November 21, 2022 | 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — Native garment exporters are urging the federal government to take steps to check and lift consciousness on using robotics or automation in garment manufacturing to assist the nation stay on the radar display screen of international patrons.
In a cellphone interview with The STAR, International Patrons Affiliation of the Philippines (FOBAP) president Robert Younger stated using robotics by developed international locations, such because the US and Europe, for garment manufacturing is a menace to the native garment trade.
“It would considerably lower the orders of manufacturing from the nation,” Younger stated.
In response to a information report by Nikkei Asia, clothes corporations within the US and Europe plan to make use of textile-gripping robots to automate the motion of cloth of their factories.
Younger stated using robotics by clothes corporations in developed international locations is a part of a world development the place corporations wish to find their manufacturing nearer to their vacation spot.
“They’re going away from the far distance of manufacturing and shifting to simply nearer the vacation spot due to the expertise we’ve had up to now two to 3 years, particularly through the pandemic,” Younger stated.
“The provision chain challenges, the excessive price of logistics, the excessive bills in delivery, and naturally this, was additionally heightened by the supply lead instances which are being required now by the patrons,’’ he stated.
Younger stated the lead instances now common at round 45 days from the earlier 90 days.
Whereas the answer to the specter of robotics is for the nation to adapt, Younger acknowledged the challenges that include it, such because the excessive price of the tools.
He stated a single robotics machine, notably these for chopping and gripping of textiles, may price round $3 million.
As well as, there are additionally points within the upkeep of such machines as international technicians can be wanted to do repairs in case of breakdowns.
He stated there additionally could be some resistance from employees on using machines since that is one thing new to them.
To handle the specter of robotics, Younger stated the federal government ought to put out a message that it’s conscious of those applied sciences.
“To start with the Division of Commerce and Business and the Board of Investments ought to do some sort of promotions that the Philippines is already this options. That we’re prepared,” Younger stated.