French clothing manufacturer GilClaude has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to bolster transparency and productivity.

Founded in 1958, the GilClaude group is a cut and sewn knitwear specialist that develops homewear, nightwear, and sports collections for women, men, and children for mass distribution, mail order, and specialised brands.

The company manages all of its technical creation on site and relies on sourcing developed mainly around the Mediterranean basin. In particular, the group has its own integrated and certified production units in Egypt and a purchasing office in Turkey, resulting in high supply efficiency.

It has selected Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. 

"Historically, we are a small organisation, but our goal has always been to adopt the most efficient tools possible. We implemented quality certification very early on, as well as an ERP and PDM system. Recently, it became evident to us that we needed to improve responsiveness in the different phases of product development and to speed up our processes," explains Éric Ammar, CEO of GilClaude.

"We wanted better interface connectivity with our platforms abroad, to be able to share technical production data more efficiently, to further automate our manufacturing chain, and to better control production monitoring by directly connecting our workshops and offices with our internal monitoring tools. Our first objective with this project is to improve productivity and speed of execution."

GilClaude is also counting on its partnership with Centric Software to improve the traceability of each component of its products to meet transparency requirements, in terms of environmental impact and also of social responsibility.

"We already had a good level of traceability on our materials in general, and we have always integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives into our approach. For example, we are mindful of choosing the closest locations when importing products. And now, there are tools that allow us to prove the effectiveness of our initiatives and offer us very clear traceability. Upgrading to modern tools like Centric PLM is an important way for us to prepare for the future," Ammar says.

For GilClaude, the impact of Covid-19 – from disrupted processes and newly remote teams, to customers grappling with local lockdowns – triggered the decision to find a new solution that would meet its digital transformation goals.

GilClaude will utilise the Final Inspection Module to facilitate the work of its quality inspectors.