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China sportswear maker High Rock in made-to-measure move Leonie Barrie | 16 Dec 16

Chinese outdoor sportswear manufacturer High Rock is making the move from mass production to mass customisation thanks to a new investment in made-to-measure technology.

Shandong Ruyi invests in Lectra cutting technology Beth Wright | 23 Nov 16

Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group has invested in "state-of-the-art" digital and automated cutting technology from specialist Lectra to upgrade and optimise its cutting rooms as part of its commitment to a fully automated factory with expert cutting capabilities.

Open source is key in the move to new technology tools Beth Wright | 17 Nov 16

While some retailers are already enjoying the benefits of 3D design, virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software, others are still struggling to find the best ways to leverage the potential benefits into their businesses.

Lectra Vector upgrade increases apparel productivity Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 16

Technology specialist Lectra has developed a new version of its Vector fabric cutting solution, which it says can increase productivity by up 10%. 

How technology is helping unravel supply chain challenges Michelle Russell | 2 Nov 16

Technology has a key role to play in helping brands, retailers and manufacturers to adapt their business models to meet changing consumer demands – be it implementing changes around design, fit or product innovation.

How Under Armour's Lighthouse will disrupt production Michelle Russell | 14 Oct 16

US sportswear giant Under Armour says it wants to propel its brand into the future through a new state-of-the-art Lighthouse manufacturing innovation facility that brings new opportunities in local-for-local manufacturing and customised products. Described by the group as its "magic bullet" and barely three months old, there are already plans for a second centre – and for the launch of several contract factories next year.

Lectra launches Modaris V8 product development tool Michelle Russell | 5 Oct 16

Technology specialist Lectra has upgraded what it says is the most widely used 2D/3D pattern making and grading solution for the apparel and textile industry worldwide.

Under Armour to use Lectra tools in new innovation hub Beth Wright | 14 Sep 16

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.

Tools to help choose an apparel PLM vendor Lee Adendorff | 4 Aug 16

Product lifecycle management (PLM) has become so entrenched in modern manufacturing that it has spawned its own academic discipline and a massive body of research. And some common themes are evident when it comes to selecting a PLM vendor.

How to determine if PLM is right for your company Lee Adendorff | 3 Aug 16

Companies trying to determine if product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions are right for them should note that size is not an obstacle; these systems can be useful to businesses of nearly any size.

Quick wins a key part of the 3D virtual design puzzle Leonie Barrie | 13 Jul 16

While the fashion industry still grapples to find the best ways to leverage the business benefits of 3D design and virtual prototyping tools, some of the tips for building buy-in include inspiring trust in the technology, and identifying quick and obvious wins.

A lean production approach can help apparel makers Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 16

Faced with demand for constant newness and reasonable quality at the lowest possible price, apparel manufacturers could learn from the lean production techniques that have proved effective in the automotive industry, a new white paper says.

Lectra to boost Asia expansion with Vietnam unit Beth Wright | 8 Jul 16

Technology specialist Lectra has opened a new subsidiary in Vietnam as part of its ongoing expansion in the Asian market.

Texprocess Americas taps into apparel automation John McCurry | 12 May 16

Automation and robotics were among the key trends on show at last week's Texprocess Americas exhibition. These industry-changing technologies have the potential to bridge the industry's skills gap, increase productivity in apparel manufacturing, and drive speed to market, according to exhibitors.

Zamasport to improve product development with PLM Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 16

Italian apparel manufacturing company Zamasport has selected Lectra Fashion PLM to help improve its product development processes for luxury brand collections.

Lectra taps Adams as North America president Katie Smith | 16 Mar 16

Lectra has appointed former Dassault Systèmes executive, Jason Adams, as president of its North American business, with responsibility for bolstering the technology specialist's presence in its main market sectors.

PLM to streamline processes at Galeries Lafayette Katie Smith | 26 Feb 16

French department store retailer Galeries Lafayette has invested in product lifecycle management (PLM) as the plaform to support the development of its collections.

The Kooples upgrades pattern making tool to support expansion Katie Smith | 3 Feb 16

French fashion retailer The Kooples is implementing the expert version of Lectra's Modaris pattern making, grading and prototyping solution to support its expansion plans. 

PLM links New Twins technical and creative teams Leonie Barrie | 20 Jan 16

Italian apparel company New Twins has turned to product lifecycle management (PLM) to connect its technical and creative teams.

Leather fashion – A changing landscape Katie Smith | 23 Dec 15

A key component widely used alongside textiles in the clothing and footwear industry, the landscape for leather is undergoing a degree of change when it comes to production, retail and technology trends. Here, we take a look. 

Lectra promotes Gros to director for Northern Europe Leonie Barrie | 25 Nov 15

Lectra has promoted Jean-Patrice Gros as director of Lectra Northern Europe, tasked with developing the technology company’s relationships with brands, retailers and manufacturers.

Kauno Baltija halves sample time with 3D solution  Katie Smith | 18 Nov 15

Lithuanian women's wear manufacturer Kauno Baltija has halved the time spent on making samples after implementing Lectra's 3D virtual prototyping solution. 

Dixie to speed up development process with PLM  Katie Smith | 11 Nov 15

Italian women's wear brand Dixie is adopting the Lectra Fashion PLM (product lifecyle management) solution to help improve efficiency, reduce costs and speed up the process of creating new collections.

Fast fashion: How to navigate complex logistics issues Kitty So | 3 Nov 15

Fast fashion companies are facing greater pressures and more complex supply chains in developing products and getting them to stores quickly. Planning ahead to ensure quality, as well as having the flexibility to make swift decisions and changes, is key to success.

Fast fashion: Using technology for a sharper edge Lee Adendorff | 3 Nov 15

Sophisticated tools are now commercially available to analyse social media and combine social ‘chatter’ with sales data to have a transformative impact on fast fashion.

Grupo Kaltex to streamline processes with PLM Katie Smith | 30 Sep 15

Mexican home textiles and apparel manufacturer Grupo Kaltex is adopting Lectra Fashion PLM to help streamline processes and improve collaboration across its design and development teams. 

China apparel makers should focus on quality and creativity Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 15

If Chinese brands want to stay competitive, they need to distinguish themselves by focusing on enhanced value and services, brand quality and creativity, according to technology specialist Lectra.

Lectra apparel seminar highlights need for change Michelle Russell | 6 Aug 15

In order to remain competitive in today's apparel environment, companies have to completely rethink how they operate, was the message at an event held by technology specialist Lectra.

Software solutions: PLM goes mobile Kitty So | 3 Aug 15

Developers of product lifecycle management (PLM) systems for the apparel industry are continuing to offer a wider variety of mobile applications as well as improving their solutions in smaller, more detailed ways.

Lectra edges closer to fully automated marker making Katie Smith | 8 Jul 15

Technology specialist Lectra has released the latest version of its DiaminoFashion marker-making solution, which it claims brings manufacturers one step closer to fully automated marker making, producing better results and bigger savings in the cutting room.







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