ISTANBUL, TURKEY and LONDON, UK  – AUGUST 02, 2023 – Coats Digital is pleased to announce that one of the world’s most diverse textile and ready-made garment manufactures, Aster Textiles, has selected Coats Digital’s FastReactPlan solution to digitally transform its manual planning processes by connecting more accurate planning and forecasting data across departments,  in a bid to improve efficiencies, optimise its On-Time Delivery Performance (OTDP) and significantly reduce lead times.

Aster Textiles was founded as a family business in 1993, in Istanbul, Turkey and has grown rapidly to become one of Turkey’s top 10 exporters of textile and ready-made garments. Still headquartered in Istanbul, Aster operates four large, state-of-the-art production facilities in Turkey and Serbia which manufacture a wide range of knit and woven fabric clothing for women, men and children, in addition to a leading line of sportswear – to nearly 30 global customer brands across ten countries around the globe.  Aster boasts an annual turnover in excess of 100 Million USD and employs over 2,000 staff. All its factories hold Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), and Organic 100 Content Standard (OCS) production certificates.

Zumrut GUNGOR, Process Development Director, Aster Textiles, said: “Aster Textiles utilises a LEAN production system in every phase of production to maximise productivity. We place great importance on automation across all our factory operations and aim to continuously improve our production system infrastructure in line with the best technological advancements available. On top of Coats Digitals renowned expertise, FastReactPlan simply offered the most optimum scheduling management tool on the market and we expect that this proven technology will ultimately enable us to balance production processes more efficiently and significantly improve our delivery performance so that we have much more time available to focus on other areas of our business growth.”

Part of Coats Digital’s core Manufacturing Solution Suite, Fast React Plan is a dynamic, visual production planning and control tool that optimizes delivery, efficiency and lead times. Designed and developed specifically for apparel and footwear manufacturers, it helps companies integrate capacity, critical path and materials into an integrated planning system.

Olcay BILGIC, Production Planning Director, Aster Textiles, said: “As the volume and distribution of orders increased, it became difficult to control a total of nearly 100 production lines in different locations. Considering the wide variety of models and flexible working arrangements, it was very important to control the capacity, efficiency and OTIF (on time in full) instantly with real-time data. Based on these searches, we decided to move forward with FRP, which offered us the best solution.”

Ibrahim Halil HACIKAMILOGLU, Solutions Consulting Manager, Coats Digital, commented: “We are delighted that Aster Textiles has joined our growing global family of increasingly digitized fashion manufacturing partners. Aster has been fully committed to introducing innovative solutions and advanced industry automation throughout its state-of-the-art production facilities wherever possible, and we are honoured to be helping the company progress its digitization programme. FastReactPlan will provide greater visibility and one version of the truth for all capacity planning, so that relevant departments can communicate easily to optimise efficiencies and eradicate problems quickly. We look forward to working with Aster to ensure it remains one of the leaders in best practice garment manufacturing across the globe.

About Aster Textiles

Established in Turkey in 1993, Aster is a leading global multi-product textile company. The company has Business Development Centres in Istanbul and London; wholly owned production facilities in Turkey and Serbia and investment partnerships in the Far East. Aster Textiles strives to offer the best in creativity, innovation and quality and the most flexible service to its many well-known international clients. In 2013 Aster launched WtR, a multi-product own label brand positioned in the luxury sector. WtR has developed into a successful premium retailer with a unique style and loyal brand following. Aster is a family business that has retained its core values throughout the expansion of the company. In Turkey, Aster is ranked as one of the top 10 exporters and combined with its international manufacturing investments, and has a yearly turnover in excess of 100M. In today’s challenging global marketplace, Aster delivers relevant responsive solutions.

About Coats Digital

Coats Digital is the leading digital transformation partner for the fashion supply chain, powering sustainable processes and high value insights through connected technologies. We leverage deep industry and technology expertise to help brands and manufacturers optimise, connect and accelerate business critical processes from design and development to method-time-cost optimisation, production planning and control, fabric optimisation and shop floor execution. Used in over 3,000 factories globally, our unmatched end-to-end apparel, footwear and textile software and SaaS solutions improve agility, speed to market, efficiency, transparency and sustainability. Coats Digital – transform with 

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About FastReactPlan

Part of Coats Digital’s Manufacturer Suite, FastReactPlan is a dynamic, highly visual production planning and control tool to optimise delivery, efficiency, and lead time. FastReactPlan brings together capacity, critical path, and materials into a single, integrated, dynamic planning system. The highly visual and flexible ‘drag and drop’ approach to planning allows effective master planning across multiple factories, as well as the detailed and accurate scheduling of manufacturing lines/ machines. Critical pre-production activities (e.g., samples and approvals), and material requirements are dynamically driven in a LEAN pull system based on the latest plan, which supports the reduction of inventory and lead time.

FastReactPlan is typically interfaced with other business systems (e.g., ERP, PLM, inventory & shop floor). Sharing key data reduces data entry workload, improves accuracy and speeds up the planning process and response times. Developed specifically for fashion manufacturers of all sizes, FastReactPlan is quick to implement, configured to reflect industry best-practices and specific business requirements. It is proven to deliver significant and measurable improvements in speed, flexibility, and efficiency. For more information, please visit: