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Tukatech poised to simplify fashion design and development with solutions starting at $29.00 per month

FRANKFURT, GERMANY May 9, 2017 – At Texprocess, Tukatech, Inc. is launching a suite of applications that will change the design community. The patent-pending applications and processes will eliminate sketching, and thus design misinterpretations. By working with existing 3D garments, real scale prints, Pantone-based true colors and pattern repeats, the entire supply chain will be able to collaborate and communicate design ideas at fraction of time and cost. Tukatech’s suite of Cloud-based product development solutions gives key players in the design process special digital tools designed with their unique requirements in mind:

TUKA3D Designer Edition

Finally, the design and development circle is completed with TUKA3D Designer Edition (patent pending), an up-and-coming visualization application that gives designers the independence to show their concepts virtually, without the need to ever touch a pattern. Sketchbook good-bye!
Build – This isn’t virtual pattern draping. This is virtual garment building. In TUKA3D Designer Edition you can build new styles from virtual assets. Think this sleeve would look better on that dress? Mix and match pieces with ease, no pattern-making required!
Look – Forget the surprise of seeing that your print design is the wrong scale after you’ve already got the fabric printed. Assess print repeats and placements in true scale on a real garment body. Play with color to your heart’s content!
Present – Showcase the final concept with images that portray your design more clearly and realistically than flat sketching ever could. Present these visuals in a design meeting, use them in a tech pack, or send them directly to a vendor as a reference.

TUKAstudio
Used in conjunction with your favorite graphic design software, TUKAstudio is a suite of applications for print development. Create and preview dozens of repeat pattern options, colorway variations, and even separate colors for print screens with ease. Enhance digital fabric development with fabric texturing modules.
Weaves – Create yarn-dye weave patterns and render for true fabric texturing. Preview on a flat, or on a virtual garment for the full effect.
Knits – See your print come to life on knit fabric, whether for chunky sweaters or baby-tees.

Adobe Illustrator Plug-In
On demand manufacturing requires agility. Digital printing gives more flexibility to manufacturers, and more options to designers, because they are no longer held back from exploring more complicated or engineered print placements due to the cost factor.
In Adobe Illustrator, designers can fill actual graded patterns with the exact print placement they wish. Tukatech’s Adobe Illustrator plug-in sends those graded patterns to TUKAmark, where a high-powered marker-making engine configures the pattern pieces into the most efficient layout. A digital printer prints only the area which is filled with color, in the shape of the pattern pieces themselves, saving cost on inventory and fabric utilization.

TUKAcloud
You don’t stop moving, and neither should your design process! TUKAcloud is a web-based digital sample room that lets designers and merchandisers collaborate more efficiently with vendors and manufacturers. This application houses data exported from TUKA3D and other systems to contain all information for a developed style on a common, user-friendly platform. A built-in communication platform eliminates the need for endless email threads. This is PLM without the intimidation.
Create virtual samples in TUKA3D and upload all digital files to a web-based digital sample-room
Connect and share data confidently knowing that your intellectual property is protected.
Collaborate from anywhere in the world, with flexible internal and external team building.

TUKAbank
Become a part of a vibrant community of designers and creatives. Use TUKAbank to find PDF patterns or 3D virtual style files. Download for your own use, or upload your own contributions, and even get rewarded when others use them! Use 3D virtual styles to build new garments, or to visualize colors and prints in TUKA3D Designer Edition.
Looking for digital solutions for pattern-makers and sample-makers? Check out TUKAcad for pattern-making, grading, and marker-making, and TUKA3D for virtual sample-making.

Find out more about Tukatech’s broad range of virtual product development technologies, including the new TUKA3D Designer Edition by emailing tukateam@tukatech.com


About Tukatech: Tukatech is the garment and apparel industry's leading provider of fashion technology solutions. Founded in 1995 by garment industry veteran Ram Sareen, Tukatech provides designers, manufacturers and distributors the tools to streamline operations, increase efficiency, and expand profits. Tukatech provides 2D/3D apparel software for pattern making and virtual sample-making, cloud applications for global communication, and manufacturing equipment for production. Systems include unlimited training, consulting, process engineering, and implementation. Tukatech’s technology is at the forefront of the industry and designed for garment makers of all sizes and skill levels. Tukatech has developed a large and loyal international customer base, which has used their user-friendly products to grow and improve their garment and apparel lines. Tukatech is committed to investing in their customers and developing strong bonds with garment makers, large and small, worldwide.

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Hansae International S.A. & Hansae Haiti S.A. Select CGS BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control to Optimize Production

New York, NY –  May 8, 2017 – CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced that Hansae International S.A. and Hansae Haiti S.A. selected BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control (SFC), an essential module for manufacturing operations within the BlueCherry Enterprise Suite of solutions.

