Over the last several years Albanian workwear company AFM Distribution has experienced tremendous growth and is looking to enter the competitive export market. In order for AFM to successfully expand their company and ensure they are offering the best quality and price for each of the 60,000 garments they develop per month, they needed a solution that could efficiently reduce time to market and cut costs.
AFM Distribution is leveraging Gerber Technology’s integrated solution to reduce costs, labour and material waste so they can expand their business. Since implementing Gerber’s solutions, AFM has improved their profitability by approximately 25%, which has enabled them to invest in more staff training and specialisation.
‘Many people believe that technology is going to replace their employees, but as we have seen with AFM, that is not the case at all,’ said Richard Jessup of Gerber Technology. ‘By correctly leveraging technology, AFM was able to improve the livelihood of their employees by adding to their skillset and giving them opportunities to grow. We are proud to help AFM not only streamline their production but also empower them to create jobs.’
AFM’s manufacturing site in Vora is equipped with the GERBERspreader™ XLs50, the Gerber Paragon® HX,and Gerber’s software solutions: AccuMark®, AccuNest™ and AccuPlan™. Since AFM uses expensive fabrics and materials, it is critical that they maximise material usage and cut with absolute precision. With the powerful combination of AccuPlan and AccuNest, AFM can digitally send Cut Plan solutions, which include multiple markers, fabrics, colours and corresponding spreads and ply count, to quickly produce and track down the cutting efficiency of thousands of garments. Since implementing Gerber’s powerful design and production tools, AFM has been able to deliver as many as 1800 parts per shift, assuring quality from the first layer of fabric to the last while saving money and improving material utilisation.
‘The GERBERcutter® provides maximum precision, especially when cutting notches and holes,’ said Ardiana Karakashi, AFM’s finance director. ‘This is particularly critical as the company manufactures workwear, which can have as many as 200 notches. By leveraging Gerber, the cutting quality is assured from the first layer of fabric to the last. Moreover, we can rely on the first-rate technical support provided by Gerber Italia.’