Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Robots unsuitable for garment manufacturing: UNCTAD
Robots unsuitable for garment manufacturing: UNCTAD
15
Nov '16
Robots are replacing low wage workers in most of the workplaces to promote domestic manufacturing. This step is bound to have an adverse effect on developing countries. However, robots are not yet suitable for labour-intensive firms like garment industries, leaving the door open for developing countries to enter industrialisation along traditional lines.

If robots are considered a form of capital, which is a close substitute for low-skilled workers, there would be reduction in the share of human labour in total production costs. This is bound to affect the garment manufacturing, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in its October 2016 Policy Brief titled 'Robots and Industrialization in Developing Countries'.

The use of robots at workplace is aimed at reshoring—promoting local manufacturing by attaining maximum benefits. UNCTAD highlights that reshoring is taking place in developed countries, but it has fallen short of expected reindustrialisation effects. Reshoring has mostly been accompanied by capital investment. Minimal job creation has occurred due to concentration on high-skilled activities, this has thereby sharpened income disparity between rural and urban dwellers.

Expansion of the trade preference programmes of the developed countries will also benefit the least developed countries. This process will begin by providing comprehensive coverage of duty-free and quota-free market access to labour-intensive exports from developing countries, combined with rules of origin that are simple to use and flexible in meeting the producers' needs. Enhanced regional trade integration among developing countries could help them attain a market size that will help industries to forego reshoring and maintain production in their countries. Industries such as textile and apparel will benefit from such integrations. (RR)

 

Fibre2Fashion.com – India


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2020

Ascent to full recovery likely to be long, uncertain: IMF

The ascent to a full economic recovery will likely be long, uneven...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2020

Pak trade bodies demand duty-free cotton yarn export

Pakistan's value-added textile exporters have urged the government to ...

Pic: Shutterstock

Retail | On 28th Oct 2020

C&A avoids over 116,000 metric tons of GHG emissions

During 2019, C&A avoided more than 116,000 metric tons of greenhouse...

Interviews View All

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

In 10 years' time, everything will have the responsible factor integrated

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

Sustainable fashion is also ‘slow fashion’

Pinkesh Jain, Everflow Petrofils Ltd

Pinkesh Jain
Everflow Petrofils Ltd

‘An innovative technology which India needs desperately is the...

Eric Schoeller,

Eric Schoeller

Groz-Beckert is the world's leading provider of industrial machine...

Boban Charly,

Boban Charly

Bierrebi designs and manufactures automatic machines that cut fabric into...

Marcel Moser,

Marcel Moser

Switzerland-based Benninger is a leading manufacturer of technologically...

Urs Stalder, Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Michael Jaenecke, Messe Frankfurt

Michael Jaenecke
Messe Frankfurt

From May 14 to 17, international exhibitors will present the entire...

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi, Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi
Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

A team of researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY),...

Sidharth Sinha, Sidharth Sinha

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Samar Firdos, Arvind Ltd

Samar Firdos
Arvind Ltd

<b>Samar Firdos</b>, Chief Manager (Design) at Lifestyle Apparel Denim...

Aprajita Toor, Aprajita Toor

Aprajita Toor
Aprajita Toor

The creations by Aprajita Toor were born out of a deep desire to create...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


October 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search