Announces Industry 4.0 Experience Center at Apparel House
Lectra, a company committed to crafting premium technologies that facilitate the digital transformation of fashion industry, empowering brands and manufacturers from design to production; recently organised an Industry 4.0 seminar at Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) – Apparel House, Gurugram on September 5, 2019. The seminar was a result of partnership between AEPC and Lectra technologies India Pvt. Ltd. And focused on how Industry 4.0 would help Apparel Manufacturers to digitally transform their business to face dynamics demands of an uncertain future.
The seminar began with the welcome address by Rakesh Vaid, Vice Chairman, ATDC. At this occasion Rakesh also announced the new AEPC-Lectra Experience Center. “We are soon starting AEPC-Lectra experience center at 7th floor of Apparel House. The access to the center will be complimentary from AEPC, and we’ll be having trainers here on all working days. Each member of AEPC is entitled to come and book their appointment. Learning, teaching and materials will be absolutely free, so I’ll encourage everyone to visit sometime here with your creative teams. Everything related to CAD, spreading, pattern making and others related to Lectra’s Industry 4.0 concept will be available here. The center will be inaugurated this month.,” said Rakesh.
First presentation of the day was made by Suraj Niranjan, Marketing Manager, Lectra India, on Dynamic Demands of the Future and How Adopting to Industry 4.0 Would Help in Being Future Ready. This was followed by presentation by Rajeev Sharma, Lectra – PD & Manufacturing Solutions on Challenges faced by Fashion & Apparel Industry and How Connected Technologies Would Be an Enabler in overcoming them.
One of the main highlights at the seminar was a very interesting presentation by Kamlesh Katariya; MD- Peppermint Clothing Pvt. Ltd.,- A leading “Hi-Fashion” brand for children wear and Lectra’s Client, who especially came from Pune to share his experience about how adopting to industry 4.0 solutions has enabled his company to digitally transform its business. He shared his company’s story with technology, and uniformity & precision of cutting and spreading he has achieved with Lectra. “We have been using Lectra cutters and spreader at our factory in Baramati. Our work has become easier after installing Lectra solutions. Manpower has reduced and work process has become faster beyond imagination. We only wonder why we did not choose it before,” said Katariya.
After this, a presentation was made by Rahul Bagga, Adastra on Understanding Intellectual Property Right issues for apparel industry. He discussed various important topics like copyright issues, patents, geographical indications etc. which generated a lot of interest among attendees. The main focus of the seminar was to enlighten industry on how can value be added to existing business by working on all parameters. This was followed by an interactive Question and Answer Session where attendees discussed their queries with team Lectra and other speakers at the seminar. In all, the seminar was attended by around 60 people from Delhi NCR including exporters, VPs, Marketing & Business heads and people from CAD teams, I.E. engineers, I.E. heads and many others.
With Industry 4.0, a new range of possibilities is opening up to companies. Its concepts and digital tools bring new value creation with cost control models based on synchronized, flexible and fast—design, product development, collection management, manufacturing and retaining— processes. Industry 4.0 is a great opportunity for customers to differentiate their offer and better meet consumer expectations, with original products, designed and manufactured in an optimized way, sold at the right price and delivered as quickly as possible. Industry 4.0 is not based on definitive turnkey solutions. It is a quest. Lectra stands beside customers on this journey.
While speaking on the side-lines of the event, BT Nagesh, MD, Lectra India said, “This is for the first time we are doing this seminar with AEPC. It’s been very encouraging and I thank AEPC to organise such seminar where we could inform customers and industry about how Lectra can save on cost, time and add value to their businesses. It has been a good exchange of information and we plan to soon start an experience center at Apparel House where industry can see live demo of solutions offered by Lectra, so that anyone who wants to invest in technology can experience and understand it completely before taking the purchase decision.”
Commenting on the seminar response, he said, “The industry people were very inquisitive to attend the seminar to know more about Industry 4.0 concept and our experience center. Together with AEPC, this proposed experience center will enable them, to come and experience what they want to invest in. We want the industry to have look at it and have first-hand experience. Customers can bring their data that would include tech-packs, product samples, patterns, markers, fabric etc., to have them run on our Industry 4.0 compliant solution and compare it with their traditional way methods, then take the investment decision. Starting this experience center is the first step. The plan is see how we can implement and deploy this, at the same time making this successful. Once successful, I am sure AEPC would start replicating it.”
“Besides, we would be organising more such seminars in others parts of the country as well. After Gurugram, next will be in Tirupur in October, followed by Mumbai sometime in November – December. It could be with APEC or independently by Lectra also,” added Nagesh.
(By Swati Sharma, Assistant Editor)