Sherborne Upholstery, one of the UK’s oldest family-owned upholstered furniture manufacturers, has chosen leather and fabric cutting room solutions from Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials.

Sherborne has been producing upholstered furniture for over 85 years and recently sought to automate and fully optimise its production. Lectra experts worked closely with Sherborne Upholstery to propose a comprehensive leather and fabric cutting room solution which would meet their needs, both now and in the future.

Sherborne Upholstery chose Versalis®, Lectra’s innovative leather cutting solution featuring advanced flaw identification,
powerful leather nesting algorithms and unrivaled productivity. With Versalis, Sherborne Upholstery will be able to increase hide efficiency by up to 9.5%, reduce re-cuts by two-thirds and boost sewing efficiency by 10% thanks to the improved quality and consistency of cut parts.

"We were impressed, not only by Lectra’s advanced technology and services, but by its expertise in automating the cutting room. This will transform the way we work, and will deliver significant savings and improved efficiency to enable our business to continue to grow in this competitive market," said Chris Walker, managing director, Sherborne Upholstery.

In addition, Sherborne Upholstery decided to upgrade its aging fabric cutting room with the implementation of two Vector® automated cutting solutions, which will increase production capacity and maximize operational uptime thanks to Lectra’s predictive and preventative maintenance service. This leaves the company ideally positioned to meet its strategic growth objectives.

"We have seen a rebound of the furniture market in the UK this past year and we are proud that Sherborne has chosen Lectra to support its ambition and its strategy to implement and optimize its cutting rooms," says Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing officer, Lectra.