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North Carolina State University Selects Lectra PLM for College of Textiles

Top Design, Management and Engineering University Prepares Students With Full Range of Lectra Solutions (November 17, 2011)

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/11 -- Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials -- textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials -- along with North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, announces the selection of Lectra Fashion Product Lifecycle Management Software (PLM) for the college's Textile and Apparel Technology and Management program.

NC State's College of Textiles, a Lectra Privilege education partner, has been using Lectra software and cutting solutions in their program for over 15 years. With the addition of Lectra Fashion PLM, students will learn how to manage the entire process of apparel production, from creation to cutting to collection development. Lectra Fashion PLM is designed specifically for the fashion industry and allows apparel companies to shorten product development and time-to-market.

"The acquisition of Lectra's Fashion PLM software will provide opportunities for our Fashion and Textile Design students to collaborate with Fashion and Textile Management students to 'problem solve' real world industry problems. The experience of combining product development, design, marketing, and merchandising, will assist in preparing our future industry leaders," stated Dr. Nancy Cassill, Professor and Department Head, Textile and Apparel Technology and Management.

The integration of Lectra Fashion PLM at NC State's College of Textiles will allow students to leverage Lectra's full range of solutions, from the Kaledo suite for design and Modaris for pattern-making and 3D sample development, to Diamino for marker-making and Vector for high-performance cutting, thus bringing all aspects of fashion development into a collaborative process.


"Lectra's relationship with the NC State College of Textiles is long standing, and we are excited at the opportunity to expand our partnership by integrating Lectra Fashion PLM," noted Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America. "The use of apparel dedicated solutions combined with the college's state-of-the-art program and devoted faculty prepares students for an in-depth understanding of the entire product development cycle as well as the importance of collaboration among all players along the supply chain."

Both Lectra and NC State College of Textiles are proud of this ongoing partnership and continue to look for new ways to keep students and staff tuned into apparel industry trends, innovative ways of working, and the requisite supporting technologies. "Having Lectra technology on our campus not only prepares our students for success in the industry but also draws industry professionals from surrounding areas to the university lab, enhancing NC State's leadership position in the fashion community," commented Dr. Trevor Little, Professor, Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, NC State College of Textiles.

For more information on the Lectra Education Program, please visit www.lectra.com/en/education or contact Hari Kenkare on +1 212-730-4444, ext: 236.

About NC State University - College of Textiles

The College of Textiles has over 111 years of teaching, research, and extension. Undergraduate degrees can be obtained in textile engineering, polymer and color chemistry, fashion and textile management, and textile technology. Graduate degrees such as master of science and master of textiles and two doctorate degrees in fiber and polymer science and textile technology management are available as well as a graduate certificate in nonwovens, textile brand management and marketing, consumer product design and development, and global supply chain management.

The new world of textiles at the College includes research and education in nonwovens, medical textiles, protective clothing, nanotextiles, smart textiles, transportation textiles, fashion, marketing, merchandising, and traditional textiles. The College partners with industry in research and testing and has over 60 labs in our facilities on Centennial Campus, which has been ranked as the top Research Science Park of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks. We offer distance education in our program areas and short courses including Six Sigma, Textile Fundamentals, and nonwovens courses, as well as graduate education via our Textile Off-Campus Programs (TOP). We are home to the Nonwovens Institute and the Textile Protection and Comfort Center who also offer research and testing capabilities to the industry. The College of Textiles has proven to be the leading textile college in the world covering all aspects of textiles from molecule to market. To learn more please visit www.tx.ncsu.edu.

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

Lectra Contact:
Melissa Vidakovic
E-mail: Email Contact
Tel.: 770.422.8050 ext. 182

NCSU Contact:
Emily Parker
E-mail: Email Contact
Tel.: 919.515.6529


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