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Godfrey Syrett invests in best-in-class technology to support continual innovation of its furniture range


UK furniture manufacturer partners with Lectra to help achieve its ambitious growth targets 

London, July 14, 2016 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textilesand composite materials, is pleased to announce that Godfrey Syrett has chosen Lectra’s software and fabric cutting solutions to automate and optimise its production.

Founded in 1947, Godfrey Syrett designs and manufactures innovative furniture solutions for the education, office, healthcare and defence markets throughout the United Kingdom. With plans to double its turnover within five years, Godfrey Syrett recognized the need to become more responsive in order to quickly fulfill new orders and continually innovate within its product range.

“Previously, our products were designed, developed and manufactured by hand. Whilst we are very proud of this heritage, this approach did have the potential for costly production errors,” explains Michael Donachie, Operations Manager, Godfrey Syrett. Lectra worked with the team at Godfrey Syrett to pinpoint its needs and demonstrate the impact automation would have on production speed and cost. “The results were fantastic, fabric savings were huge versus manual cutting, at around 33%,” continued Michael.

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Godfrey Syrett took the decision to invest in a state of the art Lectra cutting solution, including advanced pattern and marker making software, a fabric spreading solution and a Vector® fabric cutter. With Vector, Godfrey Syrett can cut in 2.5 minutes what would have taken 40 minutes using a manual process. It will also deliver consistent quality of cut parts that is impossible to achieve with hand cutting. Vector will be put to work on products such as Zip, the company’s modular seating offer which zips and unzips for easy reconfiguration; and Mr Jones; an award-winning soft seating range. Michael concluded; “We expect to substantially increase our production capacity as well as our agility. By demonstrating such impressive results, as well as being able to connect us to a global network of manufacturers, Lectra stood head and shoulders above the rest as clear market leaders.”

Neil Tweddle, Managing Director at Godfrey Syrett added; “In a market driven by the need for flexibility, style, innovation as well as function, we knew that we had to transform as a business to achieve our growth ambitions and secure new business. Technology is playing a major part in this transformation and I am excited to watch our partnership with Lectra grow into the future.”

About Godfrey Syrett

Godfrey Syrett design, manufacture and distribute contract furniture to the education, public and commercial sectors. Established since 1947, the business is highly regarded for producing high quality, long lasting stylish furniture and providing a one stop shop service from design through to installation. The firm has a head office and manufacturing base in Killingworth, in addition to a distribution and logistics hub and another manufacturing site, both in Durham. As a true British manufacturer, the majority of Godfrey Syrett’s products are made in the North East where the firm employs 230 staff. It also has its own dedicated fleet of delivery vehicles which deliver throughout the UK from its Durham distribution hub. For further information visit www.godfreysyrett.co.uk.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software, automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets: fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of other industries. Lectra’s solutions, specific to each market, enable customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and manufacturing. With more than 1,500 employees, Lectra has developed privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100 countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered revenues of $264 million in 2015 and is listed on Euronext.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

® Vector is a registered trademark of Lectra.

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