Sportswear firm Lotto Sport has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution as part of an information systems structure after purchasing a stake in Italian footwear producer Stonefly.

Lotto has replaced its former PLM system with Centric PLM, which it says is a more flexible solution.

Founded in 1973 in Treviso, Italy, Lotto Sport operates five sub-brands with an annual turnover of more than EUR300m (US$387.7m), and specialises in footwear and technical clothing for football and tennis. Lotto is currently in the process of integrating its IT, finance and product development departments with those of Stonefly, a small Italian producer of comfortable sports footwear.

"Lotto had a PLM system in place, but Stonefly had no system at all," explains Sebastiano Di Camillo, head of information technology at Lotto. "We used our PLM system for four years but because it was highly customised, it became more and more inflexible and difficult to evolve. The upcoming project with Stonefly gave Lotto the opportunity to review our information systems structure and look for a more flexible solution. As a result, we decided to change the PLM we had been using and start fresh with a new system across both companies."

With a highly international workforce, in addition to headquarters in Treviso, Lotto has teams in France, Spain, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, Di Camillo expects to see an improvement in the amount and quality of data available to users.

"We'll have more information, with major improvements in quality and we will have more visibility into costs and calendars. As the head of IT department, it's important to understand the cost of a product and the profitability of our business. We have a lot of people involved in developing collections and with Centric PLM in place, we will be able to make this more efficient with far fewer errors than in the past."