Gerber Technology and COMESA Establish Technical Assistance and Training Program in Mauritius
Program Will Enhance Integration and Competitiveness Among Fashion Manufacturers
Gerber Technology, the world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, announces the establishment of a dedicated program for technical assistance and training in Mauritius.
Gerber Technology and COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) were invited by the Republic of Mauritius and its Mauritius Business Growth Scheme (MBGS) unit to collaborate and introduce a program focused on improving the sustained use of premium software solutions for apparel pattern making. This approach is also intended to promote advances in quality control, collaboration with partners and better efficiency.
A primary goal for the initiative will be the deepening of integration and competitiveness of the COMESA region as well as the Mauritius apparel industry. The initiative is financially supported by the regime of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), issued by the EU.
“Choosing Gerber Technology for technical assistance for CAD training and the capacity building program is based on the broad presence of Gerber’s digital systems and the excellence of services provided to a growing number of apparel manufacturers in Mauritius,” said MBGS spokesperson Naeem Boodhoo, onsite coordinator and consultant to COMESA and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Regional Corporation. “The number of enterprises having invested into Gerber Technology is increasing continuously due to Gerber’s first class services, system reliability and ease-of-use, as well as fast return on investment for our companies.” In addition, support by the company’s global CAD/CAM team of service engineers and consultants assures fulfillment for user needs.
The project implementation time frame is scheduled for a period of six months, and then Gerber and local representative Automated Garment Technology (A.G.T., Ltd.) will provide on-site support and dedicated classroom training sessions. “Continuous monitoring of progress will be vital for the success of the program,” said A.G.T. founder and shareholder Clet Baba. “Collaboration with COMESA as well as MBGS will be critical to make this initiative most beneficial to the local industry.”
Gerber Technology has a history of introducing innovations and technologies that optimize customers’ product development and manufacturing processes. Gerber has launched technologies that have become the benchmarks for pattern design, grading and marker making, as well as material spreading and cutting. “We are delighted to support the technical assistance and customized training program for utilization of our AccuMark® solutions to apparel manufacturers in Mauritius,” said Guillaume Gairin, Gerber service director for the EMEA region. “Beyond our engagement in Mauritius, it is our short- to medium-term goal to intensify support to the apparel and other sewn goods industries in the African region, and thus, the further development of their competitiveness in the world market.”
About COMESA: The history of COMESA began in December 1994 when it was formed to replace the former Preferential Trade Area (PTA), which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. Due to COMESA's economic history and background its main focus is on the formation of a large economic and trading unit that is capable of overcoming some of the barriers that are faced by individual states. With its 19 member states, population of over 470.26 million and annual import bill of around US$170,895 million with an export bill of US$112,546 million COMESA forms a major market place for both internal and external trading. Its area is impressive on the map of the African Continent covering a geographical area of 12 Million sq. km.
Its achievements to date have been significant. COMESA's current strategy can thus be summed up in the phrase 'economic prosperity through regional integration'.
About MBGS: The Mauritius Business Growth Scheme (MBGS) Unit was set up by the Government of Mauritius in collaboration with the World Bank and became fully operational in March 2011. Using a market-driven approach, MBGS aim is to boost firm-level competitiveness and private sector-led growth. The organization’s overarching objective is to facilitate the maximum possible growth in private sector economic activity by supporting enterprise productivity and competitiveness, specifically in areas of skills and training, technology upgrading, innovation, quality standards and business development.
About Gerber Technology: Gerber Technology delivers industry-leading software and automation solutions that help apparel and industrial customers improve their manufacturing and design processes and more effectively manage and connect the supply chain, from product development and production to retail and the end customer. Gerber serves 17,000 customers in 130 countries, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, in the aerospace, apparel, fashion, composites, packaging, furniture, technical textiles and transportation interiors industries. The company develops and manufactures its products from various locations in the United States and Canada and has additional manufacturing capabilities in China.
Based in Connecticut in the USA, Gerber Technology is owned by Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector and managing more than $2 billion of equity capital.
Julie Pompa, APR