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WhatTheyThink.com Event at Print 05, Featuring Dr. Joe Webb, Draws Large Crowd

Monday, September 19, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

September 19, 2005 -- Lexington, Kentucky USA – The third annual WhatTheyThink.com event with Dr. Joe Webb, a recognized marketing authority, forecaster and one of the best known speakers in the printing industry, played to a packed house at Print 05, with well over 350 registrants. Industry professionals took advantage of the opportunity to hear Dr. Webb speak about the industry: Where We Are, Where We’re Headed, and How to Change it. Sponsored by MAN Roland Inc., it was held September 13th at McCormick Place in Chicago in conjunction with Print 05. Download presentation and audio here: http://members.whattheythink.com/home/djwprint05.cfm "Despite an overall strong economy, the printing industry continues to struggle," stated Randy Davidson, President of WhatTheyThink.com. "Dr. Webb provided attendees with exceptional insight into how they, as individual businesses, can better plan for and execute against the rapidly changing dynamics affecting them. And we are honored by MAN Roland's generosity as the exclusive sponsor of this important event for three years in a row." Dr. Joe Webb contributes a weekly column at WhatTheyThink.com for Premium Access Members entitled “Fridays with Dr. Joe Webb.” The column offers timely analysis of recent economic data as well as management advice for senior printing and publishing executives. “The gap between the profit leaders and profit laggards in our industry continues to widen,” said Dr. Webb. “Profit leaders grab virtually all of the industry profits. I see that gap continuing to grow, with too many businesses failing to make the appropriate investments and strategic adjustments required in a world where multichannel communications and digital workflows are becoming the norm.” Dr. Webb also discussed the challenges that print faces as a communications medium, stating, “Electronic media have undeniable and pre-emptive advantages in the marketplace. Once print admits that reality, it can move on building a revitalized position in the communications gamut and take a lead in the complex implementation of multichannel communications programs.” Dr. Webb pointed out that in an integrated campaign that includes print, the effectiveness of new media is enhanced. He adds, “Just like print, new media are hard to manage and deploy. Our industry has the skills to effectively and efficiently manage multichannel communications logistics if we desire to take up the challenge and use them.” Dr. Webb also discussed the characteristics of the successful printing firms of the future, and reviewed the concepts of “hyperproductivity” and the globalization of the industry. Download presentation and audio here: http://members.whattheythink.com/home/djwprint05.cfm About WhatTheyThink.com WhatTheyThink.com is the print and publishing industry's leading online community. The company offers a mixture of free and subscription-based content for industry executives. Additionally, WhatTheyThink.com provides a robust content syndication program serving related web sites. About MAN Roland “Big Advantages” was the theme of MAN Roland’s exhibit at PRINT 05 (Booth 1245), and the press maker brought the slogan to life by demonstrating advanced models of its three most popular press lines: the ROLAND 900 XXL, the ROLAND 700 and the ROLAND 500. The 900 XXL will be the largest format press running at the show. MAN Roland will also reinforce its position as the worldwide leader in web press technology with virtual demonstrations of its PECOM/printnet operating and automation system. The innovation speeds makeready and production in the pressroom, as well as providing a digital backbone for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG is the world's second largest printing press manufacturer and the global leader in web press and newspaper printing technology. In fact, every third newspaper produced in the world is printed on a MAN Roland press. With main facilities in Offenbach and Augsburg, Germany, MAN Roland generates annual sales of EUR 1.8 billion. Exports account for 79% of the figure. MAN Roland produces web and sheetfed offset presses as well as digital printing systems for commercial printers, newspaper printers, publishers, packaging producers, quick printers and in-plant shops. The company is a subsidiary of MAN Aktiengesellschaft, Munich. The MAN group is one of Europe's leading suppliers of capital goods, with 77,000 employees whose expertise ranges from commercial vehicle manufacturing to engineering. Its annual sales total EUR 16 billion. For more information visit www.manroland.com.




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