The furniture industry meet to discover how optimizing design and production processes can improve time to market and increase profitability
Bradford, April 27, 2015 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials—recently hosted an executive level event in Nottingham dedicated to the UK upholstery market.
The interactive event brought together an impressive array of furniture manufacturers, and influential industry associations to discuss ways to meet the challenges of the market, in order to remain competitive and profitable in an increasingly fashion-led environment. The session began with a market overview and a powerful demonstration of how, using 3D technology, you can create a prototype of a sofa within just 40 minutes.
Headlining the event was James Truswell, Development Manager at QFC, who spoke about the importance of design at QFC and how implementing DesignConcept, Lectra’s 3D prototyping solution has led to improved quality, smarter operations and reduced time to market. “Our ability to do more with less is a key way that we drive the business at QFC. Working in partnership with Lectra has enabled us to become a leaner and more responsive organization, allowing us to exploit our design and development resources more efficiently so that we are able to satisfy our customers’ needs and leverage more growth without increasing overheads.”
A lively Q&A session followed with participants from furniture retailer and manufacturer DFS, QFC and Lectra. Harvey Ellis, Production Director at DFS commented “DFS chose to partner with Lectra over 20 years ago. Lectra has always been the obvious choice for us, and we will continue to work closely together for foreseeable future.”
Celine Choussy Bedouet, Marketing Director for Automotive and Furniture, Lectra, concluded: “It is clear that the UK market is driven by the need to continually adapt to meet customer demand, whilst maintaining quality and business growth. I have been delighted to have engaged with so many furniture designers and manufacturers at this event. I feel that the audience took away the message that to optimize your business, you must first embrace the concept of change. With its global network of experts, Lectra can support this transformational change, across every aspect of the furniture manufacturing process.”
Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for industries using soft materials. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software and cutting systems and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), furniture, as well as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as aeronautical and marine industries, wind power and personal protective equipment. Lectra serves 23,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,500 employees and $281 million in 2014 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext.
For more information, please visit www.lectra.com