Lectra, one of Under Armour‘s official partners for UA Lighthouse that opened in June in Baltimore, will have its advanced cutting-room solutions, including its Brio fabric spreader and the Vector fabric-cutting machine, employed at the manufacturing and design center.
Vector is empowered by Lectra’s Smart Services that provides improved visibility to the production processes through remote monitoring. This predictive technology optimizes machine up-time and production.
“This partnership is the start of what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship between two like-minded global companies,” said Jason Adams, president of Lectra North America. “Our technology is very much in line with where Under Armour wants to take manufacturing. As a company that also strives to push the boundaries of innovation, we applaud the leadership Under Armour has shown and we are honored to be involved in the launch of such an ambitious project.”
Lectra specializes in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials.
Under Armour’s new facility is intended to showcase the latest technology and serve as an incubator for creating state-of-the-art product with efficient manufacturing methods.
The 35,000-square-foot UA Lighthouse will provide a collaborative space for designers and manufacturers to learn and develop new and innovative methods for making and delivering product that can then be shared with global teammates and partner factories.
As a partner of the Lighthouse project, Lectra said it shares Under Armour’s commitment to helping manufacturers and brands attain operational excellence and deliver better products to market faster.
When UA Lighthouse opened, Kevin Plank, chief executive officer and cofounder of Under Armour, said, “By coupling incredible machinery, technologies and material sourcing under one roof, UA Lighthouse will offer immediacy in manufacturing and will allow us to be more responsive to the needs of athletes in local community. This venture will allow Under Armour to make product better, faster and more efficiently while working hand-in-hand with our manufacturing and factory partners across the world.”
Under Armour has also partnered with Dow Chemical Co., Huntsman, Bemis, Epson, Desma, 3dMD and the University of Maryland’s Engineering Department on the facility.