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ICICI Infotech to Market Gerber's WebPDM Product Lifecycle Management Solution

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ICICI Infotech, a leading provider of end-to-end IT solutions and Gerber Technology signed an agreement to make ICICI Infotech a distributor of Gerber’s WebPDM product lifecycle solution in India. Under the agreement, ICICI Infotech will market WebPDM along with its existing range of technology solutions for the apparel industry.

With the impending 2005 lifting of trade quotas, more Indian companies are seeking to improve their competitive position in the global arena. WebPDM enables manufacturers to communicate flawlessly with retailers, factories and the entire product development team to keep track of all the details related to a product, thus reducing product development time, improving quality and saving money.

With the addition of WebPDM, ICICI Infotech now provides a complete solution for all product data management and supply chain management needs. Other ICICI offerings in the apparel product suite include: · Product Tracking - a secure web-based event management solution offering real-time information on every step in the global supply chain; · Line Planning - an image-based tool to help visually plan a line in the concept or design stage; · Quality Audit - a web-based data management solution that facilitates the QA data collection process and provides comprehensive product quality data analysis

Mr. Manoj Kunkalienkar, Executive Director and President, ICICI Infotech says, “India is fast gaining leverage as a global player in the apparel industry. For any burgeoning industry to maintain and grow its advantage, one player needs to find a competitive edge over others. ICICI Infotech understands that, if Indian manufacturers are to compete on an international platform, their future is reliant on technology.”

He added, “We have developed this suite of products using industry best practices and quality standards; they deliver a faster return on investment through a guaranteed rapid implementation process uniquely developed by us.”

“Gerber’s distributor agreement with ICICI is the product of two leaders coming together for the advancement of the industry,” said Bob Vallender, Gerber Technology’s Regional Director, Southwest Asia and Africa. “WebPDM, the world’s leading product data management system and ICICI Infotech, a prominent technology leader in India, means Indian manufacturers now have the best of product and service available in the country.”

From the largest global retailers, like The Limited, JCPenney, Carrefour and Littlewoods to smaller-scale regional manufacturers, more companies in the apparel industry rely on WebPDM than on any other PLM solution to manage their product data and development process. Today, more than 1,000 companies in over sixty countries now rely on Gerber's WebPDM. With more than 12,000 seats installed, the software supports over 20,000 individual users.

Gerber also announced this month an agreement with ICICI Infotech to provide offshore development services for the WebPDM product line, complementing Gerber’s sizeable software development team in Dallas, Texas. This follows on a successful two-year relationship with ICICI Infotech as a preferred provider of integration and customization services for WebPDM in the United States.

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About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology (www.gerbertechnology.com), a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc., 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 serving more than 14,000 customers in 117 countries.

Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of four businesses of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (www.gerberscientific.com) of South Windsor, Connecticut, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “GRB” symbol.

About ICICI Infotech

ICICI Infotech Ltd. is a leading provider of information technology products and services. It has a comprehensive set of solutions for the manufacturing, retail, distribution, contracting, banking, finance and insurance sectors. It is assessed at SEI-CMM Level 5 and is ISO 9001 certified for its Infrastructure Services and its BPO operation.

Building on extensive domain knowledge and continuous investment in leading edge technologies, ICICI Infotech helps corporations transform their businesses through its expertise in enterprise class products, software solutions, security consulting, IT infrastructure and disaster recovery solutions. Promoted by the US $25 billion NYSE-listed ICICI Bank, ICICI Infotech services customers in 30 countries and has presence across 4 continents. www.icici-infotech.com

Headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, ICICI Infotech Inc. is the US arm of ICICI Infotech Ltd. and has another office in Farmington, Connecticut.

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