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BUSI | Socks and much more…                                 Botticino (Italy), October 2020

Over the last few difficult months during which almost all countries worldwide have been hit by Covid19 and lots of businesses have been jeopardized, BUSI has kept such a bad situation as a good opportunity to reorganize their production plant and premises.

Furthermore our team of truly smart employees, engineers and technicians did their utmost to find something out for BUSI machines’ optimization. Actually our main question in occasion of brainstorming sessions hold remotely was “How can BUSI machines be used differently? Can they make other products in addition to the several types of (beautiful) socks?”

A very useful and moving  coaching with Mauro Scarpari – an Italian smiling positive-thinking paralympic athlete, who rides his handbike in the Italian official team of able-bodied riders and is the only one among them being committed to the collective issue #vivalavita (i.e. Cheers to life!) of social inclusion in the sports world – was the occasion to revive our soul and to give our mind a new lease of life from the “darkness” of Corona virus.

We were taught that negative life experiences as his – he had a bad accident during an off-road motocross race which confined him to a wheelchair – can bring “golden chances” out we’d never get.

Thus, our uproarious answer to the above query was a great “Yes, they can!!!”  Actually besides socks BUSI one-cylinder sock-knitting machines can be efficiently used to make a good number of different products like:

  • protective masks         
  • mittens       
  • ties
  • knee pads
  • wrist cuffs
  • sleeves
  • elbow caps
  • leg warmers
  • scarves
  • hoods

please visit our web site www.busigiovanni.com

Via Giovanni Busi 14 – 25082 Botticino Sera (Bs) Italy
P.IVA / VAT Code IT 02057080174
Tel./Ph. +39 030 2190304
E-mail busi@busigiovanni.com



Dear Sirs,

BUSI GIOVANNI (Italy) has always been committed to adopt and spread the so-called culture of health and safety in our premises, thus promoting responsible behaviour and operating actively in order to safeguard and protect our employees’ health and safety.

In such an emergency situation due to Coronavirus our ethical commitment is equally strong and more solid.

We do want you to be certain and ensure you that BUSI is currently adopting all the preventive and precautionary  measures provided by the Italian Ministry of Health and other Public Authorities.

These measures, which have been approved by the European Union, too, have promptly been taken by BUSI for the sake of protecting all our workers, all our Customers and all people with whom we get in touch every day, although our company is NOT located in the red emergency area.

Please be also notified that for any query and request, you can continue to refer directly to our staff who are keeping being operative as usually.

In this delicate moment BUSI is able and willing to guarantee its usual daily activity by offering constant and continuous full support to all our Customers worldwide, and also to those who are located in the Italian emergency area.

You are then invited to keep in touch both with our commercial team and with our technical staff in order to avoid you any trouble or problem.

Hope the above is explanatory, do not hesitate contact us as you are used to doing.

Thank you for your attention to the above.

Best regards,

Catina Busi
Managing Director

Web Site: www.busigiovanni.com
E-mail: catina.busi@busigiovanni.com
Tel: +39-030 2190304


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These BUSI models are simply unique in the market.

These BUSI models are simply unique in the market.

Their peculiarity consists in the possibility of transferring not only from the dial needles to the cylinder, but from the cylinder needles to the dial too.

Both models, therefore, are the only single-cylinder machines that can replicate the typical, extremely elegant, broad-rib socks knitted by double-cylinder ones.

 DOPPIO and DOPPIO TERRY can also knit double welt, followed by true rib in the leg and foot (whereas double-cylinder machines simply cannot do that)

They have 4 pattern colours plus ground, can be equipped with our renowned RIMAGLIO automatic toe-closing device (https://youtu.be/NsBtdRnQhuw), and DOPPIO TERRY can knit a superb quality sandwich terry, by using a very stable and precise sinker cap equipped with a double sinker.

 Please let us know whether you were interested in receiving self-explanatory sock samples knitted on the above mentioned models.


