Clothing Manufacturers Learn How to Stay a Cut Above the Rest
Organised by the college’s Business Technology Support Centre and sponsored by Made in London, the morning is aimed at helping factories find out how to move effectively from mass production to small, quick turnaround production runs. It is supported by the London Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), set up by the DTI to help manufacturers improve efficiency, productivity and sales by introducing Lean Manufacturing techniques.
During the day, clothing manufacturers will hear from Blackburn-based Caprice Apparel, which built a new factory incorporating a Quick Response system two years ago. The system has helped them drastically reduce the amount of work in progress and implement a quick style changeover.
The London Development Agency will outline ways of obtaining grants for those investing in new machines and equipment such as the Quick Response system and a specialist from the London MAS will explain how Lean Manufacturing helps to keep costs down.
Made in London Chairman, Michael Day, commented, “We think this event will prove extremely valuable to London’s clothing manufacturers who are certain to benefit from the example of best practice which a company like Caprice Apparel can provide. Anything that can be done to make London business more competitive must be encouraged.”
John Danes, Manager of the Business Technology Support Centre, added: “With more suppliers sourcing production overseas, London’s clothing manufacturers need to improve the quality of their services and product and diversify into alternative, higher value markets such as designer wear, high value niche wear and branded clothing. This seminar will give manufacturers a practical insight into some of the options open to them in safeguarding their businesses for the future.”
Those interested in taking part should contact Helen Milner before 29 March at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax on 020 7233 3808 with their name, company and contact details.
You can visit MAS at our website www.mas-london.co.uk, or telephone its Hotline to answer your manufacturing enquiries on 0845 850 44 00