Gerber Tech helps Portugal company digitize, reports rapid growth in China
Posted January 27, 2021
V.N.GAIA, Portugal – Stoffus, Lda is a leader in the development and construction of leather and fabric sofas in the Portuguese market. In February 2020, the company opened a new facility and digitally transformed their processes with the objective of improving working conditions and growing their business.
When the global pandemic caused many companies to shift their production to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Stoffus leveraged Gerber Technology’s integrated solutions to not only run their normal business operations, but also keep up with growing demand for made-to-order furniture resulting in doubling its production capacity.
"Speed, quality, optimized and integrated processes, combined with excellent service were the decisive reasons for choosing Gerber as a partner over the competition,” said Luis Salgado, CEO and founder of Stoffus. “The trust factor in a technological partner that guarantees a stable presence and service of quality is essential for an increase in productivity and precision in delivery times.”
As soon as they moved into the new facility, Stoffus was able to move towards new goals with integrated digital processes that immediately enabled a simultaneous increase in profitability and productivity. Since the implementation of Gerber’s AccuMark® and AccuNest™ software, digitizer, plotter and GERBERcutter® Z1, Stoffus has seen a 50% reduction in manpower, an improved material savings between 1 meter to 1.5 meters per sofa, and 100% increase in productivity. Stoffus is now able to produce 25 to 30 sofas daily compared to previously producing 15 sofas.
“For furniture manufacturers, the pandemic has caused a major increase in demand as people spend more time in their homes,” said Francisco Aguiar of Gerber Technology. “Without technology, manufacturers will work more hours and shifts to keep up with the demand and end up reducing efficiency, increasing costs and hurting their bottom line. However, companies like Stoffus, who have digitally adapted, are not only able to keep up with demand but will also shorten lead times, reduce errors and as a result improve margins.”
Today’s consumers want modular and customized products, which is why Stoffus relies on a made-to-order model. Stoffus offers a customization service as well as a collection where it’s possible to customize colors, fabrics, ergonomics, functions, decorative details and desired measurements. Prior to implementing Gerber’s integrated solution, Stoffus relied on manual processes which resulted in longer than usual delivery times as the demand for furniture grew. In order to ensure greater agility and efficiency, Stoffus needed a reliable partner that would help them digitally transform their supply chain.
The investment also allows Stoffus to embrace technological innovation and better serve their customers. They’re also able to expand their business with the launch of their new brand, Andretti, which will help them enter the high decoration market in new GEOs such as Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Japan and South Korea.
"Above all, I chose Gerber for their assistance and technical support and service, as well as the excellent quality of the equipment,” said Salgado. “We consider it essential to have a team to help us work better and more efficiently and Gerber managed to convey that confidence and stability.”
Digitally transforming China customers
Separately, Gerber announced that in the last nine months, it has experienced tremendous revenue growth in China, driven by its digital transformation and innovation initiatives to help brands, retailers and manufacturers get the efficiency, productivity, quality and ROI they need to stay competitive.
Over the last several months, Gerber has set forth an aggressive plan to digitize the fashion, furniture, automotive and technical textile industries by introducing new innovations to the Chinese market that will drive business transformation to improve productivity.
“With much uncertainty still ahead, we are very proud to support the digitalization initiatives of our customers in China. We are committed to being the best partner for our customers,” said Edward Wang, vice president and general manager of APAC for Gerber Technology. “Through our recent Shanghai Innovation Center expansion initiative and the launch of the Gerber Atria™ Digital Cutter, we are proud to offer our customers the best experience and innovations to help them achieve greater productivity and accelerate digital transformation initiatives.”
Gerber’s Shanghai Innovation Center demonstrates the latest innovations for both mass production and on-demand manufacturing, demonstrating how companies can digitally transform their supply chain and achieve best in class performance. The recently upgraded innovative space features a full made-to-measure workflow that turns orders into final products in less than one hour. The workflow is complete with TG3D’s body scanning technology, the powerful AccuMark® Made-to-Measure, AccuMark, and AccuNest™ software and Gerber’s vision-based single ply cutters.
At its annual ideation conference in November, Gerber launched the Gerber Atria Digital Cutter, which provides significant throughput uplift and excellent cutting quality. Since its release less than 60 days ago, 17 different companies have decided that Atria is the solution they need on their digital transformation journey.
“I am very impressed by Gerber Technology’s industry leading end-to-end solutions,” said Peter Liu, vice president of China National Apparel Technology & Innovation Institute, after he visited the Shanghai Innovation Center. “The automated customization solution that Gerber Technology offers is not only unique, but also very cost competitive. I look forward to the important role that Gerber is going to play in shaping the future customization industry with their innovation DNA and technologies.”
Throughout the pandemic, the Gerber team has continued to invest in its products and services in China and recently expanded its team in Northern China to better support those customers.
Source: Gerber Technology