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SME will participate in Berlin International Air Show.

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January 22, 2008 - Entering agreement with Hannover Fairs USA, Society of Manufacturing Engineers will participate in Berlin International Air Show from May 27-June 1, 2008. SME will assemble international panel discussion on continuous improvement for aerospace manufacturers and their supply chains. Panelists will represent aerospace OEMs and suppliers who will share best practices, benchmarking experiences, process improvements, and lean manufacturing philosophy.

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers to Participate in the Berlin International Air Show

Press release date: January 18, 2008

DEARBORN, Mich. January 18, 2008 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces it has entered into an agreement with Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA) to participate in the Berlin International Air Show in Berlin, Germany, May 27 - June 1, 2008. Europe's largest 2008 air show attracts political, civil and military decision-makers from the developing countries of Central and Eastern Europe. SME will assemble an international panel discussion on continuous improvement for aerospace manufacturers and their supply chain. The panelists will represent aerospace OEMs and suppliers who will share best practices, benchmarking experiences, process improvements and their lean manufacturing philosophy. In Europe especially, where the euro value is high, adding value to production without adding cost to the customer is essential to a successful manufacturing operation. "Continuous improvement is increasingly important in the competitive global aerospace market," said Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of SME. "We are very pleased to connect the Berlin Air Show audience with manufacturing experts who can increase their knowledge and understanding of how to increase speed and quality through continuous improvement." Art Paredes, HFUSA president and CEO said, "We are delighted to have the Society aboard as they bring a very special expertise to this event." He went on to say, "Price and delivery pressures impact both North American and European aerospace suppliers and OEMs but with the dollar-euro exchange rates nearing $1.50, the Europeans are under greater pressure to manage costs. Continuous improvement will play a major role in addressing costs and may even give the Europeans an advantage in the future when the dollar strengthens." About The Berlin International Air Show: The Berlin International Air Show is Europe's largest 2008 air show with more than 1000 exhibitors from 42 countries, more than 340 aircraft on display and more than 250,000 visitors. The Berlin International Air Show, known as "ILA" in Europe, opened its doors in 1909 and with the Wright Brothers as the first North American exhibitor. In addition to broad international participation, India is the "Partner Country" in 2008 and will bring a large delegation of military, civil and commercial aviation interests to the event. For additional information about the Berlin International Air Show, go to http://www.hf-usa.com/ila. About SME: The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (www.sme.org) is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

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