Lectra technology will be used throughout the 35,000 sq ft facility

Lectra technology will be used throughout the 35,000 sq ft facility

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is to use advanced cutting room solutions from technology specialist Lectra in its new Lighthouse manufacturing and design centre.

The 35,000 sq ft 'UA Lighthouse' facility, which opened in June in Baltimore, Maryland, will showcase the latest technology and serve as an incubator for creating state-of-the-art products with efficient manufacturing methods.

Designed as a collaborative space for designers, the UA Lighthouse allows designers and manufacturers to learn and develop new and innovative methods for making and delivering product, which can then be shared with global team-mates and partner factories.

The Lighthouse will feature Lectra's Brio fabric spreader and the Vector fabric cutting machine. Vector provides enhanced visibility to the production process through remote monitoring, which optimises machine up-time and production.

One of the goals of the new facility is to ultimately guide how all Under Armour products are made, with new product and process technology developed here eventually being transferred to factory partners to scale. It will also serve as a foundation for Under Armour's local-for-local vision.

Technology will include 3D printing and rapid prototyping tools to turn ideas into tangible products; apparel and footwear prototyping facilities where designers and developers can test and refine products and processes beyond the traditional cut-and-make methods; and pilot production lines to evaluating how concepts will perform in a full-scale production environment.

"The UA Lighthouse will serve as a beacon to make product better, faster, and more efficiently," explained Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank.

Under Armour opens manufacturing innovation hub