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Lectra’s Design to Cost approach gives companies the power to anticipate real costs earlier in the design and product development phases
Paris – Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials—is pleased to announce an improved Design to Cost approach to product development that draws on design, pattern-making, marker-making and 3D prototyping technologies and expertise.

An integral component of Lectra’s Design to Cost approach is the new pre-costing and marker-making solution Diamino® V6, which now allows fabric to be visualized on costing and production markers to help companies better anticipate and control material consumption. During the conceptualization phase, a period in which many ideas are proposed, challenged and reworked, material consumption is often only very roughly estimated. By more tightly integrating its core product design and development technologies and allowing for a more fluid exchange of visual and technical information, Lectra has opened the door to faster and more realistic evaluation of possible production scenarios.

Design to Cost is especially useful for companies that work with engineered prints and complex or intricate fabrics. They are able to import sketches, graphics or scanned fabrics from the design department to evaluate production scenarios before fabric is ordered, printed or cut. If changes need to be made in design to reduce costs at the production end, Diamino V6’s visual capacities make it easier to communicate across departments quickly and accurately to keep development moving forward.

Lectra Announces Diamino® V6
Paris Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft
materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials—is pleased to announce Diamino® V6, the latest release of its pre-costing and marker-making solution.

The marker-making phase, where pieces are laid out on fabric, leather or another material before cutting, is a sensitive and critical step for manufacturers, because it involves evaluating many different “what-if” scenarios in order to maximize material consumption. Often, schedules are tight and this is when material issues make themselves known.  “Marker making in a fashion context is even more complex, given the quantity of garments being produced and the many variables that come into play during development. Diamino minimizes non-value-added tasks to
put emphasis on speed and efficiency, making it particularly advantageous under fashion conditions,” adds Anastasia Charbin, fashion marketing director, Lectra. “This new release significantly increases the number of markers that can be processed automatically, which cuts order processing time in half while reducing material waste, human error and manpower costs.”

The design, management and post-treatment of markers has been overhauled, to make the overall marker development and management process faster and easier to carry out. “We have experienced a 0.3% increase in material savings as compared to the previous version of Diamino,” confirms Francisco Carlos Tomazoni, cutting room manager of Brazilian casualwear company Malwee.

In addition, non-specialist profiles like product managers, cutting room managers, research departments and product development teams can now have access to this information. Fabrics can also be visualized in the marker layout to enhance the impact of fabric choices on cost, while providing clear visual instructions on repeat placement and orientation.

Fabric quality has always been a tedious issue for manufacturers, and enhanced algorithms save an enormous amount of time when automatically processing specific fabric constraints. Diamino now also supports production constraints such as tubular fabrics and shading so that users can quickly neutralize potential issues that could slow production. “With the new capacity to control for tubular fabrics, we’ve observed a 30% reduction in processing time and a 5% increase in fabric savings,” says Geovane Rech, owner of Brazilian casualwear manufacturer Abrange.

Lectra Fashion Announces the Release of PLM V3R2
ParisLectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials—is pleased to announce the release of Lectra Fashion PLM V3R2.

To meet these challenges, the latest version of Lectra Fashion PLM helps fashion teams work collaboratively and efficiently in a fashion-friendly environment. By federating design, development and sourcing, companies can make quick and informed decisions at any time from concept to production facilitating both flexibility and team alignment.

“It is very important that the entire apparel product lifecycle process be solid before implementing technology. It is equally as important that there be buy-in from all teams, all levels, including design. The new solution must be sticky,” advises Anastasia Charbin, Fashion Marketing Director, Lectra. “Coupled with industry best-practices, the latest release of Lectra Fashion PLM meets these requirements.”

One of the most critical functions is to find necessary information in a fast and visual way. “We have overhauled this process based on feedback from our user community so that a fashion-friendly search for a single product reference (SKU), groups of similar products, similar fabrications or an entire product line is possible with different ways to refine results. Managers and users can design and save their own search criteria and view information as it is useful to them,” Anastasia Charbin concludes.

