The leader of circular knitting machines Santoni, in collaboration with designers Eva x Carola, officially inaugurated its new Materials Experience Center (MEC) at Santoni’s facilities in Shanghai. The new space is a center for contemporary research and inspiration for leading textile industry professionals to meet clients, research ideas and work on tailor-made projects. It will be a pivotal space for inspiration, ideation, implementation and knowledge sharing.
Designing the future
The MEC is designed to meet the needs of a modern textile producer who consistently advocates for sustainability and futuristic design in clothing, the company said in a statement today.
Santoni CEO Gianpietro Belotti said: “The establishment of this new network has allowed us to think differently and be ready to cross new frontiers. This will allow us to achieve our mission of inspiring knitters around the world with cutting edge solutions.
A modular and flexible space
The Material Experience Center was developed to suit different uses and projects and simplicity and adaptability were at the heart of the final design. The idea is that people can easily fit different products, samples and demonstrations into the space, using the areas provided. With this in mind, the space also includes:
• An ideal place for workshops and seminars
• A break area for coffee and snacks
• A relaxed environment for more informal meetings
• A space for brainstorming, development and initiation of innovative partnerships
• A creative open configuration to analyze test results and decide on next steps
• A place where projects are securely saved, stored and made easily accessible
“The main objectives of MEC are therefore: inspiration, ideation, implementation and knowledge sharing with the overarching objective of helping to create a better connected and smarter textile industry. The center will promote the importance of collaboration, providing a dedicated space to meet with key industry players and work on developing the performance knits of tomorrow, ”the company said.
“It will be a focal point around which stakeholders in the supply chain industry can come together, including brands, manufacturing companies and yarn suppliers. Above all, there is also the possibility of working alongside the Santoni machines. The applications of the different machines are promoted and explained, and it is also possible to work alongside the machine itself, where the results can be analyzed and updated on the spot. This means that the ideas can be realized in the shortest possible time.
Open and bright space
The finished environment is open, bright and has a high tech feel. Elements such as wire mesh, stainless steel, LED walls and touch screens have been incorporated. It is a clean, sophisticated and airy space where you feel in harmony with all that is technological and futuristic.
The space itself is a key attraction for visitors who encounter Santoni Shanghai, and consists of an entrance, concept, exhibition area, function room and lounge. . The first area visitors come across is the entrance, an area that connects the reception area of the Santoni factory to the Materials Experience Center. This reception area can be closed to the makerspace to guarantee privacy and confidentiality. Elsewhere in the MEC, research and concepts are displayed and supported by datasheets, spools of thread, and concept explanations.
Over 2000 samples
The final touch at MEC is the Santonis Sample Archive, an automated storage room with over 2,000 samples that serve as examples for almost any application. This can be viewed online or in person. A mechanical arm in the center of the library delivers any sample requested at the show, which is a nod to the ingenuity and technological innovation that we believe the MEC and its users are synonymous with. For those who prefer to test in their own business, samples can also be borrowed. An additional database of threads and materials is currently being set up for external and internal use, as well as an internal thread store with a large number of different threads.
For more information on the Materials Experience Center, Santoni Shanghai or Eva x Carola, contact [email protected] Where [email protected]ni.cn.