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Shanghai/Tokyo - Uniqlo made its debut at the annual China International Import Expo (CIIE) this month with Shima Seiki's WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology acting as a key centerpiece on the Japanese global apparel retailer's booth.

Held from November 5 to 10 in Shanghai, the event also marked the first time Uniqlo has hosted The Art and Science of LifeWear, a LifeWear global brand exhibition, in China, following similar events in New York, Paris and London in previous years.

Shima Seiki and Fast Retailing have a long-standing partnership with the apparel giant a major exponent of Shima's WHOLEGARMENT technology. The resultant products are characterized by excellent comfort, wear, and drape properties arising from seam-free construction, high added value, and a wide variety of designs not offered by conventional products. The innovative knitwear manufacturing solution from Shima Seiki can also reduce manufacturing lead times and realize appropriate volume production while also significantly reducing yarn and fabric wastage.

This most recent event marked the first time that Uniqlo has showcased a WHOLEGARMENT machine at an show in China with the booth space demonstrating the art of the revolutionary 3D seamless knitting, which fits the body perfectly and brings a new wearing experience of stylish comfort.

At 1,500 square meters The Art and Science of LifeWear was the largest exhibition space in the customer goods category of the CIIE. The space, known as "Museum of Tomorrow," showcased the innovation and technologies behind iconic Uniqlo products, the craftsmanship that goes into creating high-quality clothing, sustainability initiatives, as well as the first public exhibition of the upcoming +J collection in collaboration with designer Jil Sander. On show was the world's largest Ultra Light Down which was hanging in mid-air.

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