In the three sub sessions at the symposia, IAF members and relations from across the world explained to the audience in short speeches and panels discussions what the digitisation of the industry is capable of, how it is actually implemented now by clothing manufacturers, brands and retailers and finally, how start-ups are using new technology to create new business models and entice consumers. Organisations such as Lectra, Gerber, Spesa, Oerlikon, Saxion University, WTiN and Denkendorf will share their insights with the audience.
The first sub session featured Karsten Newbury of Gerber Technology, Philippe Ribera of Lectra and Dave Gardner of Spesa. Industry 4.0 and the digitisation of the apparel industry in particular, is a powerful way to enable new and better business models. Company’s strategies must include digitisation, the speakers said.
The second sub session featured Ger Brinks of Saxion University, Andre Wissenberg of Oerlikon and Fernando Pimentel of Abit of Brazil. They made clear that the introduction of virtual reality, the use of robots and artificial intelligence is happening in the industry, but it is a complex process. Inevitably fully automated garment production will be possible on a profitable basis.
The third sub session presented the audience with Rosanne van der Meer of the Girl and the Machine, Dieter Stellmach of the Denkendorf Institute and Tansy Fall of IoTex Magazine/WTiN. They showed how start-up businesses are using industry 4.0 technology to offer consumers new experiences, for instance selling a product before it is made, involving the customer fully into the design. The service becomes a major part of the value proposition. (RR)
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