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  • Configura announces July CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free July webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Working with Blocks
    July 6, 4 p.m. EDT
    July 25, 4 EDT

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    July 7, 4 p.m. EDT
    July 24, 4 p.m. EDT

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura heads to NeoCon with 360-degree video technology

    Configura heads to NeoCon with 360-degree video technology

    CET Designer 8.0 lets designers create 360-degree walk-thru videos. Experience the technology at NeoCon 2017 in Configura's space, 7-5129.

    NeoCon Press Kit
    https://goo.gl/QAfKdy

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 1, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, heads to NeoCon 2017 this June 12-14 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago ready to exhibit 360-degree walk-thru videos for its space-planning solution, CET Designer.

    CET Designer 8.0 includes the new technology.
    Configura recently announced the release of CET Designer 8.0, which includes the ability to create 360-degree walk-thru videos. Also with CET Designer 8.0 are enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. The VR Extension along with a VR headset (such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift) offers an immersive, virtual reality experience of a designed space. Support for HTC Vive headsets launched with CET Designer 8.0 and will be demo’ed by Configura at NeoCon. Oculus Rift headsets already are supported by the Virtual Viewer VR Extension.

    “Democratized” VR and Google Cardboard headsets giveaway plus Yulio drawing.
    Meanwhile, Configura’s recent collaboration with Yulio “democratizes” VR through the use of inexpensive 3D headsets such as Google Cardboard. Configura will demo the Yulio technology and be giving away Yulio-supported Google Cardboard 3D headsets at NeoCon. Visitors to Configura’s booth also can enter a special Yulio-sponsored drawing for a Samsung Gear VR headset and a yearlong Yulio subscription.

    Speaker reveal for Configura’s 10th annual CET Designer User Conference
    On Monday, June 12, at 3 p.m., Configura will welcome to its NeoCon booth a special guest – the keynote speaker for the 10th annual CET Designer User Conference (the conference is Nov. 8-9 in Las Vegas). NeoCon attendees are invited to attend this special announcement and meet the speaker – a leader in the international design community.

    During NeoCon, Configura will open up “early bird” registration for discounted pricing to the user conference. Users also will have the chance to win a free registration to the user conference, a $475 value. The winning name will be drawn Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. in Configura’s NeoCon booth. (Entrants need not be present to win. Some restrictions apply.)

    Global manufacturers, thousands of users.
    CET Designer is used by thousands of designers, specifiers and salespersons around the world. Global office furniture manufacturers and suppliers that have invested in CET Designer Extensions for their companies and dealerships include AJ, Allsteel, Aurora Storage Products, Bisley, Carvajal Espacios, ChargeSpot, Chief, Connectrac, Dekko, Euro Chair, Haworth, Herman Miller, HON, Inscape, iTab, KI, Kimball Office, Maars Living Walls, Midmark, National, OFS Brands, Oi Furniture, Solinoff, Spacefile, Steelcase, Sunon, Teknion and Tranquil Systems International. Several of these manufacturers will be demo’ing their CET Designer Extensions at NeoCon.

    Configura will demo CET Designer 8.0 and related technologies at NeoCon 2017 in space 7-5129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

     

  • Configura announces June CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free June webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Allsteel CET-Beyond Webinar: Proposal, Shop and Installation Drawings
    June 1, 3 a.m. EDT
    June 1, 11 a.m. EDT

    360 Rendering
    June 1, 4 p.m. EDT
    June 20, 4 p.m. EDT

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    June 5, 4 p.m. EDT
    June 15, 4 p.m. EDT

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura releases CET Designer 8.0

    Configura releases CET Designer 8.0

    New with CET Designer 8.0 is the ability to create 360-degree movies

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May 18, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the release of CET Designer 8.0. The latest version of the award-winning space-planning software includes the ability to create 360-degree movies, enhancements to the Virtual Viewer VR Extension and other improvements making it easier than ever to produce photorealistic, panoramic renderings.

