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Lectra and ASBCI give apparel companies the opportunity to address changing needs in the industry


(London, December 6, 2012) Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials – textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials, and a premier member of the ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry) for several years, was delighted to host its second technical visit to other ASBCI members at its facilities near Bordeaux.

The purpose of the event was to show leading UK fashion and clothing companies Lectra’s range of fashion solutions and how they are constantly being innovated to be in line with the changing needs of the industry.

During the visit, participants saw demonstrations on how industry-specific design, 3D prototyping, product development, and manufacturing solutions, together with consultancy from industry experts, help companies to streamline their processes.

This year the event focused on challenges faced by fashion companies, especially around collaboration between design and development teams, as well as achieving the perfect fit for garments within tight deadlines.

Technology highlights included Modaris V7®, Lectra’s pattern making, grading and 3D virtual prototyping solution that improves fit, reduces the number of physical prototypes and ensures the best Return on Investment. This was of interest to all participants as fit is a crucial factor in a garment’s success or failure and because of the high cost of physical samples.

Visitors also saw how Lectra Fashion PLM integrates the entire collection development process on a collaborative platform resulting in greater productivity and profitability.  “The Lectra visit was interesting, informative and stimulating. It was a great opportunity to see   cutting-edge technology and also provided food for thought resulting in a review of some of our own processes and procedures” said Ian Sime, Director of Supply Chain, J Barbour & Sons Ltd. “We see great value in discussing the industry’s changing needs with our clients and were honoured to be able to share Lectra’s vision of the fashion industry. It is so important to get direct feedback on what customers’ key challenges are, and to discuss solutions that could help fashion companies streamline  their processes and to become as profitable as possible” said Mark Lyness, Managing Director, Lectra UK.

Due to the positive feedback and interest from attendees, Lectra is planning to hold another event for ASBCI members in 2013.


Formed in 1992 the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, ASBCI, plays a key technical role within the garment and textile sectors. In addition to technical conferences, forums and seminars on important issues, such as sizing and REACH, it organises regular technical/educational visits to companies across the supply chain and produces highly acclaimed technical handbooks, many of which are recommended texts on fashion related courses around the world. It also runs the UK’s largest and most successful student conference and seminar programme. In order to promote greater technical understanding of essential processes within the clothing supply chain it has formed reciprocal partnerships  with the newly formed UK Fashion and Textile association –  UKFT, Textile Institute, Society of Dyers and Colourists – SDC, and the United Kingdom Textile Laboratory Forum – UKTLF.

About Lectra

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 1,350 employees and $287 million in 2011 revenues. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext.

 For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

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.