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adidas nmd soldes Manz, a tanned, square-jawed 45-year-old who wears his black adidas T-shirt tightly tucked into his blue jeans, looks over at Ulrich Steindorf, the sportswear giant's gangly senior director of manufacturing. As Manz speaks, an orange robotic arm the size of a small digger lifts into the air with a rhythmic hissing. Nearby, a digital laser cutter whirrs into place, using cameras to identify its target. It's a hot day and the air is stuffy, but inside the 4,600-square-metre warehouse all is calm. A few workers in black adidas polo shirts stroll across the polished plastic floor, pausing to tap at rubber-cased tablets. This factory is very different from the vast, cramped workshops of Asia, where workers as young as 15 hand assemble 97 per cent of the 360 million shoes adidas produces each year. But the most remarkable thing is its location: we're in Bavaria, just an hour's drive from the small German village where adidas founder Adolf "Adi" Dassler began making sports shoes after his return from World War One. Adidas is building a similar site in Atlanta, adidas nmd pas cher Georgia, and "seriously considering" further sites, including London. When Atlanta starts production at the end of 2017, the two factories will churn out a million pairs of shoes a year. What's more, thanks to robotic flexibility, there's the possibility that every single one could be tailored to taste and fit.Futurecraft Biofabric shoes are woven from synthetic spider silk, grown in a lab by German startup AMSilk. And other spider-silk products are spinning out all over the place. The North Face has collaborated with Japanese company Spiber to craft the Moon Parka from its version of the material. And Patagonia is working with California-based startup Bolt Threads to produce its own high-performance jacket. adidas original pas cher The naturally occurring material is up to five times stronger than steel, remarkably light and extremely elastic. This gives it immense potential, not only for clothing, but also engineering and medical uses. Large-scale production has so far been impossible - mainly because spiders raised in large numbers grow irate and eat each other. Now labs are using genetically altered E. coli or yeast to produce the silk proteins through fermentation. adidas original soldes The resulting silk is then spun by mimicking a spider's spinneret. Adidas says AMSilk's BIOSTEEL is 15 per cent lighter than its usual trainer fabrics. Although it isn't cheap - Adidas hasn't announced the price of the Futurecraft Biofabric shoes, which go on sale later in 2017, but the Moon Parka costs $1,000 (£810). By editing the proteins during the fermentation process, the companies say it will be possible to custom-grow different silks for different purposes - from sneakers to bulletproof vests. This could be a trend that sticks.