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Gerber Technology Conference at Texprocess

Gerber Technology ConferenceOne of the highlights of Texprocess was the in-booth conference organized by Gerber Technology. In addition to several Gerber executives, the conference featured digitization experts from leading brands and organizations IACDE, Calvin Klein Menswear, COO ColorDigital, Grosso Moda, and the German Institute of Fashion.

According to Ketty Pillet, Vice President Marketing at Gerber, "Our customers have been very excited to experience our revolutionary end-to-end digital solution, giving them an answer to the question of change towards smaller runs, made-to-measure and customization here at Texprocess. Gerber's fully-integrated process, which includes 3D and cloud PLM, is able to take products from design to production, enabling digital printing and empowering our customers with speed and agility while reducing costs and stocks. Gerber has been pioneering the end-to-end movement and we are so excited to be able to build on that foundation through our new subscription offering that will allow our customers to compete and win."


Silvia SchoningSilvia Schöning - Managing Director - International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives (IACDE)

"To move ahead with the idea of virtual prototyping and all benefits that have, with 3D-Design all together investment also into universities, in education on different levels, and into skills within the companies to be key."

During her career, Silvia Schöning handled many high profile projects with a focus on Product Management, Marketing and Communication. She has more than 8 years of experience in the management of IACDE. "Within IACDE we defined Digitalization as a key topic to be covered with our overall communication activities to support our international members – and that for all aspects of the manufacturing process. With our dedicated events, we provide our contribution to closing a long-standing gap between designing a product, developing it in 2D and 3D CAD, creating and grading the pattern - that is finally is manufactured by digitally controlled machinery." Prior to her joining IACDE Silvia had held different positions in the apparel industry being also responsible for European and Overseas markets among others at Hugo Boss. Silvia holds a Diploma degree in International Business from the University of Reutlingen. Besides, she is a skilled Business Trainer for Team development and communication and an Experiential Learning Coach. 

Michele CaldirolaMichele Caldirola - Senior Pattern Designer - Calvin Klein Menswear

"I have worked with several pattern software solutions, and I am now facing the '3D' approach along with Gerber Technology as an evolution from our '2D' way of creating patterns. And yes, it is a challenge and our new frontier at C.K., yet we are moving forward every single day."

Fashion for me has always been something related to craftsmanship and technical knowledge, that is why after completing my studies at Instiuto Secoli in Milan in 2011, I have decided to become a pattern designer specialized in Menswear. Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, and Acne Studios are some of the brands I had the privilege to work for before joining Calvin Klein in 2018 (and with that the PVH group) asthe senior pattern designer in a particularly exciting moment for the brand. Traveling across Europe gave me the opportunity to get in touch with new ways of working (at a human level and the digital level!) and experience different market needs and brand philosophies. I have worked with several pattern software solutions (Lectra, Assyst, and now Gerber), and I am now facing the 3D approach as an evolution from our '2D' way of creating patterns. Digitalization is our new frontier and is the challenge we are working on every single day! / 

Gerd WillschutzGerd Willschütz - COO ColorDigital

"Digitalization enables faultless, accurate color and surface accuracy – a high-rank topic at the early adopters for innovative technologies."

Gerd Willschütz acts in personal union as Project Manager for the German Institute of Fashion (DMI, since 1998) and as COO of ColorDigital GmbH, founded at Cologne, Germany in 2013. Along with their software and training programs offering a variety of services ColorDigital today is considered a pioneer in faultless and expedient color and surface communication for designers, product developers, and producers. Digital native per se Gerd's roots, studies, and experience in the design and product development segment predestine him for the demanding tasks around the topic of color accuracy on the most diverse surfaces in fashion, and with that on textiles or leather, but also in other product areas. His dual role at ColorDigital and the German Fashion Institute doubtlessly has a stimulating effect for both organizations. 

Kelly PilletKetty Pillet - Vice President of Marketing, Gerber Technology

Ketty Pillet is a profound connoisseur of the market and this for apparel fashion as well as the segment furniture. Before joining Gerber Technology at the beginning of 2019 she acted as Worldwide Marketing Director, Fashion and Apparel focusing on the go-to-market strategy and demand generation programs at Lectra to drive increased sales growth and market penetration. Prior to that position, she spent four years as Worldwide Marketing Director for Furniture. Ketty also has 10 years experience as a senior sales consultant at Oracle giving her a strong background in the software industry. She holds an MBA, a Master's Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Technology. 

Jelle VanlaerJelle Vanlaer - Director of Business Development, Grosso Moda

Jelle Vanlaer is a highly motivated tailoring specialist with a strong technical background of pattern making, garment construction, fit and production. Clearly driven also by a long family tradition of tailoring he started his career following his father to production companies all over the world and was also taught the art of pattern making by him. His first job was as a pattern maker for a leading European brand in The Netherlands, where he was responsible for the technical department for all Men categories. Afterward he moved to Germany, leading the restructuring of the pattern department for a big production company of menswear formal garments. Following his interest for management and business development, combined with the technical background, he nowadays is responsible for shaping the future business at Grosso Moda, leading a.o. the digital transformation of the company. Within Grosso Moda Jelle is implementing a new way of product development "combining the best of both worlds - of digital and physical."

Gerd Muller-ThomkinsGerd Müller-Thomkins - Managing Director German Institute of Fashion (DMI)

"The-end-to-end process from 2D/3D-Design to digital fabric printing along with an industry partner, followed by material cutting shows at one hand how on-demand concepts can become true for fashion but then as well the importance of collaboration and integration for different process steps involved into digitalization."

The DMI through seasonal live events and seminars, trend books and color cards plus various creative collection design in all creative sectors: Designers and product developers, industry and trade. Directing the German Fashion Institute (DMI) for Women's and Mens wear as well as Interior since 1996 Gerd Müller-Thomkins led the institute with its rich long-standing history also into modern times. After completing his studies of literature sciences and history, he initially embarked on a career as a radio and television journalist.

Michael LockMichael Lock - Director Software Business Development, Gerber Technology

Michael leads Software Sales and the Go to Market organization and thus acts within the organization directly at the pulse of market demand to identify as to how technology will both change and benefit our industry in the years to come. He is an experienced IT, Business Development and Management executive with nearly 30 years working and delivering software and service solutions to the Manufacturing, Retail, and Consumer Goods industry. Over the last 20 years, Michael J. Lock has focused on Design, PLM, and Supply Chain solutions within retail, footwear, and apparel. Real experience gained working with manufacturers, brands and retailers across the globe, underpinned with a formal university education in Computer Sciences, has given Michael a practical view on technology and its application within the apparel industry.

Yvonne Heinen-FoudehYvonne Heinen-Foudeh - Marketing & Communications Director, Gerber Technology

Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh held several positions as editor and editor-in-chief at fashion and technical publications earlier in her career. Holding a diploma degree as textile and apparel engineer passed her studies at today's University of Applied Sciences at Mönchengladbach, Germany. Since 1998, she acts as Marketing & Communications Director Europe Middle East and Africa at the industry-leading software and automation solutions provider for the flexible materials, Gerber Technology. In 2018 she took additional responsibility for Gerber's marketing and communication in South West.



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