The warp-knitted fabric produced on an HKS 2-SE machine
With its attractive shape and clean lines, the one-piece bra, which looks as if it has been produced in a mould, is marching triumphantly through the Chinese lingerie business. This popular lingerie item owes its success to its special design. It is produced with virtually no seams, is practically invisible and comfortable under clothing, and has no friction points whatsoever. The bra also has an impressive, soft, cool feel, which is the result of the fabric from which it is made – a charmeuse fabric produced on a KARL MAYER HKS 2-SE machine.
With all the hype surrounding this fashionable, seamless bra, the demand for this innovative, high-speed tricot machine is also increasing. “The machine was premiered at ITMA 2015 in Milan, and has been selling well ever since. Over the last six months, however, we have seen a big increase in demand in China,” says KARL Mayer’s Sales Manager, Rainer Mueller. According to this Hong-Kong-based sales and marketing expert, the main sales region is Guangdong Province – an area where there is a high concentration of manufacturers of stretch textiles. These warp knitting companies mainly supply and sell to the local and domestic brands that are already established on the Chinese market, such as Xiang Da Da, Lin Xi Meng, Xing Fu Hu Li, Jin Wie and Qing Qing Ku. They are able to profit from easy online marketing and sales platforms like WeChat and webshops, but benefit especially from highly efficient production technology.
Efficient production in just a few steps
The HKS 2-SE operates in a machine gauge of E 36 to produce the lingerie fabric for the one-piece bra. This high-speed tricot machine specialises in producing stretch knit goods, and operates at an impressive level of efficiency to produce high-quality fabrics. The Low Energy Option (LEO) means that the HKS 2-SE also offers advantages in terms of operating costs and environmental protection. Specific changes to the machine design have enabled energy consumption to be reduced by as much as 13 %.
The smooth, high-quality fabric, which is produced at a high level of efficiency, can be processed into a complete bra in just a few stages. The entire bra with its cups and side wings is styled in a single piece, and combined with a single layer or several layers. The assembly is laminated and the straps and fastening are added – and that’s it! The result is a comfortable bra that is easy to manufacture. The cutting/sealing process produces clean fabric edges without any seams whatsoever, and the multilayered construction also ensures that the product is flexible. Foam inserts can also be incorporated easily to create push-up effects, and bras having differently coloured inner and outer sections can also be produced. The variety and efficiency of the production process enable manufacturers to achieve rapid delivery times and to react quickly to rapidly changing fashion trends.
Source: KARL MAYER