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20.06.2022

Lectra joins Euronext Tech Leaders

Lectra, whose connected industrial equipment and software facilitate the digital transformation and Industry 4.0 transition of fashion, automotive and furniture companies, announces its selection for the new Euronext Tech Leaders stock market index. This brings Lectra into the community of European technology leaders identified by Euronext as innovative and high-growth companies.

The new Euronext Tech Leaders market index, launched on June 7, comprises 100 European technology companies listed on the Euronext markets, which meet various performance and growth criteria. With the launch of this initiative, Euronext aims to offer better visibility and new services to selected European technology leaders.

Lectra, whose connected industrial equipment and software facilitate the digital transformation and Industry 4.0 transition of fashion, automotive and furniture companies, announces its selection for the new Euronext Tech Leaders stock market index. This brings Lectra into the community of European technology leaders identified by Euronext as innovative and high-growth companies.

The new Euronext Tech Leaders market index, launched on June 7, comprises 100 European technology companies listed on the Euronext markets, which meet various performance and growth criteria. With the launch of this initiative, Euronext aims to offer better visibility and new services to selected European technology leaders.

Lectra is one of the 41 French companies that are now members of Euronext Tech Leaders. The company, founded in 1973 on a close relationship with fashion industry players, has also for the last three decades worked globally with automotive equipment and furniture manufacturers. In its three strategic markets, Lectra sells connected equipment that optimizes the cutting processes of fabric, leather and other soft materials used by manufacturers, and markets software and services that streamline their production processes while enabling them to be more agile and make considerable material savings.

In fashion, through the use of market data – made accessible and exploitable by the Internet of Things, the cloud, artificial intelligence and big data – Lectra’s software solutions also enable a better understanding of consumers’ behavior. They therefore facilitate strategic decision-making for brands, manufacturers and distributors at the key steps in the value chain of design, production and distribution. In this industry, the impact of Lectra’s solutions on reducing material consumption is even greater because it takes effect as early as the garment design stage.

Technology and innovation are therefore at the heart of Lectra’s strategy, with the company aiming to become a key player in Industry 4.0 in its strategic markets by 2030.

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Lectra

27.01.2022

Radici Yarn certified to ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems

Over 400 employees work hard every day to improve the environmental performance of Radici Yarn’s site. Through teamwork and continuous improvement in energy efficiency, Radici Yarn has obtained ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification, which attests to the organization’s commitment to contain and progressively reduce energy consumption.

Radici Yarn, one of the companies in the RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions Business Area, is engaged in the production and sale of polyamide 6 polymer, PA6 and PA66 continuous filament and staple yarn, and other synthetic fibres, including products made of recycled or bio-based materials.

All the processes - polymerization and spinning (Villa d'Ogna plant), as well as warping and draw-warping (Ardesio plant) - are run under constant monitoring with the goal of achieving maximum energy efficiency and lower consumption. Both sites are powered by two hydroelectric power plants owned by Geogreen, a RadiciGroup partner and energy supplier. The share of energy consumption from renewable sources and reduced environmental impact (natural gas) sources  is constantly increasing.

Over 400 employees work hard every day to improve the environmental performance of Radici Yarn’s site. Through teamwork and continuous improvement in energy efficiency, Radici Yarn has obtained ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification, which attests to the organization’s commitment to contain and progressively reduce energy consumption.

Radici Yarn, one of the companies in the RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions Business Area, is engaged in the production and sale of polyamide 6 polymer, PA6 and PA66 continuous filament and staple yarn, and other synthetic fibres, including products made of recycled or bio-based materials.

All the processes - polymerization and spinning (Villa d'Ogna plant), as well as warping and draw-warping (Ardesio plant) - are run under constant monitoring with the goal of achieving maximum energy efficiency and lower consumption. Both sites are powered by two hydroelectric power plants owned by Geogreen, a RadiciGroup partner and energy supplier. The share of energy consumption from renewable sources and reduced environmental impact (natural gas) sources  is constantly increasing.

The energy issue has always been a priority for Radici Yarn, whose products serve numerous sectors, including automotive, clothing and furnishings.

