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Gerber to Sponsor the 2018 PCA Vision Best Design Award (University)


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TOLLAND, CONN., DEC. 12, 2017 – Gerber Technology, a world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, is delighted to announce they will be sponsoring the 2018 Professional Clothing (PCA) Vision Best Design (University).

The contest requires students to share their vision of stylish, functional professional clothing (corporate wear, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE)) that can be worn for a specific job role in a sector of their choice. The goal is for the students to deliver innovative designs that truly meet the needs of the worker (man or woman) to help them perform their job to the best of their ability in their standard job environment. The Best Design Award (University) will be awarded to the university or college which has the best overall design submissions meeting the PCA Vision contest criteria.

Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh, Marketing and Communications Director, EMEA for Gerber Technology, said: “We are very proud to be sponsoring Vision part of the prestigious Professional Clothing Awards. We have nominated a pattern and market expert from Gerber Technology to join the judging panel to help select the additional Vision Award winner and she looks forward to seeing the applications. Having recently relaunched The Student Design Award, Gerber Technology is excited to engage with the contest and be part of an important initiative to identify and encourage the next generation. It is important that we welcome new talent into the Professional Clothing segment and we are very pleased to be part of this”.

Gerber’s mission is to make it easy for anyone in the world using textiles, leather, composites or other flexible materials to go from concept to market quickly and seamlessly. The provider of integrated automation solutions with UK premises in Manchester has been empowering educators and those who support them with technology to help prepare the next generation of fashion leaders for nearly 50 years.

Yvette Ashby, Managing Director of Professional Clothing director-e, Show and Awards, emphasized: “We are proud and honored to have Gerber Technology on board to support PCA Vision Best Design Award (University) and offer expertise on digital pattern making. Technology is an essential part of university education for the next generation of designers, as well as for the entire professional clothing industry.”

“The success of the industry relies on students graduating with the knowledge of how technologies like PLM, CAD and smart machines are used in manufacturing and how they are all connected. This is essential to the workflow and the contest provides an opportunity for students to present their capabilities,” added Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh. “The 2018 PCA Vision provides students with a stage to show off their extra-ordinary talents and help them create an impact before entering the professional world. Yvette Ashby and her team behind PCA Vision have created a powerful platform to make this happen, along with getting key apparel segments – corporate wear, work and image wear – as well as protective garments into the lime light they deserve”.

The 2018 PCA Vision contest forms the basis for the support that the Professional Clothing Awards and the professional clothing industry gives to young, upcoming designers. PCA Vision is an international contest, open to students from across Europe and winners will be announced at the opulent awards ceremony held on Wednesday 20th June 2018 at the Park Plaza London Riverbank.

For more information please visit http://www.professionalclothingawards.com/vision.html.

About PCA Vision 2018

The 2018 PCA Vision Student Design Award contest is set up, organized, managed and promoted by Marston Consulting Ltd (UK Company No. 3326364), which trades as director-e at South House 3A Suite 4, Bond Estate, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK1 1SW.

For full details about the contest please visit http://www.professionalclothingawards.com/vision.html

About the Professional Clothing Awards

The Professional Clothing Awards have been established to recognize the international uniform supply chain and reward exceptional workwear, corporate clothing and PPE from around the world. The annual UK Professional Clothing Awards celebrate achievements in the world of workwear and professional clothing and takes place in London in June. The awards cover all facets of the working garment industry from Business Manager Awards, PPE Innovation Awards, Supplier, Manufacturer and Distributor Awards to Industry Recognition Awards. There is also a special focus awards section for student designers looking to make their mark on the professional clothing industry.

About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology delivers industry-leading software and automation solutions that help apparel and industrial customers improve their manufacturing and design processes and more effectively manage and connect the supply chain, from product development and production to retail and the end customer. Gerber serves 78,000 customers in 130 countries, including more than 500 companies in apparel & accessories, home and leisure, transportation, packaging and sign & graphics. The company develops and manufactures its products from various locations in the United States and Canada and has additional manufacturing capabilities in China.

Gerber Technology has developed partnerships with over 1,400 colleges, universities, technical and fashion schools across the world, providing them with solutions and expertise to help the teachers prepare students with the skills they require in today’s competitive fashion workplace.

Based in Connecticut in the USA, Gerber Technology is owned by AIP, a New York based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector and has more than $3.0 billion assets under management.


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