Chinese sportswear company Li-Ning has implemented a new PLM system to help manage growth and replace its legacy system.

Named after its founder, champion gymnast Li Ning, the company was founded in 1990 with the original aim of providing Chinese athletes with clothing for the Olympics. By 2016, Li-Ning was producing apparel and footwear for 21 national teams and athletes across 11 different sports.

Today, its activities span brand marketing, research and development, design, manufacturing, distribution and retail.

The company first implemented a PLM solution in 2009. However, by 2018 the system was outdated in technology and performance.LI-NING's growth had established the brand principle of focusing on consumer demands, but traditional production methods could no longer adapt to the rapidly changing needs of consumers, new product development modes such as flexible supply chains and the requirements of e-commerce.

"Centric PLM is functional and easy to use," said Zhu Yuangang, IT director of Li-Ning. "The platform covers core processes including product planning, design and development, fabric and trim management, cost control and quality control. It is very flexible and scalable and can effectively meet Li-Ning's needs."

Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software, added: "Li-Ning has always been at the forefront of innovation in China's sportswear industry, and we look forward to supporting the next stage of the brand's digital transformation."