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The Appeal of Wearable Technology in Manufacturing

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Wearable technology and its many applications are all around us. Without looking too far, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with wearables through the technology of an Apple or Samsung Watch, a Garmin model or a Fitbit. Compact, versatile and smart, these fitness trackers multi-task allowing a range of actions from counting steps or minutes spent exercising to answering phone calls or even taking an electrocardiogram on the spot.

Impressive, but when it comes to flexible electronics think of applications that are smaller and potentially even smarter. These incredibly thin electronics contain traces and circuits printed on paper-based flexible substrates.

Produced on foil, paper and even in ink, these electronics retain a high level of conductivity even on curved products and are flexible enough to bend or fold. Such a flexible application, pun intended, offers the potential of roll-able TVs and displays, electronic paper, transparent and smart sensors, not to mention a range of other applications in clothing.

Advantages of Flexible Technologies

Use inexpensive plastics

Low manufacturing costs

Lightweight and bendable

Easily portable

Potentially cheaper

Internet of Things

Over the last five years, tech companies have begun forming collaborations with clothing companies to produce a range of custom apparel products using stretchable electronic inks and flexible substrates. Today it’s easier than ever to find applications of the paper-thin, form-fitting circuits in smart clothing. Companies such as DuPont are manufacturing Intexar, an advanced material. By adding Intexar to clothing like shirts and sports bras, the technology can provide its users with a range of biometric data. Wearing a smart shirt with Intexar has the potential to offer a user or a designated medical provider with information such as heart and breathing rate, form awareness and muscle tension, according to DuPont.

With real-time monitoring and data collection, smart apparel has the potential to not only supply information but also adjust to a range of user needs, like the self-heating jacket created by Ralph Lauren for the Winter Olympics. Use of flexible technologies extends far beyond the world of athletics. Flexible technologies are finding application within the medical, military and first-responder markets. This includes the potential of contact lenses adept at monitoring the glucose levels of a diabetic patient, clothing that can keep first responders safer and jean jackets that offer internet connectivity.

Building Synergies

Akin to the ability to place more and more semiconductors on a chip, flexible technologies show a growing range of possibilities. Imagine a thin layer of film that can regulate the temperature on a home or building or a strip of plastic embedded in a bag that charges the devices inside. Such advances are not only real, they are happening on a small scale now. Research continues as more are discovering the abilities and inherent restrictions of this exciting technology.

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Changes Are On The Horizon for Manufacturing in Peru

Peru Manufacturing

Manufacturing is Peru’s number one import according to a UPS study. They buy a variety of materials but manufacture primarily for Peruvian purchases with few exports. Despite having an abundance of resources, manufacturing production and exports are not as strong as they should be. This unbalance of imports and exports takes its toll on the economy.

A Year of Recovery

After several years of declining manufacturing, economists project a major recovery. They predict production may increase revenue up to 2.5% this year. Fishing and mining have already provided positive results in the first quarter. According to Industry and Mype deputy minister Juan Carlos Mathews, manufacturing production also increased 1.70% in the first quarter of 2017. Peru’s exports grew 16.4% in this period alone, more than Paraguay (8%), Ecuador (4.7%) and Brazil (3.3%).

This path to recovery had begun in November and December of last year before El Niño Costero phenomenon impeded the progress. In just a short time, manufacturing is recovering again.  Weather permitting, they are expected to gain strength and velocity in the latter part of the year. President of the BCR, Julio Velarde, stated that this year, the mining and hydrocarbons sector would be one of the fastest growing, driven by nonmetallic mining, while non-primary manufacturing would decline by -2.2%.

Technology and Innovation

Perhaps technology and innovation are to thank for the recovering state of Peruvian manufacturing. In a recent study, 83.4% of manufacturers say that they received financial support to innovate their resources. Of the 61% that sought innovation, 56% successfully innovated the processes and products. Only 5% did not actualize change. Of those who attempted innovation, 20.5% focused on food commodities, 13.7% on clothing, and 13.6% in processed metal products. Of the manufacturing companies that managed to innovate, 50.2% said that it did so with technology.

