Lectra’s automotive leather conference at Bordeaux-Cestas


Lectra_VIP Auto Leather EventLectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, recently hosted a global conference on the future of automotive leather. Over 60 attendees, including decision-makers from more than 20 countries, gathered at Lectra’s International Advanced Technology and Conference (IATC) center in Bordeaux-Cestas to discuss the impact of digital transformation on the automotive leather value chain. Under the banner “Go Digital: Increasing Flexibility in the Automotive Leather Value Chain”, the event brought together expert analysts and high-profile market leaders to deliver industry insight on the new paradigm of leather cutting room digitalization. Presentations covered wide-ranging topics, including worldwide light vehicle production forecasts, the sustainability and short-term market outlook of bovine leather, and the benefits of leveraging technology to stay apace of automotive interior design trends. The automotive leather industry is currently undergoing significant change as it catches up with other areas of vehicle manufacturing well on their way to Automotive Industry 4.0, the digital transformation of manufacturing processes. By sharing industry insight and facilitating dialogue, the event aimed to deliver additional value to Lectra’s customers and all of the stakeholders in the automotive leather ecosystem. For Giancarlo Dani, CEO of the Italian tannery Dani, making the transition to digital processes requires a reliable partner with the right expertise and keen understanding of the business. “At Dani, we cut up to 1,080 hides per day,” remarks Giancarlo Dani. “Fifty percent of our revenue comes from our automotive leather business. Lectra’s automotive solutions are a major business enabler. We consider Lectra to be the most innovative, professional partner in leather cutting solutions, with a fully dedicated team of experts.”