automotive

Helping automotive suppliers sustain performance

Maximizing performance and profitability
in China for the automotive industry

Lectra is the global leader of integrated cutting room solutions for the automotive industry. Its expertise in design and manufacturing enables suppliers of car seat covers, automotive interiors and airbags to achieve their long-term operational excellence and cost reduction objectives.

Our value proposition for the Automotive Industry

In the evolving automotive market, suppliers are looking for new ways to preserve margins and stay ahead of the competition. Through close collaboration with the key automotive suppliers, in particular in Greater China, Lectra has developed sector-specific solutions for car seat and interior design, as well as automotive leather and fabric cutting, to improve profitability, obtain high quality outputs and meet industry demands for greater flexibility.

DIGITALIZATION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE CUTTING VALUE CHAIN

Streamlining the entire manufacturing process, from concept and design to product development, through to pre-production and production, is essential for remaining competitive and is a key part of creating a digital end-to-end manufacturing process.

STAY ONE STEP AHEAD ON THE ROAD TO OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Discover how Lectra's expertise and advanced cutting solutions for fabric and leather seating, interiors and airbag manufacturers can maximize productivity, quality and profitability.

LECTRA OPTIMIZES DESIGN AND CUTTING
FOR CAR SEATS AND INTERIORS

In China, the statusphere is changing fast: people want to be recognized for their taste and identity, a desire expressed up-to the personalization of the car they aim at buying. Automotive manufacturers are thus demanding so much greater variety of car seats and interiors, which means that auto suppliers must be capable of producing with agility to very short deadlines and with respect of cost constraints.

Lectra helps Car seat covers & interiors manufacturers in securing margins with design-to-cost product development

In order to manage the growing diversity of car seats and interiors, development cycles have to be ever shorter, meaning numerous iteration loops and multiple physical prototypes are no longer feasible. In addition to timing considerations, accurate costing assessments are critical at the design and development stage. Thanks to DesignConcept, Lectra's complete design-to-cost and design-to-manufacture software solution, car parts suppliers can create, develop, evaluate costs and industrialize soft material parts for trim and seat covers.

Achieving peak performance with an error-free fabric cutting room for automotive suppliers

Eliminating the risk of even minor technical mishaps or human errors results in major time and material savings. Optimizing the entire fabric cutting process with Lectra's lean-compliant solutions helps automotive suppliers manage costs, quality and delivery times with ease. Embedded anti-error systems also reduce the risk of costly recuts and production stops.

INCREASING MATERIAL SAVINGS IN CAR LEATHER UPHOLSTERY CUTTING

The rising cost of raw leather means streamlining material use is a must. Integrating automation into production processes for car leather upholstery ensures efficient material use, smooth production flow and optimal quality. Designed with the principle of lean manufacturing in mind, Lectra's leather-cutting solutions offer up to 10% material savings.

LECTRA'S SOLUTIONS DEDICATED TO AIRBAG DEVELOPMENT
AND CUTTING ENSURE QUALITY, SAFETY AND SAVINGS

With China introducing new car saftey laws and regulations, airbags are gaining in popularity and the equipment rate is rising. Within this context of intensive production, airbag manufacturers cannot choose profitability over quality.

Lectra facilitates product development in the airbag industry

To win new contracts, airbag suppliers need a streamlined development process that allows them to respond quickly to requests for quotation (RFQs) and design smarter, safer airbags. A virtual design and development process enables engineers to save time by quickly making decisions on airbag designs and reduce costs by decreasing the number of tests performed.

COMBINING RELIABILITY AND THROUGHPUT IN AIRBAG CUTTING

The ideal airbag cutting solution provides the perfect balance between speed and precision. Lectra's lean-compliant Focus laser boosts productivity by cutting up to 40 layers with a minimal buffer between patterns. For one-piece-woven (OPW) airbags, the Focus solution employs a state-of-the-art scanner to analyze fabric distortion and automatically modifies the cutting path accordingly, resulting in a superior quality of cut pieces.

Transforming Leather Cutting for car seats and interiors

Seats are becoming more sophisticated and represent the second-largest outlay within the global cost of a car, even more so when they are upholstered in leather. Although the cost of leather is rising, car prices remain stable. As a result, automakers are becoming increasingly demanding with their leather parts suppliers. Making the most of expertise gained from working with leather professionals around the world, Lectra has developed the Versalis solution which optimizes the entire automotive leather seat cover and interiors manufacturing cycle. The result: maximized hide yield, enhanced productivity, reduced labor costs and consistent quality.

Dani Automotive

Italy

DIGITALIZATION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE CUTTING VALUE CHAIN

Katzkin

USA

Mario Levi

Italy

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