    “CET Designer 8.0 offers amazing visualization capabilities for designers,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said. “Our software helps people bring spaces to life like no other design-and-specification tool.”

    CET Designer 8.0 details:

    • The ability to create 360-degree movies. With the release of 8.0, the CET Designer Movie Studio Extension will enable users to create and render 360-degree, panoramic videos – offering an incredibly expansive view of a designed space. View a 360 Video. 
    • Enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Support for HTC Vive headsets launches with CET Designer 8.0; meanwhile, Oculus Rift headsets already are supported by the Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Plus, Configura’s recent collaboration with Yulio “democratizes” VR through the use of inexpensive 3D headsets such as Google Cardboard. Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension along with a VR headset offers an immersive, virtual reality experience of a designed space. This year at NeoCon (June 12-14 in Chicago), Configura will demo these VR technologies and be giving away Yulio-supported Google Cardboard 3D headsets.
    • Additional enhancements coming with CET Designer 8.0:
      • Improvements making it easier than ever to produce photorealistic renderings and 360-degree panoramic renderings
      • The ability to do “custom shape tagging” – a popular request made by CET Designer users
      • Added support to the CET Designer “Edit Graphics” (Meshes) tool for mirroring parts and whole objects
      • Updates to the Stairs Extension – expanded styles, materials and abilities to attach staircases and adjust railings
      • A new “omni” light source in the Lights Extension
      • More kitchen and home accessories

    CET Designer has become one of the leading space-planning solutions used today. It is used by thousands of designers, specifiers and salespersons around the world. Global office furniture manufacturers and suppliers that have invested in CET Designer Extensions for their companies and dealerships include AJ, Allsteel, Aurora Storage Products, Bisley, Carvajal Espacios, ChargeSpot, Chief, Connectrac, Dekko, Euro Chair, Haworth, Herman Miller, HON, Inscape, iTab, KI, Kimball Office, Maars Living Walls, Midmark, National, OFS Brands, Oi Furniture, Solinoff, Spacefile, Steelcase, Sunon, Teknion and Tranquil Systems International.

    Configura will demo CET Designer 8.0 at NeoCon 2017 in space 7-5129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

  • NeoCon 2017 Product Profile

    Configura offers NeoCon preview, announces enhancements to CET Designer

    New: Ability to create 360-degree movies

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—April 11, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces enhancements and new functionalities with the release of CET Designer 8.0, unveiling this spring and showing at NeoCon:

    • The ability to create 360-degree movies. With the release of 8.0, the CET Designer Movie Studio Extension will enable users to create and render 360-degree, panoramic videos – offering an incredibly expansive view of a designed space.
    • Enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Support for HTC Vive headsets launches with CET Designer 8.0; meanwhile, Oculus Rift headsets already are supported by the Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Plus, Configura’s recent collaboration with Yulio “democratizes” VR through the use of inexpensive 3D headsets such as Google Cardboard. Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension along with a VR headset offers an immersive, virtual reality experience of a designed space. This year at NeoCon, Configura will demo these VR technologies and be giving away Yulio-supported Google Cardboard 3D headsets.
    •  Additional enhancements coming with CET Designer 8.0:
      • Improvements making it easier than ever to produce photorealistic renderings and 360-degree panoramic renderings
      • Enhanced collaboration possibilities for large drawings where different users can work on separate parts of the same drawing and see each other’s work
      • The ability to do “custom shape tagging” – a popular request made by CET Designer users
      • Added support to the CET Designer “Edit Graphics” (Meshes) tool for mirroring parts and whole objects o Updates to the Stairs Extension – expanded styles, materials and abilities to attach staircases and adjust railings
      • A new “omni” light source added to the Lights Extension
      • More kitchen accessories o More home accessories

    Configura will demo CET Designer 8.0 at NeoCon 2017 in space 7-5129 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

  • Configura announces May CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free May webinars with CET Designer instructors: 

