Santoni’s seamless knitting technology
Established in 1919, Santoni is
the very first Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer. In
1988, the company became part of the Lonati Group, that operates
in several different sectors. In the last 20 years, Santoni has
developed a series of circular electronic "Seamless wear"
knitting machines, which are becoming a worldwide leader in this
'Seamless' machines are a revolution in the world of textile
machinery. Their use was initially limited to the production of
underwear, but then they have evolved into the production of
sportswear, beachwear, medical wear, knitwear, sweaters and
other types of outerwear apparel. Thus Santoni began focusing
mainly on seamless machine production including models which
offered more flexibility in designing patterns and colours.
The constant drive for research and development and
subsequent innovations in machines involves the fusion of two
concepts; the hosiery concept joined together with the knitting
technology concept has allowed Santoni machines to have both
huge potential and performance capabilities to enable them to
shift easily between one sector of the textile field to another.
Currently, with its range of several different types of
machines, Santoni is the only Group that can cover most of the
textile field segments in order to satisfy the various market
Although Santoni developed textile for different categories,
such as shoe vamp, compression underwear, sweater, etc.,
application for sports market has the most devotion to the team
in past two years. The sport has become one concept whose
extension has overcome the traditional boundary and covered the
outdoor applications and even some part of fashion. The sport
has become one lifestyle of modern day living. Sports market
amount is quite important to knitting industry.
The Seamless technology is an innovative concept in producing
clothing almost free of seams. This is the result of the
commercial and technical synergy among the companies of the
Santoni Group. It provides designers with a multitude of styles
and colours in which to create beautifully designed products
that fully integrate fashion with function for satisfying a
variety of end-users. The seamless knitting machines almost
eliminate the need to produce and then sew together pieces of
fabric, thus making the seam obsolete.