Leading CAD/CAM/PLM supplier opens ATC in HCM City

April 10, 2008 - United States Of America

Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific Inc of USA, officially opened its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, with a celebration that included over 150 guests, including representatives of media, government and customers, as well as local and overseas partners.

Mr. Bui Xuan Khu, Permanent Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, was chief guest at the opening ceremony together with Mr. Kenneth Fairfax, US Consul General, and Marc Giles, president and CEO of Gerber Scientific Inc.

Gerber Technology is a world-leading supplier of automated CAD/CAM/PLM solutions for industries including apparel, aerospace, composites, furniture, automotive, aerospace, marine, and industrial fabrics.

Currently in Vietnam there are about 200 domestic and foreign-invested companies using more than 500 Gerber systems. These companies include Vinatex, Viet Tien, Thanh Cong Garment, Protrade, 10 Garment, Thang Long, Duc Giang, Nam Dinh Garment, Nam Dinh Textile, Hai Phong 2, Triumph, Adidas, Mascot and Urban Sofa. These companies are not only an important factor in Vietnam's continuing growth and export strategy, but also in increasing employment for the country.

Gerber's ATC in Ho Chi Minh City is a 750m(2) (8,000ft(2)) facility which was developed to provide product demonstration, training, and to showcase the company's systems; Gerber has invested $1 million on the building, offices and systems. Customers will be able to visit and see demonstrations of state-of- the-art automated spreading systems, multi-ply cutting systems, new-generation plotting, digitizing and computer-aided design applications.

The center offers product testing and training for customers, engineers, designers, and industry students nationwide. It is the first center of its kind in SouthEast Asia, and will also serve the needs of apparel and related industries in the neighboring countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

"In recent years, Vietnam has emerged as an attractive market, providing opportunities for businesses, service providers, and manufacturers around the world. Local industry is enjoying significant growth in apparel manufacturing activities, and Gerber is highly involved with this growth.

The company established a Wholly-Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE), with headquarters in Hanoi, in May, 2007. In addition to the Hanoi office and the new Advanced Technology Center in Ho Chi Minh City, a service location will open in Danang in the near future," said James Arthurs, President Asia-Pacific, Gerber Scientific, Inc.