Jonathan & Fletcher Adopts YuniquePLM to Manage the Complexities of Performance Apparel Design and Manufacturing

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My team and I chose YuniquePLM because we found it to have the most comprehensive integration with Adobe Illustrator and because our designers and technical designers determined that it was easiest to use.

Jonathan & Fletcher of Annecy, France has adopted Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM™ product lifecycle management software to manage the details associated with the design and development of its technical apparel lines for skiing, cycling and other sports. Gerber Technology is a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB).

Georges Pessey, owner of privately-held Jonathan & Fletcher and experienced designer, said, “My team and I chose YuniquePLM because we found it to have the most comprehensive integration with Adobe® Illustrator® and because our designers and technical designers determined that it was easiest to use.”

Jonathan & Fletcher custom designs competition skiwear for alpine ski team champions on France, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden teams. The company also specializes in the development of highly technical garments for some of the world’s most recognized sports brands including Rossignol, Salomon and FILA.

Thierry Cusanno, director of Gerber’s software solutions sales in southern Europe, said, “The designs created by Jonathan & Fletcher are extremely technical and require that every aspect of the garment be defined explicitly. YuniquePLM’s tech pack functionality enables designers to communicate product details by associating detailed text to images that graphically communicate every step of the assembly process.”

In the future, Pessey plans to expand the use of YuniquePLM to enable his customers to validate fittings in the system and to dynamically select their product lines by style, color, etc. –all in their language of choice.

Jonathan & Fletcher is a long-time user of Gerber’s AccuMark® pattern design, grading and marking software. “We expect to be able to take advantage of the fact that YuniquePLM 4.0 is completely integrated with AccuMark,” noted Pessey, “so we can use data and images from Gerber’s AccuMark system to populate tech packs in YuniquePLM.

The company also purchased a GERBERcutter® DCS 2500 for automated material cutting which will accelerate sample making and production of made-to-measure garments for world ski champions like Maria Riesch, Jens Byggmark and JB Grange.

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About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology (http://www.gerbertechnology.com) is comprised of four businesses that serve distinct market segments. These include the Composites and Automation Solutions group which serves aerospace, fabrication and construction markets with ply cutting, laser templating and laser metrology solutions; the Global Software Solutions business which offers the world's leading product lifecycle management (PLM), product data management (PDM) and CAD automation solutions for the retail, footwear and apparel businesses; the Sewn Products Solutions business which provides textile cutting and spreading systems to apparel and flexible materials manufacturers in all regions of the world; and Gerber Innovations, North America’s only full-line manufacturer of automated cutting hardware for the packaging industry. In all markets, Gerber’s solutions significantly improve productivity and reduce costs.

Gerber Technology’s world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in 129 countries serving nearly 23,000 customers. The company designs and manufactures its products in various locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about Gerber Technology, visit us on YouTube and LinkedIn.

Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of three business units of $458 million Gerber Scientific, Inc. (http://www.gerberscientific.com) of Tolland, Connecticut. Gerber Scientific is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “GRB” symbol.

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