SOURCE: Lectra

February 21, 2007 15:38 ET

Lectra presents its new generation of fashion solutions at Lectra World 2007

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2007 -- Lectra, the world leader in software, CAD/CAM equipment and related services dedicated to the fashion, automotive, aeronautical, marine and furniture industries, unveiled its new generation of value-added solutions specifically developed for fashion professionals (apparel, footwear and accessories) in Bordeaux on February 5-6.

Under the banner Lectra World 2007, Lectra Chairman André Harari and CEO Daniel Harari welcomed 400 guests from 30 countries, including renowned fashion names such as Adolfo Dominguez, Aigle, BCBG, Benetton, Chantelle, Christian Dior, Cirque du Soleil, Clarks, Lovable, Decathlon, Diesel, Dim, Dolce & Gabbana, Geox, H&M, Hugo Boss, Itierre, Kenzo Jeans, Lacoste, Lafuma, Louis Vuitton, Mango, Nike, Petit Bateau, Pronovias, Saint John Knit, Tod's and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.

"Lectra is more than just a French company that is present all around the world," declared Daniel Harari. "It is, above all, a trans-national company whose strength and richness is derived from its comprehensive global presence. It gives us the ability to understand all the subtleties of the fashion market in order to adapt itself to the various countries of the world."

Lectra World 2007: as seen by the experts

Didier Grumbach, President of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, spoke of the unique benefits that result from the marriage of high fashion and high technology. Didier Grumbach participating in a round table discussion with Mike Fralix, President of TC(2), a provider of solutions for the sewn products and related soft goods industries specializing in technology development and supply chain improvement, and Zhang Wei, Director of the Trends Department at China Textile Information Center, on the challenges faced by all fashion market players around the world and the constant search for strong brand identity. "It takes at least 10 years for a brand to gain genuine international notoriety and finally free itself from its creator. Design brands take a long time to develop," said Didier Grumbach. "In a world without borders, Lectra, being present in all markets, is well placed to rationalize the relations between the different actors. We need to focus on producing what has been sold, rather than on selling what has been produced to avoid the overproduction that results in millions of surplus garments."

Stephen Hochman, Research Director at AMR Research, explained how Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions provide the only true response: companies that have chosen PLM are now translating this abstract notion into genuine gains. The connection between market knowledge and design and development - and all the steps in between - is the winning combination that permits companies to benefit from an efficient, proactive management of the risks associated with the fashion market and turn them into a competitive advantage.

"Technology is essential for fashion companies," said Marco Canali, Director of Information Systems at Italian fashion specialist Canali, in a round table discussion on the new challenges of manufacturing. "As director of information systems, I look at technology as a means rather than an end; it doesn't work alone, and it's only by working with our partners - including Lectra - that we can get the best out of it to overcome our biggest challenges together."

Thomas Defaye, Director of Development and Partnerships at Microsoft France, joined Antoine Bertier, Lectra's Director of Software R&D, to present Kaledo 3D Trend, the new Lectra project which is the fruit of the partnership established between the two companies, and developed with Windows Vista. Lectra is one of the 16 companies worldwide selected by Microsoft (and the only French company) to appear on its Vista demonstration site. "I was dazzled by Lectra's technologies," said Thomas Defaye, "and totally convinced by its teams and clients who came from around the world to attend this event."

Lectra World 2007 launches new software, equipment and services

On the second day of the Lectra World 2007 Congress, Lectra presented its latest innovative solutions through a series of interactive workshops held in its new International Conference Center, which was inaugurated on this occasion at the company's industrial site in Bordeaux-Cestas (France). "Our Bordeaux-Cestas site is much more than a technology showcase," said Daniel Harari. "It is a genuine international conference center dedicated to technological innovation."

Power and intelligence join forces in Lectra's new-generation Vector

The new generation of Vector automated multi-ply cutting systems launched today, provides a powerful response to the needs of manufacturers, including optimization of the use of technological equipment in terms of productivity and quality, reduction of costs and improved process flexibility and reliability. Available in several versions, it responds to a variety of production needs while ensuring unsurpassed cutting quality. The system's on-board intelligence provides a revolutionary response to manufacturer's demand for reliable solutions in a context in which any delay is heavily penalized.

Lectra's Smart Services: bringing still more added value to clients

Lectra's new Power service solutions provide clients with tailored expertise and high added-value- benefits to help them improve the overall performance of their production systems and protect their business.

This new offer includes complete, real-time monitoring of client's systems by Lectra's experts in their International Client Call Centers, a program of preventive maintenance and upgrading of pilot software. The flexibility of these made-to-measure contracts means that Lectra clients are free to choose the most efficient combination of their internal skills and those of Lectra's Professional Services.

A complete new software offering entirely dedicated to the fashion market

Lectra Fashion PLM: a major advance for the fashion world

Lectra Fashion PLM is the first PLM solution dedicated to fashion, providing a virtual collaborative environment that supports the iterative processes of design and development (specifications, sourcing, engineering) as well as those of marketing and retailing. By giving companies the ability to integrate product conception and collections management processes, Lectra Fashion PLM offers a response to the needs for both innovative products and profitability.

Kaledo: Lectra's new Design offering

Kaledo allows for the structuring of the creation collection process, providing intelligence and encouraging creativity and innovation while facilitating collaboration between designers and the various players involved in the product development cycle. With Kaledo, designers can create their collections; all models, styles, components and materials are stored in the application's memory and each modification to a style, color or fabric is automatically updated in all related product documentation.

Modaris 3D Fit and Easy Grading: Lectra's new Product Development offering

Modaris 3D Fit represents a major breakthrough in CAD software. With realistic simulation and visualization of three-dimensional models in a broad range of colors and materials, Modaris 3D Fit enables precise fitting control as well as style validation and collections review. This innovative solution helps reduce the number of physical prototypes required and facilitates communication both inside the company and between brands and their subcontractors.

Integrated into Lectra's pattern-making solutions, the Easy Grading automated grading application accelerates and simplifies grading activities for fashion companies, producing time savings of up to 70%.

A complete, integrated solution for footwear, baggage and leather goods

Developed by Stratégie, a Lectra partner for 13 years, this offering covers the design, development and manufacture shoes and bags from start to finish. It responds to the major strategic challenges of professionals from this sector, such as managing new collections, reducing costs, just-in-time production and quality improvement.

"This event has filled me with emotion," said Daniel Harari. "It marks the pride we feel about our investment in R&D and genuine team work at all levels of the company, in all the countries in which we are present. Our latest innovations, presented here at the Congress, are the result of a concentration of best practices which convey a deep understanding of fashion manufacturing processes. This is the start of the new Lectra."

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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