ThreadeXchange today announced a comprehensive partnership with Gerber Technology (www.gerbertechnology.com).

ThreadeXchange will fully integrate the Gerber WebPDM (Product Data Management) software into its global sourcing solution and will serve as the first online business-to-business Application Service Provider (ASP) host of the software.

Retailers and wholesalers already enabled with Electronic Data Interface (EDI) capability can use both the WebPDM software, as a Data Trade Zone, as well as ThreadeXchange's full-service apparel sourcing solution. The WebPDM platform will allow users to automatically upload relevant portions of their costing programme and all other related data, as well as integrate this information into the ThreadeXchange website.

This allows ThreadeXchange's customers to submit and manage all of their data online, design products and patterns, and handle inputs. The WebPDM software also helps retailers and producers shorten development cycles, track changes in product specifications, costing information and materials availability - preventing costly communication errors and delivery disruptions - and avoid miscommunication by serving as an "electronic file cabinet" for measurement specifications, billing information, photographs, and even video and voice files.

"Through this partnership with ThreadeXchange, Gerber customers, both current and future, will now be able to extend their data management capabilities to incorporate actual sourcing and production of goods," said John Roberts, vice president at Gerber Technology. "In addition to software integration, we are pleased to announce that ThreadeXchange will also be our initial partner for the ASP component of our broader B2B strategy."

About ThreadeXchange
ThreadeXchange is the first Vertical Service Provider for the $375bn global apparel market. ThreadeXchange streamlines the sourcing process by accessing a massive global factory network, overseeing quality assurance and human rights conditions at the factory level and providing 100 per cent visibility throughout the production and logistics processes. Based in New York, NY, the company has received initial funding from Redleaf Group and Garage.com. For further information, visit the company website at www.threadexchange.com

About Gerber Technology
Gerber Technology (www.gerbertechnology.com), provides an extensive line of computer-aided pre-production design, manufacturing, spreading and unit production systems. The company offers automation solutions to a variety of industries including apparel, automotive, furniture, composites, industrial fabrics and aerospace. Gerber Technology's world headquarters is located in Connecticut, USA. with regional offices, agents and distributors located in more that 110 countries worldwide.