Bangladesh has done a revolution in automatic knitting

Ashik Khan & Abul Hasnat       
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“Combining a piece of thread with two needles into a piece of fabric” was an ancient concept of knitting. Today different methods and styles are used to knit fabrics. The origin of knitting is hard to trace but there are several information it. Some people believe that knitting started in Persia, others that was started in Palestine, Jordan and Syria. Even some ensured that knitting grew out of the knitting of fish nets by men. In 21st century it has seen a resurgence of knitting and this era give birth of different types of knitting machines and products. In last decade, People started using IC controlled knitting machine as they offer huge advancement & automation facility.

Figure 1: Knitting is used not only to produce garments; knit footwear has got tremendous popularity in recent times.
Figure 1: Knitting is used not only to produce garments; knit footwear has got tremendous popularity in recent times.

Like, an automatic knitting machine can produce much more work in a time frame, as it could make ten people’s output at the same time with manual system. Really it brings a revolutionary change in knitting industry throughout the world. Bangladesh particularly has experienced this change through last decade. Many Bangladeshi manual sweater and pieces knitting machine has been thrown away replaced by automated one. The transformation has made Bangladesh knitting industry capable of delivering innovative design and quality production.

An automatic knitting machine offers:

  1. Control the amount of yarn fed to the machine for each row of loops.
  2. Computerized & systematic operation cycle, which is more convenient for smooth and large production.
  3. Easy record and reproduction of settings, cycles & design works of a development or new design.

In Bangladesh, many company adopted automated sweater knitting, and semi-automated circular knitting technology. This technological change is now offering Bangladesh an extended opportunity to grow in R&D, Design & development capacity, quick proto development, and opportunity to move toward fashion producing country from basic apparel manufacturer.

Figure 2: Look of a knitting floor have been changed significantly by the adoption of automation technology.
Figure 2: Look of a knitting floor have been changed significantly by the adoption of automation technology.

Day by day the importance of automatic knitting machine became mandatory for every knitting industry. Because the profit in knitwear sector was narrowing the companies needed something to reduce cost. The automation technology help them reducing salary and wages and making sure more productivity. Due to the increasing in demand from the brands the knitwear sector transformed their business through automatic knitting machine. Such technology adoption helped Bangladesh to continue its growth in knitting and knitwear sector.

Figure 2: Export growth of knitwear industry in Bangladesh.
Figure 3: Export growth of knitwear industry in Bangladesh.

Shima Seiki is the largest and one of the oldest automated knitting machine producers. Mayer & Cie and Pilung offer advance semi-automated knitting machine for circular knitting. Stoll and Cixing are another two leaders in knitting automation. Groz-Beckert produces precision equipment to help in the automation.

Recently famous fashion brand makers in USA, Europe, Japan etc. have been visiting Bangladesh for purchasing high end, design oriented products. Because such buyers always requested for high quality, new design inputs, fancy  & innovative design; which is easy to produce in automatic sweater & semi-automated knitting machines.

To reach targeted USD 50 billion dream, move forward & sustain our growth as apparel manufacturer; Bangladesh should focus on more design & innovation oriented products. Focusing on sweater & jacquard knitting can be one area to reach that goal.

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