Lectra, a provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials − fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials − has won the 2014 International Company of the Year Award for France after receiving the same distinction on 24 September for the country’s southwest region.

EY, a leading advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services provider, started its Entrepreneur of the Year awards programme in 1986 in the US. The programme now spans more than 58 countries and this was the 22nd year the prize was awarded in France.

"This International Company of the Year Award reflects the broad scope of Lectra, which serves its customers in more than 100 countries and achieves 92% of its revenues overseas," said Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO. "We are a transnational company with 32 subsidiaries abroad and more than 1,400 employees representing 50 different nationalities."

"We have been successful globally because we made the bold choice to continue our production in France, a guarantee of savoir-faire and quality, while others relocated to China. We preferred to reinforce the close cooperation between our teams of experts and researchers, a complete reengineering of our solutions and an upscale positioning to continually add value for our customers," he explained.

Lectra now attracts an increasing number of customers from high-growth markets such as China, Brazil, South Korea and the US.

"Over the years, Lectra has gained market share and today holds a very strong position with renowned customers in all its business sectors. In the fashion market for example, Lectra serves almost 100% of luxury brands," said Harari.

The CEO dedicated the International Company of the Year Award to Lectra’s teams.

"This prize belongs to all our collaborators. Multiculturalism is a gateway to the world and a wonderful asset on a daily basis. We never stop learning from each other," he said.