Adidas To Fund Sustainable Research Project
RMIT University will work to advance the sustainable manufacturing of sports shoes and clothing in Asia.
A multi-disciplinary research team led by Professor Aleksandar Subic, head of RMIT’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, aims to identify the sustainable manufacturing capabilities and requirements of Adidas’ suppliers in Indonesia. From this it hopes to establish a series of improvement projects.
Professor Subic said the research aimed to generate new knowledge and practices in the manufacturing of sports footwear and apparel to ensure the ongoing competitiveness and leadership of the adidas Group’s suppliers internationally. “This research project has enabled RMIT and the Adidas Group to establish an Asia-Pacific partnership in sustainable manufacturing,” he said. “Our objective is to assist our partner adidas to achieve excellence in sustainable manufacturing of sports apparel and footwear across the entire supply chain, starting with Indonesia in the first phase of the project.”
The Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI) will bring together RMIT researchers in sports technology, sustainable manufacturing, sustainable development, sustainable energy, supply chain management and textiles. The research will be conducted in two phases: the first focusing on suppliers in Indonesia, the second involving a series of improvement projects aimed at building supplier excellence and implementing new sustainability strategies.
William Anderson, Head of Social and Environmental Affairs, Asia Pacific, for the Adidas Group, said: “RMIT was appointed following a global search for an institution which would be best placed to support adidas Group in our drive to improve sustainability in our supply chain.”
The establishment of a regional Sustainable Manufacturing Institute or standardised training for manufacturing operations in Indonesia, China and Vietnam will also be considered in a final phase of the project.
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