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Manchester - UK knitwear manufacturer Zam Zam Knitwear Limited has ramped up its production capacity following the installation of a bank of new WideGauge flat knitting machines from Shima Seiki.

Shima Seiki's WideGauge capability allows a variety of gauges - from finer-gauges using all-needle knitting, to lower-gauges using half-gauge knitting - to be knit on a single machine. According to Shima Seiki, this gives knitwear manufacturers the freedom to handle changing seasons and shifting trends without investing in a machine for every gauge or resorting to the complex, time-consuming task of gauge conversion.

Zam Zam was formed in 2005 by Mr Sher and Mr Chaudhry in the Ardwick area of Manchester. Concentrating on providing a good service to a number of key customers, Zam Zam has introduced a number of knitting techniques and style flexibility within their product range as trends have changed over the years.

In order to continue to provide their customers with greater patterning capabilities and product flexibility they have recently invested in 10 brand new Shima Seiki knitting machines including WideGauge technology.

For Zam Zam, this means it is now able to cover a variety of gauges off the same machine as well as realising improved knitting times, garment shaping and overall improvements in machine performance.

Mr Sher and Mr Chaudhry are pictured with their new machines all running on production.

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