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    May 3
    May 31

    CET Designer 8.0 Update
    May 15
    May 16
    May 17
    May 18
    May 19
    May 23
    May 24
    May 26

    Kom igång med CET Designer (Swedish)
    May 29

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura partners with AJ Products

    Configura partners with AJ Products to develop a CET Designer software extension to simplify warehouse planning

    AJ Products will use its CET Designer Extension to simplify how warehouse spaces are designed

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—Mar. 1, 2017— Configura, the creator of CET Designer space-planning software, announces partnership with Sweden based AJ Products to create a CET Designer Extension. AJ Products manufactures and sells material handling solutions and is one of the first companies in the material-handling industry to join the CET Designer community.

    Configura, a Linköping-based company, is the leading provider of design, specification and ordering software that enables 2D and 3D design, photorealistic renderings, fly-thru videos, virtual reality experiences, instant bills of materials and installation documents. The company offers software solutions built with Configura Extension Technology (CET), which enables manufacturers to create their own Extensions to be plugged into the core software CET Designer.

    Configura’s solutions are used by Kinnarps, Marbodal, Kvik, Bisley, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, KI, Inscape and dozens of other office furniture and kitchen manufacturers. More than 10,000 designers and salespeople around the world use Configura’s software solutions.

    AJ Solutions Business Area Manager Erik Einarsson decided to invest in a CET Designer Extension because he saw a need for an all-in-one tool for internal employees to design warehouse spaces using AJ Products’ line of products.

    Having previously worked with Configura, Einarsson knew the company understood the intricacy involved in designing a warehouse space. It’s a process than can be time-consuming and complicated – one requiring an intelligent tool that can handle complex product configurations in large drawings.

    “To be able to help our customers plan and visualize their interiors, we needed a competent tool,” said Einarsson. “I chose to partner with Configura because I know they can deliver what we need, and they understand the complexity of these systems.”

    An Extension is a collection of manufacturer’s products that they want to use in CET Designer. The products within an extension can contain programming code, which allows the product to be smart. Manufacturer’s such as AJ Products create a CET Designer Extension to have rules built into the product so the user doesn’t have to know how the product can be configured and is visually presented with all options on the screen. The product can be stretch and configured based on the rules that have been programmed.

    “With CET Designer’s amazing ability to handle calculations at the same time as it does space planning and visualizing, it will be a great tool to streamline and simplify the quotation and sales process for companies in the field of material handling” Tobias Wester, Chief Information Officer for Configura said.

    AJ Products tentatively plans to launch its Extension in March 2017, with the goal to simplify the selling process and make it easier to help plan and visualize its customer’s interiors.

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    About Configura
    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer
    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

    About AJ Products
    Since 1975, AJ Products has been the leader in the office, warehouse and industry interior market. By combining design, innovation, manufacturing and working with handpicked partners, AJ Products offer a broad range of products that fits the need for all its customers. AJ Products’ is headquarter in Halmstad, Sweden. AJ Products operates throughout 19 countries in Europe. More at www.ajproducts.com.

  • Configura's Grand Rapids office finds new home downtown

    Sweden-based company to expand its GR presence with move to new downtown location

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—March 21, 2017—Swedish tech-company Configura announces plans to expand its Grand Rapids presence by moving this summer to the top two floors of the Blue35 building on Oakes Street in downtown Grand Rapids.

    “To say we’re thrilled to be investing in Grand Rapids and our team for a strong future ahead is an understatement,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said. “Grand Rapids is our second home – we love being here.”

    In July 2017, Configura will move to the eight-story Blue35 building at 35 Oakes St. SW in downtown Grand Rapids.

    The 12,000 square-foot-space that Configura will occupy in the 103-year-old structure – which at one time had been a hotel – builds on a high-tech foundation created by Rockford Construction. The Blue35 building offers entrepreneurs and businesses of various sizes a variety of flexible workspaces outfitted with the latest technology.

