NIKE and Flex – formerly Flextronics – have announced a partnership which they hope will revolutionise manufacturing processes for smarter footwear.
NIKE has been actively developing new technologies to enhance its manufacturing business model for the past few years with investments in automation, modernisation, sustainability, and innovative new methods of manufacturing such as Flyknit. The partnership with Flex advances this work by bringing new capabilities and expertise outside of the existing footwear industry to create future systems for making product and to catalyze innovation across NIKE’s global supply chain.
“Flex’s proven expertise in design, engineering and manufacturing in industries like automotive, medical and consumer electronics make them a perfect partner to help us revolutionize footwear manufacturing,” said Eric Sprunk, Chief Operating Officer, NIKE, Inc. “Together, the future of personalized, rapidly-delivered product that is made more efficiently and with less waste is well underway.”
NIKE is currently working with Flex at its Milpitas, Calif., innovation campus testing new methods of make, automation techniques and broad disruptive technologies. Flex will also be undertaking a product customization program near NIKE’s distribution centre in Memphis.