Product development teams also now benefit from a unique shared access when building a Bill of Material (BoM) to improve team collaboration and thus productivity. In addition to saving precious time and increasing on time delivery, Lectra has enhanced access options so that different teams may update information in different ways concurrently. Waiting time is decreased while the quality of information is improved, thus speeding decision-making and time to market.

INVISTA acquires US-based flame resistant apparel company
WICHITA, Kan.— INVISTA has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., associated intellectual property—including the TECGEN® brands—and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The TECGEN® flame resistant garment products expand INVISTA’s existing performance and protective fabric offerings, as well as add a new skillset to the company.

The acquisition includes two flame resistant brands:

  • • TECGEN Select® brand: Arc rated, flame and flash fire resistant clothing developed for manufacturing,   transportation, mining, oil and gas, and energy utility operations
  • • TECGEN Xtreme® brand: NFPA/UL certified, lightweight apparel that repels moisture designed for   firefighters for wildland and technical rescue applications

The brands will fall under INVISTA’s existing Performance Materials business segment, which includes the CORDURA® fabric brand. The TECGEN® brand research and development, sales and marketing teams will now have access to INVISTA’s global resources with a goal of growing the product offering.

The TECGEN® brands are distributed through networks in North America and Australia. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Prior to the acquisition, INVISTA held a minority interest in the company.

Visual™ Streamlines and Integrates Online Sales and Fulfillment
Montreal, QC – Visual 2000 International Inc. is launching Visual™, an all-new e-business solution designed to simplify the online sales and order fulfillment processes for fashion retailers and brands. By integrating their ecommerce sites with the Visual™ business system, companies can quickly and easily publish their products to a visually compelling website.

Customized to individual client needs, the website component of the solution provides internet shoppers with complete product images, pricing, descriptions, color, sizing and other options; as well as up-to-the-minute product availability information. Because the website is directly linked with the backend ERP business system, all product information is automatically added and updated to the site as new products or details are published. This powerful systems integration also streamlines order management and fulfillment for the seller by automatically generating orders in the ERP system and adjusting inventory levels as consumers make their purchases through the convenient online shopping cart.

According to Charles Benoualid, Visual 2000 Vice President of Research and Development, “As online sales continue to grow at a record pace, fashion retailers and brands alike are looking for ways to efficiently and effectively seize this important sales channel. Our new WebStore solution is perfect for both experienced online retailers and brands looking to enter the direct-to-consumer channel. Companies replacing existing sales sites will appreciate that our solution eliminates virtually all of the manual site maintenance chores and inaccuracies that keep them up at nights. For companies starting a new online presence, this out-of-the-box solution can be online in 48 hours; making it the simplest and most effective option available for fashion companies today.”

Visual includes development of a personalized e-commerce site design and full integration with the Visual ERP system. It is immediately available as an ERP companion module or as a component of the integrated Visual End-2-End™ complete fashion business solution.

Unifi Takes Active Role in Sustaining Manufacturing in the Americas
Greensboro, North Carolina - After working diligently with government trade officials for the past five years, Unifi, Inc. and U.S. trade representatives announce today legislation providing a technical correction to the sewing thread provision in the United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).  The bill was passed in Congress on August 3, 2012, and will take effect on October 13, 2012.

The amended legislation will close a loophole that allowed for the use of non-originating sewing thread in the assembly of textiles and apparel under the DR-CAFTA. The technical modification clarifies that certain single ply synthetic sewing thread is required to be produced in the United States or the CAFTA-DR region in order for goods to qualify for preferential tariff treatment.  All other sewing threads (cotton and acrylic, for example) already enjoyed the benefits of yarn forward rules of origin under the free trade agreement.

