Japanese company SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. has been selected by the Cabinet Office of the government of Japan as one of several innovative companies effectively undertaking Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations as a global agenda.
At the 74th session of The United Nations General Assembly convening in September 2019, the SDG Summit will review progress of implementation of SDGs by each participating government. As part of the Cabinet Office’s effort in promoting the country’s advanced technology as it pertains to SDGs leading up to the Summit, SHIMA SEIKI has been selected for its solutions in sustainable consumption and production made possible with its combination of WHOLEGARMENT knitting machines and design system.
Conventional knit manufacturing methods consist of separate parts being knit then cut and sewn together, WHOLEGARMENT knitting is capable of producing an entire garment without seams, using only the amount of yarn required to knit that item.
In addition, by utilizing the company’s SDS-ONE APEX series 3D design system in product planning and design, photorealistic simulations can be used as virtual samples that can replace actual knit production that consumes time, cost and material used within the apparel supply chain. Virtual samples can also be used at the retail level to gauge consumer acceptance of upcoming products, feedback that can be used to adjust production volume and optimize inventory, preventing leftover stock that may otherwise go to waste.