Over the last 2 weeks multiple companies in many regions have started to re-purpose their manufacturing to support new requests due to COVID19.
Flexfacturing is “flexible manufacturing” – the ability to use a production facility and assembly to “easily” move to manufacture another product based on demand.
Here are some examples:
- A textile manufacturer has started making masks in Gastonia, NC.
- Anheuser-Busch, a maker of beer will start to make and distribute hand sanitizer – the same for LVMH & Zara
- Distilleries in New York are making hand wash soap and anti-bacterial detergent
This is the transformers meets manufacturing. Companies finding out (for altruistic reasons or otherwise) that what they are building has low demand, and something else has high demand.
I believe this trend will continue to happen after Covid19. More manufacturing facilities will be spawned in multiple locations that are built from the ground up to be flexible.
That is Flexfacturing.