Michele Castagna (Mr./Hr.)
Export and Marketing Manager                                Web Site: www.busigiovanni.com
E-mail: m.castagna@busigiovanni.com
Mobile: +39-334-66.99.031

please visit our web site www.busigiovanni.com

Via Molini, 24 25082 Botticino Sera (Bs) Italy
P.IVA / VAT Code IT 02057080174
Tel./Ph. +39 030 2190304 – Fax +39 030 2693387
E-mail busi@busigiovanni.com


Busi enhances sock toe-closing options on Rimaglio system

Brescia – Sock knitting machine specialist Busi Giovanni has enhanced the performance of its Rimaglio technology, the renowned, automatic, stitch-by-stitch toe-closing device.

The Brescia-based firm says it is constantly looking to improve the reliability and versatility of the Rimaglio technology. This latest upgrade means it is now possible to knit the last course of stitches all around the item’s body, effectively 360 degrees.

This method means that the sock manufacturer can fix the end part of a tube, with both a single welt or a double one, to prevent it from unwinding.

This third version of the Rimaglio system is located on the left-hand side of the machine, which means the knitting technician still has full accessibility to the knitting head.

The sequential operation of the new device starts with the yarn finger head being raised when sock knitting has been completed. The cylinder then stops in a pick-up position with the help of a mechanical clutch.

The knitting head is then raised and the toe-closing device swings across and aligns itself exactly above the cylinder needles. It is then lowered to a position where pick-up elements position themselves precisely onto these needles. Individual knitted loops are then transferred from the cylinder needles on to the toe-closing device. The sock is then picked up and the arm swings the device back into its position underneath the tubular sock-turning piston on the left-hand side of the machine. The knitting head is closed again and knitting of the next sock commences.

As knitting of the next sock commences, the completed sock is pushed upwards and turned inside out by a sock-turning tube. This means stitching of the toe occurs on the inside of the sock to replicate traditional linking.

Next, two half-crowns, on which the last knitted course is located, close like a jaw superimposing the two halves of the sock toe on top of each other. Loops from the two separate courses are placed on the same comb. At this point, the sock toe is ready to be stitched closed, and the linking-device starts up sewing the toe area of the sock fabric with stitch-for-stitch linking. Needles pass through the loop twice to give a secure stitch and improve the elasticity of the seam.

Busi Giovanni marks 60 years of success


Family-run Italian hosiery knitting machine builder Busi Giovanni is marking its 60th anniversary this year, after a number of changes were made to the management of the company, following the passing of its founder Giovanni Busi just two weeks after the passing of his beloved son Gianmario in June last year.

The company, which has specialised in the design and construction of single-cylinder machines with rib needles in the dial for the production of high-quality stockings, socks and tights since 1958, is currently implementing many internal changes, with young minds of Leonardo and Francesco, nephews of Catina Busi, General Manager of Busi Giovanni, now fully on board.

Catina Busi, General Manager of Busi Giovanni, with nephews Leonardo and Francesco. © Busi Giovanni

Knitting Industry spoke to Catina Busi about the company’s heritage and success, its main ambitions, and its plans for the future, including the introduction of new production monitoring software for its customers.

Are you planning to mark the company’s 60th anniversary?

Catina Busi: Sincerely, after losing my father and my brother only a few months ago, we prefer not celebrating our 60th anniversary with parties or similar events, but maybe with a glass of Italian Franciacorta sparkling wine, to be sipped by me with my two beloved nephews Leonardo and Francesco, surrounded by all of our collaborators, making a toast to life and a positive future for our company.

What do you believe has made the company so successful for so many years?

CB: Our mission is simple: we exclusively want to make single-cylinder sock-knitting machines capable of making perfect, top-quality, beautiful, resistant, unique socks. Not only… these machines must be terribly solid, reliable, long-lasting and don’t have to require lots of money in maintenance, spare part replacements and so on. A customer must get bored, after thirty years using them, three shifts a day, and decide to give them away – not because they are not working well any more.

