According to the statistics of the China Textile Machinery Association, the number of horizontal machines and machines in the first three quarters of 2016 is around 90000. According to the customs statistics, the export amount of the horizontal machine industry in our country was 152 million US dollars in the same period, up 14.1% over the same period.
In the first three quarters of 2016, the number of China's large and medium-sized weft knitting machines was around 17000 units. Meanwhile, the export volume of China's large diameter circular knitting machines was 162 million yuan, up 18.6% compared to the same period last year. The textile production enterprises in Taiwan and mainland of China have invested in Southeast Asia, and the export amount in the first three quarters of the circular weft machine increased steadily over the same period.
In the first three quarters of 2016, the knitting machinery industry was running smoothly. Influenced by different market demands, the performance of the three main types of flat knitting machines, circular weft knitting machines and warp knitting machines is quite different: the flat knitting machine industry is booming, the circular weft machine market is generally performing, and the warp knitting machine still faces great downward pressure.
The horizontal machine industry continued the good momentum of the first half of the year, compared with the same period of the previous year, the overall situation of the market improved significantly.
The circular weft industry has a warm trend in the third quarter of 2016, and the first three quarters of the year were basically flat compared with the previous year. In the first half of 2016, the domestic circular knitting machine was affected by the large-scale shutdown of the Shaoxing printing and dyeing plant, and the sales volume declined slightly in the third quarter. The sales models are mainly single sided computers, the jacquard circular weft knitting machine is outstanding, and the fine pitch or coarse pitch models perform better. Although the market share is small, the market performance is outstanding, and the pantyhose machine market is getting warmer.
The warp knitting machine industry faced great downside pressure in 2016. In recent years, the knitting industry is closely integrated with the fashion industry, such as the wide application of lace, which has promoted the high-speed development of the multi bar warp knitting machine for several years. The popularity of women's Bottomwear has brought the large demand for the equipment of 8 inch circular knitting machine. In 2017, with the further development of consumers' pursuit of individualization and fashion industry, the corresponding knitting machinery also has a broad development prospect.
The horizontal machine market will continue the good momentum. On the one hand, the knitting speed and weaving ability of old computerized flat knitting machines in domestic sweater weaving enterprises can no longer meet the production needs, and a large number of equipment need to be eliminated and updated. On the other hand, the production enterprises for knitting knitted shoe materials have maintained strong demand for flat knitting equipment.
At present, the full shaping shoe machine is the trend of the development of the knitted shoe machine. It is expected that there will be a space for the development of the shoe material technology and materials in the future. It is worth noting that domestic enterprises began to focus on the development of circular knitting machine upper circular knitting machine, some enterprises have benefited from the rise of prototype; artificial fur and sports shoes and other products, double needle and high-speed warp knitting machine will be extended with the vigorous development of knitwear industry; application, user demand for multi axial warp knitting machine will continue to grow.