The bill is significant to Unifi and others U.S. textile manufacturers because it will encourage greater use of U.S. inputs in the DR-CAFTA countries.  According to the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), the U.S. textile industry, from textile fibers to apparel, employed 506,000 workers in 2011.  North Carolina alone employed 43,000.

“Yarn forward rules of origin are crucial in free trade agreements so that the benefits go to U.S. workers and our trading partners in the region of the agreement,” said Bill Jasper, chairman and CEO for Unifi. “Thread manufacturers in the Americas lost business to Asian producers because of this oversight.”

Jasper added, “A significant portion of garment value comes from innovation in the textile inputs, such as the fiber, yarn and fabric formation. Unifi has made significant investments in our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities to develop and produce innovative, value added products such as our recycled Repreve® yarn.  This technical correction provides an additional incentive for the Company to continue to bring new products to the market that help create a stronger and more sustainable supply chain in the Americas.”

Fashionware Puts PLM Within Reach of Small-Medium Fashion Businesses
New York, NY – Fashion-focused business software developer and marketer Fashionware Technologies, Corp. announces the launch of its next generation Fashionware PLM™ Product Lifecycle Management solution. Designed and created specifically for small and medium-sized fashion companies, the innovative management and collaboration software fuses the simplicity and affordability of cloud computing with fashion best-practices to put PLM within the reach of the thousands of mainstream businesses that see existing PLM options as too complex, cumbersome, and costly. The new software promises to eliminate the massive upfront license and hardware costs, multi-year implementation schedules, and user dissent common with existing PLM systems.

Fashionware PLM is designed to deliver the greatest value in the shortest time frame by improving data organization and access, minimizing errors and streamlining the product development process; improvements crucial for producing the right product, at the right time, and at the right price. The web-based PLM platform centralizes design information, improves communications between company teams and suppliers, and provides visibility into all aspects of the product lifecycle. By using convenient onboard tools for creating and sharing tech packs, storyboards, line sheets, color palettes, fabric and trim cards, reports and more; designers, product development specialists and technical fashion professionals, can collaborate in real-time from anywhere with an internet connection and browser.

Fashionware is currently accepting applications from fashion industry professionals to be among the first to experience the usability, performance and features of the new software through participation in a private beta program. Participants in the free program will gain full access to the software and support in exchange for sharing their experiences and recommendations for future development. Upon completion of the program, beta users will also become eligible for special incentives and discounts on license purchases or monthly subscription rates. Visit learn more.

Cintas Launches Flame Resistant Clothing Webpage
Cincinnati, OH –To educate companies about accident risks, as well as what they can do to comply with new industry standards, Cintas has launched a new website dedicated to its Flame Resistant Clothing line.
Cintas is a provider of professionally managed flame resistant clothing programs in North America. Not only does Cintas provide personal protective apparel, but it also now provides employers with an online resource to stay updated regarding standards and guidelines for safety compliance in the workplace.

“We developed this website to enhance our safety message and to be a resource for safety managers across North America when it comes to protective apparel. We care about the safety of our customers who rely on our uniforms to do their work, and we want to be seen as more of a resource that just a uniform provider,” says Jeff Koehne, protective apparel marketing manager at Cintas. “With this website, which will be updated continually with educational videos, regulation updates and other industry and hazard information, we can be their main resource for safety information and product developments as well.”

Over 500 hundred Fortune 1000 companies and hundreds of thousands of individuals rely on Cintas personal protective apparel, making Cintas the most trusted source for flame resistant clothing. Two separate lines of flame resistant clothing are offered, one for everyday tasks and one for working in greater risk environments, and their protective apparel specialists can help companies design and implement customized programs to meet every need.

