Two diverse developments in the garment arena are fascinating me today. The first being the talk about Industry 4.0 and the speed of the industry to adopt machines to impress the garment manufacturers.
However, many have an ambiguous understanding of the concept and are already positioning their technologies as Industry 4.0, ready to impress their customers. Their limit to get admiration can extend up to just putting a sensor to mark the machine temperature,which is communicated to the user via an app and qualifies for a company as an Industry 4.0 ready technology!
It is obvious that the garment manufacturers currently are unware about this emerging innovation since they accept every bit of computer-aided technology presented to them as Industry 4.0 ready, without question.
But then, every concept takes time to develop and shape up to a level when both sides of the industry become well-versed and equipped to understand the thought in its totality and use it optimally.
The second development that I am watching very carefully is the upward movement of manufacturing in the USA, which is now US $ 13.6 billion of shipments annually, and which is growing further.
Though most manufacturers in the US have small units with 25-60 machines, the growth is coming through big Chinese investments that are happening in garmenting, of late.
The latest is a Chinese company setting up a robotic plant in the US to take advantage of the ‘ Trump Trust’ for local manufacturing. I am sure these kinds of initiatives would put a greater emphasis on the need to expedite Industry 4.0 equipped technology.
I will be visiting CISMA this month and it will be interesting to see how Chinese technology companies are geared up to imbibe Industry 4.0 in their technological processes. Earlier this year, the 4.0 revolution was the buzzword at Texprocess, Germany.
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