• Erin Berg

Lectra leather event shows capabilities beyond cutting

LectraLectra's event was the lead-in for the first annual Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo in Atlanta last month.
ATLANTA – Lectra, a manufacturing technology solutions provider, recently hosted the Leather Experience Event at its North American headquarters near Atlanta.

The event, entitled “Enhance, Optimize & Save,” gave participants the opportunity to learn about innovations in the leather industry, future trends and ways to improve their leather production processes.

Lectra helps furniture businesses around the world streamline their entire leather furniture production process, from design to production,” said Heather Corrigan, marketing manager, Lectra North America. “This event was an opportunity for top retailers and manufacturers to discover the wide range of technology that Lectra provides and how Lectra can help them improve their entire leather production process, including labor efficiency and hide optimization. We wanted our attendees to realize that Lectra provides overall manufacturing support, services and consulting, not just cutting machines and software.”

Some of the industry’s top speakers and thought leaders shared their knowledge and experiences with event participants.

  • Limuel Sagadraca, Lectra North America’s vice president of professional services, presented research into the four megatrends affecting the furniture industry.
  • From Moore & Giles Leather Tannery, Whitney Tinsley, director of education, presented trends affecting the future of semi-aniline and aniline leather and the impact they will have on processing, pricing and sourcing.
  • Bastien Carel, process and methods senior manager, Dassault Falcon Jet, spoke about his company’s aniline leather challenges and how Lectra’s technological solutions have helped the firm improve and enhance production.
  • Emmanuel Bontemps, Lectra North America senior leather expert, demonstrated how leather costing and simulations help companies effectively plan product roll-out, improve hide yield, and better anticipate leather costs.
  • Chris Young, director of furniture sales, Lectra North America, David Fowkes and Mark Luthmann, account managers at Lectra North America, walked through a return on investment model for new production software and hardware. This model helps manufacturers understand what their ROI will be using new production technologies and how to achieve greater efficiencies.
  • Ketty Le Henaff-Pillet, Lectra furniture marketing director, shared global case studies on operational excellence.

Attended by leading upholstery professionals across the industry, the program served as a lead-in to the inaugural Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo held in Atlanta.

Erin BergErin Berg | Associate Editor

Erin Berg is an Associate Editor for Furniture/Today. After earning her B. A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, Erin began her career in marketing where she served clients in a wide variety of industries from film and television entertainment to aviation. Erin lived in Italy and four different states before landing in North Carolina in 2009.

Erin can be reached at EBerg@furnituretoday.com or at 336-605-1040.

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