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Creative Manufacturing - Integrating value through Every Step
Today, around 300 million people depend on the informal and low-paying CMH industry for their livelihood. These workers are mostly women, youth, and migrants from rural regions. Many of them already supply some of the biggest stores in the world. The advent of ethically-minded, responsibly-sourced companies and the rapidly shifting tastes of today's consumers are all factors fuelling the sector's expansion.
Knitwear, carpets, needlework, textiles, jewelry, and other details already come from the CMH sector for many stores, both high-end and mass market, but this still constitutes a tiny proportion of overall product variety, with the vast majority still coming from assembly-line manufacturers. Inconvenient access to artisan producers is a barrier to trade.
Consequently, the CMH industry is at a turning point. It can keep expanding at the same rate, avoid becoming digital and deny its employees the benefits that come with a thriving corporation. Or it may be at the vanguard of a big transition towards boutique manufacturing and ethically sourced items manufactured by brilliant producers and artists, living in varied communities with long-standing design traditions, provided it adopts the correct digital tools, supported by funding and investment. CMH can now compete successfully in international markets because of innovations in technology and entrepreneurial spirit.