• Monday, February 8, 2021

    Double cylinder investment for Thai hosiery giant

    Bangkok - Thai hosiery giant OSC Socks is increasing its capacity with the purchase of a bank of the latest double cylinder hosiery knitting machines from Italy's Lonati.   The company has invested in a number of DC88X machines, a 2 feed model for the production of men’s, women’s and children’s socks in ribs, plain knit and links.   This model offers needle-needle, single-magnet selection for several rib and links patterns as well as a tuck knitting option on the first feed of the lower cylinder. The DC88X series also operates with a brushless motor incorporated in the column with variable heel and toe reciprocating motion. With two selection points instead of pickers and needle droppers, it also has electronic size control with an automatic adjustment of the stitch.   The DC88X range from 3 1/2 ins, 3 3/4 ins and 4 ins diameters and from gauges ranging from 7 to 22G. It also comes with SbyS linking with different needle thicknesses according to the machine gauge.   "The highest technology of modern socks manufacturing has just arrived at OSC’s doorstep and already start production," OSC said. "We now have the ability to cram this highest tech into our products, improving the fit and enhancing durability of a sock far beyond what you could ever imagine."   OSC, also known as Overseas Rayon Industrial Co., Ltd. was established in 1972 as one of Thailand's first hosiery manufacturers to specialize in sock manufacturing.   Since then, the company has grown to become a leading local and global supplier of high quality sports, casual and dress socks with a capacity of more than 10 million pairs of socks per year from its 22,400 square metre plant, produced in accordance with Thai Labor Standard TLS 8001-2010. The standard composition of OSC socks are 80 per cent cotton 17 per cent polyamide and 3 per cent elastane although other blends are available on request.   The company is particularly renowned for its sports socks, supplying clients such as Diadora, Fila, Football Thailand FBT, Kappa, Kool Sport, Lotto, Pan, SF, Svolme, Umbro and Yonex. Currently, approximately 20 per cent of the company's finished goods go overseas, while 80 per cent are destined for the local market. Recent new product developments also include the production of calf sleeve socks which come with compression properties.   This latest investment follows a further capacity increase in 2020 with OSC installing in a number of machines from Lonati's Goal range equipped with the SbyS (Stitch-by-Stitch) automatic toe-closing device.   The 16 machine investment included a number of different models from Lonati's single cylinder, sock knitting portfolio including the GK516DF, GK616DF3 and the GK616DF.   These machines are single feed machines that are the bestsellers from the Goal Line as, thanks to their versatility, they can produce several different items, from the very simple to the most complex, without compromising on quality and efficiency, the company says.   The GK models are available in different diameters and range of needle numbers with the automatic linking with SBYS performing a 'real linking' technique. The advantages are said to be superior quality sock finishing, more comfort and resistance compared to socks made using conventional systems. The latest generation electronics also provides control and execution of all machine commands while drawings and articles are created and managed by the Digraph 3 Plus software package, which contains a full collection of styles which the operator can combine in different ways to obtain the desired results.
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  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    The 13th Santoni Pioneer Program Open for Application

    Please e-mail your fully completed application to sppapplications@santoni.cn along with an up-to-date CV.  The designer should also submit development ideas for your capsule collection for SPP and the images of previous work. Mail to: sppapplications@santoni.cn Application deadline: 14/ 03/ 2021   SPP Concept Design for well-being: Good design for health and well-being, considering physical, spiritual and emotional effects on knitting elements, provides softness, comfort and safety for users and nature. Sustainable performance:   A new era of wearing technology has been ushered in by the smart clothing, which with the trend of excellent performances as well as eco-friendly process for the world.  Fashion &Technology: Knitting technology is being much smarter to realize requirements from industries. Play knitting with other technologies to discover potential applications.     Design requirement: -   Your design should be combined with SPP concepts: Design for Well-being, Sustainable Performance,Fashion &Technology: -   You should choose one of following topics as the design direction: 1) Underwear, sportswear, compressive product, shoe fabric or performance sock based for Spring/Summer 2022-2023. 2) Home textile, automotive, health care or other industry textile based.   Designer application requirement: -    Previous experience and knowledge of the knitted product -    English speaking skill -    Strong leadership skill and ability to delegate tasks to technicians -    Commitment to join the eight-week program   -    Your application needs previous design collections, including design concept, work process and final products.   Download link : Application Form
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  • Friday, November 20, 2020

