sábado, julho 22, 2006

O futuro para o textil português

"In a fast-paced environment where time-to-market and short-cycle production are powerful levers of competitive advantage, proximity has taken on much greater significance in all but "fashion" items, where once-a-season orders still prevail. As a result, the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea—long the biggest sources of U.S. apparel imports and paragons of the cheap-labor model—have seen their shipments to this country decline dramatically, from 38 percent in 1991 to 16 percent in 1997."
"Given this scenario and the changes in technology, management, and manufacturing practices documented in their book, the authors are optimistic about the future of U.S. apparel and textile firms, even as many other commentators see danger ahead as a result of liberalized global trade agreements and the phasing out of the protective measures offered by the Multi-Fiber Arrangement. "
Assim: "The keys to success in an age of product proliferation, the authors found, are no longer economies of scale and cheap labor but an up-to-the-minute knowledge of what sells and what doesn't, flexible manufacturing capabilities that can respond appropriately to demand, lean rather than fat and costly inventories, and the rapid replenishment of stock."

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