    “Blue35 was created as an innovative environment to meet the ever-changing needs of businesses, right in the heart of our city. Welcoming Configura to the building speaks to the flexibility the space offers, and the continued desire for companies to be located in downtown Grand Rapids. This is a perfect addition to Blue35, and a great fit for Configura,” said Mike Mraz, the managing partner of Real Estate Development at Rockford Construction.

    Configura will enhance its two-story space with furnishings and the latest technology made by its customers – with, of course, a nod to its Swedish roots and design aesthetic.

    Configura Interior Designer Kendra Steinhaus is using the company’s CET Designer software to design and specify the interior spaces as well as an outdoor, rooftop terrace area.

    Used by thousands of people globally, CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers by providing a single software solution for space planning and product ordering. The solution is used in a number of industries that manufacture and market configurable products; industries include contract furniture, material handling, kitchen and bath, industrial machinery and laboratory/healthcare. In addition to automatically generating bills of materials and installation documents, the software yields photorealistic renderings, fly-thru videos and virtual-reality experiences of a designed space.

    Steinhaus has been holding “design charrettes” with Configura employees to create an environment that appeals to the multiple cultures and generations of people who work in the company’s Grand Rapids office. The space is also being designed to accommodate large groups of visitors from Configura’s Sweden headquarters and its Malaysia office as well as CET Designer users in town for software training sessions. In addition to workspaces, there will be a large open-kitchen area, places for dining and for play, and plenty of soft seating. The rooftop will be available for entertaining and as a place for employees to relax outside.

    “It’s about creating spaces that attract and retain the best of the best,” Steinhaus said. “Working in Grand Rapids is just as cool as working in Silicon Valley or anywhere in the world.”

    Steinhaus, who grew up in West Michigan and studied interior design at Michigan State University, also oversaw the design of Configura’s brand-new corporate headquarters in Linköping.

    Real estate agent Jeff Karger, who helped Configura when it first came to town in 2006, was instrumental in Configura’s latest move in Grand Rapids.

    “Our goal was to seek the ideal space to meet Configura’s goals and needs. With a solid understanding of the downtown Grand Rapids market, we helped lead Configura to Blue35, which met all of their goals,” said Karger, senior vice president in the Grand Rapids office of commercial real estate services firm JLL. “JLL is thrilled to have partnered with Configura and Rockford to make this move happen.”

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    About Configura

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

    About Rockford Construction

    Established in 1987, Rockford Construction (Rockford) is a nationally recognized construction, development, and property management provider. Rockford is licensed in 44 states and ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top 150 contractors in the nation. With regional offices in the Midwest and Southeast, Rockford has built projects totaling more than $4.3 billion of various size and scope in more than 800 cities across the country.

    About JLL

    JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $136 billion. At year-end 2016, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 77,000. As of December 31, 2016, LaSalle Investment Management has $60.1 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit www.jll.com.

    Media contact for Configura:
    Molly Klimas
    M: +1 (616) 443-4647
    klimas [at] intentpr [dot] com

    Media contact for Rockford Construction:
    Sarah Abel
    sabel [at] rockfordconstruction [dot] com

    Media contact for JLL:
    TJ Basalla
    Tj [dot] basalla [at] am [dot] jll [dot] com

  • Configura brings partners together for biannual meeting

    The Configura community: Swedish software company brings partners together for biannual meeting

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA—March 16, 2017—Swedish software company Configura’s biannual Partner Meeting and Developer Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earlier this month brought “the doers and the decision-makers” together to chart the ongoing course for the CET Designer software platform.

    Configura – creator of the space-planning solution used by the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers – has been holding these events for a number of years now. This recent gathering of manufacturers and software developers was the company’s largest yet. One of the reasons is because Configura has actively grown its implementation partners program in the past year.

    “Our model is working: The CET platform is helping independent technology companies – our implementation partners – do business around our solution. This is really important for us – it’s been in our thinking for many years and is a key part of our strategy,” Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said.