Agriculture Leads the Way

As mentioned before, agriculture is Peru’s biggest export, specifically fish. According to the consultancy PwC, Peru has the highest agricultural production in the world. Each year, the production continues to grow. As a matter of fact, agricultural exports increase about 17% percent each year, doubling every five years. At these rates, agricultural exports are expected to break 7 billion USD this year.

Women Play a Less Active Role

Perhaps focusing on developing the technical skills and leadership of women in manufacturing would help to further fuel the success of the sector. Despite that 66% of Peruvian micro enterprises are led by women, only 24% percent of manufacturing companies are run by women. These numbers are ever more non-proportional for female business owners. Only 6.7% female entrepreneurs work in manufacturing. Of these women in business, 46.7% of them have completed studies.

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Columbia Deserves More Recognition for Manufacturing Than for Sofia Vergara

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Known best for Sofia Vergara and their agricultural exports, Colombia is rarely recognized for their strength in manufacturing. However, with fifteen free trade agreements and an ideal port location, Colombia boasts competitive prices, skilled labor, and governmental support for foreign investment in manufacturing.

Global Fashion Impact

Textiles are positioning Colombian fashion as a World Class Industry. Thanks to the Productive Transformation Program, a government entity that works with the private sector to promote Colombian competitiveness and production, Colombia is the world’s third market for highest growth rate in the textile and fashion industry. What started as high-quality corduroy in Medellin has turned the world upside down. Textile imports have grown  15% between 2010 and 2014 to supply growing requirements of the local market and exporting to the United States, Mexico, and Ecuador.

Motorcycles and other Autos

As with many countries in Latin America, motorcycles are a staple in Colombia. They use less gas than other vehicles, are more affordable, and are perfect for weaving through city traffic. Colombia is home to 7 motorcycle plants, and motorcycle production continues to grow on an average of 16% since 2010.

Colombia does not just produce motos; they are also a large vehicle producer in Latin America with more than 130 thousand units per year. Cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs–increased financial stability and the growth of the middle class across Latin America fuel this growing manufacturing industry. Chevy, Hyundai, Kia, Renault, and even Ford have plants there. The primary importers of Colombian automotive products are Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Chile.

Constructing the Future

The construction industry in Colombia has grown more than any other sector; this includes the construction materials for buildings and civil works. With a recent increase in housing and infrastructure programs as well as political pressure to build roads and renovate ports and airports, we can only expect it to continue to grow.

Colombia’s construction industry is the third largest in Latin America after Brazil and Mexico. The United States, Venezuela, and Panama account for 59.5% of building material exports. The industry is expected to double in value by 2020 and reach US$ 52 billion. Top products include cement, non-metallic minerals, and plaster.

The Driving Force in Cosmetics

As a number five market for cosmetics and toiletries in Latin America, more than 300 companies including Kimberly-Clark, P&G, Unilever, and Avon, produce and package the products here. As another sector overseen by The Productive Transformation Program, the government and private sectors work together to position Colombia as a world leader in the export of cosmetics and toiletries. Now, Colombian cosmetics represent more than 10% of total Latin American exports.

Women are driving this industry. The percentage of female managers here exceed that of Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, and France. Moreover, the cosmetics industry is the second largest female labor market in the region. In the last few years, they have seen a 37% increase in the female workforce compared to 16% growth worldwide.

Biodiversity and Social Progress

As home to the Amazon Rainforest and three mountain ranges, Colombia is rich in natural resources. They have a temperate climate and ports in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. But it is not just rich in biodiversity. It’s also rich in forward moving politics. Their government focuses on strong trade agreements and competitive quality products. And Colombia has made great strides in equal opportunities for women. They are not just exporting women for TV shows; they are making beautiful progress for the world.

 

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