Technology specialist Lectra has unveiled the newest version of its product lifestyle management (PLM) software which it says boosts overall efficiency by extending it to pre-production stages.

Tailor-made for brands and retailers, the Lectra Fashion PLM V5 has been developed to provide greater visibility over fabric and product cost management processes and guide companies towards making the right calls prior to production.

"We are now living in a digital world, more so in fashion than other sectors and Lectra aims to keep its customers ahead of the evolving industry," says Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing and communications officer.

"To help them deliver profitable, on-trend collections within increasingly tight time constraints, we need to go one step further by accompanying them in their pre-production processes with both our technology and industry expertise. Clearing potential roadblocks right from the start ensures efficiency in the later production stages."

The new solution helps companies optimise profitability by enabling them to run multiple cost simulations concurrently. It also helps reduce fabric waste in production, as companies will be able to estimate fabric consumption for future collections and simulate different purchase-order scenarios earlier on. 

A new series of mobile applications should also accelerate day-to-day decision-making by allowing users to share and view mobile versions of their works-in-progress in order to make on-the-spot decisions on work priorities, their collection range, the size and fit of their products during off-site meetings. 

Integrated with with Adobe Creative Cloud, PLM V5 allows connected design teams to create sketches with Adobe Creative Suite. And to facilitate the pattern making process there are newer and more substantial content libraries.