By Sourcing Journal
This article was published in Sourcing Journal September 28, 2021.
Browzwear, a purveyor of 3D digital solutions for the fashion industry, and Featuring Limited, the product innovation arm of global sourcing services provider Otto International, announced the opening of 3D product development sharing and training centers in Dongguan, China, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The facilities, called digi-hubs, will provide upskilling and peer-to-peer sharing to the garment industry in both manufacturing-heavy regions. The digi-hubs enable employees of manufacturers and suppliers, as well as individual designers, pattern-makers, technical designers and others to become proficient in the latest 3D technology and its application to product design and development.
Throughout the program, attendees will gain hands-on experience working with Browzwear’s VStitcher, a leading 3D platform used throughout the industry. The hubs will also feature fabric digitization that includes Browzwear’s Fabric Analyzer and Vizoo’s scanning system, which translate the physical properties and textures of textiles, respectively, enabling true-to-life 3D simulation and rendering.
The objective of the hubs is to accelerate large-scale digital transformation in the industry, which will, in turn, create efficiencies, reduce waste and increase sustainability.
“The Covid-19 pandemic brought to light many of the inequities in the global apparel supply chain, while showcasing the importance of digital transformation for the entire industry,” Sharon Lim, co-founder and CEO of Browzwear, said. “We are incredibly proud to be part of the solution that empowers both businesses and professionals, particularly in regions where the inequities have had an outsized impact.”
Worldwide, more than 650 organizations, including Columbia Sportswear, PVH Group and VF Corp., leverage Browzwear’s open platform to streamline processes, collaborate and pursue data-driven production strategies so they can sell more while manufacturing less, which increases both ecological and economic sustainability.
“As technology continues to disrupt the apparel industry, it’s imperative we build a system with equal opportunity for all to succeed,” said Katharina Bobrowski, general manager of Featuring Limited, said. “With the launch of these digi-hubs, we are arming some of the world’s largest centers for garment manufacturing with tools and training so they, too, can leverage 3D innovation to achieve their business goals and keep up with the market’s evolving demands.”
As the virtual development competence center of Otto International, Featuring Limited provides fully customized 3D digital product development services. Otto offers solutions at every step of the sourcing process and has incorporated a wide array of third-party and in-house digital programs into its everyday operations, from virtual design to quality inspections to shipping.