Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, hosted an event this week to present the latest technology for the furniture industry at the Furniture Makers’ Hall in London.
Attracting a mix of upholstered furniture manufacturers, trade and press, the event focused on current market trends and explored how furniture companies can keep pace with this increasingly competitive market. The event examined how technology can generate efficiency gains in the furniture manufacturing process, from design and product development, to production.
“The UK is one of the few countries seeing a significant rebound in the upholstered furniture market and we forecast that it will continue in this growth phase, 2% each year, until at least 2018,” confirmed Giovanna Castellina, leading expert from the Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL). “Competition in this sector remains stiff, with developing countries continuing to invest in new manufacturing facilities, as well as improving their design capabilities.”
DesignConcept Furniture, Lectra’s 3D virtual prototyping solution, is said to significantly shorten lead time – up to 30% in preparing design reviews and 50% in physical prototyping.
“Regardless of the scale of a business or the volume of production, the right technology, support, and expertise is absolutely critical to ensuring speed to market, an effective design to cost and design to manufacturing model, and ultimately a profitable and competitive business. Lectra is proud to be able to support so many furniture manufacturers in the UK, Northern Europe and also globally,” concluded Jean-Patrice Gros, director of Lectra Northern Europe and UK.