    Water-repellent Seamless Textiles

    Millions of people are now working from home due to Covid-19. According to newspapers like The Guardian, this could lead to a permanent shift towards working from home for many employees once the pandemic is over. Employers are realising the many benefits of working from home, such as higher productivity and savings of over $11,000 per person. Working from home allows employees to spend more time with their families, save money on commuting, live in cheaper rural areas and lower their carbon footprint. As a result of these insights, it’s estimated that 25-30 million US employees will start to work from home regularly over the next 2 years.   This rapidly growing trend means there’s a demand for clothing to wear when working from home. For efficiency and comfort, the majority of home workers tend to wear the same clothes throughout the day. But the day is still divided into different activities. This means there’s a need for clothing that is multifunctional and fulfils different needs at once. With less occasions to dress up for, one of the major things people are now looking for is comfort. Sales of loungewear, one of the most comfortable clothing categories, have risen significantly since the pandemic started. According to the advertising company Criteo, who analysed 2 billion consumers worldwide, Australia saw a 184% rise in loungewear sales, Korea 80% and Italy 79% respectively.  But comfort isn’t the only thing on people’s minds; with a steep rise in video calls, we also want to remain presentable and feel beautiful. This isn’t only a prerequisite for online meetings, it’s also an important way to boost morale and mental health. In addition to this, physical exercise is also an important part of the day. The scheduling platform Doodle reported a 100% increase in group meetings booked for virtual-only yoga, dance, exercise, workout, fitness, aerobics and Pilates sessions in March 2020. People are also prioritising fresh air, and time outdoors where they are exercising in parks and gardens. To cater for these activities, we need clothing that’s suitable for wearing both indoors and outdoors. The duality between indoor and outdoor needs means this clothing needs to be hybrid in nature and deliver modular uses throughout the day.  Wearing the same outfit for both sports and our everyday working life means we need our clothing to perform specific functions. For example, we need garments to offer moisture management, along with being resistant to bacteria and odour. If we pop outside to go grocery shopping, it would be great if our garments also offered protection from sudden rain spells or stepping in puddles. Lastly, when people’s lifestyles force them to spend more time at home, they tend to focus on attractive, comfortable and functional furniture. We envision, along with clothing, a range of new fabrics for interiors that combine stain resistant and water repellent properties engineered with features such as loft, design, and support.  With all this in mind, we have developed a series of materials that fulfil the following important functions: A) Hybridity  B) Visual Amazement  C) Safety & Protection  D) Health & Wellbeing  Key elements in these material stories are waterproof yarns, Dyneema, heat expansion yarns and anti-bacterial fibers. On both the single and double jersey materials, we have chosen to explore lighter weight textile versions that are more suitable for mid-layer to outerwear garments when compared to what is currently in the market. On the single jersey this has been achieved by using a coarser gauge of 22gg. On the double jersey, the fabrics have been made on 20gg machinery. This is the finest available range within Santoni’s seamless double jersey technology.   Engineered Hybridity  Top2 Fast, 22GG Single Jersey - Santoni Shanghai  The work from home lifestyle demands clothing that can deliver several functions at once. This requires a new kind of hybrid material that, for example, is not only waterproof but is also breathable, combining areas that are stretchy with areas that are more rigid.   Engineered Visual Amazement SMDJ2T, 20GG Double Jersey - Santoni Shanghai  Working from home shouldn’t mean we have to sacrifice feeling good about how we look. We want our clothing to feel beautiful and look visually amazing, whilst at the same time catering for practical requirements like temperature regulation.   Engineered Protection SMDJ2T, 20GG Double Jersey - Santoni Shanghai   We need to feel protected by our clothing, whether it’s being shielded from bad weather or from falls and accidents. Since we’re wearing it all day for every activity, material should be durable and long lasting.    Engineered Well being SMDJ2T, 20GG Double Jersey - Santoni Shanghai  To enhance feelings of wellbeing, we need to feel warmth whilst remaining comfortable via thermal regulation. At the same time, the wearer wants to feel beautiful. Since we also want to consider our health, the material should ideally protect us against bacteria.    Photography  : Marcos Romano Concept / Design by : Studio Eva x Carola Visit Santoni Material Library to find more details.
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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Haining Socks Fair

    Santoni Shanghai will take part in the Haining Socks Fair in Haining, Jiaxing, Zhejiang from 3rd to 5th November 2020 at Haining Convention and Exhibition Center - Booth T73
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  • Monday, October 12, 2020

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