Hansae sought to improve productivity, quality and labor related compliance of its manufacturing operations in Nicaragua and Haiti, and turned to BlueCherry SFC to implement systems in both countries to provide workers with productivity and performance benchmarking, driving incentive-based earnings. With extensive expertise and resources in the consumer lifestyle products market, the CGS team’s experience in optimizing production on the factory floor along with BlueCherry SFC will help support Hansae’s growth, and improve its factory operations and productivity.

“With factories around the world, we needed a way to truly optimize production,” said Francisco Diaz, QA Manager at Hansae. “BlueCherry Shop Floor Control enabled us to have the real-time visibility needed to improve production by motivating our employees, from which we’ve seen immediate results.”

“With over 30 years of experience in the apparel, footwear and consumer product market, CGS understands the value of having the right solutions in place to efficiently and effectively run business operations,” said Paul Magel, president, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing division, CGS. “We are thrilled to welcome Hansae to our thriving BlueCherry community, and look forward to building a strong relationship with the team.”

CGS’s BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control provides powerful tools that automate the collection and reporting of production, enabling real-time shop floor visibility and control, improving factory operations and productivity while reducing costs. Since its first real-time installation in 1984, over 200,000 terminals of BlueCherry SFC (formerly Leadtec) have been installed, enabling apparel companies to achieve a return on investment (ROI) in just 6-12 months.

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Escalade Sports Implements NGC’s Andromeda Product Testing and Compliance Software

NGC logoMIAMI—May 8, 2017—NGC® Software, a leading provider of fashion PLM, supply chain management and apparel ERP solutions, today announced that Escalade Sports, a large sporting goods manufacturer with leading brands across multiple categories, has implemented NGC’s Andromeda® Product Testing and Compliance Software to streamline compliance with CPSIA, Proposition 65, Conflict Minerals Reporting and other regulations.

Escalade Sports is a global manufacturer and distributor of sports and outdoor recreational equipment with distribution at sporting goods retailers and independent dealers nationwide as well as all major online retailers. Leaders in their respective categories, Escalade Sports has 46 brands across multiple product lines and has achieved demonstrable growth in online sales over the last several years. To support the company’s rapid growth, Escalade needed a way to simplify and manage the complex regulatory compliance processes.

Prior to implementing NGC’s Andromeda Product Testing and Compliance Software, Escalade Sports relied on spreadsheets to manage testing for more than 5,000 SKUs.

“Prior to NGC Andromeda, we cobbled together very primitive systems to manage this, and it was getting overwhelming,” said Mike Guerzini, director of product development and engineering, Escalade Sports.

Guerzini notes that the amount of time required to adhere to compliance requirements has grown significantly and now requires advanced technology such as NGC Andromeda to streamline compliance reporting and improve visibility. Escalade Sports sought a solution to manage the end-to-end testing process including alerts on when products need to be tested or retested, and tracking the standards and protocols for each of Escalade more than 5,000 products.

“With all the different types of products and tests, the lines were getting blurred,” said Guerzini.

His search led him to NGC. Guerzini found that NGC’s software was much more flexible than other compliance solutions, while giving Escalade Sports the unique ability to manage CPSIA, as well as Prop 65, Conflict Minerals Reporting and other regulations.

Using NGC’s Product Testing and Compliance, Escalade Sports has seen benefits including:

  • Time savings, improved accuracy. Information from NGC’s Andromeda platform can easily be shared with Escalade’s product content software, Salsify, resulting in significant time savings and improved accuracy.
  • Instant compliance updates. Prior to implementing the NGC Andromeda platform, test results were manually entered into spreadsheets, creating delays. Now the results are entered into the software at the factory or testing lab and immediately available to Escalade Sports and its customers – enabling Escalade to improve customer service and responsiveness.
  • Proactive management of compliance testing. The NGC Andromeda calendars and alerts give Escalade Sports proactive alerts several months before test results are due. Previously, it was easy to overlook a product with Escalade’s manual systems but now they’re able to get ahead of testing instead of chasing the testing.

“Millions of families around the world use Escalade’s products every day, so product safety and compliance are vitally important,” said Mark Burstein, president of sales and development and Chief Strategy Officer, NGC Software. “We’re thrilled NGC is giving Escalade Sports an edge in product testing and compliance, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”

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Brandix Rolls Out TUKA Systems for All Divisions Worldwide

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – Brandix, one of the largest apparel exporters in Sri Lanka, has invested millions of dollars toward technology to become the leader in fast fashion. Most recently, they have implemented Tukatech’s innovative apparel technology solutions in factories for all divisions around the world. Various divisions within Brandix have partnered with Tukatech since 2012, but this is the first time the group has decided to implement any one technology system for the entire company.

According to Dave Ranasinghe, Director of Brandix Group, the company chose to replace all CAD systems with Tukatech “because of the measurable results. We tested every CAD system available, and Tukatech’s SMARTmark system gave us better fabric savings than any known software, enough to justify the entire purchase. The TUKAplan systems, which were customized for us, seamlessly integrate with our other ERP systems and help us to plan our cutting operations, which gives us even greater savings in raw materials, time and personnel. I am also very impressed with TUKAteam’s professional implementation. They helped us engineer all our processes from design and development to spreading and cutting. We really didn’t just buy the software, we partnered with industry experts who are helping us get better results.”

