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just-style management briefing: PLM growing despite recessionary jitters Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Jul 11

Forecasts for the uptake of product life cycle management (PLM) technology in the clothing industry have slowed from the bullish expectations of three years ago. But software suppliers are still confident that investment in the tools will continue to be strong, despite the volatile global economy.


Sizing workshop measures up consumer needs just-style.com | 17 Jun 11

Experts in fashion sizing believe that providing the right fit is growing in importance, as consumers demand more for their money.


US: 7thOnline grows executive team with new CMO just-style.com | 24 May 11

Software firm 7thOnline has named Jerry Inman as chief marketing officer to help grow the brand and its market share within the retail and vendor communities.


just-style management briefing: More software trends to watch Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

After weathering the storm of recession, today's apparel companies now face a significantly more challenging and competitive market. Technologies they would be wise to watch in the year ahead include lead time optimisation, business intelligence, cloud computing and 3D tools.


just-style management briefing: The key focus for software investments Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

Where should apparel firms be focusing their software investments now if they want to remain competitive into the future? According to industry experts consulted by just-style, technology agendas should include strong core business systems, better use of business analytics, and integrated PLM, sourcing and supply chain capabilities.


just-style management briefing: Software helps tackle industry issues Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

Using the right software is key to helping the apparel industry tackle some of the issues it faces in 2011. Firms need the right analyses and information to take the right decisions at the right time and remain competitive in a changing environment, from product development through to the shop floor.


just-style management briefing: Apparel supply challenges in 2011 Leonie Barrie | 4 May 11

Among the biggest challenges facing global apparel supply in the year ahead are rising raw material costs, the changing business climate in China, upward pressure on retail prices, fragile consumer demand, and the need to have the right inventory at the right place at the right time, according to industry experts consulted by just-style.


FRANCE: Lectra names South America managing director just-style.com | 16 Feb 11

Lectra has named Adriana Vono Papavero as managing director of its South America operations, replacing Edouard Macquin, who was recently promoted to worldwide director of sales.


FRANCE: New cutting range extends Lectra leather offer just-style.com | 3 Aug 10

Lectra has launched a new leather cutting range specially designed for small and medium run production in the leather goods and technical footwear markets.


FRANCE: Lectra to launch updated Fashion PLM just-style.com | 2 Jun 10

Lectra is poised to launch a new version of its fashion-specific product lifecycle management solution, Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2, early next month.


HONG KONG: Apparel forum backs single set of standards Joe Ayling | 31 Mar 10

A proposed "standardisation" of global apparel industry guidelines has gathered momentum during the final day of The Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.


ANALYSIS: Recession takes the shine off PLM Ivan Castano Freeman | 30 Mar 10

As apparel manufacturers cut their spending during the recession, the uptake of product lifecycle management (PLM) software was one of the many casualties. But signs suggest investment momentum is picking up again, with double-digit growth expected in the coming years. Ivan Castano-Freeman reports.


FRANCE: Lectra and X-Rite/Pantone in colour deal just-style.com | 2 Feb 10

Lectra has signed a deal with X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone to deliver technology that improves the speed at which companies communicate colour across the fashion supply chain.


FRANCE: Ribera to lead software marketing at Lectra just-style.com | 15 Dec 09

Lectra has promoted Philippe Ribera as software marketing director responsible for the definition and implementation of the group's software marketing action plans – including the Lectra Fashion PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) strategy.


FRANCE: Lectra enhances footwear design software just-style.com | 24 Nov 09

New features to help reduce product development times have been built into the latest version of Romans Cad, Lectra’s software suite for the footwear and leather goods industries.


US: Lectra and Eastman settle patent dispute just-style.com | 27 Oct 09

Lectra and Eastman Machine Company have settled a patent infringement action relating to the use of Lectra’s ‘Eclipse’ non-stop cutting process.


FRANCE: Lectra updates fashion-specific PLM solution just-style.com | 26 Oct 09

A new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for the fashion industry, which integrates design tools and product development functions with end-to-end collection management features, has been unveiled by Lectra.


INSIGHT: Sizing up the global market just-style.com | 14 Oct 09

Design, fabric choice and communication hold the key to garment ‘fit,’ not to mention improved brand loyalty while reducing returns and inventory.


FRANCE: Lectra updates Kaledo design tool just-style.com | 5 Oct 09

Lectra has launched a new version of Kaledo, its fashion-specific design solution, with modules to create realistic simulations of prints, weaves and knits.


COMMENT: Lean is green in apparel product development just-style.com | 25 Aug 09

Within the apparel industry the dialogue on sustainability has mainly focused on the production of ‘green products’ and the use of textile processing methods and supply chain strategies that reduce the sector’s environmental footprint. But as we begin to think of sustainability in broader terms, the product development stage provides another key point in the product lifecycle that is worthy of a closer look, writes [TC]²’s Kerry Maguire King.


UK: Seminar on ‘Sizing up the global market’ just-style.com | 12 Aug 09

A technical seminar dedicated to garment sizing and fit is being held in the UK next month to discuss the challenges facing brands, retailers and suppliers on the ever-changing body shapes around the world.


US: [TC]² extends body scanners’ virtual fashion capability just-style.com | 9 Jul 09

Clothing technology and research organisation [TC]² is extending the virtual fashion capability of its 3D body scanning hardware/software solutions.


FRANCE: Lectra promotes Claverie to industry-wide role just-style.com | 9 Jun 09

Technology firm Lectra hopes to help its customers better integrate their design and production processes with the promotion of Hervé Claverie as director of projects and strategic accounts worldwide.


IMB 2009: Top technology trends just-style.com | 29 Apr 09

Despite taking place against a gloomy economic backdrop, the IMB – World of Textile Processing trade show in Cologne last week certainly didn’t disappoint when it came to new products and innovations. As this roundup of some of the technical highlights shows, faster time-to-market, better quality and lower cost are the drivers behind the latest developments.


IMB 2009: Apparel firms seek fast returns from technology just-style.com | 27 Apr 09

Troubled economic times are forcing apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers to re-evaluate their investments in technology, according to exhibitors at last week’s IMB – World of Textile Processing trade fair in Cologne, Germany.


IMB 2009: Tough times bolster apparel software investments just-style.com | 27 Apr 09

There are encouraging signs of optimism among suppliers of production software to the global apparel industry as manufacturers, retailers and brands turn to new technology to prepare themselves for an eventual uptick in business.


IMB exhibitor news: PLM - who, what, where, when just-style.com | 15 Apr 09

In just under a week's time the world's fourth largest trade fair venue will open its doors to IMB 2009. The last IMB event in 2006 welcomed some 25,000 visitors to view the latest in apparel and textile technology from around 600 exhibitors.


IMB exhibitor news: Lectra tools tackle design and production just-style.com | 14 Apr 09

Lectra will present new versions of its Kaledo design software and Modaris pattern-making solution, as well as additions to its Vector cutting range, at next week’s IMB technology trade show.


FRANCE: Lectra updates Modaris pattern-making tool just-style.com | 17 Mar 09

Lectra has launched a new version of its Modaris pattern-making solution aimed at improving productivity and quality in the apparel industry.


FRANCE: Lectra appoints Mark Lyness as UK MD just-style.com | 26 Feb 09

Technology firm Lectra has promoted Mark Lyness as managing director of its UK unit, where he will assume responsibility for all business in the UK and Ireland.

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