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Current Conditions in the Fashion Industry

The textile industry is faced with many problems such as labor under harsh conditions and environmental pollution. SHIMA SEIKI has been proposing various measures as solutions to these problems.


WHOLEGARMENT
Waste-Free Production

Usually, knitwear is produced by knitting each part (front body, back body, and sleeves, etc.) separately and sewing them together. In contrast, SHIMA SEIKI’s WHOLEGARMENT knitwear is produced in one entire piece three-dimensionally directly on the knitting machine, preventing wasted material such as cut loss and seam allowance.

Waste-Free WHOLEGARMENT Production

What You Want; When You Want It

In combination with the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system, the WHOLEGARMENT flat knitting machine realizes digitalization, mass customization, on-demand produciton and just-in-time delivery. It is a truly sustainable system that provides consumers with what they really want when they really want it.

WHOLEGARMENT knitting machine

3D Virtual Sampling Shortens Lead Time

Super realistic high-definition simulations created on SDS-ONE APEX3 can be used effectively for prototyping of knitwear. Time, cost and materials are no longer required for producing prototype samples over and over again. Speedy planning, production, and sales using 3D virtual samples ultimately lead to zero inventory loss, zero leftovers, and zero waste.

SHIMA SEIKI's virtual samples begin with yarn simulation.
Place your finger or cursor over the image to activate the magnifying glass for a closer look.

5G
mesh pattern

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8G
cable pattern

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7G
intarsia-jacquard

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12G
ladder backing
jacquard

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5G
jacquard pattern

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18G
transparent yarn
intarsia

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7G
pintuck pattern

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10G
miss pattern
cache-coeur

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7G
jersey
knot

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Virtual Showroom

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Virtual Showroom

3D virtual samples can be displayed in virtual space and can be used for presentations and retail promotion. Experience the future of online showrooms.

VR-knit.com

Virtual Fashion Show

By editing 3D virtual sample data, fashion shows can also be held in virtual space. The following video introduces SHIMA SEIKI's latest knit collection in a virtual fashion show format. Fashion shows can be held and viewed anywhere in the world.

3D virtual sample

TOTAL FASHION SYSTEM Big Tree

Future of Manufacturing:
Smart, Speedy and Sustainable

SHIMA SEIKI’s manufacturing concept realizes digitalization, mass customization and sustainability. With the SDS-ONE APEX3 3D design system at its core, the TOTAL FASHION SYSTEM realizes effective communication between the planning, production and sales stages through smooth workflow and feedback of key information. Smart, speedy and sustainable manufacturing realizes an industrial reformation that helps lead customers to success.

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Company Efforts in Sustainability

ISO14001 Certification

ISO14001 Certification

SHIMA SEIKI promotes manufacturing that is beneficial to people and the earth, contributes to environmental conservation through the development and supply of “environmentally considerate products,” and upholds social responsibility as a global company. For this purpose, all business activities at our headquarters related to the design, manufacture and sales of our products have been granted ISO14001 certification by an accredited third party.

Solar Electricity Generation

Solar Electricity Generation

The Company has incorporated global environmental protection into the SHIMA SEIKI Group Code of Conduct. Accordingly, we recognize the promotion of environmentally aware business activities and compliance with all environment-related laws and regulations as top management priorities.
The production division is promoting energy conservation, striving to reduce average annual energy consumption by 1% or more. We have introduced a large-scale solar-powered generation system at each factory building such as the Company's new FA Building No. 3 assembly plant for WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines. This step boosts combined photovoltaic output of the SHIMA SEIKI Group's production plants to 1,550kW-one of the highest outputs for a Japanese private enterprise. We are thus effectively realizing a 10% reduction in power consumption through deployment of natural energy resources.
Other SHIMA SEIKI energy saving initiatives include installation of thermal storage air-conditioners, adoption of lighting systems using inverters and reuse of dissipated heat from machine tools.

Greening Efforts

Greening Efforts

The Company's efforts to promote greenery at its factories have yielded a 30% green area ratio for its 160,000 sq. meters of factory grounds. We have also planted some 12,000 trees, as part of our efforts to contribute to CO2 reduction. In October 2007, SHIMA SEIKI received the Outstanding Green Development Factory Award from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (MITI) for its overall efforts to promote the greening of factories and its contributions to regional greening. In the future, the Company will continue to promote and preserve the green development of its factories. Further, we will strive to improve such facilities as surrounding roadways, street lighting and pedestrian walkways.
We have also installed illuminations around the Head Office building, with additional crime-prevention benefits. Through such initiatives, we aim to contribute to local communities.

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