Feroz Omar, Director of Brandix Group adds “The Tukatech systems helped us in the enhancement of speed and accuracy of first patterns; by organizing the database and blocks, we are able to use good data to make better fitting garments at the first attempt. Another great innovation for us was the ability to handle 3D sample-making. It helped reduce time and cost in our sample development process by systematically taking off the sample development calendar. Instead of the standard process of cutting, sewing and evaluating on dummies, we’ve reduced a few iterations by testing with 3D virtual sewing and making only the best-fitted sample. Such savings are very important in the reduction of development costs, especially where the cost of development is amortized over small quantities. TUKA3D and TUKAcloud help organize the data, collaborate internal teams and eventually all the buyers, thereby reducing the time, cost and workforce on both sides of the value chain.”

“I have worked with many great companies but I can honestly say that Brandix is unique in their proactive pursuit of excellence. They are not afraid to disrupt their processes even when it looks like everything is running fine. They constantly re-train their personnel, implement technologies that improve efficiencies, and prepare for a sustainably long-term business. You can see this philosophy at every level of management. As a fellow ‘disrupter,’ I am excited to help one of our largest partners in technology to lead the way in the fast fashion market,” comments Ram Sareen, Founder of Tukatech.

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NGC Software’s Cloud-Based Andromeda Vendor Compliance Solution Enables Retailers and Brands to Better Manage Vendors and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

NGC logoMIAMI—April 26, 2017—NGC Software, a leading provider of cloud-based PLM, Supply Chain Management and apparel ERP solutions, today announced the release and general availability of its Andromeda® Vendor Compliance cloud solution for fashion retailers and brand owners. With the use of Andromeda Vendor Compliance, retailers and brand owners can ensure Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance by streamlining vendor management.

In today’s socially-connected world, it’s more important than ever for retailers and brands to protect their reputation by carefully monitoring vendor relationships to ensure CSR compliance. Andromeda Vendor Compliance helps manage important government-mandated compliance regulations through standardized forms and scheduling, including but not limited to Conflict Minerals, REACH, and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) for compliance under European Union regulations.

Vendor Compliance enables retailers and brands to establish and maintain four key areas of CSR – transparency, accountability, responsible sourcing and worker non-retaliation – by:

  • Establishing and maintaining Standards of Vendor Engagement guidelines
  • Onboarding vendors with the proper procedures to provide full transparency
  • Communicating with all third-party vendors and suppliers of goods and services
  • Storing and managing all signed compliance documents
  • Analyzing vendor performance in a myriad of categories
  • Generating scorecards based upon performance over time
  • Creating and managing Corrective Action Plans

“With today’s highly-engaged consumers, Corporate Social Responsibility is critical to maintaining a company’s reputation,” said Mark Burstein, president of sales and development, NGC Software. “A single incident involving a vendor can cause irreversible damage to brands and retailers. With comprehensive vendor policies and procedures in place, NGC’s Andromeda Vendor Compliance solution can help retailers and brands manage the complexities of CSR.“

 

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Cupid Intimates, a 75-year-old American Legend, Chooses Tukatech for Technology Enhancement

TukatechNew York, NY, USA : With over 75 years in the intimate apparel industry, Cupid Intimates understands the importance of being flexible to the ever-changing industry conditions, while staying true to its roots and going the extra mile for their employees as well as for the world.  Unusual in the apparel industry, Cupid designs and manufactures all its women’s shape-wear and panties itself; it doesn’t use contractors.  This gives management a freer hand to use efficient production techniques to pursue its cost-competitive position. 

“We have been using specialized cutting and CAD technologies for over 20 years. Our four custom built cutters, capable of cutting 126 inches wide, were aging and we needed to further improve for even wider fabrics to get the best possible utilization of materials. We knew Tukatech offers customized solutions for CAD CAM. With our showrooms in New York, design and engineering in Bethlehem, PA, planning and execution in Oklahoma, and cutting and sewing in Nicaragua and Mexico, we needed to streamline our processes,” said Ken Langston, Senior Vice President of Operations. 

TUKAcad, TUKAcutplan and SMARTmark “enabled us to streamline our design process in a way that made significant improvement in our lead-time.  Improvements were seen in the costing process, storage system, grading, and first pattern accuracy.

“We have been able to realize 1.5% material yield savings since our installation of Tukatech software.  I expect to be able to realize more material savings with our newly installed 132-inch-wide cutters and spreaders.” added Ken Langston.

Cupid places technological innovation at the heart of its product development and production-process considerations.  “As we entered the new millennium, we understood we could no longer see Cupid as simply a needle-and-thread sewer,” says Tony Angelino, Chief Operations Officer.

