US apparel manufacturing group Project I has announced a collaboration with Stoll – creator of 3D flatbed knitting machines – to help bring apparel manufacturing back to the US.
The tie-up sees Stoll supply Project I with 300 3D flatbed knitting machines; an installation that will occur over the next three years.
Stoll says the collaboration will “bring a revolutionary output of jobs and help position the US as a key player of the apparel manufacturing and supply chain market.”
Stoll’s CEO of North American operations says that while fashion and technology has flourished on a mass global scale, the partnership with Project I allows a “competitive edge” in the North American market.
In an email to just-style, a spokesperson for Stoll explains the move will allow designers and brands to manufacture products on-demand domestically and have access to a variety of options of knitting techniques and technologies and that will help to lower waste and costs.
“Currently, the select manufacturing mills and facilities in the US are limited to specific machinery and software solutions – making it that much easier to produce overseas at a lower cost. However, Stoll & Project I’s diverse selection of machinery and software solutions will provide unlimited opportunities that will greatly impact the US knitwear sector.
“With Project I, we are finally able to make the United States a destination for advanced manufacturing and production.”
John Elmuccio, one of the founders of Project I, says the partnership will result in the “apparel manufacturing and supply chain facility of the future.”
“The collaboration with Stoll will strengthen America’s fashion market, restore apparel production jobs using the latest technology, and revitalise the fully-fashioned knit sector.”
Jon Lewis, another founder of Project I, adds: “The apparel, fashion, and luxury markets are ripe for disruption and resurgence in the US. By shortening the supply chain and locating production in the US, fashion brands and retailers will be able to keep pace with emerging trends and react to – not just anticipate – customer demand.”