Micro-factories for Fashion Products
Fashion micro-factories are largely automated, small-scale, and require fewer resources to build and operate than traditional fashion factories. Due to their automation and scale, they can be flexible to changes in the production line, which makes them able to fabricate different types of clothing, while managing smaller quantities efficiently and relying less on trained human resources. These qualities enable them to respond quickly to the needs of the consumers, while at the same time offering them personalized clothing products. Among other advantages, micro-factories have a smaller environmental footprint, are closer to the market they serve and therefore can be integrated into the supply chain in a way that utilizes local raw materials. In fact, if they modify their production processes to reduce the waste that may be produced due to the fabrication of smaller batches of items, micro-factories located near the end-market can be competitive and profitable even in very small production volumes.