Frost & Sullivan confers Lectra's Versalis digital leather cutting solution with product leadership award

19 July 2017

Based on its recent analysis of the automotive leather- cutting equipment market, Frost & Sullivan has conferred Lectra with the 2017 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership.

Lectra's digital solution Versalis® features a powerful automatic nesting system for overall improvements in efficiency and enables automotive leather suppliers to cut costs, improve productivity and minimise waste, while also establishing a pathway to value-added Industry 4.0 processes.

Currently, almost 90% of leather used for automotive applications is cut using manual die presses, which require designers to build a physical prototype and finalise the design through trial and error.

Lectra offers a fully digitalised leather solution from prototyping to cut parts. When used in combination with Lectra’s 3D prototyping and pattern-making software, Versalis enables a 12-16 week reduction in development and launch cycles for vehicle seating models.

During the leather-cutting phase, the latest release of Versalis LeatherSuite allows automotive leather suppliers to achieve up to 15% greater productivity. Lectra’s end-to-end automotive leather offering furthermore guarantees optimal uptime through an extensive worldwide support network of field engineers and technical experts.

"Lectra focuses on a consultative approach that allows it to fully understand the customer’s needs before building a solution comprising software, hardware, consulting, training, and after-sales support,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Kamalesh Mohanarangam. "Lectra’s equipment is fitted with more than 200 sensors that predict failure and immediately report issues to its call centres. This product feature and service has resulted in 98% uptime and very fast mean time to repair."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality and is gaining rapid market acceptance. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it supports.

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