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Success of the Second Education Conference held by Lectra, Privileged Partner of Fashion Schools Worldwide

(PARIS, FRANCE, NOVEMBER 17, 2009) Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics and composite materials—, invited its “Privilege” partners from the education world to its second international conference, held over two days at the end of October.

This event brought together 36 teachers and directors from 21 of the best-known fashion schools and universities in China, France, the Netherlands, Italy, the U.K. and Switzerland. As part of its network of more than 680 schools, these “Privilege” partners have built solid relationships with Lectra over a number of years, allowing the company to develop a personalized partnership approach in order to support students and prepare them for their future professional careers.

Lectra’s second education conference provided a forum for an enriching exchange between the different participants—schools, universities, major customers and Lectra’s teams—exploring teaching methods and schools’ projects, Lectra’s latest developments, and the issues and key challenges faced by fashion manufacturers.

Lectra’s specialists presented its high-potential, value-added fashion product lifecycle management technology, along with the new Lectra Fashion PLM V2R1 solution. Lectra’s teams placed particular emphasis on the need to make students aware of this major development in the fashion industry and to integrate PLM into a genuine teaching project.

Also at the heart of discussions was the ways in which Lectra’s solutions can optimize product development activities. The design offices of Oxylane/Decathlon are equipped with Lectra’s solutions, and the group’s tools and processes manager explained the importance of ensuring processes are consistent throughout the group and of implementing the same solutions to maintain high levels of productivity, all the while protecting the unique identity of each of the group’s brands.

The schools went on to present their teaching of software solutions, specifying that this is provided in response to a clear demand from fashion companies for this kind of training. Representatives from Esmod Paris and the Istituto Secoli de Milan explained how Modaris ExpertPro—Lectra’s advanced pattern-making solution—has been integrated into their training curricula. Similarly, the fashion high school in Cholet, (France) a forerunner in the teaching of Modaris 3D Fit, presented a variety of projects developed by their students using 3D virtual prototyping.

London-based designer, Maria Grachvogel, also attended the seminar to share her experiences. Using her own creations as examples, she explained how Kaledo® and Modaris®—Lectra’s integrated fashion design offer— can be used to accelerate not only style but also print design. This point was reinforced by several schools such as Parsons The New School (USA), Central Michigan University (USA), Hong Kong Polytechnic (China) and York Saint John University (England) all of whom included Kaledo in their teaching programs from the moment it was launched.

At the end of the education conference, Nannet van der Kleijn, Creative Director of the AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute—the Netherlands) spoke for all participants when she declared, “This event includes a great mix of creativity, innovation and technique and has been an extremely constructive exchange and sharing of experience. Presentations from companies as different as Decathlon and Maria Grachvogel have underlined the diversity of our market and have shown that Lectra’s solutions meet a wide range of needs.”

For more information, see the education space on Lectra’s web site: http://www.lectra.com/fr/education/program.php 2/2 

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), and furniture, as well as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as the 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 $292 million in 2008 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext Paris.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com ®: Kaledo and Modaris are registered trademarks of Lectra.

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.

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