ATLANTA - Lectra opened a new International Advanced Technology Center(IATC) to service upholstered furniture manufacturers, as well as other industries that use fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials.
The new technology center in Smyrna, GA, doubles as the French company's new North American headquarters, replacing the one formerly in Marietta.
Lectra's IATC features showrooms with software and advanced cutting machinery, interactive training rooms and an international call center. The new location services companies involved in a variety of soft-goods industries, including fashion, automotive and furniture. Lectra's IATC allows industry professionals to take advantage of prototype software to develop their products and to view cutting tests of their materials.
Tania Garcia, vice president of marketing for Lectra North America, said, "In the manufacturing industry—whether it's apparel, automotive or furniture—our solutions help optimize cutting rooms and reduce production costs."
Lectra also operates ITACs in Bordeaux, France, and Shanghai, China. The company serves a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags) and furniture, as well as a wide variety of other market sectors, such as aeronautical and marine industries, wind power and personal protective equipment. Lectra says it serves 23,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,350 employees and $256 million in 2012 revenues. The company is listed on NYSE EuroNext.
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