May 16, 2020

Adidas sold more than one million pairs of ocean plastic trainers in 2017

Adidas
Ocean pollution
Plastic bottles
Waste Management
Sophie Chapman
1 min
Adidas has used more than 11mn plastic bottles from ocean in its manufacturing
The sportswear manufacturer, Adidas, has sold more than 1mn pairs of trainers that are produced using plastic found in oceans.

The footwear is made fro...

The sportswear manufacturer, Adidas, has sold more than 1mn pairs of trainers that are produced using plastic found in oceans.

The footwear is made from 95% ocean plastic and 5% recycled polyester – with each pair using on average 11 plastic bottles.

The company set a target to sell 1mn pairs in November 2016, which it has surpassed, having used at least 11mn bottles from the oceans.

In order to create the trainers, Adidas partnered with Parley, which is based in the Maldives and India’s coast, and were responsible for sourcing the marine waste.

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The design prototype was originally introduced at a United Nations General Assembly in 2015, and in 2016 the company 50 pairs of the prototype.

Through the partnership with Parley, the company is now able to offer 7,000 trainers, and has updated the style with an additive manufactured midsole.

Adidas has also used ocean waste in the manufacturing of football kits, for teams such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Jul 13, 2021

SAP Whitepaper: Advantages of Intelligent Assets

SAP
SmartManufacturing
IntelligentAssets
industry4.0
2 min
SAP Intelligent Assets
Discover what constitutes an Intelligent Asset, and how they reduce overheads and mitigate disruption in our whitepaper on SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy

A core pillar in SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy, Intelligent Assets equip organisations to reduce downtime, empower employees and increase efficiencies across industrial equipment and manufacturing units.  

In a whitepaper produced in partnership between SAP and BizClik Media Group, Rachel Romanoski, Solutions Manager, Digital Assets, SAP, dispels some of the myths surrounding asset intelligent, and shares insight into how even small investment in asset intelligence can pay dividends in minimising cost leakage and realising an asset’s potential. 

As with all innovations, the ceiling for Intelligent Assets is as high as an organisation can dream, afford and implement. But Romanoski says that just a little intelligence can go a long way: “Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology. They can be super advanced, such as leveraging physics-based engineering simulations to forecast potential failures, and help mitigate them. But it could be as simple as a temperature reading. You can pull a lot of simple information from most equipment, and by enhancing that data through ancillary solutions and digital capabilities, you can create that Intelligent Asset.” 


One of the most immediate benefits is reducing or, in some cases, eliminating unplanned downtime. Equipment failure is one of the most common causes of disruption and can cause chaos throughout the supply chain. 

“The true power of the Intelligent Asset is in changing the basic, reactive emergency work or time-based, planned maintenance and being more prescriptive and tailored to that specific asset and use case,” Romanoski says. “Ultimately, you can reduce the unplanned events that often carry a big price tag.” 

"Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology... But it could be as simple as a temperature reading"

Other financial benefits include stemming cost leakage and “sweating assets” to the full potential.  “Maybe you can consider the lifecycle of the asset and understand whether you can push it a little bit further,” Romanoski explains. “It might be that the best course of action for a low-cost item is to run it to failure. Having this information that we collect over time empowers those people to make those better decisions, but also has a trickle down effect to building resiliency and efficiency into the entire supply chain.” 

To read the full report, including insight from Intelligent Assets, Intelligent Factories, Empowered People, and exclusive insight from Dominik Metzger, the lead on SAP’s Industry 4.0 programme, CLICK HERE.

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