Being proactive and adaptable to the changes seen in the apparel industry over the course of its life, has allowed the company to continue growing.  The company takes a multi-faceted approach to product merchandising and distribution.  It sells garments under its own brands, like Cupid®, Naomi & Nicole®, and TC®; brands it licenses from others, like Miraclesuit®; exclusive brands, like Inside Magic®; and private-label brands of specific retail accounts.  And Cupid competes in most American retail channels, from premium chains and department stores, to mass-merchandisers and pure .coms.

Cupid also offers a great working environment for its employees.  Both of its factories contain medical clinics to serve their employees.  Full-time nurses staff them, and doctors have office hours at various times during the week.  Its Nicaraguan factory operates a store within the building that sells common household and grocery items.  By purchasing items in bulk and re-selling them to employees at cost, the company’s able to pass on the discounts it receives.  Employees can pay for these items, interest-free and over time, via payroll deductions.

“I have yet to meet a team so coordinated and continuously thriving for perfection, from top to bottom. Everyone is connected and working towards the same goals. A rare thing to see that has been sustained for over 7 decades. We have implemented technological solutions at hundreds of companies worldwide, but I have never experienced the kind of willingness to change and quest for improvements at every level. Most people hate change, especially if they have been using certain systems and processes for 20 to 30 years, but with the help of all users in five locations, this installation was one of our best and fastest. Thank you, team Cupid, for your great attitude. We all win together” Says Ram Sareen, CEO and Founder of Tukatech.

 

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NGC Introduces the Andromeda Cloud Platform for the Connected Enterprise, Enabling Fashion Brands and Retailers to Optimize Lead Times and Improve Profits

MIAMI— NGC Software, a leading provider of PLM, Supply Chain Management and apparel ERP solutions, today announced the release and general availability of its next-generation Andromeda cloud platform for fashion retailers and brand owners. Andromeda powers the Connected Enterprise by bringing together all departments – Merchandising, Product Development, Sourcing, Compliance, Purchasing, Production, Quality, Logistics, Marketing and Sales – in a single cloud-based solution that connects vendors, suppliers and other providers.

Andromeda is an innovative cloud-based platform offering an intuitive user interface, advanced functionality, greater scalability and faster performance. Andromeda provides a single platform, with core PLM and supply chain functionality that can centralize and share information created in other legacy PLM, ERP, SCM, Planning and Point-of-Sale solutions.

Andromeda enables retailers and brand owners to achieve the levels of performance and responsiveness that are necessary to thrive in today’s highly competitive retail environment. With Andromeda, all global users share information and can quickly react to rapidly changing market trends. As a result, retailers and brand owners can optimize lead times, reduce expenses, improve quality and maximize company revenue and profit.

“The retail industry is changing at light speed,” said Mark Burstein, president of sales, marketing and R&D, NGC Software. “Concepts like demand-driven supply chain, lead time optimization and omnichannel distribution all mean one thing: give consumers what they want, when and where they want it. To do this, retailers and brand owners must react faster than ever to the latest data and trends. Andromeda is the solution to this great challenge.“

Andromeda enables the Connected Enterprise by keeping every user and every department synchronized and allowing companies to react instantly to the latest sales, forecast and production data. As a result, companies can take advantage of real-time sales information to adjust in-season plans. In the Connected Enterprise powered by Andromeda, sales data is immediately available throughout an organization, allowing every department to quickly respond and align.

NGC will showcase the Andromeda cloud platform at its Panorama User Conference, May 16-18 in Fort Lauderdale. More information about Andromeda is available here.

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A&E Launches First REPREVE® Recycled Core Spun Sewing Thread

AmEfirdRepreveMOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (March 30, 2017) - American & Efird (A&E) continues its 125-year tradition as a global leader in textile manufacturing, announcing today the official product launch of an industry first, REPREVE® recycled core spun industrial sewing thread, Perma Core® using REPREVE®. Nothing can be more important than the future of our planet, and it's with that in mind, that A&E has engineered a new sewing thread providing a highly sought-after, eco-friendly, performance sewing thread option for environmentally-conscious customers.

Unifi, Inc. (UFI: NYSE), the makers of REPREVE, turns plastic bottles into 100% recycled polyester fiber, which is then made into products sold by leading consumer brands and retailers. Perma Core® using REPREVE® combines a recycled continuous filament polyester core and A&E's signature quality polyester staple wrap to produce a high quality, eco-friendly industrial sewing thread.

"Perma Core® using REPREVE® provides an eco-friendly core spun sewing thread solution without sacrificing quality or sewing performance as seen in some existing recycled threads in the industry," said Chris Alt, A&E's Senior Vice President of global sales. "Perma Core® using REPREVE® is extremely versatile
and can be dyed, finished and delivered from any of A&E's global manufacturing locations and is available across A&E's global color range. The portability of this product is important to our global customers and prospects that are already incorporating REPREVE fabrics into their products, allowing them to complete their sustainability efforts in a cost-efficient way, no matter where in the world they place their sewing production."

