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Ben Hanson

Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.

Exclusive: WhichPLM Reports on TXT’s Thinking Retail 2012 Event

TXT e-Solutions are no strangers to the fashion capitals of the world. The company is headquartered in Milan - where their first “Thinking Retail!” event took place - and on 29th March the rooftop Jardin d’Hiver in Paris’s Pavillon Kléber played host to the second seminar in that series.

Our Editor, Ben Hanson, was the only journalist invited to the event, and his full, exclusive report is now available to all WhichPLM readers.

World Fashion Exchange (WFX) partners with UserEase Consulting

Under the terms of a new partnership, UserEase Consulting will promote all WFX Cloud products – ERP II, PLM, SCM, PPC, Financials, PDM and EDI to the AFA Industries in the Asia Pacific Region, then move towards promoting them in Europe, USA and the rest of the world in due course.

Lectra announces the launch of its Versalis® Furniture range

(Paris, April 16, 2012) Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials—is pleased to announce the launch of Versalis® Furniture. With this new range, furniture manufacturers can achieve record productivity by optimizing production cycles and maximizing the material savings, without compromising on the quality of cutting.

Methods Workshop to Debut Latest Costing Solution Release at Texprocess Americas

(Lake Worth, FL – April 17, 2012 ) Methods Workshop will exhibit Version 9.3 of its Engineered TruCost™ software at the April 24-26 tradeshow in Atlanta. The latest edition of the widely-used sewn products costing and engineering software features user experience, information display and reporting, and other notable enhancements.

WhichPLM Editorial Review – 13 April 2012

In an extended edition of his regular column, our Editor, Ben Hanson rounds up the best of WhichPLM from the past seven days. As well as the upcoming publication of our 2012 Annual Review, WhichPLM continues to play host to the latest news and developments from around the world, and the past fortnight has seen the first of a planned series of brand-new developments.

Gerber Technology Recognizes FIDM Graduate for International Manufacturing and Product Development Skills

(TOLLAND, Conn., USA, April 12, 2012) Recently, Gerber Technology presented its webPDM® Achievement Award at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles, Calif. during the graduate thesis presentation event for the school’s International Manufacturing and Product Development Advanced Study Program. Each year, Gerber Technology recognizes one student who best demonstrates outstanding applied understanding and use of Gerber’s webPDM product data management software in the preparation of his/her thesis. FIDM graduating student, Breanna Broach, earned this year’s award.

Dassault Systèmes Introduces a New Release of 3DSwYm, its Social Innovation Application

(VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France – April 12, 2012) Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3D Experience Company, world leader in 3D design, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the release of its next-generation 3DSwYm social innovation application. 3DSwYm is a social enterprise platform that goes beyond today’s mostly static corporate intranets and information systems, transforming the way companies and their employees can drive innovation and contribute actively to company’s vision and strategy.

The joint website of Human Solutions, Assyst and AVM is now available online

The new website of the Human Solutions Group is now online. For the first time, all the companies of the Group ― Human Solutions, Assyst and AVM ― the Fashion and Mobility divisions, the international sites in Italy and North America and all the Closed User groups have all been integrated into a seamless web portal. The portal provides up-to-date information about all products and events within the Human Solutions Group. The content is currently available in German, English and Italian. In addition to the publicly accessible content, there are also comprehensive information and services for customers in the user-friendly Closed User Groups.

Plural Technology announces successful migration from Gerber WebPDM to Apparel Innovator at Blauer Manufacturing

(Pune, India: Wednesday, 4th April 2012) Plural Technology, the only open source PLM provider for Apparel Industry, announced today successful migration from Gerber WebPDM to Apparel Innovator at Blauer Manufacturing. The Data Migration was an important step in realizing integrated Product Development to reduce the product development cycle time through early stage collaboration with all the project stakeholders. With such latest and open source technology solution, Blauer Manufacturing is on the way to achieve its cost reduction goals on operational and IT front.

Lectra and WGSN Sign Global Partnership Agreement

(Paris and London, April 3, 2012) Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics and composite materials—and WGSN—the world’s leading trend forecaster—are pleased to announce a new global partnership.