With over 100 years of experience, American-made Vanguard circular knitting machines lead the world in speed and efficiency. Established in 1916 as the Vanguard Supreme Machinery Company, the company was acquired by Taiwan’s PaiLung Machinery in 2009, creating an international organization headed by knitting innovator and visionary James Wang, whose guidance propelled PaiLung into one of the biggest circular knitting machine manufacturers in the world. Under Wang’s chairmanship, a new management team and an expanded network of agents are making strides in global textile markets.
Besides the company’s strong presence in Central America and Mexico, where Vanguard PaiLung also operates an office for customer service, the company has successfully placed many machines in fast-growing markets such as Bangladesh, India and Southeast Asia. The company also has a solid customer base in South America, where growing sales in Brazil are an important focus for the future.
“High-volume knitting technology is in demand in these markets, and there is vast potential for our machines,” believes Uwe Heintel, recently appointed VP, international sales. Vanguard machines are firmly established as the choice for major North American brands such as Hanesbrands, Gildan, and Fruit of the Loom. “True American manufacturing starts with American machinery,” says Heintel. “Vanguard is a true American story, still manufactured in North Carolina.”
Vanguard specializes in high-speed machines producing single jersey, including 4-track pattern possibilities, elastic jersey, rib, and three-end fleece models, with an emphasis on full-range machines up to 42“. Years of innovation and ongoing research have resulted in machinery with increased production volumes and unique features. Vanguard’s high-speed machines perform in body sizes as well as in large diameters on highest speed factors up to 1900.
According to Heintel, Vanguard’s high-speed jersey machines are capable of knitting plain jersey at 60 rpm. The company’s jumbo high-frame machines can churn out 230 kilo rolls. “It’s not how fast you knit; it’s how well you knit fast,” Heintel comments, paraphrasing a well-known advertisement. In an era of uncertain tariffs, shifting sourcing patterns, rising prices, and narrow profit margins, Vanguard’s speed and efficiency offers mills, manufacturers, and brands a unique opportunity to be successful.
Vanguard PaiLung will exhibit its latest innovations, including a recently-developed high-speed open-width machine for elastic jersey fabrics, at ITMA, Hall 8 Booth B206. “We welcome ITMA attendees to visit the booth and discover how Vanguard’s speed and efficiency can increase profit margins,” says Heintel.