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Clothing manufacturing 4.0 – Changing the way we make fashion

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Dressing up the eco-friendly, efficient way

Today’s fashion industry has become the second biggest polluting industry in the world. There is an urgent need to reverse this trend and reduce the enormous amount of overstock the world of fashion generates. However, fast changing fashion styles demand new design models that can keep pace with demand. The EU-funded Rodinia project aims to support Clothing Manufacturing Efficiency (CME) software for high-speed and low-impact production. It combines just-in-time mass-customisation of garments according to specific actual needs, with no lowest limits in size production. It will eliminate the necessity of keeping the stock and reduce costs of investments. Thanks to Rodinia, SMEs of the fashion industry will be able to act efficiently.


"The clothing industry, plays an important role in the EU manufacturing industry, employing 1.7 mn people and generating an annual turnover of €166 bn. However, it is the second largest polluting industry in the world, mostly due to its current clothing production model, which leads to overstock, huge upfront costs, long lead-times, only being economically viable for large brands, who represent less than 10% of the industry. In fact, with this model, 30% of garments produced are never sold and end up in landfills or burned by clothing brands (polluting even further).
This traditional slow production model was partially viable in a world where fashion trends were ruled by brands, and customisation was not an option. This has changed today however, with fashion trends changing faster than ever, and being now ruled by influencers and social media. Besides, demand for unique designs and short lead times renders the traditional model obsolete, making it even harder for SMEs to stay afloat.
Rodinia Generation Aps is leveraging state of the art technologies as digital printing and automated textile cutting, to develop rodinia, a game-changing digital printing apparel production process (patent-pending) linked to a pioneering stringing-technology (patent-pending). Our production-process is 90% automated, applicable to any digital printing production line that includes a digital printer, a heater and a cutter, and managed by our proprietary cloud-based ""Clothing Manufacturing Efficiency"" software. It cuts production time by 98% and costs by 80%
rodinia is the first solution that allows SME clothing brands to set up own micro factories and produce themselves their own clothes. Most importantly, apparel manufacturers and SME clothing brands will be able to adopt an on-demand just-in time mass customization production model, i.e. produce the exact number of different designs required at high speed and affordable cost, avoiding overstock, upfront costs and long lead-times."

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€ 50 000,00

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00