Author: Shoshana Burgett, Pink Elephant Productions
Ketty Pillet Talks to Us about Gerber’s New Technology innovation Center
What is a Micro-Factory
A micro-factory is a term used to define a modern factory that is capable of producing products within a small footprint. The advantage of such a consolidated size is startup costs and flexibility to locate the micro-factory in urban areas where manufacturing of scale typically is not existent.
Micro-factories require a highly automated and digitized process to funtion but enable employees to prototype, develop, and test markets quicker than legacy manufacturing that takes weeks or months to launch products. These types of factories also create what is termed ‘local to local’, where brands can design and produce for and within a local region, reducing shipping costs, and environmental footprint, while expanding their offerings and optimizing raw material usage.