"Consumers are looking for products and brands that are environmentally responsible from start to finish. With Perma Core® using REPREVE®, brands can be confident that their products are sewn with eco-friendly thread," said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales, marketing and product development for Unifi. "At Unifi, we're dedicated to providing a transparent recycled product through our U Trust™ program with Fiberprint™ technology, which verifies products contain REPREVE in the right amounts. We are proud to be associated with A&E and to support their environmental initiatives."

Alt added, "We are very excited to partner with Unifi and offer this innovative and environmentally-conscious product. Our customers requested a quality solution for producing complete products using REPREVE... from fabric and yarn to sewing thread, and our innovative teams collaborated to deliver an economic, high quality, sustainable, premium sewing thread to fill this space by creating Perma Core® using REPREVE®."

Commitment to sustainability is an important and ongoing goal of A&E. A&E's "10 Threads of Sustainability" platform balances social responsibility and environmental impact with business growth objectives. This initiative compliments Unifi's goal to empower brands in fulfillment of their own sustainable programs through its REPREVE brand. Brands and retailers continue to commit themselves to reducing their environmental impact and demonstrate that their choices matter. A&E is proud to assist these retailers and brands by providing premium products to reach their individualized goals.

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Manufacturers value Lectra’s fabric cutting room: 3000 Vector® sold in 10 years

Lectra is proud about customers’ continued passion for the company’s flagship solution Vector®, which guarantees customers operational excellence and prepares them for Industry 4.0

Vector HeadParis, March 14, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, announces the recent sale of its 3000th Vector in 10 years The Vector range has revolutionized the automatic cutting room for fabric, enjoying immediate success with fashion, automotive and furniture manufacturers. Today, Vector is the undisputed reference for the fabric cutting room, reflected by the 15% rise in sales for Vector in 2016.

Manufacturers’ enthusiasm for Vector, in both developed countries and emerging economies, is due to a range of competitive advantages. Vector’s record machine availability—over 98%—plus its overall performance minimizes the cost per piece, bringing profitability to operations for Lectra customers. In addition, Vector’s cutting precision and the capacity to produce pieces without spaces equates to significant gains in materials, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for manufacturers.

A series of decisive innovations for Vector have ensured that Lectra continues to help customers reach their increasingly ambitious objectives for operational excellence. Since 2007, Vector has made true technological leaps, pushing the boundaries for speed, quality and reliability. The new generation of Vector, launched in 2012, established new standards for productivity and controlling performance which remain unrivalled today. At the end of 2016, two new models joined the Vector family: Vector iQ, whose cutting device enables a 10% rise in productivity, and VectorAuto iX6, which specializes in synthetic fabric cutting for seats and car interiors.

Vector owes its reliability to the multiple sensors with which it is equipped. Launched with 120 sensors, today Vector has 180 sensors to implement preventive and predictive maintenance. Vectors installed across the world communicate in real time with Lectra’s five international call centers, where experts can immediately intervene remotely.

“A pioneering solution in the Internet of Things, Vector was the first cutting solution on the market connected to the Internet and which used a system of predictive maintenance. The Vector range fully answers Industry 4.0 concepts and its innovative services are a major asset for the cutting room of the future,” underlines Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO.

George C. Moore Named Textile Partner of the Year

George C MooreBowling Green, Kentucky - March 13, 2017. George C. Moore Company has been recognized with the "2016 Partner of the Year" award by Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Additionally, the narrow fabric manufacturer has also been named a "Top 10 Supplier". The Top Ten Partners are determined based on their performance on various metrics from the full group of Fruit of the Loom, Inc. suppliers. "This is a very important recognition for us since this means that our company has been ranked among the top ten suppliers out of 150 trusted suppliers in all categories that are part of their network. We are very appreciative of the focus and commitment from all of our associates to make this possible" said Andrew K. Dreher, Division President.

This year George C. Moore Company celebrates 108 years of history. Their production facility is located in El Salvador, Central America and their headquarters in Rhode Island. "The success of our mill throughout the years is based on our consistent commitment to quality and performance, and primarily on the fact that our associates truly care for the success of our company. On behalf of our more than 400 employees we are honored to receive this recognition from a world class brand like Fruit of the Loom” A. Dreher, added.

They manufacture printed, Jacquard and knit narrow elastic for underwear, intimate apparel, athletic compression garments, men’s and women’s slacks, performance apparel, dancewear, swimwear, orthopedic & medical, industrial and safety markets. Their value added services include cutting and looping, fabricated waistbands, silicone applications, technical performance finishes, permanent fire resistance, among other value added initiatives.

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OVS adopts Lectra Fashion PLM

Leading Italian retailer revamps its information systems with Lectra’s product and collection lifecycle management solution

OVSParis, March 7, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, is pleased to announce that OVS, Italy’s leading fashion retail group for menswear, womenswear and childrenswear, has chosen Lectra Fashion PLM to restructure their entire product development process.

