Laziale Interni Auto, a leading Italian supplier of leather cut parts to tier-1 and tier-2 automotive component manufacturers, has chosen Lectra’s Versalis® for its next-generation digital cutting room.

Laziale Interni Auto has used Lectra CAD-CAM software for since 2005 and made an initial foray into computer numeric control (CNC) cutting with the acquisition of Vector®, Lectra’s fabric-cutting solution, in 2014. The company subsequently decided to migrate automotive leather production from manual die-cutting to the digital cutting value chain.

In 2015, the company transitioned to automated leather cutting with the acquisition of a first Versalis for its plant in the Lazio region of Italy. To meet the increased demand of a major vehicle manufacturer, Laziale Interni Auto decided to implement a second Versalis solution in the same plant this year.

Laziale Interni Auto now runs a more efficient production cycle thanks to automated processes that expedite the identification of flaws, as well as nesting, cutting and the unloading of cut parts. Versalis’ uninterrupted hide cutting offers significantly lower costs through material gains impossible to achieve using die presses.

“The difference between die cutting and our new digitalized process is night and day,” remarks Renato Clemente, production unit manager, Laziale Interni Auto. “Our Versalis allow us to achieve much greater productivity. And without the need to retool, we can meet new requirements faster than we ever could before.”

“Remaining competitive in the automotive industry means staying on top of consumer tastes and emerging vehicle interior trends,” states Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing and communications officer, Lectra. "This puts additional pressure on automotive interior suppliers to be more agile. By making the switch to a fully digitalized leather cutting process, Laziale Interni Auto can be sure to keep up with carmaker demand now and into the future."