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Large retailers and brands: Join an AI manufacturing network pilot project


Are you a large UK fashion retailer or brand? Join a pilot project for the Circular Fashion Innovation Network: Distributed Manufacturing Network pilot using AI technology to encourage reshoring for the UK’s apparel industry.

UKFT is delighted to announce the opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking pilot project in the realm of distributed manufacturing, empowered by cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology as part of the Circular Fashion Innovation Network.

About the Project

This pilot aims to transform the UK’s apparel manufacturing industry by implementing innovative AI manufacturing technologies, connecting manufacturers with fashion retailers and accommodating small-batch, agile, Just in Time (JIT) manufacturing to encourage reshoring of fashion production to the UK.

By creating a ‘Distributed Manufacturing Network’ of connected manufacturers using ‘Manny’ an AI-powered production planning software, developed by Pattern Project, a UK based tech-startup, manufacturers will have access to a connected network providing consistent production orders, standardised workflows and orderly replenishment cycles.

The timeline of the project is from May to September 2024.

Why Participate?

  • Innovation: Be at the forefront of revolutionary advancements in fashion manufacturing.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with experts in AI and manufacturing to shape the future of the industry.
  • Visibility: Gain exposure for your brand as a pioneer in adopting cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices.
  • Impact: Contribute to reducing environmental footprint.

Who Should Participate?

 This pilot targets large UK retailers and brands that currently produce the majority of their volume apparel products overseas, but retail within the UK.

How to Participate

If you’re interested in joining our pilot project and becoming a part of this transformative journey, please express your interest by sending an e-mail to lauren.junestrand@ukft.org. We will get in touch if you are shortlisted as a potential participant.

Join us in pioneering the next era of sustainable, AI-driven manufacturing in the fashion industry.