Founded in 1972, OVS has a vertically-integrated retail business model which relies on a strong design sensibility and a unique sourcing strategy based on the key geographical locations of its external suppliers. Today, OVS has a proven track record of success with more than 900 stores around the world.

OVS will implement Lectra Fashion PLM in their entire design-to-sourcing process. The user-friendly solution will integrate all data and processes that the entire product and collection lifecycle entails into one streamlined and cohesive data management system. This collaborative platform will simultaneously serve to connect all teams together from different geographic locations. Team members will hence be able to share and work from one single version of the truth and communicate in real time. As a result of vastly improved teamwork, errors and overlapping tasks will be avoided, improving speed to market.

“OVS’ history and climb to success show that it is an ambitious and forward-looking company. Given OVS’ sense of direction for the future and its worldwide success, we are excited to embark on this PLM journey with them,” concludes Céline Choussy Bedouet, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Lectra.

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CIO Review chooses Tukatech as top Apparel Tech Company

CIO Review chooses Tukatech as top Apparel Tech Company

Lectra unveils a new strategy

Lectra enables customers to lock Industry 4.0 principles into their processes

 

Paris, February, 28, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, reveals a new strategy conceived to empower fashion and apparel, automotive and furniture companies to succeed as they step into the Industry 4.0 era.

Anchored in the digitalization of industrial processes, from creation to production, Industry 4.0 is creating a new organization of factories’ ecosystems. Increasingly flexible with optimized resources, factories are propelling a new digitalized lifecycle for products that will benefit consumers.

Furthermore, mass production is leaving increasing room for large-scale customized production, as well as providing quick-to-market, quality products expected by increasingly impatient and demanding customers.

In order to face these changes, a digital value chain is essential to provide real-time connections between creative teams and product development teams, smart factories, suppliers and consumers.

“To meet these new challenges, our customers can depend on our software and equipment offer, already compatible with Industry 4.0 principles, our deep knowledge of the industrial Internet of Things since 2007, and our teams’ expertise in specific industries,” stated Daniel Harari, CEO, Lectra. “Thanks to these strong fundamentals, we are massively enriching our offer, leveraging the latest technologies and integrating best practices, to entrench Lectra’s position as an Industry 4.0 visionary.”

Reflecting Lectra’s new strategy is the launch of a Software as a Service (SaaS) offer, reinforced by cloud and developed since 2015. This offer, capitalizing on data analyses and exploitation, will translate into even smarter, connected equipment and finely tuned integration between equipment, software and services. New industry-specific services will reinforce the offer, enabling Lectra to continually improve customer processes. Initially tested in 2017 with select customers, some of whom have been involved with the offer since the beginning of the design, the new offer will be commercialized from 2018.

“Bringing increasing value to our customers, Lectra will increase the share of revenues dedicated to R&D to 10% for the period from 2017 to 2019, representing a rise of about 50% between 2016 and 2019. This way we can support our customers on their path towards operational excellence, indispensable if they are to succeed in the context of the fourth industrial revolution,” concludes Daniel Harari.

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The fashion and apparel industry secures data integrity with Lectra’s new supply chain program

Lectra’s new program enables brands, retailers and suppliers to control the chain of digital information, reducing the time and costs to develop collections

 Paris, February 21, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, anchors the quality of digital data exchanges between brands, retailers and suppliers at the core of the company’s new, finely-tuned supply chain program.

Current trends are moving the fashion industry towards full digitalization. Technologies like 3D and augmented reality are responding to the growing desire for personalization and the drive to improve the customer journey. These phenomena are propelling the continual exchange of large volumes of digital data along the supply chain, and increasing the need to secure data transferred between brands, retailers and their many suppliers across the globe. 

Lectra’s new supply chain program guarantees data integrity across digital exchanges to cut development time, boost productivity, improve product quality and fit, reduce time to market, and heighten consumer satisfaction. The program ensures a robust and connected supply chain, essential for fashion players to operate efficiently in today’s high-speed fashion market, with new consumer demands and their need to feed online and in-store channels rapidly and regularly.

Crucially, contractors and their suppliers do not always use the same versions of software applications, or they may use entirely different solutions. As a result, valuable information created up front is frequently compromised—and even only partially transferred—often generating costly errors and confusion in product development and production, resulting in lost time, efficiency and productivity for both parties.

By improving data exchange between contractors and supplying partners, Lectra’s supply chain program delivers multiple benefits. In addition to providing in-depth analyses of current co-development processes, the program offers a customized action plan to reduce the cost of product development, share fashion industry best practices, eliminate non value-added activities and ultimately improve product quality and lead times.

“For contractors and suppliers, keeping in step with the fast-paced fashion industry has accelerated the mutual need for digital data along the supply chain. But the quality of data exchange has not evolved at the same momentum. Lectra’s program expertly fills this gap to support our customers as they compete in this rapid market,” underlines Céline Choussy Bedouet, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Lectra.

