Gerber Technology to Add Automated Spreading Systems to its China-Sourced Portfolio

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Relocates the manufacture of its computer-automated material spreading systems from Ikast, Denmark to Shanghai, China.

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Our industry-leading spreading systems are an integral part of our comprehensive automated cutting room solution, and we are pleased about the enhanced value we will deliver to our customers around the world as a result of this move.

Beginning in July, Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE:GRB), will relocate the manufacture of its computer-automated material spreading systems from Ikast, Denmark to Shanghai, China. The move supports Gerber’s ongoing commitment to deliver in-country support to its customers in China and throughout Asia Pacific and provide its customers around the world with the competitive advantage and leverage of Gerber’s global supply chain. Products slated for the move include GERBERspreaders™ XLs50 and XLs125 models, spreading tables, material feeding systems and other spreading-related options.

Speaking from Gerber’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, Tom Finn, president of Asia Pacific and senior vice president of Global Operations said, “Gerber Technology has been successfully manufacturing products in China since 2004. In fact, we recently celebrated the shipment of our 500th China-made cutter. Last year, we introduced and received a very positive global reception to our first China-developed, China-manufactured product – the high-performing GERBERplotter XLp. Our industry-leading spreading systems are an integral part of our comprehensive automated cutting room solution, and we are pleased about the enhanced value we will deliver to our customers around the world as a result of this move.”

Enabled by GERBERconnect™ technology, Gerber supports its products through one of the largest service and support networks in the industry consisting of sales executives, field service professionals, agents and distributors in 129 countries, parts distribution centers in the U.S, Europe and Asia, and advanced technology centers in Belgium, Vietnam and China.

Gerber President Marc Giles said, “Since the 1970s, when we began selling equipment to apparel manufacturers outside the U.S., Gerber has always tracked the migration of the industry around the world – from western Europe to Japan to Taiwan then on to Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil, eastern Europe and most recently southwest Asia. Today, the demand for high tech automation systems is greatest in China but Gerber serves customers on every continent. Our customers appreciate that we are always where they need us.”

Currently, China is the world’s largest supplier of textiles and garments producing some $300 billion worth of garments – a full 40 percent of the world’s apparel production. It is the largest source of textile and garment imports into the USA, the European Union and Japan.

Gerber has manufactured spreading systems in Denmark since 1994 when it acquired Niebuhr Maskinfabrik A/S.

About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology (http://www.gerbertechnology.com) is comprised of four businesses that serve distinct market segments. These include the Composites and Automation Solutions group which serves aerospace, fabrication and construction markets with ply cutting, laser templating and laser metrology solutions; the Global Software Solutions business which offers the world's leading product lifecycle management (PLM), product data management (PDM) and CAD automation solutions for the retail, footwear and apparel businesses; the Sewn Products Solutions business which provides textile cutting and spreading systems to apparel and flexible materials manufacturers in all regions of the world; and Gerber Innovations, North America’s only full-line manufacturer of automated cutting hardware for the packaging industry. In all markets, Gerber’s solutions significantly improve productivity and reduce costs.

Gerber Technology’s world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in 129 countries serving nearly 23,000 customers. The company designs and manufactures its products in various locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about Gerber Technology, visit us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of three business units of $458 million Gerber Scientific, Inc. (http://www.gerberscientific.com) of Tolland, Connecticut. Gerber Scientific is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “GRB” symbol.

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