Software vendors Dassault Systemes and Zymmetry Group have teamed up to deliver and integrated global development and sourcing solution for the apparel industry - which is being billed as an industry first.

The two companies say the tools will connect the entire apparel supply chain, linking front and back end design and development processes from planning to sourcing, pre-production and production.

The solutions will be based on Dassault Systemes' PLM 2.0 and its V6 platform, a single platform for managing all product lifecycle business processes.

As part of the Wing Tai Group of Hong Kong, Zymmetry has customers ranging from global brands based in the US, to large global manufacturing enterprises based in Asia.

Its 'Zymmetry Sourcing' solution is a supplier relationship management tool that incorporates workflow not only for product development but also for translating projected demand into finished good commitments.

Dassault's Enovia for global collaborative lifecycle management provides the accelerator for apparel design and development which enables footwear and apparel companies to coordinate design, procurement and suppliers early in the design process.