IMPLEMENTATION OF MODULAR MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN KWAZULU-NATAL: A CASE STUDY

K. Ramdass, L. Pretorius

Abstract


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: There are many
challenges facing the clothing and textile industry in countries
worldwide, and South Africa is no exception. Intense competition from
both the domestic and international markets is crippling both the
clothing and textile industries. However, with a reservoir of experience
and expertise within the industry, it could re-establish itself as a
forceful industry with an ability to challenge competitors both
domestically and internationally through a focus on added value,
exceptional quality, and the effective application of all resources
through technological innovation. One such innovation in the clothing
industry in South Africa may be the use of modular manufacturing.
Qualitative narrative interviews and text analysis results on the
experiences of individuals through the implementation of modular
manufacturing are presented and evaluated as a case
study.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: I'n Verskeidenheid uitdagings staar
die kleding- en tekstielindustrie weldwyd in die gesig. Suid-Afrika is
ook hieraan blootgestel. Intense kompetisie in nasionale en
internasionale markte het tans n besonder negatiewe uitwerking op die
kleding- en tekstielindustrie. Daar is egter n goeie bron van ervaring
en kennis in die bedryf wat kan meehelp om die besondere kompetisie die
hoof te bied. Dit kan geskied deur te fokus op toegevoegde waarde,
uitsonderlike kwaliteit, en die effektiewe aanwending van hulpbronne
deur tegnologiese innovasie. Een so n innovasie in die Suid-Afrikaanse
kledingindustrie kan die aanwending van module vervaardiging wees.
Kwalitatiewe narratiewe resultate van onderhoude, sowel as teks- en
inhoudanalise van die ervarings van werknemers tydens die implementering
van module vervaardiging, word as n gevallestudie
aangebied.


Keywords


clothing and textile industry; SA clothing industry; Issues that influence the clothing and textile industry



DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/22-1-41

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