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Furniture focus for Shima Seiki at TTNA

Under the theme ‘FurKNITure – furniture knit for the future’, Shima USA will present latest home goods and furnishing product samples along with other industrial samples.

19th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Raleigh, NC, USA

Industrial, Clothing/​Footwear

Shima Seiki USA, a subsidiary of leading flat knitting solutions provider Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd. of Wakayama, Japan, will take part in the Techtextil North America 2021 exhibition, which is being held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina from 23-25 August 2021 (booth no.1701).

Under the theme ‘FurKNITure – furniture knit for the future’, Shima USA will present latest home goods and furnishing product samples along with other industrial samples including fashion, medical, automotive. “Right beside the booth will be our friends and partners, North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles (booth no. 1601), who will be showcasing the SWG021N accessories ‘Mini’ WHOLEGARMENT 3D-knitting machine at their booth,” a spokesperson for Shima USA said.

“At North Carolina State University’s booth, we will be collaborating to showcase knit product applications on the SWG-MINI machine. Please be sure to stop by both NC State and Shima Seiki’s booths, as we have some giveaways prepared for our valued customers during these recovering times.”

In order to further support efforts in Digital transformation (DX) in the fashion industry, Shima Seiki has released three new online services over the past year which will be previewed at TTNA Raleigh: APEXFiz’ subscription-based design software; ‘yarnbank’ digital yarn sourcing web service; and ‘SHIMANAVI’ e-learning service.


APEXFiz is the latest addition to Shima Seiki’s proven SDS-ONE APEX series design system line-up, but with a big departure from the past. Whereas previous APEX-series design systems were offered as an all-in-one hardware/software package, for the first time in its nearly 40 years of design system development, SHIMA SEIKI has released its new APEXFiz as subscription-based design software that can be installed on customers’ individual computers. Maintaining proven functions that have made the APEX series so popular with fashion designers, with APEXFiz those strengths are now enhanced with the added versatility to adapt to different work styles and business environments including teleworking and telecommuting. APEXFiz software supports the creative side of fashion from planning and design to colourway evaluation, realistic fabric simulation and 3D virtual sampling. Virtual samples are a digitized version of sample making that are accurate enough to be used effectively as prototypes, replacing physical sampling and consequently reducing time, cost and material that otherwise go to waste. APEXFiz thereby helps to realize sustainability and digitally transform the fashion supply chain. APEXFiz is furthermore available in 5 different product variations that can be selected according to the customer’s needs, from APEXFiz Design Jr. to APEXFiz Design Pro.


APEXFiz is supported by two other web services to enhance its user experience. yarnbank is the world’s first online web service for searching and viewing the latest yarns, developed in cooperation with yarn companies from around the world. Registered users can download yarn data for free, for use in fabric simulation and virtual sampling on APEXFiz, avoiding the need to scan yarn on their own. By using yarn that is used in actual production, designers and apparel companies can rest easy knowing that the simulations created using yarn from yarnbank are accurate representations of what will actually be produced. With yarnbank, the entire supply chain from yarn companies and apparel companies to knit manufacturers can be connected digitally.


Lastly, SHIMANAVI e-learning service allows APEXFiz users to experience online training when and where it is convenient, and at their own pace, supporting new work styles. SHIMANAVI features several courses available in different languages to suit the needs of individual customers.

Learn more about Techtextil North America – 2021 (Raleigh Convention Center)

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