In 1962, Masahiro Shima founded Shima Seiki, with the aim of developing a fully automated seamless glove-knitting machine. Following this success, the company expanded into flat knitting machines. However, the age of the computer brought a whole new era for Shima Seiki. By committing to computerization in its mainstream products, Shima Seiki gradually began to stand apart from its competitors. Shima Seiki’s focus on computer-aided knit design and programming, in fact led to a revolution in the fashion industry.
Written by the inventor himself, this book looks at how Masahiro Shima developed both the technology and philosophy to enable his company to be market leaders in industrial knitting machines – and fundamentally change the fashion industry. This culminated in the launch of the company’s Wholegarment knitting machine in 1995, which altered forever the way knitted garments are produced, and which today is used by fashion manufacturers across the world
How an inventor and his company changed the fashion industry.
The inside story of a company that went on to lead a revolution in knitwear manufacturing.
Written by the inventor himself, the book explains both the innovation and philosophy behind his success.
Today, Wholegarment knitting machines produces knitwear for major high-street brands as well as high-end fashion houses.
An inspiring book about invention and the pursuit of perfection.
Publisher: LID Publishing
FORMAT: 234×156 mm
Number of pages: 224
Masahiro Shima is the Founder and Chairman of Shima Seiki MFG Ltd.
An account of the development of [the] world-leadingWHOLEGARMENT knitting machines, and the achievement and success of a brilliant engineering inventor driven by the ‘Ever Onward’ philosophy he’d developed as his personal driving force at the tender age of eight.
Professor Frank Hartley, Vice-Chancellor/President, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield University, 1989-2006
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