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LECTRA: Innovative new Vector® model boosts manufacturing productivity by 20%


Innovative new Vector®model boosts manufacturing productivity by 20%

Ultra-precision cutting head optimizes cost per part by managing challenging
synthetic materials

Paris, December 20, 2016 -
Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to
industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite
materials, takes on the challenges of man-made materials faced by suppliers
with an all-new Vector®fabric-cutting solution.

Lectra's VectorAuto iX6 is specially designed to cut synthetics, with an
ultra-precision cutting head to produce perfectly cut parts for interior and
seat components, optimizing the cost per cut part. The new cutter increases
cutting capacity by 20% or more compared to models currently available on the
market. The increase in productivity is achieved by minimizing the risk of
layers fusing, which enables a greater number of plies to be cut.
By optimizing the marker to reduce spacing between parts, the new solution
also enables potential material gains of up to 3% that can save hundreds of
thousands of dollars per year per cutting line.
Japanese vehicle-seating cut parts supplier Ark has already achieved increased
production volume since its recent acquisition of the new cutter. "The high
degree of cutting accuracy enabled by the blade stress control of Vector iX6
will allow us to increase our production capability by nearly 20%," observes
Kiichi Mizoue, President, Ark.
The scarcity of leather continues to drive up the price of bovine hides in the
automotive upholstery industry as demand outstrips supply. The surging price
of leather has led a growing number of automotive suppliers to turn to
imitation materials. Cheaper and more resistant to extreme temperatures and
humidity, new varieties of vinyl and other synthetics are gaining popularity
among consumers, especially in Asia.
However, newly developed synthetic materials used in components like headrests
and armrests, present a wide range of challenges. The shapes required to
produce increasingly sophisticated seat designs are gradually becoming more
complex. The technical limitations of fabric cutters restrict the number of
plies that can be cut due to the risk of fusion. Additionally, the extra
spacing necessary to achieve small, intricate parts can result in material
losses and low cutter productivity.
Lectra's newest Vector model is designed to efficiently overcome the
complexities involved in cutting imitation materials and also benefits from
the advanced technology, such as predictive maintenance, which ensures a high
machine availability rate of up to 98%, and Eclipse, Lectra's patented
continuous cutting functionality.

"We are pleased to demonstrate our agility and responsiveness to evolving
market needs," states Céline Choussy Bedouet, Chief Marketing and
Communications Officer, Lectra. "This highly specialized solution meets new
manufacturing requirements stemming from a recent but growing trend."

® Vector is a registered trademark of Lectra.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions (software,
automated cutting equipment, and associated services) specifically designed
for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite
materials to manufacture their products. It serves major world markets:
fashion and apparel, automotive, and furniture as well as a broad array of
other industries. Lectra's solutions, specific to each market, enable
customers to automate and optimize product design, development, and
manufacturing. With more than 1,500 employees, Lectra has developed
privileged relationships with prestigious customers in more than 100
countries, contributing to their operational excellence. Lectra registered
revenues of $264 million in 2015 and is listed on Euronext.

For more information, please

Contact - Lectra Headquarters / Press Dept.:
Nathalie Fournier-Christol
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 64 42 37 - Fax: +33 (0)1 53 64 43 40

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Source: LECTRA via Globenewswire

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