A licensee of leading hat manufacturer Kangol Headwear Europe has invested in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution from California-based firm Freeborders to help increase its supply chain efficiency and competitiveness.

According to The Bollman Hat Company, the solution will help to reduce lead times, increase the accuracy of prototyping and improve the quality of information flow along the production chain.

"The demand that Kangol receives for its head-to-toe lifestyle brand throughout Japan, Europe and the US drives us to find ways to improve our processes for developing product," Bollman global creative director Christopher Swan said.

"Using Freeborders' PLM solutions, we expect to achieve several objectives, including greater efficiencies in product development, reduced travel for our employees and a shorter supply chain."

While the PLM system will initially be launched for the development of Bollman's Kangol product lines, the company is considering rolling it out across the remainder of its operations as its business development plans expand.

Freeborders PLM solutions are utilised by companies including Gap, J Crew, Lands' End and Liz Claiborne.