    Configura has two types of business partners: manufacturer partners such as Steelcase, Haworth, Herman Miller and others that have invested in their own CET Designer Extensions; and implementation partners that are typically software development firms. In recent months, tech companies CHI, RSC, ofcdesk and OST have all become implementation partners, joining such companies as ProjectMatrix, KiSP and Yulio as part of the Configura community. They’re each helping to create new technologies and Extensions for CET Designer.

    “Our implementation partners bring incredible creativity – they help us to improve and deliver great things for CET Designer users,” Lyreborn said.

    Product updates

    At the meeting, Configura Chief Product Officer Nicklas Dagersten shared updates on the CET Developer platform (the programming environment used by partners to create CET Designer technologies) and what’s down the pike for users in the CET Designer space-planning solution.

    “I often get the question: ‘How do you decide what you should do with CET Designer?’ A lot of the answers come from you, our partners,” Dagersten said. “What you think is important, what our users think is important, and where Configura wants to go is important – we try to take all of this in, and we decide what to do together.”

    In the coming months, CET Designer users can expect to see enhancements to Configura’s Virtual Viewer VR Extension. Oculus Rift is already supported by the solution. In December, Configura announced a collaboration with Yulio that “democratizes” VR with use of inexpensive 3D headsets.

    Support for HTC Vive launches in the first quarter of this year, and Hololens is expected to be supported in CET Designer starting in 2018.

    “Virtual reality is a rapidly changing industry and technology; we’re continually reviewing the latest, and we encourage our partners to let us know of technologies that they think we should be supporting,” Dagersten said.

    Configura also has begun researching how augmented reality (AR) would work with CET Designer.

    “It’s interesting to look at the possibilities – should AR be for a salesperson who is showing a customer some ideas in a space, or for an installer so he knows where to place a desk, or for something else entirely? There are a lot of ideas to consider – but most of all, we need to be driven by what problems AR will help to solve,” Dagersten said.

    Although AR in CET Designer is just in the early stages, users only have to wait a few more months for the ability to create 360-degree movies in the software. Configura is also working on making it easier for users to produce photorealistic renderings. Plus, the company is enhancing collaboration possibilities for large drawings where different users can work on separate parts of the same drawing and see each other’s work.

    Available now is a new CET Designer Extension that supports IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) export. The IFC open-format data model is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) standard intended to describe building and construction industry data.

    “With IFC being the international standard for BIM, we offer this Extension to equip CET Designer with an option to export drawings to IFC 2x3. The IFC file format can be used with Revit as well as with other BIM software applications,” Dagersten said.

    Training

    Configura Training and Support Specialist Kelsey DeBruin gave an update on the company’s latest education initiatives, including getting CET Designer and CET Developer into more colleges and universities where the technology can be taught to interior design and programming students.

    DeBruin also shared Configura’s plan for improving the training experience for those already in the industry.

    “We’ve dubbed it ‘Fika,’ which is a Swedish word that generally means ‘to have coffee.’ Our idea is for all users to attend the same core beginner and advanced training using the Fika CET Designer Extension, instead of a specific manufacturer’s Extension,” DeBruin said.

    Fika, which will be launching soon, is an Extension created specifically for training. The Extension has generic products, instead of manufacturer-specific products, to build a foundation of knowledge about CET Designer before introducing a specific partner’s Extension.

    Manufacturer-specific information will be attached to training in video module form.

    In 2016, Configura had a banner year training people in CET Designer and CET Developer – more than 1,200 people trained on the platforms via two-day in-person training sessions, five-day virtual training sessions, free webinars, customized experiences and even Facebook Livestreaming.

    “We’re growing fast, and as more people adopt our solution, we need to find ways to efficiently train a lot of people,” DeBruin said.

    Upcoming user conference

    In-person training will always be at the heart of the Configura experience. The company’s 10th annual CET Designer User Conference this Nov. 8-9 is expected to bring 500 people from North America and around the world to The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The fall Partner Meeting and Developer Conference will be held in conjunction with the user conference.

