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WhatTheyThink to Conduct Educational Webinar on Computer Integrated Manufacturing for Commercial Printers, Sponsored by MAN Roland and EFI

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December 8, 2005 -- Lexington, Kentucky USA -- WhatTheyThink.com today announced the opportunity for industry professionals to attend a free printing industry educational webinar on the topic of Computer Integrated Manufacturing: Automating the Print Production Process for Commercial, Digital and In-Plant Printers, with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne. Sponsored by MAN Roland and EFI, the event will be held Thursday, December 14th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST. No-charge registration is available at this special Internet page: http://members.whattheythink.com/home/webinarregistrationform.cfm During this one-hour event, a panel of experts will provide graphic arts executives with insight, advice and guidance relative to implement Computer Integrated Manufacturing for the commercial and in-plant printing industry. In an interactive round table format, facilitated by Sherburne, panelist will answer prepared questions and questions submitted by the audience about the lessons they have learned in implementing CIM, how their profitability and productivity have been affected, and what they plan for the future. Hundreds of printing executives regularly attend WhatTheyThink Webinars and access the archived material for later review. “This second in a two-part series will incorporate important information for industry executives,” stated Randy Davidson, President of WhatTheyThink.com. “In a world where print is increasingly under fire from alternative methods of business communications, CIM is a key enabler in our efforts to ensure that print remains a viable business communications option far into the future.” Part One in the series was conducted on August 31, 2005. It is recommended that attendees review the material contained in that webinar as background information prior to this session. Cary Sherburne, WhatTheyThink Senior Editor, is a well-known journalist, author and strategic marketing consultant working primarily with the printing and publishing industry. Sherburne frequently moderates and presents at WhatTheyThink Webinars and other events. “The best way to learn about CIM is to hear from those who have made significant implementation progress in their own businesses.” Sherburne says. “Our new interactive format will provide even more opportunity for attendees to have their burning questions answered live during the program.” Participants will be able to view and listen to the presentation using a standard Internet browser with audio streamed via computer. About MAN Roland: 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. About EFI EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing. EFI's award-winning technologies offer document management tools from creation to print, including high fidelity color and black and white Fiery print servers that can output up to 2000 ppm; powerful production workflow and print management information software solutions for increased performance and cost efficiency; and an array of business-critical enterprise and mobile printing solutions. EFI maintains 22 offices worldwide. 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 Cary Sherburne Cary Sherburne is a well-known journalist, author and strategic marketing consultant working primarily with the printing and publishing industry. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ms. Sherburne was the Vice President of Marketing Communications and Outsourcing Solutions at IKON Office Solutions. Her tenure in the printing and publishing industry has also included sales, marketing and management roles at InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, Xerox Corporation, Indigo America and Bitstream. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, a regular contributor to WhatTheyThink.com and has written three books, available through the National Association for Printing Leadership (www.napl.org). Sherburne can be reached at [email protected] or www.SherburneAssociates.com.

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