Gerber Technology has introduced a new spreading machine specifically designed for apparel manufacturers in developing markets.

The GerberSpreader XLs50 can spread woven or knit materials from either rolls or folded packs.

It is said to provide accurate and consistent spread length and alignment of fabric edges, which enables parts to be nested closer to the beginning, end, and edges of the spread, eliminating end loss and optimising material utilisation.

"This is the first of several new products designed specifically for developing markets," said John R Hancock, president of Gerber Technology.

"We expect to begin shipping this product later this quarter."