The development of technology provides many possibilities for the future development of fashion. One of them is the trend of automation in garment sewing process.
A 2015 article by the British "Economist" pointed out that despite the automation of multiple production processes, there are still millions of people around the world who are engaged in the manual labor for garment sewing.
A new generation of garment equipment manufacturers to provide solutions. Such as the headquarters of Atlanta-based SoftWear Automation research and development of clothing production fully automated technology, equipped with high-performance cameras to capture the details of the fabric, and use it as a basis for garment sewn. Since 2015, the company launched SoftWear Automation Sewbot has sewn 2 million pieces of household products.
In June of this year, SoftWear Automation secured a $ 4.5 million additional investment from existing investor CTW Venture Partners. August Announced cooperation with Suzhou Tianyuan Garment Co., Ltd. of China to develop fully automated T-shirt production line for German sports brand adidas (Adidas).
Adidas has been a pioneer in automation technology. In May last year, Speedfactory, a robotics-based shoe factory, went live in Base Camp Germany and released its first concept shoe, Futurecraft M.F.G, in September of the same year.
Today's apparel industry is polarized: apparel sold in cheap labor in developing countries is sold at a low price, while goods produced in developed countries are sold at premiums such as "artisanal craftsmanship" and "manufacturing somewhere" . The emergence of the adidas robotics plant shows that, even with labor-intensive Germany, the introduction of robots enables 24-hour production with the minimum amount of manpower required to further dilute the advantages of production in Asia. In other words, the existence of a robotic plant offers the possibility of producing goods in the suburbs of developed countries.
However, adidasCEO Kasper Rorsted also made it clear that although the establishment of automated factories in Germany and the United States does not mean that large-scale production capacity will be transferred back to Europe and the United States, more likely to introduce such high-tech robot factory in Asia.
Women's clothing maker Paboc recently said it has decided to increase its investment in the company's factory facilities to provide a steady stream of colorful knit tops and to introduce automatic sewing machines at its processing plants in China. Paboc said investing in China's main sewing factory equipment is to "increase production speed and ensure uniform product quality." In the future, the company will also increase the introduction of robotic sewing equipment.
In August this year, Shima Seiki, the Japanese textile technology leader, raised 10.3 billion yen by issuing 20,000 shares, of which 6 billion yen was spent on construction of new factories and equipment and 4 billion yen on research and development funding. "Production can not catch up with demand and manpower is not enough, and most of the 60 billion yen will go to investing in automated robotic equipment."
Japanese fashion experts pointed out that the future may appear: robots make mass consumer goods, manpower only for the production of luxury goods.
The impact of the development of mechanical automation on the fashion industry should not be underestimated. Such as reducing transportation costs through domestic production and the working environment of factories in developing countries that have drawn more and more attention in recent years. In response to criticism from the outside world on labor issues, in March this year, Fast Retailing Corporation, the parent company of UNIQLO, announced the relevant information on co-operative apparel manufacturers in China, Bangladesh and other countries.