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January 7th, 2022

Portwest Selects Centric PLM™ to Cement Ambitious Growth Strategy

Irish manufacturer and innovator of workwear, safetywear and PPE partners with Centric Software® to streamline quality, safety and compliance

 

CAMPBELL, Calif., January 10, 2022  – Portwest has selected Centric Software‘s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to provide a solid digital foundation and better manage complex product data during a time of growth and development. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell products such as apparel, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, home décor, cosmetics, food & beverage and luxury to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Portwest is an Irish-based, family-owned business with a rich heritage dating back to 1904. Its product catalogue of 1350+ workwear, safetywear and PPE styles are infused with over 100 years of industry best practice and technical know-how. In recent times, the company has experienced exponential growth of 20% YOY and now employs over 4,500 people worldwide.

Portwest recognized an urgent need for digital transformation in order to safeguard their unique brand DNA whilst enabling them to scale at speed.

“Portwest has a very ambitious 5-year growth strategy and with that comes a need for digitalization. Our challenge was to maintain the culture of a family-run business but incorporate worldwide best practices,” says Lucy Fallon, Product Executive at Portwest.

Prior to PLM, the Portwest teams – who are spread across 130 countries – were storing extremely complex product data within disjointed systems such as Excel, Adobe Illustrator, SharePoint and email.

“Most of our range is certified to global standards, with some products falling under category 3 safety products. Every component goes through rigorous, ongoing testing and certification. Therefore, visibility and traceability of our products is paramount,” explains Fallon. “We were looking for a PLM that would unify all of our data into one single source of truth in order to give our design and production teams instant access to accurate data and compliance information.”

Portwest embarked on a thorough selection process and identified Centric PLM as the top solution to manage their niche product offering and scale with their business.

“Centric Software’s expertise and client references stood out to us. We’re very innovative, ambitious and forward thinking and wanted a technology partner that shared the same values,” says Fallon.

Portwest is looking forward to driving more efficient working practices thanks to Centric PLM and plans to utilize Centric’s 3D innovations as well as integrating top tier factories into the system to reduce sampling time, improve margins and speed time to market.

“Centric Software warmly welcomes Portwest as our first customer in Ireland,” comments Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “We are proud to be part of the continued growth and development of a company producing compliant and vital safetywear such as PPE.”

 

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Portwest (www.portwest.com)

Portwest is a global manufacturer and innovator of workwear, safetywear and PPE. Established in 1904, Portwest has a global distribution network and customer service staff in over 130 countries. Portwest is a family owned business and continues to be managed by the 3rd generation of the Hughes Family. Innovative production and design by an in-house team of experts lies at the heart of the Portwest advantage.

Employing over 4,500 people worldwide, Portwest has a team of world class designers who specialise in flame-resistant and high-visibility workwear, hand and foot protection, PPE and wearable technology. Market leaders in safety, Portwest’s award winning team is constantly researching the latest trends and innovations which meet and exceed customer’s needs.

Portwest’s 700-page catalogue is available in 28 languages and features 1350+ safety styles making Portwest a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all safety requirements.

 

Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software® provides a Product Concept to Consumer Digital Transformation Platform for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, consumer electronics and consumer goods including cosmetics and personal care and food and beverage. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric PLMTM, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and product portfolio optimization innovations specifically for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP) offers highly visual digital board experiences for collaboration and decision-making. Centric Retail Planning is an innovative, cloud-native solution powered by Armonica Retail S.R.L., that delivers an end-to-end retail planning process designed to maximize retail business performance. Centric Software pioneered mobility, introducing the first mobile apps for PLM, and is widely known for connectivity to dozens of other enterprise systems including ERP, DAM, PIM, e-com, planning and more as well as creative tools such as Adobe® Illustrator and a host of 3D CAD connectors. Centric’s innovations are 100% market-driven with the highest user adoption rate and fastest time to value in the industry. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, boost product innovation and reduce costs.

Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and PLM solutions.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Centric Software is a registered trademark of Centric Software Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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