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Lectra Announces Cegep Marie-Victorin as the First Education Privilege Partner in Canada

(November 21, 2011)

MONTREAL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/11 -- Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials -- textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials -- is pleased to announce that the first Education Privilege Partnership in Canada has been signed with Cégep Marie-Victorin, one of the premier fashion schools in Canada.

For the last 10 years, Lectra has collaborated with Cégep Marie-Victorin, helping them to build a cutting edge program in response to the needs of the fashion design, merchandising and production industry of Canada. Originally, Cégep Marie-Victorin implemented Kaledo® Style for fashion design, Modaris® and Diamino®, Lectra's advanced pattern and marker making solutions, as well as a Lectra digitizing table and an Alys Plotter. This year the school has enlarged its technology portfolio adding the Kaledo Textile suite, which allows their students to design and create original concepts or adapt existing artwork into a print, knit or weave. As a result, Cégep Marie-Victorin has three complete labs outfitted with the latest technology from Lectra to prepare the next generation of fashion professionals.

"Lectra provides Cégep Marie-Victorin with the tools we need to educate our students on the latest technology, that have become industry standards," said Francine Nadeau, Director of Public Affairs of Fashion School Cégep Marie-Victorin. "With their innovative solutions in place, our program is highly respected in the educational community and competitive among students. Lectra takes a progressive vision working with our educational institution, and we are excited to join them in this partnership to ensure the future of our program."

With this new Privilege partnership, Cégep Marie-Victorin joins a select group of some of the best Fashion schools in the world. The Lectra Educational Program not only gives the schools access to high-end technology developed by Lectra, but also includes a personalized approach focused on the development of common value-added projects, such as conferences, internships, support for students and shared information and data related to best industrial practices.

"Lectra is proud to partner with Cégep Marie-Victorin which has proved to be very dynamic and one of the highest performing schools in the use of textile technology. For the past 10 years, we have continued to strengthen our relationship with Cégep Marie-Victorin, and have developed common projects such as the Lectra customer event hosted by the school last year and the joint workshop during the ITAA conference," said Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America. "We are very committed to the fashion education community and are happy to support Cégep Marie-Victorin in educating students on the latest technology and, in turn, strengthening the industry."

To learn more about the Lectra Education Program, please visit or contact Hari Kenkare at +1 212-730-4444, ext. 236.

About Cégep Marie-Victorin

Marie-Victorin College was founded in 1965 by six religious congregations. The institution was providing general education and professional training. In 1972, the Fashion Design department was created. In 1993, Marie-Victorin College changed status and became public, making them the first college offering the following Fashion Design programs: Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. At the same time, the Fashion Design program offered a specialization in fur design with an internship in Denmark. For the fifth consecutive year, the Fashion school offers one year training for their Fashion Design graduates. They are trained on Fashion Production and Workflow Management with a possibility of an internship in China. The fashion school of Cégep Marie-Victorin has over 700 students in their three Fashion programs.

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 $252 million in 2010 revenues. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext.

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