"Already at the beginning of the 1990s, Radici Yarn started investing in cogeneration, the simultaneous production of electricity and steam,” pointed out Laura Ravasio, energy manager of Radici Yarn SpA. “We have recently started up an advanced trigeneration plant – a highly efficient system that produces not only electricity and steam, but also chilled water for our production processes. One of the first results recorded in 2021 was a 30% reduction in water consumption. Thus, ISO 50001 certification seemed like the next logical step to take in formalizing a long-term approach to energy.”

The ISO 50001 certification, which is voluntary and valid for a period of three years, was added to the ISO 14001 Environmental and ISO 9001 Quality Management system certifications previously achieved by Radici Yarn.

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RadiciGroup

RadiciGroup: Producing apparel from waste oil (c) RadiciGroup
30.09.2021

RadiciGroup: Producing apparel from waste oil

RadiciGroup demonstrates the feasibility of industrial-scale production of polyamides (nylon) starting from bio adipic acid obtained from renewable raw materials, including waste oil and by-products of the oil industry. Potential application sectors for the process and products are textile/fashion, automotive, design, electrical and electronics.

The research was conducted through the Ulysses project and experimentation was performed in collaboration with research centres and universities. Partial funding was received from the Region of Piedmont, within the scope of the “Call for Proposals IR2 (Industrialization of research results)”. The ambitious, innovative multiyear project was launched in March 2018 and stemmed from RadiciGroup's desire to increase the sustainability of its products, whilst delivering the same quality and performance as required by product standards. What is more, the Group wanted to meet the demand coming from its various strategic sectors, in line with the European targets for the development of low-emission businesses and a circular economy.

RadiciGroup demonstrates the feasibility of industrial-scale production of polyamides (nylon) starting from bio adipic acid obtained from renewable raw materials, including waste oil and by-products of the oil industry. Potential application sectors for the process and products are textile/fashion, automotive, design, electrical and electronics.

The research was conducted through the Ulysses project and experimentation was performed in collaboration with research centres and universities. Partial funding was received from the Region of Piedmont, within the scope of the “Call for Proposals IR2 (Industrialization of research results)”. The ambitious, innovative multiyear project was launched in March 2018 and stemmed from RadiciGroup's desire to increase the sustainability of its products, whilst delivering the same quality and performance as required by product standards. What is more, the Group wanted to meet the demand coming from its various strategic sectors, in line with the European targets for the development of low-emission businesses and a circular economy.

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RadiciGroup

vombaur: Composites für Aviation und Automotive  (c) vombaur
Pioneering tech tex
04.11.2020

vombaur: Composites für Aviation und Automotive

  • Composite Textiles für moderne Mobilität
  • Extrem leichte und hochfeste Bauteile von vombaur

Im Schnee, im Flugzeug, im E-Auto oder auf dem Fahrrad: Ganz gleich, wo und wie wir unterwegs sind – Composite Textiles von vombaur sorgen dafür, dass wir gut vorankommen. Mit Materialien, die beides sind: extrem leicht und extrem zuverlässig.

Leichtbauteile für moderne Mobilität
Moderne Mobilität braucht Hightech-Leichtbauteile. Die Schmaltextilien von vombaur werden aus Hochleistungsfasern gewebt. Auf Webstühlen, die eigens für besonders anspruchsvolle Composite Textiles gemacht sind: An den Spezial-Maschinen fertigt das Textil-Unternehmen Hightech-Webbänder mit geschlossenen Webkanten und elastische UD-Schläuche, die ihre 0°-Orientierung über die ganze Bauteillänge beibehalten – unabhängig von ihrem Durchmesser. Da sie keine unerwünschten Bruchstellen durch Naht- oder Schweißverläufe aufweisen, besitzen sie nicht nur besonders hohe Berstfestigkeit, sie sind auch extrem zuverlässig und langlebig.

  • Composite Textiles für moderne Mobilität
  • Extrem leichte und hochfeste Bauteile von vombaur

Im Schnee, im Flugzeug, im E-Auto oder auf dem Fahrrad: Ganz gleich, wo und wie wir unterwegs sind – Composite Textiles von vombaur sorgen dafür, dass wir gut vorankommen. Mit Materialien, die beides sind: extrem leicht und extrem zuverlässig.

