Flyknit May Revolutionize Manufacture of Shoes, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

With the advent of 3-D printers, advanced software and robots in factories, shoes and clothing can be made more quickly and efficiently than ever before.  Nike launched a revolutionary new running shoe called the Flyknit in February 2013.  The 5.6-ounce, high tech shoe is made from synthetic yarn, using a machine that knits together the upper part of the shoe, which is then attached to the sole.  This process not only produces a lighter-weight shoe (which running enthusiasts have long awaited) with less manufacturing waste, the Flyknit requires far less labor since it has 35 fewer pieces to assemble than…

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