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Summa collaborates in a micro-factory at FESPA 2021

Summa collaborates in a micro-factory at FESPA 2021
During the upcoming FESPA Global Print Expo 2021, which will take place on 12th-15th October at the RAI, Amsterdam, Summa will be cooperating with several exhibitors in order to establish and show the future of apparel manufacturing in an On-Demand Apparel Microfactory.

The traditional production of garments has led to piles of unsold clothing and a consequent heavy burden on the environment, together with the logistical challenges of producing and shipping goods that will not be sold and their storage costs. The inevitable result is high production costs and low profitability.

However, the new way of producing garments is ‘on-demand production’ in micro-factories, which not only helps to create a more environmentally friendly production process – it is a more financially rewarding one too. With on-demand manufacturing gaining popularity, the ability to produce one-off pieces rapidly at a relatively small cost is crucial. Micro-factories facilitate this kind of very low-volume production while also delivering a wide variety of products.

 The micro-factory setup at FESPA establishes a real-life production situation. Once the design has been printed by Mimaki on Stand 1-F45, production will take place on the Klieverik Vertex hybrid transfer printing calender on Stand 5-M30, where it will be using sublimation transfer printing paper from Neenah Coldenhove (Stand 1-F71). Finally, the designs will be cut on the Summa L1810 laser cutter on Stand 5-M29. Thus, visitors will be taken on a journey through the manufacturing cycle of a garment, using automated features, smart functions and environmentally friendly methods for optimal production outcomes.

The micro-factory, which was initiated by Klieverik, will illustrate the future of sustainable entrepreneurship. This is reflected in the use of the sustainable materials provided by Greentex and the reduction in the use of water and energy. Furthermore, none of the materials used in the micro-factory at FESPA will be wasted, as Sheltersuit will repurpose them into warm sheltersuits for distribution to the homeless.

 The companies co-operating on the realisation of this micro-factory will be:

  • Carolina Guzman- Fashion Design
  • Greentex by Sutex – Textiles
  • Neenah Coldenhoven – Sublimation Transfer Paper
  • Mimaki – Printing
  • Kleverick -Transfer printing
  • Summa – Cutting
  • Sheltersuit – Refugee sheltersuits

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