To learn more, visit the new Cintas Flame Resistant Clothing website at:

Alvanon gives insight on consumer shape for United Colors of Benetton
London-- Global fashion brand United Colors of Benetton is set to implement a new core body size standard and fit strategy based on an in-depth body shape analysis of its target customers carried out by the world’s foremost apparel sizing and fit expert, Alvanon. Alvanon’s consumer research division, AlvaInsight, has supplied the brand with new and validated core body data profiles of its target consumer populations in the US, Europe and Asia. This data is being used to generate physical technical “fit” mannequins, AlvaForms, that will be used by United Colors of Benetton’s design, technical and sourcing teams, as well as their extensive supply base around the world, to execute consistent fit practices. Alvanon will also supply the company with garment grade rule development tools that will enable it to standardize fit across its global size ranges. The new core body standard, AlvaForms and grade rule development tools will enable United Colors of Benetton to design and manufacture garments that fit more of its customers better, thereby increasing customer fit satisfaction and market coverage.

End-2-End Solution Solves Multichannel Challenge for Fashion Retailers and Brands
Montreal, QC CANADA – Visual 2000 International Inc. has completed a series of new developments, upgrades, and integration points designed to uniquely position its Visual End-2-End™ fashion solution to meet the numerous and complex challenges of today’s omnichannel retailers, brands, and distributors. With the addition of best-in-class business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), mobile commerce, and point-of-sale (POS) tools, the fully-integrated business solution promises to provide fashion wholesalers and retailers with the visibility and control they need to more effectively and efficiently manage customer experiences and internal operations across all sales channels.

According to Visual 2000 VP of Research and Development Charles Benoualid, “As retailers and brands alike embrace the growing opportunities online, they face major challenges in integrating these new channels into their core financial and operational business systems. They must accurately and consistently manage the flow of product, pricing, order, inventory and other critical content across all channels in real-time. By bringing all information and processes together in one system, our End-2-End solution gives large enterprises and small businesses the power and simplicity needed to run their entire single or multi-channel operation.”

OptiTex and C&C Sign Affiliate Agreement
Petach Tikva, Israel - OptiTex, a leading provider of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM, and Virtual Prototyping software solutions announced today the signing of an affiliate agreement with C&C Company srl., a leader in the production, distribution, support and installation of CAD and CAM solutions in Italy.

The affiliation will leverage the capabilities of both companies by combining strong local market expertise with leading-edge software solutions, as well as C&C Company's respected client base and the large install base OptiTex already has in Italy. The affiliation will secure an enhanced route to market for OptiTex's advanced software solutions.

"Italy is a significant European market in our industry and a potential growth area for us." Say's Amnon Shalev, VP Europe & North Africa, OptiTex. "Our partnership with C&C Company and its highly skilled technical and commercial team, provides us with solid access to the leading players in the market, and presents us with an excellent opportunity to strengthen our position in Italy."

"The affiliate agreement with OptiTex gives us a terrific opportunity to offer our customers the industry's leading 2D and 3D advanced software." Say's Luciano Cerioni, Founder and owner, C&C Company. "We believe that the difficult economic climate presents us with a unique opportunity, as OptiTex's solutions are a great platform for cost reduction and shorter time to market for the Italian Apparel, Automotive and Industrial Fabrics Industries."

Alvanon’s New Global Plus-size Women’s Apparel Fit Forms Equip Brands to Cultivate High-potential Plus-size Market Sector
New YorkFashion designers, apparel makers and retailers searching for ways to better serve the apparel shape and sizing needs of plus size women now have a new tool to create plus size apparel that fits. The tool is Alvanon Inc.’s  new Global Plus Women’s Series of AlvaForm technical fit body forms. 

Based on three-dimensional  body scans of thousands of plus sized women ages 25 – 45 from across North America and Europe,  the new AlvaForm fit forms, or mannequins, accurately represent the predominant shape, posture and balance of real customers.

According to Alvanon, Inc. President Ed Gribbin, the new forms address a large segment of the apparel industry that is laden with pent up demand.

