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Knitting up a storm


Busi Giovanni has specialized in the design and construction of sock knitting machines since 1958. Over the years, the company has built up a worldwide reputation thanks to the reliability and longevity of its machines.

“The average life span of one of our machines is 25 years,” says Export and Marketing Manager Michele Castagna. “However, some of our customers have machines from us that have been running three shifts per day for 35 years.” This is the hallmark of an outstanding level of quality that is guaranteed through the use of the highest quality components and a high degree of hand finishing.

“We only produce between 200 and 220 machines per year for a highly specialized, niche market,” explains Mr. Castagna. “Our machines represent the premium end of the market and have unique technical features, first and foremost amongst which is their ability to knit true rib socks.”

Another unique feature of Busi machines is their ability to combine terry and true rib features in the same sock. While Busi Giovanni machines are the most expensive in the market, their superior performance, low maintenance costs and long life span actually make them cheaper over the long term.

The range consists of 13 machine types suitable for knitting a wide range of fashion, sports and medical socks and stockings. As well as being able to knit socks with varying levels of elasticity, support and thickness, the machines can also knit virtually any pattern with up to 16 different colours.

The company holds a number of patents for its innovations. In 2009 a patent was successfully filed in Italy for a device that produces twin-layer socks. In 2010 the patent was extended beyond Italy. In 2009, it developed the Rimaglio system, which is the most advanced system for loop-by-loop linking of the toe of the sock for a smooth finish.

Closing the toe on the sock used to be done by hand. Thanks to Rimaglio, the whole sock can now be produced on the machine. Busi has also pioneered the integration of modern technology in its machines, introducing the first machines with fully electronic control in 1990.

Over the past eight years BUSI has also developed a highly innovative and versatile range of medical machines, capable of knitting certified medical socks with unique technical and aesthetical features.

“Our latest development is a device that makes it possible to knit socks with patterns that cover the whole heel area of the sock for a more homogenous appearance,” says Mr. Castagna.

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