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Textile Company, Unifi, Inc., Teams Up With Professional Sports Franchises to Spread Environmentally Responsible Message

Collaboration includes in-stadium activations and launch of once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes series

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Feb. 15, 2017 –  Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI), makers of REPREVE®, the leading recycled fiber brand made from plastic bottles, announces its collaboration with seven professional sports teams, including those from the NBA and NHL. The collaboration involves engaging crowds in messages aimed at environmental responsibility, as well as the launch of the REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience, a sweepstakes series consisting of once-in-a-lifetime experiences with multiple franchises, including the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils. As part of the sweepstakes, lucky winners will receive a variety of unique prizes including on-court/ice passes, VIP tickets, pre-game bench access, locker room tours, autographed team goods and player meet-and-greets. In addition, each stadium will be enveloped in recycling messaging, showing fans that REPREVE makes it easy for them to be a catalyst for positive environmental change.

The REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience is part of Unifi’s national REPREVE #TurnItGreen mobile tour, in which the Company travels the nation with a custom-designed, interactive trailer to educate the public about the importance of recycling and showcase the high-quality REPREVE-based products that can be made when fans recycle their water bottles. The tour makes stops at sports stadiums and live music festivals across the country to raise awareness about how individuals can help make the earth a healthier place by choosing products made with recycled materials like REPREVE. Unifi’s REPREVE fiber is used by many well-known brands across auto, home and apparel industries, including Ford, The North Face, Volcom, Fossil and Pottery Barn. 

“Only 32 percent of plastic bottles are recycled in the United States, which is a statistic Unifi is working diligently to change,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales, marketing and product development for Unifi. “Through the REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience and the #TurnItGreen tour, we aim to rally people’s passion for sports, and help spread that passion toward taking better care of our environment. Because so many performance sports brands use REPREVE in their products, it’s a great opportunity to connect fans with environmentally responsible practices and top-quality merchandise, as well as show them that they can make a positive impact on our environment just from buying recycled products.”

Each of the sweepstakes entry periods will last for one month; the first started Feb. 13 with the Portland Trail Blazers, and closes on March 12. Fans can view the entire series and enter their favorite team’s sweepstakes by visiting www.REPREVE.com

For more information about REPREVE, visit the REPREVE Facebook page www.facebook.com/REPREVE.       

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Modaris® 3D galvanizes the development of collections for Cache Cache

Lectra’s 3D prototyping solution ensures product development is faster and less costly for the international women’s brand

Paris, February 14, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, equips women’s brand Cache Cache (Beaumanoir group) with Modaris® 3D to ramp up product development and facilitate exchanges between sub-contractors.

A Lectra customer for over 15 years, French family group Beaumanoir, founded in 1981, is a specialist in fashion distribution. Cache Cache, the group’s early brand, is a market leader in French and international prêt-à-porter with over 1, 590 sales points across the world, including more than 500 located in France. Present in 21 countries, Cache Cache continues to expand in Europe and Asia, including the recent opening of its 1 000th shop in China. In parallel, the brand is forging ahead with e-commerce. The group’s brands—Bonobo, Cache Cache, Morgan, Bréal and Scottage—are accessible and in tune with young, modern and audacious women. TheBeaumanoir group employs over 14, 300 collaborators across the world, and in 2015 posted a turnover of €1.4 billion.

The Cache Cache brand, which was already using the expert version of Modaris—Lectra’s flagship solution for product development in the fashion industry—has acquired the 3D version for its design offices located at the group’s head office in St.Malo, France, and for Shanghai, China.

“Our design office in St.Malo is responsible for creating and developing products,” explains Camille Dupont, Director for Offer, at Cache Cache. “We are leveraging Modaris 3D to react rapidly to evolving demand. With this solution, our stylists and product managers can easily make choices, organized around the same screen, based on prototypes developed in 3D. The decision-making process starts as early as possible and is much quicker.”


Cache Cache initially rolled out Modaris 3D for dresses, before extending the solution across all of its collections. Their decision was driven by the reduction in the number of prototypes possible.

“Cache Cache sub-contracts manufacturing to a vast network of suppliers,” comments Karen Elalouf, Managing Director, Lectra France. “By replacing a portion of the physical prototypes with virtual prototypes, Lectra’s 3D technology will simplify the exchanges between the design office and sub-contractors, generating many advantages including—saving time, savings on materials, and reducing stocks.”

“Highly responsive, Cache Cache is permanently adapting to developments in fashion across its many markets,” underlined Jeanine Guillaume, head of the technical division at Cache Cache. “3D is the right choice for our brand. By advancing more quickly at the product development stage, our teams will have more time to dedicate to new creative ideas. In addition, we will achieve considerable all-round savings thanks to improved exchanges between our suppliers.”

