Chinese group Shandong Ruyi is a global leader in the textile and apparel industry. The company boasts one of the world’s largest industrial supply chains for wool and cotton processing and its Tai’an menswear plant produces over one million suits a year. The company worked with Lectra to transform the Tai’an location from a traditional garment factory into an Industry 4.0-ready production facility that reflected the government’s vision for “Made in China 2025”.
In 2015, the Chinese government unveiled “Made in China 2025”, a plan to upgrade the country’s manufacturing industry through smart technology, automated processes, and a bigger focus on product quality and brand image. The new initiative, coupled with Ruyi’s plans to expand in the US and Europe, meant the company needed to overhaul its approach to manufacturing so it could run at peak efficiency, while producing impeccable-quality clothing.
After a preliminary analysis of the plant’s existing workflow, Lectra consultants worked with the company to map out a transformation plan for the facility, laying out short- and long-term goals, and looking at how international best practices could improve the company’s management and operations. With help from Lectra’s experts, Ruyi began implementing leaner cutting methods at its Tai’an location, kickstarting productivity in its cutting room by adopting Lectra’s automated marker-making software and adding 6 new Vector cutters to the factory floor.