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Aisin Seiki Co Ltd became the producer of Toyota knitting machines. Production was stopped sometime in the 1980s. There's a story here but I don't know how true it is. Such a shame - Toyota machines had simulknit, a kind of plated double-bed jacquard, which no other machine does.

The following information is taken from a press release from the early 1980s, which was found in amongst some papers during an inventory sale.

Company Profile

Aisin Seiki Co Ltd, founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of automotive parts and sewing machines, has since grown into a principal international supplier of components for engines, driving systems, suspension, brakes, clutches and bodies, as well as home appliances and industrial machinery. 

An important member of the Toyota Group, which supplies parts to the Toyota Motor Corporation, Aisin is also known for its strong independence. For home use, Aisin manufactures knitting and sewing machines, electric appliances, and beds: for industrial use, it makes precision metal molds, large transfer machines, and sewing machines. 

The full press release is here

Some Elna machines were the same as some Toyota machines, and some were rebadged Knitmaster machines. There's more information on this, and a more detailed compatibility chart here

Model Gauge (mm) Needles Patterning Year
KH104 ??? 210 1960
KH106 1962
KH109 1965
KH202 5.5 170 Manual? 1954
210 3.63 252 1972
500 4.5 200 1978
K600 9 12 1969
SK600 9 110 12 1987
SR650 9 100 1987
700 1971
KS727 4.5 200 12 1985
KS747 4.5 200 12 1985
KS787 4.5 200 24 1977
KS858 4.5 200 24 1977/1990?
KS901 4.5 200 24 1981
KS950 4.5 200 24 1994
Ribbers Gauge (mm) Needles Year
KR310 9 ???
KR350 9 ???
KR450 4.5 200 1972
KR460 4.5 200
KR501 4.5 200 1981
KR505 4.5 200
KR506 4.5 200
KR650 9 100 1987
Accessory Description Gauge
K20 Knit tracer 4.5mm
K31 Knit tracer 4.5mm
K33 Knit tracer 4.5mm
K33A Knit tracer 4.5mm
K55 Linker 4.5mm
K65 Transfer carriage 4.5mm
K81 Plating 4.5mm
K82A Intarsia carriage 4.5mm
K85 Pile carriage 4.5mm
K86A Colour changer 4.5mm