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Cifra develops warp knit in merino wool

The Italian company Cifra designs and produces seamless socks, tights, pantyhose and seamless garments for intimate apparel, active wear, body shapers, posture garments and swimwear for leading retailers and brands. Cifra has an innovative approach to seamless garment manufacture using double needle bar jacquard raschel knitting machines.

It has the largest plant of double needle bar jacquard machines in the world, which are mainly supplied by Karl Mayer. Now, Cifra is planning to invest in new Karl Mayer RDPJ 6/2 EL double needle bar jacquard machines in 24 gauge to meet increasing demand for its seamless products. These machines will help increase capacity and meet the demand for sportswear and hosiery.

For sportswear, Cifra mainly uses Karl Mayer HDRJ 6/2 and HDRJ 4/2 in 24 gauge (needles per inch). Cifra has also been developing new seamless warp knit products in merino wool for some of Europe’s leading brands. Merino wool, or any wool, is not normally knitted on seamless warp knitting machines. These machines are more productive than current flat knitted products.

These merino wool products are in the collections of leading brands for both sport and fashion. Merino wool yarns Cifra is using for the new seamless project have been specially developed by leading wool spinner Schoeller.