Lectra, the Paris-based textile technology specialist, is bringing state-of-the-art digital and automated cutting technology to support Ruyi Group’s intelligent cutting line and the company’s alignment with its country’s “Made in China 2025” initiative.

Contributing to a goal of smart cutting rooms, Ruyi’s installation of eight Lectra cutting machines — including the Vector Matchline that automatically matches lines and grids for suit-making — demonstrates the company’s commitment to a fully automated factory with expert cutting capabilities.

“Lectra Vector Matchline is the world’s most advanced cutting machine capable of cutting with every line and grid perfectly matched,” said Qiuya Fu, chairman of Shandong Ruyi Group. “As a company dedicated to technology innovation, we are glad that Ruyi is the first in China to introduce this cutting machine in fashion making. This enables us to rival with Western competitors in terms of technology. It is the value of Ruyi to use the best equipment to manufacture the best products.”

Implementing innovative and high performance solutions is pivotal for Chinese companies to embrace the 10-year strategic plan Made in China 2025. Drafted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, with the guiding principle to upgrade China’s industries, the initiative is meant to propel the Chinese economy toward value-added manufacturing and smart industrial production.

Ruyi has selected Lectra’s advanced technology for the company’s recently launched men’s suits intelligent production line at a factory in Yinchuan in northern China. For Ruyi, installing Lectra technology will optimize manufacturing and efficiency, reduce waste and improve overall product quality.

“This is a new milestone in the strategic alliance between Lectra and Ruyi, signed in 2014,” said Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing and communications officer at Lectra.

Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group owns a number of national technology centers and has been listed as National New Product Development Base for Textile Industry by China National Textile and Apparel Council.

With businesses covering areas such as wool spinning, worsted fabrics, apparel, cotton fabrics, knitting, fibers, jeans, home textile and real estate, Ruyi Group has one of the largest industrial chains of wool textile and cotton printing and dyeing in the world. With 20 wholly owned and stockholding subsidiaries and 30,000 employees, the group registered sales of about 48.5 billion yuan, or $7.04 billion in 2015, while total volume of imports and exports exceeding $3 billion.

Lectra supplies software, automated cutting equipment and associated services for manufacturers of fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials. Lectra registered revenues of $264 million in 2015.

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