Lectra a leading provider of integrated solutions for the upholstered furniture industry, covering design, product development and automated cutting hosted a seminar on April 22 at the Nottingham Belfry hotel, UK.

The half-day executive event was attended by around 40 professionals from the furniture industry and provided a valuable insight into the trends and challenges in the market. Lectra offered ideas about how to adapt an upholstery business to meet customer’s demands, to shorten time to market and to maximise profitability.

The presentations began with Lectra’s Celine Choussy-Bedouet looking at how to ‘make it differently’ in the furniture market. Choussy-Bedouet’s presentation focussed on factors influencing the market sector e.g. globalisation, an ageing workforce, raw material prices, consumer trends, ecology and what manufacturers must do to stay ahead. After which, topics from other speakers included ‘Design to lean manufacturing’ by Simon Fournier of Lectra and ‘Achieving operational excellence in the cutting room’ by Ketty Le Henaff.