“Research shows that the plus size market sector offers huge potential for fashion brands and retailers in nearly all Western markets,”  Gribbin says.  “For example, The National Center for Health Statistics in the US reports that 66% of women are now either overweight or obese. And research group Mintel reports that In the UK 80% of plus size women feel that too few stores offer enough choice for non-mainstream sizes. Two-thirds of women in America have plus-size body measurements or body shapes, yet only one-third are actually buying plus-size clothing today. Why the disconnect? Well, partly because plus size women don’t like the fashion selections available in their sizes, but mainly because current plus sizes don’t really fit their body shape well at all. These are compelling statistics. Brands looking to tap  a large, ripe market are turning to the plus size segment for growth. Our new Global Plus Women’s Series of AlvaForm technical fit body forms will help them cultivate it.”

Alvanon, Inc., which is known throughout the fashion industry as “The Fit Expert,”  offers the Global Plus Women’s Series in sizes that are equivalent to US sizes 16 – 24, UK sizes 20-28 and EU sizes 46 – 54. The wide range of sizes permits users to select the best core or sample size fit form and then validate  fit across their apparel line’s range of sizes . They are available in full, half and slack forms and come as either fiberglass or soft forms.

“The Global Plus Series body forms, if implemented properly throughout a brand’s supply chain, will ensure improved customer satisfaction and brand loyalty,” says Gribbin. “But the benefits as a business resource extend beyond sales and marketing.  Brands will find that they can dramatically reduce the number of sample iterations, which in turn cuts labor costs, overhead and international shipping costs, all while helping brands reduce lead-times and speed goods to market.“

Lectra creates a new frontier in innovation
Paris – Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft
materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials—is pleased to announce the launch of its new line of fabric cutters - Vector.

Based on the efficiency and intelligence of the Vector cutting solutions, the new cutting room combines high value-added software, machines powered by pioneer technology and business expertise acquired by Lectra for almost 40 years.

“As the key element of the cutting room, Vector provides access to new levels of productivity and material savings; embedded technology at the heart of the system, associated with continuous control by Lectra’s experts gathered in our five call centers, ensures the highest availability on the market,” said Bertrand Crönert, Manufacturing Marketing Director, Lectra.

Several anti-error devices contribute to simplifying and accelerating the production of each product line. The new ergonomic, intuitive, visual interface enables continuous monitoring and control of every step of the manufacturing process, alerting the operator in case of a hazard. One hundred twenty sensors monitor the behavior of the cutting head in action to optimize the cutting in real-time and reduce material consumption. The predictive maintenance system secures production by preventing potential failures.

The brand new features provided by this new generation of Vector cutters, related to the software and service offer, introduce new standards of productivity and reliability; and enable companies to control the performance within cutting rooms of industries as diverse as those of fashion, automotive, furnishings or aeronautics.

Lectra announces Lectra Fashion PLM V3
Paris - Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft
materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials—is pleased to announce the new release of Lectra Fashion PLM.

Lectra Fashion PLM was developed to give companies the visibility to make strategic business decisions and the in-depth value chain control to carry them out quickly. “Lectra entered the fashion market over forty years ago. Since then, we have continuously supported our customers as they create and maintain brand value,” explains Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO, “We understand the complexity of both daily management and operational change in the apparel industry. Four decades of observation and exchange have shaped Lectra Fashion PLM into a powerful solution for decision making that gives the power of choice back to those who need it most.”

This new version of Lectra Fashion PLM brings together teams by natively integrating fashion and
textile design and product development into the development cycle to link product-level detail with high level collection information. This gives fashion companies complete control over operations so that they can continuously anticipate and respond to consumer demands down to color, size, style, and fit per distribution channel, while at the same time making supply-side decisions and reacting quickly and intelligently to fluctuations in areas such as the price of raw materials or world economic conditions.

Lectra Fashion PLM answers the need for fashion companies to be closer to their consumers by
allowing them to accurately define and track product offers during the stages of design, product
development, and production. A newly-enhanced workflow emphasizes user-friendly reporting and dashboard tools that allow managers to build a higher performing organization by giving them global visibility and control over the collection development process.

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