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November 18th, 2019

Helly Hansen Innovates with Centric Software

CAMPBELL, Calif., November 19, 2019Centric Software® is delighted to announce the release of a success story about its customer, Helly Hansen.

Helly Hansen was founded in 1877 in Norway by sea captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Marguerite, who discovered an effective way of keeping sailors and fishermen dry and warm in the harsh Norwegian weather. Today, Helly Hansen gear is worn and trusted by professionals in sailing, skiing, mountaineering and on worksites, as well as nature-lovers across the world who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

Ferdinand Diener, Process and Quality Manager, reflects on the challenges that faced the rapidly growing business, particularly the difficulties with version control and a lack of integration across multiple platforms:

“We struggled to keep up with growth and our workforce found it difficult to keep to deadlines and follow process steps. Even with another Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in place, people were still using Excel spreadsheets and constantly making updates to versions in multiple places.”

Today, with the single source of truth provided by Centric’s Outdoor PLM solution, Helly Hansen is experiencing improved visibility, traceability and speed in product development, making it possible to focus on the innovation and quality that distinguishes the brand.

“Because Centric PLM is so fast and easy to use, people are able to do a more thorough job, create more products and improve quality oversight. We’re a quality-driven, innovation-focused brand, so this is critical.”

Helly Hansen sees a bright future with Centric, “we will continue growing together. Centric is molding the system around us, and we are molding around the system.”

How did Helly Hansen embark on their Centric PLM adventure?

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Helly Hansen (

Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive.  Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics more than 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow™ temperature regulating system.

Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 55,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations globally.

Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world.


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From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB provides innovative PLM technology and key industry learnings for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) offers a fully visual, transformative experience via large touch-screens and mobile devices, revolutionizing group decision making and creative collaboration while dramatically condensing time to market and product innovation. 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 and 2018.

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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