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LECTRA: Klaussner Home Furnishings aims for speed and standardization with Lectra technology


Klaussner Home Furnishings aims for speed and standardization with Lectra

The company selects Lectra's 3D technology to accelerate its product
development cycle

Paris, April 22, 2014
Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to
industries using soft materials-fabrics, leather, technical textiles and
composite materials-is pleased to announce that Klaussner Home Furnishings,
one of the largest producers of residential furniture in the United States,
has chosen Lectra's advanced 3D/2D design and product development solution.
Klaussner has been a mainstay in the United States for the last 50 years,
producing more than 500 styles in its manufacturing and distribution
facilities in North Carolina. The company prides itself on its product
breadth and upholstery options-600 fabric choices and more than 75 leathers,
and is able to produce custom-order furniture domestically in fewer than 21

"The economic environment of the last several years impacted many industries
in the United States. Now with the furniture industry on the rebound, we are
evaluating key processes and technologies to drive efficiencies within our
operation," explains Glenn Kahn, Vice President of Manufacturing for
Klaussner Home Furnishings. "We have used CAD software for our frame design
for years, but we had never attempted to use the approach for our upholstery
design. Upholstery is a whole new ballgame because the challenges are greater
when dealing with a number of elements like pleats and different fabrics."

Klaussner relied on manual processes for its upholstery development process,
and with several product developers all using different methods, geometry
challenges often arose. "We were looking for software that could help
accelerate our development cycle time, provide clean geometry, create
up-to-date technical files and standardize our process across developers.
Lectra provided a complete package to help us accomplish all of these goals."

The company will use DesignConcept 3D for upholstery as well as frame design.
"In the time it currently takes us to develop a frame, our goal is to use
Lectra's solution to have the complete piece developed," says Glenn Kahn.
"DesignConcept 3D will give us the ability to optimize our designs and make
decisions early in the process, rendering a piece of furniture before any
materials are even cut. It is often difficult to express the exact design you
are envisioning, so this rendering enables us to start from a better concept,
eliminate the communication gap between our groups and significantly reduce
the amount of time we spend on the development process. The number of
prototypes we create today can vary from style to style. With this advanced
technology, we aim to get down to one physical prototype before validation on
every piece we develop."

"Lectra has a strong history in overcoming the furniture industry's challenges
through a combination of process expertise and advanced technology," comments
Céline Choussy Bedouet, Marketing Director for Automotive, Furniture,
Technical Textiles and Composite Materials, Lectra. "DesignConcept 3D has a
proven track record of reducing cycle time, enhancing quality and improving
costs for furniture companies around the world. We look forward to helping
Klaussner Home Furnishings obtain these same benefits with this and other
Lectra solutions as our companies continue to forge a strong partnership."

"At Klaussner, we see this as a long term relationship with Lectra. We are
also looking at the company's advanced fabric and leather cutting
technologies, and we may incorporate these as we see the benefits that
seamless integration can deliver," concludes Glenn Kahn.

About Klaussner Home Furnishings

Headquartered in Asheboro, N.C., Klaussner Home Furnishings has grown to
become one of the largest furniture companies in America, recently moving to
its 90,000 square foot showroom in High Point. With a network of facilities
to house and produce goods and worldwide import sources, Klaussner continues
to lead the industry in best practices and customer satisfaction. The company
currently offers more than 500 furniture styles with 600 fabric choices, and
more than 75 leather options, and guarantees delivery of its domestic
products in 21 days or less.

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 1,400 employees and $270
million in 2013 revenues. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext.

For more information, please visitwww.lectra.com

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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