Leichtbauteile für moderne Mobilität
Moderne Mobilität braucht Hightech-Leichtbauteile. Die Schmaltextilien von vombaur werden aus Hochleistungsfasern gewebt. Auf Webstühlen, die eigens für besonders anspruchsvolle Composite Textiles gemacht sind: An den Spezial-Maschinen fertigt das Textil-Unternehmen Hightech-Webbänder mit geschlossenen Webkanten und elastische UD-Schläuche, die ihre 0°-Orientierung über die ganze Bauteillänge beibehalten – unabhängig von ihrem Durchmesser. Da sie keine unerwünschten Bruchstellen durch Naht- oder Schweißverläufe aufweisen, besitzen sie nicht nur besonders hohe Berstfestigkeit, sie sind auch extrem zuverlässig und langlebig.

Anspruchsvolle Anwendungen
„Vom Snowboard bis zur Raumfahrt – die Einsatzbereiche unserer Composite Textiles sind anspruchsvoll, die mechanischen, chemischen und thermischen Anforderungen extrem“, erklärt COO Christoph Schliefer. „Als Entwicklungspartner sind wir von vombaur deshalb oft schon früh in die Produktentwicklung einbezogen. Entsprechend der jeweiligen konkreten Aufgabe spezifizieren wir unsere Webbänder und -schläuche individuell für die jeweiligen Projekte.“

Hochwertige Rohstoffe, vielfältige Geometrien
Die Formenvielfalt ist dabei nahezu grenzenlos. Aus Carbon, Aramid, Glas oder Hybriden fertigt vombaur 3D-Gewebe für Composites in individuellen Spezialformen. Rundungen, Kanten, Schläuche, Spiralgewebe – die Form der 3D-Gewebe richtet sich wie das Material ganz nach der Aufgabe. Pulver- oder Vliesbeschichtungen erzeugen zusätzliche wichtige Eigenschaften.

Pioneering tech tex
„Die Entwicklungen in Sachen moderne Mobilität vollziehen sich rasant“, betont Schliefer. „Mit unseren Composite Textiles für extrem leichte und hochfeste Bauteile treiben auch wir von vombaur diese Entwicklungen voran.“

World's largest automotive interiors supplier adopts Lectra’s agile high-volume fabric-cutting solution (c) Lectra
17.05.2018

World's largest automotive interiors supplier adopts Lectra’s agile high-volume fabric-cutting solution

  • China-based Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors improves cutting precision with Lectra’s Vector® iX6

Paris – Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, is pleased to announce that Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors (YFAI), the world’s largest supplier of vehicle interior components, has adopted the Vector iX6® advanced fabric-cutting solution to stay apace of evolving production needs.

YFAI supplies a broad range of products spanning instrument panels, cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles and overhead consoles—the majority of which incorporate vinyl and laminated woven fabric pieces.

Growing consumer demand for personalization and customization is contributing to an overall increase in soft trim content in vehicle interior components. The Vector iX6 provided by Lectra is intended to help YFAI increase the capacity and fabric-cutting efficiency of its new vehicle program in Anting.

  • China-based Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors improves cutting precision with Lectra’s Vector® iX6

Paris – Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, is pleased to announce that Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors (YFAI), the world’s largest supplier of vehicle interior components, has adopted the Vector iX6® advanced fabric-cutting solution to stay apace of evolving production needs.

YFAI supplies a broad range of products spanning instrument panels, cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles and overhead consoles—the majority of which incorporate vinyl and laminated woven fabric pieces.

Growing consumer demand for personalization and customization is contributing to an overall increase in soft trim content in vehicle interior components. The Vector iX6 provided by Lectra is intended to help YFAI increase the capacity and fabric-cutting efficiency of its new vehicle program in Anting.

In the manufacturing of vehicle interiors, cutting level precision is of the utmost importance because pieces must fit into door panel designs with a high degree of accuracy. Equipped with a special cutting blade, Vector iX6’s ultra-precise cutting improves material utilization by minimizing buffer between parts. The solution’s superior cutting control software and high-frequency vibration cutting also enable a considerable improvement in productivity.

“As vehicle interior designs become increasingly complex, process requirements change accordingly,” remarks Guan Qinghua, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, YFAI. “The ability to achieve greater productivity and precision for the smaller fabric and vinyl pieces becomes particularly critical. Lectra’s Vector iX6 satisfies this need while also improving fabric utilization and cutting efficiency.”

“Understanding evolving market trends lies at the heart of what we do,” states Javier Garcia, Senior Vice-President, Automotive Sales, Lectra. “Since its launch, Vector iX6 has been quickly adopted by interior component suppliers like YFAI. VectorAuto iX6 contributes to a drastic reduction in the manufacturing cost per set, especially for small parts produced using vinyl and other materials complex to cut.

