China based high-end private label fashion manufacturer DZ Group has invested in a new PLM system to support its complex design and manufacturing processes around the globe.

The company, which is headquartered in Shanghai, has implemented Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for small to medium enterprises, Centric SMB.

Founded in 1983, DZ Group operates multiple businesses that design and produce clothing for brands including Vince, Athleta and Paul Smith. With offices in New York, Beijing, London, Vienna and Los Angeles, the company recently opened an office in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia to explore sustainable cashmere production.

"Because we have been around for so long, one of our main challenges is centralising information," says Vanessa Muillins, technical design manager at DZ Group. "We wanted to be able to understand and utilise all of our resources effectively across our offices in three different time zones.

"Updating and upgrading our systems to stay ahead of a rapidly-changing industry is a top priority for us. We began looking for a PLM solution to improve our workflow and make it simpler for everyday users to exchange and access information in one central location while offering our customers the most advanced technology available."

Muillins adds: "We'll see immediate benefits when everyone starts to input their own individual information and collaborate in PLM. With people working together in the system in real time, we can cut through the lag time associated with emails across time zones. Centric PLM will support increased business activity and DZ Group's future growth, enabling us to work more efficiently and effectively with our customers."