To achieve this, we do not consider of primary importance the purchase prices of the components we use to build them, but their effectiveness, reliability and duration: in other words, our machines are made by just the best components available in the international supply markets. I am pretty sure our customers understand this philosophy, this deeply-rooted mission of ours, and choose us because they only want machines with these features, otherwise they would go to other anyhow qualified and good suppliers, considering that we are the most expensive in the market.

These differences, these perceptions, are in my opinion the real reason of our success and longevity.

Today, Busi is recognised as one of the most inventive producers of machines for high-performance and high-tech socks. © Busi Giovanni

How important do you think your company’s heritage and the Made in Italy label are to your customers?

CB: Terribly important: we not only are Italians, we are from Botticino, the town where Francesco Lonati was born, where our family-friend Ettore Lonati lives and where, all in all, the excellence technology and the unique know-how of the Italian sock-knitting industry itself was born.

My father and my whole family were born here, we all live in this place: sufficient elements to be proud of belonging to our splendid country and to Botticino especially. We will never go abroad, my brother and I had never thought, even for a second, to go abroad: our production must stay here, with our fantastic men manufacturing our machines every day, with the same commitment and passion. It is like with Ferrari, or Maserati – who would like to buy a dream-car like these made in a country that were not Italy?

The company has specialised in the design and construction of single-cylinder machines with rib needles in the dial for the production of high-quality stockings, socks and tights since 1958. © Busi Giovanni

I understand the company had to undergo a number of internal changes last year, with your two nephews, Leonardo and Francesco, taking more active roles in the factory’s running. How are they doing?

CB: I must admit I was much more concerned and pessimistic, last year, when it all happened, in June, then Leonardo and Francesco proved to me I was completely wrong, since they are so serious, effective, professional, that, really, I cannot believe they are just 27 and 26 years old. Leonardo has a degree as Industrial Engineer, whereas Francesco is going to soon get his degree in Electronic Engineering, both competences that will bring added value to all that had already been done and consolidated by their father, over so many years.

Among the three of us, I am so pleased to ascertain that, a beautiful and magical synergy has taken place, during these past months working side by side, every single day, magnificently binding and mixing my thirty-five years of experience, running this company, with their liveliness and impetus towards innovation, inherent to their young ages.

For God’s sake, as long as gorgeous my nephews may be, this company would be simply nothing without the whole team of my collaborators: we have recently hired a new outstanding Operations Manager, who is guiding the whole factory in a wise, experienced and evidently effective way, not forgetting that all of my guys, here, are special, in terms of experience and technical skills, difficult to replace, difficult to find new ones to increase our production capacity. So, my nephews are in very good hands indeed: my main collaborators are making them grow, gradually, constantly and very positively, eventually, so my last year’s concerns have disappeared forever.

All of Busi machines are available with the innovative system Rimaglio, which allows the automatic closing of the toe. © Busi Giovanni

What is your vision of the future of the company?

CB: We want to spread and reinforce our company’s reputation, even more than today, in every market of the world. We are not interested in selling thousands of machines, this is not what we want, this would not be coherent with our mission: we want every sock maker to think of us as the high-end “tailors” of single-cylinder sock-knitting machines.

Whenever they needed to make any special productions, particularly elegant or sophisticated items for important, prestigious customers, they should think of Busi as the preferred machinery choice: this is the best future perspective I can figure out for my company.

At the beginning of the year, you introduced a new sock design service to your customers. Has it proved successful?

CB: It was actually appreciated, we received several requests already. Nevertheless, the aim was not at all to collect a thousand orders, but rather to tell our customers we tend to do anything to help them, to support and please them, even in fields not directly connected with machine deliveries, technical assistance and so on.

“Aren’t you experienced in conceiving new sock articles? No problem, we can make your life easier from that point of view too” …that was the message and the purpose. By the way, I take the chance to add that, nearly twenty years after the release of our current production monitoring software named SK-MON, we are now about to release the new one, named Busi Control Tower, which will offer our customers a large range of new performances, much more coherent with the nowadays’ requirements a sock maker is compelled to meet on a daily basis.