Chinese eco-friendly clothing manufacturer Icicle has chosen Gerber's Yunique PLM software to improve communication between its design, supplier and manufacturing communities.

Through the move, the manufacturer said it will more closely manage its samples, tech packs, bills of materials and supplier relationships.

"Independent product design and development requires a lot of communication among groups and departments," said Icicle general manager and design director Ye Shouzeng.

"After seeing the possibilities of Gerber's YuniquePLM system, we sincerely believe that this system can help us communicate more effectively and improve the overall management of our many product lines."

Icicle manages seven production lines for women's wear, men's wear, infant and children's clothing and launches new collections every spring/summer and autumn/winter.

 "Our creative design team works closely with our technical designers and our entire organization is very serious about production because we know that good design can only be communicated through high-quality products," added Ye.

"By implementing YuniquePLM, we will be able to improve not only the overall management of our product lines but also efficiencies in pattern design, sample making, technical design, materials procurement, costing and supplier management. All of this will help us ensure we consistently deliver a high-quality, high-fashion product to the market with lower labour costs."