China swaps sweatshops for smart tech in bid to reclaim lost ground

Manufacturers also acquiring established brands overseas in push to move up the value chain. A young woman walks into a booth and removes her outerwear. Six seconds later, a software programme linked to a scanner that plots 600 points displays her bust, waist and hip measurements on a computer screen. The scenario, played out at a factory run by Hong Kong company High Fashion Garments in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, is the new face of “made in China”, where smart, small-batch production is replacing the old sweatshop approach of bulk manufacturing.

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