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Automated technologies as a substitute for classic outsourcing in the garment manufacturing industry

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QUOTES “As fashion companies are seeking for new sourcing alternatives in this complex environment, the question persists: to what extent automated robots could present the solution and become a more attractive substitute for classic outsourcing in garment manufacturing?” “As automation is already established to a high degree in other industries like the automotive sector - the question arises how far the fashion industry has come in terms of automated production.” MAIN GOAL The main goal of this thesis is to examine classic outsourcing versus new automated technologies, and reflect on its current progresses. RESEARCH QUESTIONS 1. What is the current state of the traditional outsourcing market? 2. What factors will influence manufacturing in the near future (next 10 years)? 3. What are the prospects for automated manufacturing technologies in garment manufacturing? TABLE OF CONTENTS //1. INTRODUCTION //2. CLASSIC OUTSOURCING: 2.1 defining outsourcing. - 2.2 the make-or-buy decision. - 2.3 main drivers of apparel outsourcing. - 2.4 types of production. - 2.5 sourcing landscape overview. - 2.6 conclusion //3. TRANSFORMATION OF CLASSIC OUTSOURCING: 3.1 threats to classic outsourcing. - 3.2 case study: China’s transformation of an outsourcing country //4. INFLUENTIAL FACTORS IN GARMENT MANUFACTURING: 4.1 technology advancements & industry 4.0. - 4.2 sustainable manufacturing implementation. - 4.3 modification of consumer behavior (the impact of Generation Y ; from mass-production to mass-customization). - 4.4 proximity sourcing //5. AUTOMATION IN GARMENT MANUFACTURING: 5.1 defining automation. - 5.2 automation development. - 5.3 knitting automation. - 5.4 sewing automation. - 5.5 conclusion //6. FINAL COMPARISON: 6.1 speed. - 6.2 capacity. - 6.3 quality . - 6.4 risk & sustainability. - 6.5 people. - 6.6 costs. - 6.7 conclusion //7. FINAL CONCLUSION. - References ; Appendix ARTICLE The article is based on the research. It is written as intended for the readers of the SJ (Sourcing Journal).

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
AfdelingMedia, Creatie en Informatie
Jaar2017
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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