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Industry 4.0: The Manufacturing Challenge

Digital, Online First

Introduction Industry 4.0 is the latest stage in the evolution of global manufacturing where digital technologies are being used to respond to changes in consumer demand driven by our ‘on-line’ society. Customers are increasingly demanding new and more customised products…

Multiplexed Laser Surface Enhancement

Circular, Vol. 3, Issue 1

Water is used extensively throughout textile processing operations. Almost all dyes, specialty chemicals, and finishing chemicals are applied to textile substrates from water baths. In addition, most fabric preparation steps, including desizing, scouring, bleaching, and mercerizing, use aqueous systems. The…

The Problem with Fast Fashion?

Transparent, Vol. 2, Issue 2

Understanding Fast Fashion The term “fast fashion” is often associated with cheap labour, cheap fabrics and cheap prices. However, this is far from the whole story, as we discovered meeting Fashion Enter who run their very own North London factory: Let’s…

The Business Case for Short Runs

Human, Vol. 2, Issue 2

Short run production can allow for local sourcing closer to market needs but also presents a number of challenges that can be addressed through TCBL. Short production runs for textiles and clothing materials can be divided into segments, e.g. Short…

Case Study: Katty Fashion

Human, Vol. 2, Issue 2

KATTY FASHION was established in 2003 by Caterina Ailiesei, a graduate from higher studies in textiles with over eight years experience as a production manager, to provide garments on a lohn-basis? for mid and high street labels in the UK….

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