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RECARO Automotive accelerates Digital Design and Production with Optitex 2D CAD Solutions

World’s foremost premium vehicle seating manufacturer responds to market demand for speed and flexibility with robust and reliable 2D digital design and development tools

Tel Aviv, Israel, October 14, 2021Optitex®, a global provider of integrated end-to-end 2D & 3D CAD/CAM software solutions for the fashion, tech-textile, and automotive industries, today announced its agreement with RECARO Automotive, a leading global automotive seating manufacturer for OEMs, and aftermarket and motorsport seats, who purchased Optitex 2D PDS (Pattern Design Software) solutions and complementary Marker tools to enhance their development to production process.

Headquartered in the USA, with subsidiaries in Germany and Japan, RECARO Automotive has been setting standards in automotive seating since 1965. A recognized global market leader, RECARO develops, produces and distributes premium vehicle seats, and boasts a customer base of some of the world’s most prominent, globally active automobile manufacturers.

As one of the world’s leading automotive seating system manufacturers, RECARO skillfully designs, develops, and produces car seat solutions using only premium quality materials, where reducing material waste is key. To keep pace in a fast-changing and highly competitive market, the demand for high-quality materials, large volumes, and costly resources and manpower, RECARO Germany was set on enhancing their design to production efficiency.

The RECARO team has been familiar with Optitex’s advanced digital tools, making Optitex their solution of choice. RECARO partnered with Optitex and implemented Optitex 2D PDS (Pattern Design Software) to fully automate the design and production workflow, specifically, to efficiently produce all of the surface materials for RECARO seats that resulted in a reduction of material waste and costs.

Optitex PDS 2D is an advanced patternmaking software solution to seamlessly create digital patterns, eliminating hundreds of manual steps in the design-development process. With PDS 2D, tech designers can draft pieces from scratch, edit and finalize digital patterns with powerful editing tools, and digitize existing hard copy patterns, for highly accurate, fully functional digital patterns. To complement 2D PDS, RECARO also adopted Optitex Marker, an innovative cutting layout tool to plan and optimize fabric use.

“As a leading supplier to some of the world’s most premium and performance car manufacturers, we can’t afford to fall short on consistently delivering product safety, comfort, and sustainability in each and every seating system we provide,” said Jürgen Ebner, Purchasing and Logistics Director, RECARO Automotive GmbH in Germany. “We’re in a highly competitive market, where our customers demand nothing less than the best. This is why we chose Optitex, assured from the start to partner with a strong and reliable vendor who could help us not only maintain our leading position, but raise the bar on our design and production efficiency. We are confident that with Optitex 2D PDS and Marker, we’ll save valuable time, resources, and costs, especially in reducing our material waste. Optitex has changed the way we work, today, and well into the future.”

Jamie Symon, Optitex Automotive Business Development Director, commented, “We are proud to welcome RECARO Automotive in Germany to our global customer roster, as we continue to deliver winning solutions to meet the automotive seating industry’s growing customer demands and stringent industry requirements. Our 2D digital tools are designed to add substantial value to this dynamic market, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with RECARO’s design and production teams, to help them deliver market-winning products to their customers around the globe.”

Today, both RECARO and Optitex are looking towards the future and long-term collaboration, where discussions are underway to further support RECARO with additional Optitex 2D functionality and complementary tools, and, the next step, to implement Optitex 3D flattening solutions on the drawing boards and the production floor at RECARO.

About Recaro Automotive:

Recaro Automotive is a leading manufacturer of premium vehicle seats for OEMs and the aftermarket. At three locations in Europe, the USA and Japan, we design, manufacture, and market complete seats representative of our core competencies of design, ergonomics, craftsmanship, robustness, lightweight construction, and first-class workmanship, under the brand name Recaro. Recaro Automotive uses the brand Recaro under a license of the Recaro Holding.

For more information, please visit www.recaro-automotive.com.