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The Economist profiles Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen
October 2017
The Economist profiles Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan


What will come first: a man on Mars or automation of clothing production?

In 1970 the president of the Blue Jeans Corporation predicted that there would be a man on Mars before the production of apparel was automated. Almost 50 years later, Raj Rajan thinks “that a system which can turn cloth into clothing without the need for tailors is just around the corner.”

Raj and his Atlanta-based SoftWear Automation were profiled in a fascinating article in The Economist. “Removing the need for cheap human hands to assemble garments will permit factories to set up shop near customers in rich countries,” allowing fast delivery and experimentation by producers and easy personal fittings for the mass consumer. How fast will that happen? It may see its beginnings within two years, says Raj.

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