How can a company increase its competitiveness and productivity when all of its products are assembled by hand?
Sewing machinists assemble our fabric bags and covers by hand using industrial sewing machines.
The dexterity needed to turn fabrics and place then under a needle for assembly has not changed since the invention of the sewing machine.
Robotics may be suitable for the automotive industry, but the sewing of bags and covers has remained immune from this technological advance.
It is no coincidence that major textile garment providers are still using overseas countries to manufacture their fabric products.
The availability of cheap labour, certainly in contrast with Europe with the steady increase of the Living Wage, has meant that countries such as Bangladesh and Vietnam are as popular as ever.
One way CPL Felthams have increased efficiency and driven down costs to be more competitive in the marketplace, is by investing in CNC cutting machinery.
This cutting machine is 10 times quicker than cutting by hand, is more accurate and uses less material.
Software on the machine is used to maximise the yield of cloth based on the pattern cut – therefore minimising waste.