Canadian seamless apparel maker Domestic Converters has invested in its first Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help manage growth and collaborate more effectively across different locations.

The privately-owned company based in Montreal, Quebec produces performance athletic, base layer, shapewear and specialty sleep and comfort wear under the brands Climawear, Know Me and One Flat Jack.

It has implemented Centric Software's Centric SMB, a SaaS cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for emerging brands, to enable it to collaborate more effectively across different locations and support its growth strategy.

"We design in Canada, but produce in China with multiple designs, seasons and suppliers," explains Kathe Plaskin, CFO at Domestic Converters. "We only use seamless knitting machines for our production with a large variety of yarns and special effect designs. We used to use a multitude of Excel spreadsheets to track and maintain production. Historical product data and database information was spread out among these Excel sheets, and not easily accessible."

Plaskin adds the company will now be able to build and maintain an integrated database of its designs, fits, yarns and sourcing information, which will support its commitment to using recycled materials in our new lines.

"Having a single source of all our required data will support future expansion, and we also plan to connect suppliers with the system."