Leading sportswear and outerwear designer and manufacturer selects Centric PLM
CAMPBELL, Calif., November 13, 2018 – VT Garment, an outdoor and sports apparel manufacturer in Thailand, has selected Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.
A leader in Thailand’s innovative textile manufacturing processes since its start in 1981, sportswear and outerwear designer and manufacturer VT Garment is trusted by renowned names such as Patagonia, Jack Wolfskin, Montbell, adidas and many other brands from the United States and Europe. The company produces approximately 182,000 units of functional clothes, jackets, ski wear, jogging suits, shorts, vests and other apparel per month in its Thailand and Myanmar facilities. In addition to its award-winning quality and craftsmanship, VT Garment takes pride being one of the largest manufacturers in the world to have earned Fair Trade certification.
Like many manufacturers, VT Garment began looking for a PLM solution in response to increasing pressure to speed time to market without compromising on quality.
“We had long lead times during our development processes, which was a major challenge,” explains Mingkwan Lotharukpong, Product Development Division Manager at VT Garment. “There was too much emphasis on process, rather than products. We wanted a PLM solution to achieve one single source of truth across our operations, remove data duplication, reduce the time spent organizing data to free up resources for action and gain visibility into timelines and activities across the whole organization.”
VT Garment considered several options, but after making contact with Centric Software, they selected Centric 8 PLM.
As Lotharukpong says, “Centric has many references from previous implementations and experienced consultants who understand the apparel business. They offer an out-of-the-box solution with minimal customization and the user interface resembles an Excel format, which is familiar to our teams.”
“We expect to fluidify communication between departments and make users’ lives easier,” says Lotharukpong. “Implementing Centric PLM will shorten lead times, align internal processes and help us to clearly communicate expectations so we can focus more on product.”
“The Centric team is professional to work with and there’s a positive energy between Centric and VT Garment,” concludes Lotharukpong. “We know we have the support of Centric.”
“We are delighted to announce that VT Garment will be our first partner in Thailand,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “VT Garment is an exemplary OEM/ODMcompany that leads the way in manufacturing with a commitment to innovation, quality and sustainability. We look forward to partnering with them as they streamline operations and set the foundation for future growth.”
VT Garment (www.vtgarment.com)
Sportswear and outerwear designer and manufacturer VT Garment takes pride in something bigger than its award-winning quality and craftsmanship. It is one of the biggest factories worldwide with the Fair Trade certification and Fair Labor Association membership – advocating better wages and working conditions, local sustainability, environmental protection and overall fair trade.
A leader in Thailand’s innovative textile manufacturing processes since it began in 1981, it has successfully implemented company-wide enterprise resource planning solutions, and adopted Industry 4.0-driven digitalisation and manufacturing execution system – allowing machine connectivity and real-time productivity monitoring. Such conscientiousness was recognised by Thailand Lean Award 2017, which conferred VT Garment the prestigious Golden Award as a testament to its commitment to innovation and efficiency through lean management – besting not only competitors in the garment segment, but other industry leaders as well.
VT Garment is trusted by renowned names including Patagonia, Jack Wolfskin, Montbell, adidas and other big and small brands in the United States and Europe. It produces up to 182,000 functional clothes, jackets, ski wear, jogging suits, shorts, vests and other apparel per month in its Thailand and Myanmar facilities.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) is a visual, fully digital collection of boards for touch-based devices like iPad, iPhone and large-scale, touch-screen televisions. Centric VIP transforms decision making and automates execution to truly collapse time to market and distance to trend. Centric’s flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB packages extended PLM including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.
Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award in Retail, Fashion, and Consumer Goods in 2018 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2016 and 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
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