LOWELL, Mass., February 19, 2008 — Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Zymmetry Group, the leading manufacturing and sourcing solutions provider focusing on the apparel industry, today announced an agreement which will address the entire scope of the product delivery cycle from initial design through sourcing to retailing for the global footwear and apparel industry. The partnership gives the two software vendors a lead in providing solutions that will connect the entire apparel supply chain, linking front and back end design and development processes from planning to sourcing, pre-production and production.
Joel Lemke, CEO, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes said, “Our agreement with Zymmetry addresses key apparel industry trends and enables business leaders to solve challenges including increased outsourcing, social responsibility, and brand protection. ENOVIA and Zymmetry will deliver innovative solutions and a depth of coverage to our global apparel and footwear customers which will be unique, serving the end-to-end “fast-fashion” supply chain.” The agreement with Wing-Tai/Zymmetry also demonstrates ENOVIA continued leadership in the PLM market for apparel. This builds on rapid momentum in the apparel industry which has resulted in an extensive client roster that features some of the industry’s leading brands such as Guess, Quiksilver, REI and Under Armour.
Steven Walton, Chairman of the Zymmetry Group added, “Our agreement builds upon a 10 year vision to connect the entire apparel and footwear supply chain with more collaborative, transparent and synchronized solutions. Dassault Systèmes and the Zymmetry Group share the same vision and commitment to enabling a comprehensive apparel industry PLM solution. Combining ENOVIA’s expertise in product design and development with Zymmetry’s expertise in sourcing and manufacturing creates a compelling offering which will “un-black” the black box of sourcing.” The solutions will be based on DS’s PLM 2.0 and its V6 platform, a single platform for managing all product lifecycle business processes, available to anybody anywhere, spanning engineering groups, business and end users.
Zymmetry is part of the Wing Tai Group of Hong Kong (WingTai) and has customers ranging from global brands based in the United States, to large global manufacturing enterprises based in Asia. Its solution for the apparel industry, called “Zymmetry Sourcing” is a supplier relationship management solution which incorporates workflow not only for product development but also for translating projected demand into finished good commitments. http://www.zymmetry.com/ ENOVIA provides the Accelerator for Apparel Design and Development™, which enables footwear and apparel companies to coordinate design, procurement and suppliers early in the design process. Please click here for more information about ENOVIA apparel solutions.
According to an AMR Research report entitled, Fast Fashion: Get Ready, Apparel or Not, integration is a must. “Technology supports many cycle time and supply chain programs, and integration across the various handoffs is critical. Whether you’re vertical or on the supply side, planning, product lifecycle management, and sourcing and procurement applications (whether via ERP or best of breed) you need to be connected to reduce time and keep everyone working in the same direction.”