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Develop a Knowledge Based 3D Shoe Design, Patterning & Mass Customization System to strengthen the new product development capability of Hong Kong Footwear Industry

Most Hong Kong footwear companies engage in OEM arrangements to produce for leading brands and retailers in North America and Europe. With improving capabilities in product design development, engineering, tooling and quality control, more and more Hong Kong footwear companies migrate to higher value-added ODM operations. Some companies have their own R&D and QC specialists to strengthen their product quality. A few local footwear companies, such as Belle International and Le Saunda, have succeeded in building their own brands with retail network in Hong Kong and Mainland. Cost aside, footwear manufacturers nowadays focus more on value-added service. Quick response in samples and small batch production, high quality and customization are widely practiced. However, new product development tools such as 3D CAD/CAM and digital mockup are not widely used. Our manufacturers are still developing master fabric pattern for shoes manually, which is time consuming and expensive. 2D master fabric pattern is developed manually from shoe last, a 3D plastic form in the shape of a human foot. The production cycle and quality are highly dependent on human factors where the uncertainty estimation is not controllable. Such labour intensive production methodology is outdated and too inefficient comparing to the trend towards digitization. (For more details, please refer to Annex I & II)

Commercialisation Opportunity
Project No. (ITC) ITP/037/12TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Mr. LOUIE Derek
Research Institute Hong Kong Productivity Council
ITF Amount HK$ 3,314,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2013-02-01
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2015-01-31
Related ITF Project
Belle Worldwide Limited
Dr. Kong Footcare Limited
High Quality Manufacturing Co ltd
Hong Kong Accessories Designers Association
Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd
Kingvic International Ltd
Luen Thai Holdings Ltd
IP Number
24518085; 24518084