Italian Textile Manufacturer Loro Piana Chooses Quintiq to Improve Productivity and Delivery Performance

June 20, 2011 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Quintiq, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions, today announced that Loro Piana, the Italian textile and luxury goods producer, has chosen Quintiq Company Planner to schedule machines and personnel in its finishing department. Loro Piana Textile Division will use the Quintiq solution to increase productivity in this core department and to improve its delivery performance. TRIM Informatica will be integration partner.

Providing demanding clients with high quality fabrics

Loro Piana Textile Division has been supplying the finest wool fabrics to the most exclusive clients for more than six generations. Loro Piana produces textiles in its own facilities in Italy and the finishing department is where Loro Piana's expert workforce gives the luxurious fabrics the refinement that places them above competitors' products.

The production of such fine textiles is done in small batches, in complicated, multi-staged processes according to the features and characteristics of each fabric. Each piece of fabric is considered a single work order and routing the numerous work orders among the benches and skilled professionals is extremely complex. Difficulties in balancing the workflows cause bottlenecks, impairing delivery performance and reducing the department's productivity.

Loro Piana requires top quality planning solution

For a long time, managers at Loro Piana had been looking for a manufacturing planning solution that could support them in improving delivery performance and productivity while providing a good return on investment.

Quintiq Company Planner is designed to provide manufacturers like Loro Piana with a comprehensive solution for managing capacity planning and material management. By improving visibility and transparency throughout the supply chain, Company Planner enables informed order acceptance decisions that take into account material availability, sales budgets, and resource capacities. Quintiq was able to demonstrate to Loro Piana how Company Planner can help significantly improve productivity and delivery performance by balancing the work flows.

"Quintiq inspired us with its proof of concept. It was impressive how quickly they were able to model our world including the rules, constraints and relevant resources with their solution," commented Mr. Nicola Gussetti, Operations Director at Loro Piana Textile Division. "We immediately saw the advantages Quintiq could bring us."

Manage bottlenecks and increase productivity

With Quintiq, Loro Piana will gain visibility into the flow of the work orders between the machines and insight into the reasons for the bottlenecks. More importantly, Quintiq will schedule work orders so as to minimize these bottlenecks. And by coordinating delivery dates with fabric features, the finishing department will experience increased productivity.

Francois Eijgelshoven, Director Business Unit Manufacturing at Quintiq commented: "Loro Piana is our second recent Quintiq implementation in Italy, after Acciaieria ABS. I believe this is a good indication that the fast-growing Italian market is ripe for advanced solutions like Quintiq that can solve complex planning puzzles. Quintiq software is designed for planning manufacturing processes like those used to produce Loro Piana's high-quality fabrics."

As a result of winning the Loro Piana contract and the growing interest among Italian companies in advanced planning solutions, Quintiq has opened a strategic sales and operations office in Northern Italy. This office will provide local companies with excellent customer service and support in the Italian language. 

About Loro Piana

Loro Piana's drive to achieve authentic quality has been a commitment, a passion, for six generations. Supplying cashmere and wool fabrics to the most discerning and demanding of clients, the Loro Piana has carved out a position as the world's foremost cashmere manufacturer and the largest single buyer of the finest wools. With a real understanding of the lifestyle and needs of his sophisticated clientele, for more than 20 years Loro Piana has upheld a tradition of excellence across its prestigious women's, men's, children's, accessories, leather goods and gift collections. These exclusives products, all created in the Italian company's own mills from the best raw materials in the world, are distributed through a global network of Loro Piana boutiques and leading wholesalers.

About TRIM Informatica

TRIM Informatica provides software solutions in Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with special skills and experience in metals production and manufacturing processes. Adaptive.MES is the ultimate software platform deeply based on Service Oriented Architecture which includes advanced touch and voice user interfaces. Established in 1997, TRIM includes customers such as IVECO, Gruppo Arvedi, Auchan and Outokumpu, and since 2009, is Quintiq Alliance Partner in Italy. More at

About Quintiq

Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain optimization software solutions. The fast-growing company, established in 1997, offers implements software for planning and optimizing complex business processes throughout the enterprise. The company's worldwide headquarters are located in The Netherlands and the USA with subsidiaries in Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Quintiq systems are implemented in 76 countries worldwide. More at .

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