The factory falls under New Manufacturing, which aims to create a user-centric approach to production by leveraging various digital solutions, including cloud computing, IoT technologies and AI algorithms.

he Right Fit for Apparel Consumers and SMEs

Xunxi has chosen to apply its technologies and production model to the apparel industry as a starting point because it’s an industry where consumers are showing a constantly accelerating demand for more-personalized designs – something that large-scale mass production is unable to deliver.

Traditionally, it takes apparel brands roughly 30 weeks to bring designs from the runway into actual production. By the time they are in stores, there is a good chance the consumer has moved on,” said Alain Wu, the CEO of Xunxi.

Thanks to its digital technologies, the Xunxi factory prototype has been able to achieve a 75% shorter order lead time. Its flexible infrastructure also allows for minimum order quantities to be reduced to 100 pieces, lowering the manufacturing barriers for micro, small and medium-sized businesses, and also allowing for more individualized products to be made.

Using Xunxi’s model, overheads have also been reduced by 43% and the need to hold inventory by 30%, the company said.

The factory is currently being upgraded to include in-house logistics and warehousing capabilities. In the future, it will become a one-stop production solution for companies, covering everything from material sourcing to consumer deliveries.

“The purpose of Xunxi is not just to increase production efficiency, because that is only a part of the whole value chain,” said Wu. “We hope to use our ‘made-in-cloud’ production to enable small and medium-sized businesses to stay competitive in the fast-moving fashion market … Our purpose is very simple: We would like to help them make their businesses easier.”

Source: https://www.alizila.com/alibaba-xunxi-digital-factory-reimagines-manufacturing/

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