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Production and business methods in the integral knitting supply chain
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
2008 (English)In: Fibre2fashion.comArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last 20 years there has been a dramatic technical development of machines and software in the production of knitted fashion garments. This development has made it possible to rationalise design and production of knitted garments so that today it is possible to make a knitted garment, almost ready made, directly in the knitting machine, with a minimum of processes, such as cutting and sewing. The objective of this paper is to explain and give examples of how this new knitting production technology could be implemented in a fast fashion logistic system. The method for this paper is an inductive approach based on a literature survey. The new technical achievements have not meant the great breakthrough that was expected. Why? Many companies moved their production to development countries where the costs ofproduction, mainly labour costs are lower than in western countries. Another reason is that it is not enough to invest in new machinery and then use the machines in the same production system as before. To gain the benefits of this technique the production processes in the company have to be changed and adapted to these new conditions. The lack of knowledge in supply chain design and a one-sided perspective on production costs, instead of a customer orientated one, is one explanation. This, in a business (fashion) where the demand is changing dayby- day and the short time to market is vital to a company’s ability to be competitive. This article describes the integral and complete garment knitting techniques and the advantages that they open up, both from a logistics and a technical point of view. An integral knitted whole garment technology, implemented and adjusted to the production and business system in a company, can reduce lead times dramatically and respond quickly to the rapidly changing fashion market.

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2008.
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knitting technology, mass customisation, fashion logistics, complete garment, Knitting technology, mass customisation, supply chain management.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2504Local ID: 2320/4358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2504DiVA, id: diva2:870598
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2018-02-13Bibliographically approved

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