Black Diamond, which specialises in outdoor performance gear including apparel, has selected the product lifecycle management (PLM) system from Centric Software to help improve its materials management functions.

The company will implement Centric 8 PLM software over time for all product lines, including Black Diamond Equipment hardgoods and apparel.

The system will help provide visibility of materials usage across all product lines, explains Walter Wilhelm, vice president of business process at Black Diamond.

"In a company whose technically sophisticated products incorporate innovative materials, the Centric PLM suite will help assure the most cost-effective purchasing of these top-quality materials," he adds.

Black Diamond's products are sold by leading specialty retailers in the US and around the world.