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Lectra Headquarters / Press Department

Elise Esser entwarf das Bienenwaben-Design, um damit auf das Bienensterben aufmerksam zu machen, zunächst für Modeartikel. Für die Autofolierung entwickelte sie es weiter. (c) Klaus Esser
Bee attentive
20.10.2017

„Bee attentive“ – Textilstudentin gewinnt Design Automotive Award mit Bienen-Muster

Textilstudentin Elise Esser hat mit einem ausgefallenen Design auf das Bienensterben aufmerksam gemacht. Damit konnte sie den Epson Design Automotive Award gewinnen. Aufgabe des gemeinsam von der EPSON Deutschland GmbH und der Hochschule Niederrhein ausgeschriebenen Designwettbewerbs war es, eine Folie für das elektrische Fahrzeug BMW i3 unter nachhaltigen Aspekten zu gestalten. Elise Esser entschied sich für blaue Bienenwaben.

„Blau steht für Technik, die Bienenwaben für die Natur und die Lichtreflektionen auf den Folien für die Elektrizität des Autos“, erklärt die 25-jährige Bachelorstudentin aus Düsseldorf ihr Design in einem kurzen Film, den Epson produziert hat. Ihr Design entstand im Rahmen des Projekts „The beauty in design – aesthetics and functions“ im Studiengang Designingenieur. Dort entwickelte sie das Design „Bee attentive“ – eine Zusammensetzung der Wörter „Biene“ und „Sei aufmerksam“ – eigentlich für die Mode. Für den Epson Automotive Award entwickelte sie das Design weiter.

Textilstudentin Elise Esser hat mit einem ausgefallenen Design auf das Bienensterben aufmerksam gemacht. Damit konnte sie den Epson Design Automotive Award gewinnen. Aufgabe des gemeinsam von der EPSON Deutschland GmbH und der Hochschule Niederrhein ausgeschriebenen Designwettbewerbs war es, eine Folie für das elektrische Fahrzeug BMW i3 unter nachhaltigen Aspekten zu gestalten. Elise Esser entschied sich für blaue Bienenwaben.

„Blau steht für Technik, die Bienenwaben für die Natur und die Lichtreflektionen auf den Folien für die Elektrizität des Autos“, erklärt die 25-jährige Bachelorstudentin aus Düsseldorf ihr Design in einem kurzen Film, den Epson produziert hat. Ihr Design entstand im Rahmen des Projekts „The beauty in design – aesthetics and functions“ im Studiengang Designingenieur. Dort entwickelte sie das Design „Bee attentive“ – eine Zusammensetzung der Wörter „Biene“ und „Sei aufmerksam“ – eigentlich für die Mode. Für den Epson Automotive Award entwickelte sie das Design weiter.

„Wir wollen mit dem Projekt auch ausloten, wie sich Design in einer sich stetig ändernden Produktionswelt, in der Maschinen miteinander kommunizieren, verändern muss. Was bedeutet Schönheit im Design im Jahr 2020?“ Das sagt Prof. Dr. Marina-Elena Wachs, die die Studentin Elise Esser betreut hat. Weitere Arbeiten in dem Projekt beschäftigten sich mit digitalen und handschriftlichen Zeichentechniken, mit Inspirationen aus Natur, Kunst und Mode oder mit einem interkulturellen Designdialog zwischen Deutschland und Südkorea.

Gedruckt wurden die Folien im Epson Solution Center umweltgerecht auf PVC-freien Folien. „Ich war sehr gespannt, wie das Design mit dem Auto harmoniert und bin mit dem Ergebnis sehr zufrieden“, sagt Elise Esser. Im Anschluss an den Wettbewerb entstand ein Film, in dem der nachhaltige Herstellungsprozess beschrieben sowie der Bezug zur e-mobility von BMW verdeutlicht wird.

„An diesem Ergebnis sieht man, wie wichtig und fruchtbar es ist, wenn Interessengeber verschiedener Disziplinen – in diesem Fall die Epson GmbH, BMW und Hochschule Niederrhein – nachhaltige Lösungen für die Zukunft generieren“, freut sich auch Professorin Marina Wachs.

 

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Hochschule Niederrhein