Texprocess Talk

Interview Human Solutions

Successful products are customer and market oriented. The route to this goal must become faster and achieve ever greater cost savings. We spoke with Andreas Seidl, Managing Partner of Human Solutions, about the positive effects of digitalisation and the trend to individualism in the apparel industry.

Mr Seidl, what was the main buzzword for you at Texprocess 2017?
From my point of view, the answer is undoubtedly ‘digitalisation’. The aim of all companies in the sector is to cut costs and speed up their production. Digitalising the various stages makes production leaner at those points where this is possible and, particularly when it comes to product development, enormous effects can be achieved. At this year’s Texprocess, the leaps in development since the last edition were clearly visible.

What role is the trend towards individualism playing in the apparel sector?
Customer demand for individual products is growing. If goods are to be made individually, this initially runs counter to current production methods, which are oriented towards highly flexible large-scale manufacturing. Hence, companies have to find solutions that integrate customers as directly as possible into the business or value-added process. At Texprocess, it was evident that we have created the prerequisites for this. With our solutions and the world’s biggest database of human body scans, our customers can digitalise the complete product-development chain. And this is the foundation that makes micro-factories possible.

Choose the right size while online shopping and help your customers to do the same. ‘Digital Fashionboard’ by Human Solutions

You sponsored the Digital Textile Micro Factory. What benefits do you expect from this? What were you able to show visitors at the fair?
Micro-factories are undoubtedly coming. We showed visitors to Hall 6 that they are particularly well suited for small batches – regardless of whether the products are individualised or for niche markets. The micro-factory concept combines close customer proximity and flexibility with attractive cost structures. From my point of view, the Digital Textile Micro Factory was the highlight of Texprocess because it showed what is possible when expertise in concentrated together and companies work together for a common idea.

Christian Kaiser from the German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research DITF live at the Digital Textile Micro Factory at Texprocess

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