Zünd UK – a high-end cutting technology company – has partnered with Fashion-Enter – a UK-based not-for-profit social enterprise and apparel manufacturing company – to demonstrate a sustainable micro-factory concept in London.
The micro-factory is set up by installing Zünd D3 Digital Cutting technology and will help Fashion-Enter make greater strides towards sustainable and on-demand production that’s rapidly being adopted by the fashion manufacturers located in the countries of Europe and North America.
According to Zünd, digitisation and automation are the path to the future in apparel manufacturing, whether it is used in producing fast fashion or sportswear, with single-ply cutting providing the solution to changing demands (smaller order sizes, shorter order cycles and the degree of customisation) across the textile industry.
Amidst the changing manufacturing landscapes, high-performance digital cutting systems from Zünd, combined with highly advanced yet intuitive software, are claimed to enable fully automated digital cutting with minimal manual intervention.
Dean Ashworth, Sales and Marketing Director at Zünd UK, commented, “The project is aimed at brands and retailers; we want to demonstrate to them how they can create a sustainable manufacturing facility in the UK. We believe onshoring apparel manufacturing will support the growing trend for made-to-order and ethical production. Furthermore, technology and production strategies are developing to deliver the capabilities needed to reshape the fashion industry. Zünd single-ply cutters are setting new standards in speed, efficiency and accuracy. The Zünd D3 cutter delivers ultimate performance and productivity with two cutting beams operating simultaneously with sophisticated nesting algorithms increasing material yield and helping to keep production costs low.”
Commenting on the partnership, Jenny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer at Fashion-Enter, says that the timing of this unique partnership is excellent, in light of the recent unprecedented demand for make in the UK.
“In the last week alone we have had five major retailers and e-tailers contact FEL (Fashion-Enter Limited) for speed of response fashion and now, thanks to Zünd’s outstanding cutting technology we can commit to leaner and more efficient manufacturing. Zünd is particularly effective on one piece flow, which is the future of garment manufacturing working within the parameters of a micro-factory which in time we will extend to our Welsh site too in Newtown Powys. We would like to say a genuine thank you to the amazing team of Zünd who spent the last week installing and calibrating the D3 cutter. Now, this really is state-of-the-art manufacturing.”