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Finn-Flare Implements Gerber Technology’s webPDM Solution

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(Connecticut, USA, FEBRUARY 03, 2009) Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB), the world leader in automated CAD/CAM and PLM solutions for the apparel and flexible materials industry, announced today that Finn-Flare, a leader in the Russian apparel market, has implemented Gerber’s webPDM  as part of their Product Lifecycle Management initiatives. 

Gerber Technology’s webPDM product is now an integral part of Finn-Flare’s overall IT system.  webPDM supports Finn-Flare’s need to keep pace with rapid growth by reducing lead times, enhancing communication and collaboration with contractors, and improving the visibility and quality of information flow along the production chain.  

“Thanks to webPDM we succeeded in cost and time reduction of all production processes. It is easier to work with the program and to follow all movements of every person and mechanism involved,” reported Anna Sirotkina, Deputy General Director of Finn-Flare.

With webPDM it is now possible for Finn-Flare to access actual production information from any part of the world. Finn-Flare also reports that redundant data entry has been eliminated, resulting is increased productivity and drastically reduced product development turnaround. 

Finn-Flare’s management team realized that a reliable Product Data Management solution was essential to maintain Finn-Flare’s continual strive to improve on their already successful track record.  webPDM was selected for its diverse functionality including Line Assortment, Bill of Material, Bill of Labor, and Cost Summary customization.  Pertinent data is automatically populated into an intuitive graphic user interface through the program’s graphic editor. The addition of webPDM technology will assist Finn-Flare with its continued trend of rapid growth. GT Solutions, the official representative of Gerber Technology in Russia and Ukraine, configured and implemented webPDM for Finn-Flare.   

About Finn-Flare

Finn-Flare, a clothing factory originally known as Salon Leninkitukku, was founded in 1960 in Salo, Finland. The company experienced immediate success and quickly rose to become an industry leader. In 1965 the company began producing clothing under the registered trademark Finn-Flare. Through participation in prestigious international exhibitions such as Igedo (Germany), as well as Scandinavian Fashion Week, Finn Flare successfully introduced its products to Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, the USA and the USSR.  The company’s retail network presently includes 26 company stores in Helsinki, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Astana, as well as a franchising network consisting of 245 stores located in the largest cities of Russia and Kazakhstan.

Today, Finn-Flare is known for its stylish, modern collections of clothing, footwear and accessories for the European market. The company’s motto, “Be casual” promotes a life-style for self-assured modern townspeople who prefer comfortable and durable clothes, natural fabrics, and harmonious silhouettes. All collections are developed under the keen guidance of Guisi Lara, the famous Italian designer.   Finn Flare has twice received the prestigious "Product of the Year” award and recently received a gold star under the nomination "Effective development of business and invariably high quality".

The rights to the Finn-Flare trade mark belong to Finnish company Ruveta OY. Further information about Finn-Flare is available online at www.finnflare.ru.

About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology, a business unit of $640 million corporation Gerber Scientific, Inc., develops and manufactures the world's leading brands of integrated software and hardware automation systems for the sewn products and flexible materials industries. These systems automate and significantly improve the efficiency of information management, product design and development, pre-production and production processes. The company offers specialized solutions to a variety of end-user markets including apparel, aerospace, transportation interiors, furniture, composites and industrial fabrics. Gerber Technology’s world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in more than 126 countries serving a total of over 20,500 customers through 16 Customer Solutions Centers on six continents. The company engineers and manufactures its products in various locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit www.gerbertechnology.com.

About Gerber Scientific, Inc.

Established in 1968, Gerber Technology is one of four businesses of Gerber Scientific, Inc. of South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S.A., a corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the “GRB” symbol. For more information, visit www.gerberscientific.com.

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Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.