Tech wrap-up 2018: Apparel technology that made headlines

BDApparelNews Desk
1 January 2019  

Photo Courtesy: Fashion United

Photo Courtesy: Fashion United

Year 2018 can be termed as one of the finest years of recent times when technology played a key role in uplifting global apparel industry, both in retail and manufacturers’ sides.

Here are the important ones out of them as recorded by Apparel Resources:

Jack acquires Italian jean automation pioneer ViBeMac

Jack Sewing Machine Co., acquired ViBeMac SPA. for a total EUR 23.2 million (US $ 28.6 million), as the Chinese firm looks to gain a foothold in Italy’s garment equipment industry.

ShangGong acquires majority share in Richpeace

China-based ShangGong Group (SGSB) acquired 65 per cent stake in Tianjin Richpeace Computer & Machinery Co. Ltd. The acquisition was announced during 12th anniversary celebration of Richpeace in Baodi district of China.

NIFT plans 3D body scanners’ global tender for ‘India Size’ survey

NIFT has been mandated by the Union Ministry of Textiles (MoT) to produce India’s very own size chart that will help the apparel industry to tailor its products as per Indian body types.

H&M in-house brand Arket tests VeChain Technology

H&M in-house brand Arket has confirmed conducting a small Proof of Concept (POC) through a pilot testing with VeChain for implementing blockchain technology to secure product data traceability in the Value chain.

Linear Squared introduces World’s first AI capacity planning software

Linear Squared, a Sri Lankan company offering Machine Learning and Advanced Data Analytics solutions, has launched a fully automated planning platform for apparel industry. The company claims the solution, Capacity Squared, to be the world’s first AI driven production planning software.

Softwear Automation, Li & Fung team up to digitalise apparel manufacturing

Li & Fung Ltd. has joined forces with Softwear Automation, a US-based robotic sewing company. The collaboration will allow Li & Fung’s global supplier network and Softwear’s autonomous sewing worklines to digitalise the supply chain.

Stoll collaborates with Project I to bring knitwear manufacturing back to US

Stoll, German leading flat knitting machine manufacturer has announced its partnership with Project I, an innovative apparel manufacturing group. This collaboration is expected to create job opportunities in US and help position US as a key player of apparel manufacturing and supply chain market.