Reboot: Adidas to make shoes in Germany again – but using robots

Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment, has announced it will start marketing its first series of shoes manufactured by robots in Germany from 2017.

More than 20 years after Adidas ceased production activities in Germany and moved them to Asia, chief executive Herbert Hainer unveiled to the press the group’s new prototype “Speedfactory” in Ansbach, southern Germany.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Anyone still in favor of sharply raising the minimum wage?

  • Gary

    Robots don’t file Human Rights complaints and demand a safe-space or trigger warnings.
    It’s getting tougher to run a business in N.America which will; get worase once the latest wave of snow flakes on Campus get their fake Diploma and show up at your job via the Diversity Quotas where 80% of their time will be a SJW bashing Capitalism and the Rich .

    I’ve modified a current product that is in 99% of the homes where they can be made in Canada by robots because most of a labour operations were engineered out of the design while it is also modular as a cost Saving for the buyer to assemble this Tool-Free design .
    The Government seems to promote buying newer ECO-friendly items for the home to reduce the Carbon Footprint and stop Global warming. But the energy savings per month does little for the damage done to produce the item over seas or in Mexico where that ECO-friendly product just travelled close to 11,000 kilometre’s by Diesel powered cargo ship and then Diesel powered trains or trucks to get to the store where it then get delivered by the another Diesel delivery truck.

    Building it locally is better for the environment where the Carbon-Footprint might be from a 400 Kilometre trip and not 11,000 Kilometre’s . Solving the labour costs to keep the price down was to use robots and go modular .
    The light weight parts and tool-free assembly by the end users reducing the weight for shipping cost and the package size to get 25% more boxes in the same space.

    I hate to tell Hillary and her illegal friends working the harvests by hand as cheap labour that there are Robots in their future and automated processes where it will only take a minor change in how the plants are positioned in the soil so a vehicle can extract them in the hot sun with no breaks .

    • Exile1981

      I see a future were every small community has a 3d fabrication center building items to avoid shipping.

  • The Butterfly

    Robots need servicing.

    • Cat-astrophe

      Good answer.

      Really, that’s the only logical answer to where minimum wage will be paid.

    • moraywatson

      …especially if their parts were made in China …

  • Cat-astrophe

    It has been concluded by economists that by the time the robot revolution reaches full industrial output in the year 2030 there will no longer be anyone able to afford a product. They further put forward that gangs of juvenile robots will harass the poor on the streets while roaming the streets in driverless cars.

  • terrence
  • Sid Falco

    Rather Robots than Mobots

  • FactsWillOut

    There is not one single consumer item that goes from raw materials to consumer entirely through automation.
    VonMises, Hayek, any real economist would say there are no real threats from automation.