Accelerator Unzipped 6: Lean Manufacturing & Supply

Week 6 of #ThreadsBySB was focused on manufacturing & supply. The module was tailored to help the participants implement automobile lean manufacturing & supply principles in a fashion business environment to improve productivity, business resilience, and to reduce waste.

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz our entrepreneurs got to learn directly from the best in manufacturing and supply chain. Mike Du Plessis gave an exclusive tour of the Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing plant, starting from the plant to the assembly compartment. Enabling the entrepreneurs to witness lean manufacturing on a large scale.

“Moving forward’ is the key culture of the plant.” says Mike.

Although the concept of lean manufacturing has often been associated with the automobile and transportation industries, we believe fashion companies can implement lean manufacturing to increase their own production.

That’s why the tour was followed by a lecture with former SA Fashion council director Anita Stanbury. Who demonstrated how lean manufacturing principles translate into the fashion industry. From fabric testing, production planning to closed shop agreement. Real-life case studies were analyzed as SA Mohair & Hinterveld opened theirs to doors. Sharing exclusive insights with #ThreadsBySB and its participants.

That’s it for Week 6 of the Business of Fashion Accelerator program in South Africa, Threads – stayed tuned for next week’s module on Digital Strategies & Skills.


Threads Team

We believe in change. We believe in leaving a lasting impact. That's why threads mission is to empower the next of South African fashion entrepreneurs by providing them with the tools, resources, and networks to run a sustainable business operation and thrive internationally.