SOURCE: Lectra

April 25, 2007 12:58 ET

Air Cruisers Stays Afloat With Lectra

Lectra Helps Leading Designer and Manufacturer of Aircraft Emergency Evacuation Systems Cut Costs and Boost Productivity

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2007 -- Lectra, the world leader in software, CAD/CAM equipment and related services dedicated to large-scale users of textiles, leather and industrial fabrics, today announced that Air Cruisers, a division of Zodiac of Paris, a leading designer and manufacturer of aircraft emergency evacuation systems, relies on Lectra's VectorTechTex, DesignConcept 3D design software, and the Mosaic Expert software to produce their leading products.

With over 60 years of innovations and experience, Air Cruisers remains the industry standard for aviation inflatable safety technology. Because of the serious nature of their business, it is vital that their emergency equipment be flawless and state-of-the-art. Precision cutting and operation tracking is of paramount importance to Air Cruisers.

They needed a solution to be integrated into an optimized manufacturing environment and to meet stringent safety constraints. Through the years, they rely on Lectra because of the precision of their production tools. With Lectra's VectorTechTex cutting solution, Air Cruisers is assured their product will be top quality. Most recently, Air Cruisers has adopted the Mosaic Expert software to detect the material motif and ensure complete automation of the process. This option allows Air Cruisers to automatically eliminate potential errors and increase productivity.

"Air Cruiser has a long-standing history of customer commitment and high-quality emergency evacuation systems. Our products must be perfect. There is no room for error as our products save lives. That is why we depend on and trust Lectra," says Joe Reeves, Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor of Air Cruisers. "Lectra's products have allowed us to produce top quality solutions, while cutting costs and boosting productivity."

"Lectra is committed to providing high-technology solutions and innovations in cutting technology," according to David Rode, President of Lectra Americas. "Air Cruisers is a prime example of our commitment to our customers. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality solutions and equipping our customers with an advanced solution to grow their businesses. We are proud to help Air Cruisers lead the industry in inflatable safety products."

About Air Cruisers

In 1935, company founder James F. Boyle began Air Cruisers. Prior to World War II, he invented the inflatable life jacket called the "Mae West." Since then, virtually every significant development in the field of aviation inflatable safety technology has come from Air Cruisers. They produced the first one-person life raft, the first inflatable life vests, the first vacuum packed inflatable life vest, the first inflatable aircraft evacuation slides and slide rafts, the first helicopter fixed floats and the first helicopter pop-out inflatable floats. With over 60 years of innovative ideas and experience, Air Cruisers remains the industry standard for aviation inflatable safety technology.

Air Cruisers is the only company that offers a complete line of inflatable safety products: evacuation slides and slide rafts, life vests, life rafts and helicopter floats. All of our products are supported by our worldwide sales and service network with the additional support of our factory based engineering staff and factory trained technicians. Since 1987, Air Cruisers has been a subsidiary of the Zodiac Groupe of Paris, France, best known as the leading manufacturer of inflatable boats. The merger provided synergy for both companies that strengthened both companies' positions in their respective markets.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in software, CAD/CAM equipment and related services dedicated to large-scale users of textiles, leather and industrial fabrics. Lectra addresses a broad array of major global markets, including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive, aeronautical and furniture. With EUR 216 million in 2006 revenues, Lectra employs 1,500 persons worldwide.

Lectra (ISIN Code FR0000065484) is listed on the Eurolist (compartment B) of Euronext Paris.

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Contact Information

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    Melissa Gass
    Lectra Americas
    770.422.8050 ext. 182
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