The founder, Masahiro Shima, and the establishment of SHIMA SEIKI
Masahiro Shima was one of the young men to lose their fathers in the war and survived the postwar era of poverty with a hungry spirit.
Working as a junior high school student at a repair shop next door, he was introduced to a glove knitting machine and created numerous inventions such as "Double Loop Stitch Sewing Machine" and "elastic yarn inserted safety gloves."
After Masahiro graduated from a part-time high school at the age of 19, he developed advanced technology for the fully automated glove knitting machines. In 1962, he founded "SANSHIN SEIKI MFG., LTD.," the predecessor of SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD.
The company, however, split due to one partner putting more weight on manufacturing a semi-automatic device for a glove knitting machine and Masahiro Shima, focusing on the development of a "fully automated glove knitting machine" It was in 1962 that SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. (SHIMA SEIKI) was born.