3D body scanning and fit expert Human Solutions GmbH is continuing its software expansion after acquiring a 45% stake in Italian company Assyst Sistemi.

The move comes after the German firm in May bought the software assets of bankrupt CAD/CAM supplier Assyst GmbH, which owned part of its Italian subsidiary.

"For us, the Italian apparel market is one of the most important in Europe, on a par with the German mar," said Dr Andreas Seidl, Human Solutions' CEO.

"The interconnection between Italian fashion consciousness and 'Made in Germany' technology will enable us to keep abreast of European fashion trends and make assyst solutions successful on a global scale."

"With assyst and Human Solutions together, we can address the entire value-added chain in the apparel industry - all the way from the store to product development and cut construction," added Peter Stampfli, CEO of Sistemi Assyst.

"This move has created one of the largest niche suppliers for the apparel sector, and not only in Germany."

Assyst supplies a range of computer aided design (CAD) and Product Data Management (PDM) software for the clothing industry, which includes tools for 2D and 3D design, pattern cutting, grading, costings, marker making and cut order planning.

The Human Solutions group of companies, which includes Human Solutions in North America, Assyst GmbH and Sistemi Assyst, now has around 160 employees at four global sites.