Robots take over Adidas apparel production

Signal of change / Robots take over Adidas apparel production

By Charlene Collison / 12 Apr 2017
The world's first large scale shoe robot factory has been unveiled: Adidas will use machines in Germany instead of factory workers in Asia. Adidas' Futurecraft 4D was created using digital light synthesis technology, where programmable liquid resin platform uses light to create the shape of the sole, then uses heat to set it, allowing the team to create a print from scratch. The shoe is set to launch later this month.

So what?

This development in the shoe area is just the beginning and will be leveraged to the apparel industry as well. This could have huge implications - and unintended consequences - for economies in Asia, particularly Bangladesh and other areas where employment is heavily focused around creating apparel for export to global, especially US and European markets.


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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