    “It will be two incredible days of learning, networking and fun,” Configura Vice President of Global Customer Experience Tracy Lanning said.

    A number of CET Designer “power peer” users have already signed on to be presenters.

    “We’re still shaping the breakout sessions, and we encourage people to let us know what they’re most interested in,” Lanning said.

    Configura will announce the user conference keynote speaker at NeoCon.

    “Our user conference is a great way to look to the future, to share experiences and ideas of how to do things,” Lyreborn said. “And it’s also so we as a company can listen – so we can hear directly from our users and partners how we can improve together. We have destiny in our own hands as a community. It’s not just because Configura wants it to happen; it’s because all of us want it to happen. We’re on this journey together.”

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  • Configura partners with Constructor

    Configura partners with Constructor to develop a CET Designer software extension to simplify warehouse planning

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—March 6, 2017— Configura, maker of CET Designer space-planning software, will partner with Constructor to create a CET Designer Extension for Constructor Group’s brand of storage and logistic solutions. Constructor will use CET Designer to simplify how it designs spaces and specifies material handling equipment for its customers.

    “We started thinking about using a tool like CET Designer to support a key customer partnership,” Constructor Chief Sales Officer Richard Moss said. “After investigating the potential partnership with Configura, we saw additional benefits beyond, we’ll be able to give all of our customers an enhanced sales and ordering experience.”

    Used by thousands of people globally, CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers by providing a single software solution for space planning and product ordering. The solution is used in a number of industries that manufacture and market configurable products; industries include material handling, office furniture, kitchen and bath, industrial machinery and laboratory/healthcare.

    CET Designer is Configura’s “core” Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricing of a given manufacturer’s products. Because the solution is rules-based, it won’t let users make mistakes.

    Manufacturers partner with Configura for CET Designer Extensions in order to make selling their products fast, easy and extremely accurate. The highly visual software enables 2D and 3D design, photorealistic renderings, fly-thru videos, instant bills of materials and installation documents, and now, virtual reality experiences.

    “Specifying warehouses and similar spaces is time-consuming and complicated, and requires an intelligent tool such as CET Designer that can handle complex product configurations and large drawings. Constructor’s CET Designer Extension will make it easy for Constructor to design and install a variety of space-planning solutions,” said Johan Bengtsson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Configura.

    Added Moss: “Our goal is to use CET Designer to drive efficiency in the sales support cycle, which will result in faster customer responses and flexibility of design variations.”

    CET Designer is the leading space-planning software solution in the North American office furniture industry where Configura partners with such companies as Steelcase, Haworth, Herman Miller and others. Configura is growing in Asia, and has a large presence in the kitchen and bath industry in the Nordic countries. The company is expanding in the material handling industry in Europe and across the globe. Headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, Configura also has offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    “Configura is big enough to be stable for the future but small enough to care about its customers – that, in addition to its advanced software solution, is a key reason we chose to partner with them,” Moss said. Constructor plans to release its CET Designer Extension before summer 2017.

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    About Configura

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

    About Constructor Group AS

    Constructor Group AS is a leading manufacturer and provider of high-quality storage solutions marketed throughout Europe under the Constructor, Bruynzeel, Kasten, Dexion and PSS brands. Since 2007, Constructor Group has been owned by Altor Fund II and is one of the largest providers of storage solutions in Europe. Its products range from innovative pallet racking and shelving technology to office and archive storage solutions. The company provides a complete package of services – including consultancy, planning and maintenance – whether the requirement is for the fitting of a warehouse or a shelving solution for a museum, office or library. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Constructor Group AS has modern manufacturing facilities and more than 1,100 employees and factories in Russia, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany and Finland. Constructor Group AS products are sold throughout Europe as well as globally, including in Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. More information at www.constructor-group.com/About-us/.

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