(TechTimes) — Adidas has announced a manufacturing unit in Germany that will be operated almost entirely by robots is on track to produce 500 pairs of its brand-name sneakers for the first time in 2016. The almost entirely autonomous factory will retain 10 Adidas employees to ensure that robotic operations are in working order. Notably, none of the products the robot-run factory plans to manufacture will be pre-existing models as it hopes to focus on customizable shoes.
Most of Adidas’ 1 million workers will operate out of contract factories in Vietnam and China. However, the Germany-based company has decided to add some labor a little closer to home headquarters to counteract budgetary constraints brought on by everything from high shipping costs to increasing wage rates for workers abroad. “An automated, decentralized, and flexible manufacturing process … opens doors for us to be much closer to the market and to where our consumer is,” Herbert Hainer, Adidas chief executive, told the press.Tags: Adidas, Herbert Hainer, robotics