A&E Launches Innovative Reflective Industrial Sewing Thread

MOUNT HOLLY, NC (February 07, 2017) - American & Efird (A&E), a global leader in industrial sewing thread manufacturing, today announced the official launch of a new product in reflective innovation, Anefil™ Reflector. Anefil™ Reflector is a reflective, specialty industrial sewing thread used in coverstitch and overedge applications for use primarily in activewear, workwear, safety apparel, swimwear, denim, footwear and other reflective markets. 

"A&E's spirit of innovation continues with this new reflective product, Anefil™ Reflector," said Mark Hatton, Vice President Americas. "Offered in a Tex 120 size, Anefil™ Reflector adds another layer of functionality in sewing that has traditionally been dominated by reflective tape. This product is a versatile, decorative sewing thread and a valuable addition to the reflective market." 

Through A&E's combined global network, A&E products are manufactured in 23 countries around the world and sold in over 100 countries, allowing global customers to quickly source high quality, color-specific materials wherever their production facilities are located. 

For more information, please contact Mark Hatton at mark.hatton@amefird.com or 704.951.2516. 

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Unifi, Inc., Brings Home Gold at World Textile Awards

Unifi logoGREENSBORO, N.C. – Feb. 6, 2017 – World Textile Awards announced Unifi, Inc., (NYSE:UFI) as its 2016 Fiber Producer of the Year, highlighting the Company’s outstanding product lineup. Unifi is a leader in producing high-quality recycled fiber and other Premium Value-Added (PVA) technologies; the Company provides innovative, global textile solutions and unique branded yarns for customers at every level of the supply chain. Through its research and product development team, Unifi works with customers to develop products that meet the demands of their consumers.

“We’re proud to be recognized as a leader in the textile industry,” said Tom Caudle, president of Unifi. “Through our dedication to developing innovative products that combine environmental responsibility, style and performance, we continue to accommodate the trends of our ever-changing field.”

World Textile Awards is comprised of a combination of textile professionals and individuals with award competition experience. It is the first independent global awards competition dedicated to recognizing and rewarding excellence across the entire textile industry; its mission is to provide a global platform for outstanding textile companies to share their successes and promote their expertise at all levels of the industry.

To learn more about Unifi, visit www.Unifi.com 

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Point Blank Enterprises Selects PA Group USA as Microsoft Dynamics AX Implementation Partner

PA Group logoFebruary 6, 2017 (CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) – PA Group USA, a Gold Certified Partner for Microsoft Dynamics, has partnered with Point Blank Enterprises to implement the Dynamics AX Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. The coming deployment will focus on providing Point Blank Enterprises with a modern, unified ERP platform that will provide powerful business intelligence and efficiency for years to come.
PA Group's deep expertise in apparel and textile manufacturing made them the right choice to implement Microsoft's premier ERP at Point Blank. The knowledge of apparel and textile manufacturing processes and machinery is an important differentiator between PA Group and other Dynamics AX partners.
PA Group has completed global projects implementing apparel and textile ERP and Manufacturing mExecution Systems (MES), including machine monitoring systems and product lifecycle management (PLM) software. PA Group’s MES software is currently in use at major manufacturing organizations such as Kordsa, TenCate Protective Fabrics, and International Textile Group (ITG).
PA Group USA is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee and serves customers throughout North America.

Lectra appoints Jérôme Viala Executive Vice President for the Group

Jérôme VialaParis, February 2, 2017 – Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jérôme Viala, Chief Financial Officer to the role of Executive Vice President for the Group. As a result, Jérôme Viala has been number two on Lectra’s Executive Committee since January 1, 2017.

“Lectra will soon announce a new strategic roadmap, revealing the Group’s ambitions for the 2017-2019 period and beyond. I felt it was very important to involve Jérôme even more in our new industrial adventure,“ stated Daniel Harari, CEO, Lectra. “Jerome and I have worked together for 26 years. During these years, I have appreciated his rigor, his ability to make decisions and stand by them, and his many human qualities.”

Since becoming CFO of Lectra in 1994, and member of the Executive Committee since its creation in 2005, Jérôme Viala, 55 years old, has progressively taken on more responsibilities within the Group. He is now in charge of coordinating the industrial, customer care, consumables and parts, and international human resources’ activities. In parallel, over the last few years Jérôme has become increasingly involved in developing Lectra’s international operations, including the opening of Lectra’s subsidiaries in South Korea and Vietnam.

“Lectra’s upcoming strategic cycle, to be presented on February 9, will be exciting due to the highly innovative way it creates value for our customers, and for the Group,” underlines Jérôme Viala. “I am thrilled about the opportunity to support the implementation of our new roadmap in its many aspects.”

Jérôme Viala, a graduate of the ESC Bordeaux (KEDGE Business School, France), began his career as a credit analyst at Esso (France). He joined the finance department of Lectra in 1985, then successively held different financial positions in the Group before becoming Chief Financial Officer in 1994.