Adidas to open robot-led factory in Germany


May 26, 2016

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Sportswear giant Adidas has confirmed it will produce shoes manufactured by robots in Germany from 2017.

Adidas stopped production in its homeland more than 20 years ago and moved it to Asia, but chief executive Herbert Hainer has revealed the company is putting the finishing touches to its new "Speedfactory" in Ansbach, southern Germany.

The factory will deliver a first test set of around 500 pairs of shoes later this year, with full production starting in 2017.

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