Lectra and Ruyi to Supply Luxury Men's Wear Clients

Lectra is entering into a strategic partnership with Chinese textile and apparel manufacturing giant, Ruyi Group. Lectra will support Ruyi in expanding operations at their Taian plant in order to supply a growing number of international luxury men's wear clients, as well as an increasing number of its own brands.

Lectra will work with Ruyi to implement an integrated manufacturing project by supplying best-practice expertise and process optimization consulting as well as hardware and software solutions, to rollout new operations under a lean manufacturing methodology.

Headquartered in China's Shandong province, Ruyi maintains one of the world's largest industrial supply chains for wool and cotton processing. With revenues of more than $5 billion and upwards of 30,000 employees, the group has public companies in Japan and China as well as subsidiaries in 36 countries around the world. Ruyi is a global leader in innovative textile processing and also a major end-garment supplier for international luxury menswear brands. Ruyi has a complete vertical fashion supply chain and is evolving towards a hybrid brand/manufacturing business model to optimize their resources, which range from farms to clothing stores.

Founded in 1972, Ruyi's main business traditionally involves fiber and fabric production. Part of the company's new strategy is to capitalize on this expertise while moving deeper into the value chain by boosting manufacturing operations and adding cutting and sewing capacity. By having an end-to-end manufacturing chain in place, Ruyi will not only better serve its customers, but also optimize development and manufacturing for its own brands. Ruyi will thus be able to minimize costs, shorten time-to-market and better control quality. At the heart of the project is the installation of a lean-ready cutting room, covering industrialization, pre-production and fabric cutting.

"We chose to partner with Lectra because they share our vision, both in terms of growth strategies and product positioning. Both Lectra and Ruyi are industry leaders in technology development, brand innovation and high-end products," says Qiu Dong, president of Ruyi Group. "In addition, we also have state-of-the-art R&D facilities and excellent innovation teams.

"To follow fashion industry trends, Ruyi is in urgent need of world-class, intelligent systems with advanced information technologies. We want to build a long-term, strategic relationship between Lectra and Ruyi," Dong continues. "In doing so, Ruyi will be able to make the most of its current resources, leverage its R&D team and transform traditional methods with leading information technologies, thus promoting the growth of the textile industry in China and even in other countries around the world."

Lectra will work with Ruyi to implement best practices and optimize Ruyi's manufacturing process to move to a lean approach for their apparel design and production for a highly efficient and smart menswear production line. The ultimate objective for Ruyi is to establish a globally integrated garment supply chain.

"I am impressed by Ruyi's vision, which combines a strong heritage with a thirst for innovation. It is rare to see companies of this magnitude with such an entrepreneurial spirit. Ruyi is not only impressive in terms of size and experience, but also because they are agile and ahead of the times. Working closely with Ruyi is an exciting challenge, which will take both companies to the next level," says Daniel Harari, Lectra CEO.
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