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Gerber Highlights New Product Offerings at IMB 2003

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Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. – During the IMB 2003 show to be held May 6-11 in Cologne, Germany, Gerber Technology will showcase a variety of new products designed to help customers “compete in a changing world” – the company’s chosen theme for the show. Gerber will showcase its GERBERsuite line of products through a multimedia display that highlights the company’s four major solution areas: design and development; product lifecycle management; its CADsuite and production solutions (automated material spreading and cutting).

WebPDM 4.0, the world’s leading apparel product lifecycle management (PLM) software, just got better. It contains many exciting enhancements like increased browser functionality, the ability to support Macintosh platforms, enhanced search functionality, and greater ease of integration with other systems. More than 1,000 companies in over sixty countries now use the software. With more than 12,000 seats installed, the software supports over 20,000 individual users as a result of concurrent licensing agreements and holds in excess of 60 percent market share. Gerber’s WebPDM Quality Assurance team worked directly with some of the world’s largest apparel manufacturers to ensure the production-readiness of this release.

AccuMark 8.0 is the latest release of Gerber’s industry-standard pattern design and marker making software. It enhances productivity, simplifies data conversion operations and improves data reliability across networks. More than 10,000 customers use the software worldwide, with a total of over 23,000 seats installed across multiple industries. In connection with AccuMark, Gerber will demonstrate the latest release of NESTERserver. NESTERserver 6.0 boasts improved utilization and added functionality to accommodate tubular and sectional markers.

Vision Fashion Studio, a leading conceptual design software system from NedGraphics, Inc., is now part of GERBERsuite. Vision Fashion Studio provides significant enhancements over Artworks Studio, the company’s former conceptual design product.

Gerber will also showcase its broad range of leading automated cutting solutions including: the GT7250 high-ply cutter, the versatile GTxL cutter with the InVision plaid/stripe matching system, and the DCS 2500 single-ply cutter with the InfoMark labeling system and Imaje inkjet printing system. Imaje prints product identification information, including barcodes, directly on cut pieces. For the first time, Gerber will also demonstrate its InfoMark labeling system integrated with its GERBERspreader automated spreading system.

Gerber’s service organization will demonstrate several exciting advancements fueled by its “Customer First” initiative, including Parts Online, for 24/7 parts ordering, and new software update download capabilities via the company’s website. Parts Online includes the ability to search for and view parts, obtain real-time parts availability, track all shipments in progress and see a history of parts ordered. Clients can now purchase parts using most major credit cards. Gerber’s new software download capability makes new product purchases and updates faster, easier and more convenient. The company will also provide an overview of its 21st century logistics program, which includes partnerships with DHL Worldwide Express and several local freight companies for expedited shipments.

“With the World Trade Organization’s elimination of trade quotas in 2005, more and more companies are realizing that automation is the only way to achieve a competitive edge,” said James Arthurs, President of Gerber Technology. “Our GERBERsuite line of products truly helps them ‘compete in a changing world’ where manufacturers are shortening product cycles, demanding perfection in their products and expecting higher profitability margins. These are expectations that can only be met with the use of automation.”

Several of Gerber’s partners will join them to demonstrate leading edge technology-related solutions in connection within GERBERsuite:

Eton Systems (www.eton.se) of Sweden will demonstrate its computer-controlled unit production systems. Eton is the inventor and premier supplier of unit production systems in the world. Through an alliance with Gerber Technology, Eton’s systems are offered as an integral part of GERBERsuite.

Archetype Solutions, Inc. (www.archetype-solutions.com) will showcase its proprietary software that analyzes individual body type data to enable consumers to create garments using their own unique style and fit specifications. One of the company’s partners is Lands’ End, an international apparel retailer specializing in online and catalog sales, to offer mass customized jeans, chinos, tailored twills and dress shirts on its website.

TPC (HK) Limited (www.tpc-intl.com) is a garment technology consulting firm [the name stands for Three-dimensional Pattern Concept] that uses a series of human body data obtained from a 3-dimensional body scanner to make 2-dimensional patterns. When integrated with Gerber’s AccuMark PDS software, the resulting patterns are similar to those stripped off a 3D garment form, making the attainment of "fit" much easier.

Together with Telmat Industrie (www.symcad.com), a leading supplier of body scanning technology, Gerber will demonstrate the ability of its AccuMark Made-to-Measure software to accept scanned body data from any of the leading body scanning platforms.

********************* About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology (www.gerbertechnology.com) is the world leader in providing integrated computer hardware and software systems to the sewn-goods and flexible goods industries. These systems significantly improve the efficiency of information management, product and pattern design, grading and marker making/nesting and material spreading, handling and cutting processes. The company offers automation solutions to a variety of industries including apparel, transportation, furniture, composites and industrial fabrics. Gerber Technology’s world headquarters is located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors located in more than 115 countries serving a total of over 13,000 customers globally. Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of four divisions of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (www.gerberscientific.com) of South Windsor, Connecticut. Gerber Scientific, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “GRB” symbol.

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