The CMS 830 C knit & wear is one of the models to be installed in a new US-based apparel facility.
The CMS 830 C knit & wear is one of the models to be installed in a new US-based apparel facility.

During the recent STOLL Symposium in New York City, STOLL announced its collaboration with Project I, an innovative apparel manufacturing group started by esteemed fashion executives Jon Lewis and John Elmuccio, to provide 300 high-tech flatbed knitting machines for a new US-based apparel facility. The production of the facility is anticipated to begin at the end of 2019.

STOLL said that the installation of these 300 high-tech flatbed knitting machines will happen throughout the next three years, including the new generation of ADF machines, which feature yarn carriers that are independent of the carriage and can move horizontally and vertically, and the novel CMS 830 C&S knit & wear (seamless knitting) machines. The company will also provide programming, training, manufacturing and on-site production support. 

“We have been working with Project I for over two years to turn this groundbreaking vision into a reality,” said Stephan Robertson, CEO North American Operations. “We have seen Fashion & Technology flourish on a mass global scale, but we needed a new competitive edge in the North American market. With Project I, we are finally able to make the United States a destination for advanced manufacturing and production.” 

According to Elmuccio, the partnership aimed to “create the apparel manufacturing and supply chain facility of the future”. It is also believed that the collaboration will strengthen America’s fashion market, restore apparel production jobs, and revitalize the fully-fashioned knit sector.

“The apparel, fashion, and luxury markets are ripe for disruption and resurgence in the US,” Lewis said. “By shortening the supply chain and locating production in the US, fashion brands and retailers will be able to keep pace with emerging trends and react to — not just anticipate — customer demand.”