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Circular Knitting

Norban Group adopts FastReactPlan

Coats solution has been selected to digitise production processes and provide a highly visual, single source of planning information.

3rd May 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  Dhaka, Bangladesh

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

Leading vertically-integrated circular knitwear manufacturer, Norban Group, has selected Coats Digital’s FastReactPlan solution to digitally transform its manual planning processes into a connected single platform that will enable it to better align Time and Action (T&A) priorities, connect more-accurate planning and forecasting data, improve OTDP, and eliminate unnecessary firefighting across its business.

Founded in 1990, Norban Group is an innovative, vertically integrated manufacturer of quality circular knitted garments, including tops, hooded sweat jackets, joggers and shorts. The company manufactures a comprehensive range of knitted garments using state-of-the-art machines for knitting, fabric dyeing and finishing, yarn dyeing, lab and R&D, embroidery and printing. Norban employs over 4200 workers, produces over 2.5 million garment pieces per month and exports to top retailers across Europe and the USA, including C&A, S.Oliver, P&C, Next, Carrefour, Adler, Fila, Jack Wills, Target, Canada Sportswear.

Shafiqul Alom Sumon, Director, Marketing and Merchandising, Norban Group, commented: “FastReactPlan will help us become a more effective vertically integrated Knit-Composite manufacturer by quickly identifying bottlenecks, reducing firefighting and providing the essential KPI monitoring and visibility we need to keep the business moving forward. From this point on, priorities will be more aligned and integrated thanks to FastReactPlan. This solution should enable us to handle the challenges of current planning processes better while increasing productivity and improving our delivery performances. The solution will ultimately improve our client satisfaction, and this is the primary goal behind our new partnership with Coats Digital.”

Norban Group factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. © Coats Digital

Part of Coats Digital’s core Manufacturing Solution Suite, Fast React Plan is a dynamic, visual production planning and control tool that optimizes delivery, efficiency and lead times. Designed and developed specifically for apparel and footwear manufacturers, it helps companies integrate capacity, critical path and materials into an integrated planning system.

Md Ariful Islam Arif, Sr. Manager, Coats Digital Bangladesh, added: “We are delighted that Norban Group has joined our growing global family of newly digitized fashion manufacturing partners. Norban has been fully committed to introducing innovative solutions and advanced industry automation throughout its state-of-the-art production facilities wherever possible, and we are honoured to be helping the company progress its digitization programme with FastReactPlan.  We have observed a lot of enthusiasm for digital transformation among the Norban team and look forward to the successful roll out of FastReactPlan so that Norban can quickly capitalise on advanced production methods to ensure it consistently remains ahead of the game.”

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