEIKI Spain, S.A.U and establishes a direct sales system for the Spanish market.
SHIMA SEIKI Spain, S.A.U. SHIMA SEIKI Portugal LDA.

SHIMA SEIKI acquires SHIMA SEIKI Portugal LDA. and establishes a direct sales system for the Portuguese market.

SHIMA SEIKI participates in Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo and holds the WHOLEGARMENT TOKYO 2009 fashion show, following shows in Milan, Rome and New York in the previous year.

2010

The Italian Republic awards Masahiro Shima with the honorary title of Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity for his contributions to the Italian fashion industry.

The Japan Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) adopts WHOLEGARMENT knitwear as intra-vehicular wear for Japanese astronauts in the Space Shuttle program.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the compact and efficient SSR series computerized flat knitting machine.
SSR series

2011

SHIMA SEIKI ships its 100,000th computerized knitting machine overseas.

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SWG-FIRST154 S21 computerized flat knitting machine, the world's first flat knitting machine capable of knitting in 21 gauge.
SWG-FIRST154 S21

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system with greater performance and higher speeds in producing simulations.
SDS-ONE APEX3

SHIMA SEIKI develops the SCG122SN computerized coarse gauge flat knitting machine equipped with SlideNeedle and capable of producing a wide range of fabrics.
SCG122SN

2012

Marked the 50th anniversary on February 4.

Completes construction of the FA3 plant, which is dedicated to the assembly of WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines.

President Masahiro Shima is inducted into the Hall of Fame to American Textile History Museum.

Boosts the MACH2X lineup with the development of the MACH2X123 computerized WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine, which offers power savings and smaller footprint.
MACH2X123

Develops the P-CAM120C computerized cutting machine to support industrial materials including carbon fiber and composites.
P-CAM120C

2013

Intriduces the SRY123LP, a computerized flat knitting machine featuring newly developed loop presser beds.
SRY123LP

Introduces the SVR series computerized flat knitting machines.
SVR

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