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MAN Roland launches a new replacement parts source for newspaper pressrooms @ MANRUG

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Westmont, Illinois — Newspapers looking to maximize the productivity and print quality of their MAN Roland web presses have a new 24/7 source for certified replacement parts and consumables. Called manrolanddirect.com, the new service was launched at the recent MAN Roland Users Group Conference. In introducing the new resource, Alan Pratt, Assistant Vice President, Parts / Supply Chain, emphasized the importance of using factory-certified replacement parts. “Our newspaper web customers need not wonder which replacement part is the most effective match for their particular printing system,” he said. “manrolanddirect.com provides them with choices that are best for their presses.” 24/7 Coverage As its name indicates, manrolanddirect.com can be accessed directly through any Internet connection. “Selecting and purchasing pressroom repair parts has never been easier,” Pratt explained. “Newspaper production facilities typically operate around the clock. Now they can order pressroom replacement parts anytime that’s most convenient for them.” manrolanddirect.com turns repair parts and consumables shopping into a clickable process. MAN Roland press users need only visit www.manrolanddirect.com to open their password-protected online account. That gives them access to a virtual warehouse where they can browse an array of over 20,000 items — each tested and factory certified for their MAN Roland presses. Nanette Veysey of the Tribune Company’s Sun-Sentinel, which covers Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties, was among the first to use manrolanddirect.com. “I find it much easier and faster to order parts on the web with manrolanddirect.com,” she said. “I like that it contains photos of the parts I'm ordering, and I was very happy with the results. I definitely will be using this site again. It's saved to my favorites already.” Clickable Choices A clickable interface lets customers order by part number, by manufacturer or by description. The website’s database provides all the necessary information to ensure they receive the exact consumables and components their press requires. A variety of shipping methods can be selected on the website. MAN Roland’s Chicago location offers O'Hare and Midway next-flight-out service, to accommodate rush service. Or users can choose from an array of more economical shipping methods to balance deadlines against budgets. “Newspapers need to optimize their use of time,” said Vincent Lapinski, COO of Web Operations at MAN Roland Inc. “manrolanddirect.com will help our customers save time and money, while providing them with consumables and components that have been tested and certified to maximize press performance.”




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