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Lectra Announces Sponsorship and Collaboration With Canada's Apparel Connexion

(December 01, 2011)

MONTREAL -- (Marketwire) -- 12/01/11 -- 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 their support and collaboration with Apparel Connexion (The Apparel Human Resources Council (AHRC)), a national, industry-led, independent, non-profit organization representing and serving the human resources development and adjustment needs of managers and employees in apparel companies focusing on design, innovation, creativity, offshore production industry of Canada.

Through this relationship Lectra will support and work closely with Apparel Connexion to provide Canadian based apparel companies information and access to the latest technology for the apparel manufacturing industry. The joint effort of the two organizations from Apparel Connexion's commitment to addressing a wide range of issues from training and development, education and communications to enhancing the industry's image, along with Lectra's drive to help customers grow their business through the use of advanced technology and services demonstrates a dedication to supporting the future of the fashion and apparel industry within Canada. As more Canadian companies continue to grow and advance their creation, development and production of apparel, Lectra and Apparel Connexion will collaborate along with Canadian schools to ensure that students have the education and training needed to ensure their success as the next generation of fashion, apparel professionals employed in the Canadian apparel industry.

"The Council is proud to be associated with a world-class company like Lectra to be able to conduct high profile activities beneficial to the Canadian Apparel industry. This association allows both the Council and Lectra to pursue the common goal of supporting the innovation and creativity spirit of the sector," Jean Rivard, Executive Director, Apparel Human Resources Council.

This agreement also allows the Council to continue to support The Apparel Supplier Confidence Outlook Report -- prepared by Milstein & Co Consulting Inc, a leading strategy consulting firm to the sector. This study provides important insights into executive confidence on key issues such as expected levels of sales, production, employment and investments in capital expenditures and technology. "It's a brief, but important report as it allows us to follow the quarterly trends and perceptions ahead of the release of official statistics," says Alan Milstein, Milstein & Co Consulting Inc. "It also allows executives to get a sense of the mood out there on a timely basis. With such wide distribution, it certainly is an important study made possible with support from sponsors such as Lectra."


"As a leading global organization, Lectra is committed to the development of the apparel industry and its professionals along with the preparation of students for life-long careers in apparel," commented Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America. "Lectra, therefore works closely with industry and educational organizations that align with this goal, and we are pleased to be working with Apparel Connexion, which provides important research and innovation for today's apparel industry in Canada."

About Apparel Connexion

Apparel Connexion (Apparel Human Resources Council) is a national, industry-led, independent, non-profit organization representing and serving the human resources development and adjustment needs of managers and employees in the apparel manufacturing industry. It is managed by a private sector Board of Directors equally representative of employers and employees. Through the AHRC, management, labour, provincial and national industry associations, government departments, educational institutions and other stakeholders work in partnership to address a wide range of issues including training and development, education, adjustment issues, communications, and enhancement of the industry's image. Our mandate is to create business opportunities for our industry by developing tools and services to help apparel manufacturers recruit, hire and retain a creative and an innovative workforce.

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.

For more information, please visit www.lectra.com

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