Can Automation Save the Bangladeshi Garment Industry?

Can Automation Save the Bangladeshi Garment Industry?

December 10, 2018

Second only to China in the world’s clothing export markets, Bangladesh focuses on efficiency in its textile factories to defend its market in the face of increased competition from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and some African countries.

Automation helps Bangladesh modernize apparel factories, with two workers able to do the work of 15.  These improvements help offset increasing costs, as the government mandates a 51% wage hike, and Western brands demand better fire and safety standards in the factories.


Video Spotlight: How Automation Impacts Garment Workers in Bangladesh


This post is based on the Nikkei Asian Review article, Bangladesh fights for future of its garment industry, by Mitsuru Obe, November 4, 2018, and the YouTube video, How Automation Impacts Garment Workers in Bangladesh, by Electric Runway, June 7, 2018. Image source: igor kisselev / Alamy Stock Photo.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the cost of production in Bangladesh compare to that of other countries, and how does it impact the viability of its apparel industry?

Guidance: Currently, labor costs in Bangladesh remain low by global standards, with an average monthly wage of $101, compared to $518 in China.  However, some African countries like Ethiopia have average Continue reading

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Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

August 13, 2018

The artificial nose, developed by French company Aryballe Technologies, can help manufacturers with quality control and new product development.  This bio-optic smell sensor tests the flavor and fragrance of food.

Human noses will still be needed, but this technology adds efficiency.  In product development, when testing how food aromas change over time, it provides clear points of reference, which is difficult for a human to do.  Testing foods for consistency during the manufacturing process can be assisted with this device as well.


Video spotlightAryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD


This post is based on the Food Navigator article and video, Aryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD, by Niamh Michail, August 2, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing/SuperStock.

Discussion Questions:

1. How can this new technology benefit manufacturers and play a role in quality control?

Guidance: From raw material sourcing to finished goods, the artificial nose can help ensure batch-to-batch consistency.  This is referred to as quality of conformance.  Manufacturers need to make sure that each batch of product conforms to the specifications developed in the prototype.  Flavor is one component Continue reading

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