DenimFWD’s ‘Urban Factory,’ aims to bring production back to U.S
Posted December 22, 2021
The world’s first “Urban Factory” has been opened by Denim Forward, Inc (DenimFWD). A company for implementing advanced manufacturing and transformational technology, DenimFWD is contributing to the return of textile production to the United States.
Located in the City of Industry, California – 30 minutes from Los Angeles – the plant integrates revolutionary technologies that transform the textile industry production model into one that is on-demand, close to the customer and completely sustainable, digital and automated. DenimFWD is changing the operating model and bringing back 15% to 25% of manufacturing production to the U.S., initiating the reindustrialization process needed in the textile industry.
Carlos Arias, CEO at DenimFWD has highlighted that the pandemic has accelerated local production and the change in the operating model, “which is why it is the moment to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., boosting a new generation of industrialists and technological artisans, connecting creativity and production at the same time as changing how things are produced,” he said.
He added: “We are committed to revolutionary technologies that allow a 100% sustainable on-demand production close to the consumer, digitalizing the whole process and improving the processes and product while also saving costs and speeding up time-to-market. With this Urban Factory the consumer will decide to buy a product and that product will be finished in that moment and delivered that same day, eliminating stock.”
This is a huge advance in the textile industry, where 20% of garments produced are never used and end up in landfills or incinerated.
Urban Factory: a complete transformation
Urban Factory is creating a complete transformation of the operating model in the denim industry. To do so DenimFWD has teamed up with Jeanologia – world leaders in sustainable and efficient technology development – as their expert technology partners.
“We are convinced that a new production model is possible,” said Enrique Silla, CEO at Jeanologia, “That’s why we have joined forces with companies from our industry such as DenimFWD that share our values and objectives like Mission Zero, to eliminate 100% of discharge and pollution from jeans in all the world.”
He underlined that “Urban Factory is the culmination of work carried out during the last few years and Jeanologia’s contribution to the jeans industry to turn it into a case study that can be translated to the rest of garment manufacturing, starting a new era with a completely sustainable and digital production.”
On-demand production, sustainable and digital
DenimFWD’s Urban Factory minimizes delivery times and can produce up to 5,000 jeans and 4,000 t-shirts a day sustainably and efficiently. Its eco-sustainable operating model for advanced digital production integrates Jeanologia hardware and software. These bring five fundamental benefits to the textile industry: being eco-efficient, scalable, agile, digital and having a neutral cost: connecting designers, producers and consumers.
DenimFWD is transforming the industry by producing what is sold instead of selling what is produced, reducing operational costs and environmental impact, guaranteeing zero discharge.
Among the main Jeanologia technologies used by Urban Factory are laser, G2 Ozone, e-Flow, SmartBox, ColorBox, EIM (software for measuring environmental impact) and H2Zero (the first water treatment and recycling system that produces zero discharge without extra costs).
It will have the first active Handman in the U.S., allowing production automation with robots and humans to achieve agile, clean and scalable production.
Also, eDesigner will give designers a tool for making digital designing easier, faster, and more dynamic since what they see on the screen is what they get in the finishing.