September 28, 2016


Robots are now making shoes for Adidas, and this is just the beginning (Vishal Mathur, 9/28/16, Live Mint)

According to the International Labour Organization numbers released in July, an estimated 137 million Asian workers could lose their jobs to robots globally in the next 20 years. In January this year, the US Census Bureau suggested that robots will take over as many as five million jobs in the US alone by 2020. And it seems, we are slowly building up to that.

It was just last year that Adidas, the shoes, clothing and accessories company, had announced plans for setting up a factory in Ansbach, south Germany, which will start production by 2017. But this wasn't going to be just any manufacturing unit for churning out the latest line-ups of footwear. What remained unique about this manufacturing unit was the fact that it was fully automated, and that robots would manufacture shoes. Things seem to move rather quickly when robots are in charge, it seems, and Adidas has rolled out the first shoe made at this robot factory, called SPEEDFACTORY. The shoe is called Futurecraft M.F.G. (Made for Germany), and it'll initially be exclusive to the German markets only. The Ansbach unit is expected to roll out other shoes as well in the coming months.

However, this is just the start. 

Posted by at September 28, 2016 7:01 PM