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MAN Roland named one of America's "100 Designer Friendly Companies"

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New York, NY — Graphic Design USA, one of the nation’s top publications for creative print buyers, has recognized MAN Roland as one of the nation’s “100 Designer Friendly Companies.” The tribute points to the press maker’s advanced technology and its educational efforts on behalf of print. “This is our 42nd anniversary presentation of 100 companies that care about providing topflight products and services, adding value and finding solutions, communicating with and standing behind the creative community,” the magazine stated. “The message: close relationships with great suppliers are more vital than ever.” MAN Roland was the only offset press manufacturer on the list. “Being named to the Graphic Design USA 100 is better than making the Fortune 500, as far as I’m concerned,” says Yves Rogivue, CEO of MAN Roland Inc. “It’s a confirmation that we’re on target with our strategy of helping printers satisfy the needs of their customers more efficiently and more completely.” In an article describing the companies that were honored, the magazine pointed to MAN Roland’s “advanced technology, innovation and service,” adding: “MAN Roland sees the creative community as an essential component in the health and advancement of print communications. In this spirit, the company is sponsoring seminars for art directors and graphic designers — ‘Printing for Creatives’ — that offer hands-on updates of today’s print processes and technologies.” Graphic Design USA Publisher Gordon Kaye also praised the 2005 winners: “Here are the rare birds who understand the creative community, support it, and combine traditional values with state-of-the-art products and solutions.” Joining MAN Roland on the list were such brands as Apple Computer, Adobe and Crane & Company. The complete 100 Designer Friendly Companies list can be viewed at: www.gdusa.com/issue_2005/02_feb/feature/feat_01.php