Robert Freese, former founder of SUD back in 1987, designed machines to increase productivity and quality within the textile industry, products ranging from lingerie through to the aviation industries. In 1993 Robert received the BBCMM award for Best Innovative Machine Design in the manufacturing of textiles. SUD moved into the window blinds industry in 2001 developing automated machines for the production of awnings, roller blinds, screens and vertical blinds. In 2008 Eclipse, part of the Hunter Douglas group of companies purchased SUD to increase its machine portfolio.
2012 Robert set up GMI Global Machine Innovations , retaining all automated sewing machine designs and IP which he designed whilst In SUD and since which has made improvements to these reliable productive machines.
GMI have developed high quality versatile cutting machines which set the bench mark in design and quality, these flexible machines have the fastest cutting mechanism in the world while being able to cut soft cloth, voiles, roller blinds, through to heavy screen fabrics fusing the fibre to reduce the risk of fraying. These machines also set the bench mark in safety using the very latest in coded sensors which prevents the machine from operating outside the control of software meeting new safety regulations. Unlike conventional cutting machines, the mechanism is out of view built inside a module, which can be either serviced on site or easily unplugged and service exchanged, to reduce heavy costs of engineers travelling around the world to service.
We are members of the British Blinds and Shutters Association (BBSA). Our membership number is: 966 – Category A.
GMI also supply machines for cutting and processing PVC and aluminium profiles, increasing the quality of the cut, reducing noise and increasing safety in the work place.
We are constantly developing new products to assist customers to become more efficient whilst building machines to the highest quality.