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Raytheon�s Director of Lean Implementation to Keynote at Nepcon East

Apr 12, 2006

Richard Schuler, the Director of Lean Implementation at Raytheon Company�s Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover Massachusetts will present the keynote address, �Lean Transformation Process�Leveraging the Power of Many,� on Wednesday, May 10 at 11:00 am at the NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East event. The co-located manufacturing shows will take place May 10 & 11 at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston Massachusetts. Combined, the shows will provide Northeast manufacturers with a single, convenient source for cutting-edge manufacturing solutions at the board, component, and final product assembly levels.

Raytheon�s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) was awarded with the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing on September 14, 2005. The award recognized Raytheon�s Integrated Air Defense Center (IADC) in Andover, MA, for its successful lean manufacturing strategies and practices that had elevated the performance of its business center. The localized areas of success were achieved through applications of a generic transformational change process that had been tailored for Lean Implementation. Through leadership expectations, commitment, focus, training, and effectively connecting every employee to the expectations, Mr. Schuler and his team were able to achieve exceptional business performance.

�Raytheon�s achievement in winning the 2005 Shingo Prize is not only something to honor but also something to learn from,� stated Kelvin Marsden-Kish, Vice President of the NEPCON/Assembly family of events, produced by Reed Exhibitions. �The constant demand of doing more with less is what manufacturing professionals are challenged with daily. We are very excited to have Mr. Schuler share his successes and how they can be applied to the working environments of our attendees.�

About the Keynote Presenter

Richard Schuler is the Director of Lean Implementation for Integrated Defense Systems of Raytheon. In this role he is responsible for leading the transformation to a lean inclusive culture within IDS by establishing the strategy, policy deployment, process and measurements used by the organization.

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Mr. Schuler initially joined Raytheon in 1966 holding various positions in reliability engineering. From 1979 to 1989, he left Raytheon to work in several different commercial companies in operational roles of increasing responsibility. Upon returning to Raytheon in 1989, Mr. Schuler was Director of Metal Fabrication and was responsible for the execution of metal fabrication production in support of several IDS business areas. Most recently, Mr. Schuler has held various positions in several different disciplines. He has served as the Director of Integrated Air Defense Operations and is responsible for providing resources and direction for the operations team that was aligned with the IAD business to execute all air defense programs.

About NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East

NEPCON East/Electro will feature leading suppliers displaying the full range of electronics manufacturing solutions from adhesives and advance microelectronics to test equipment, rework and more. Assembly East, the Northeast�s leading trade event dedicated exclusively to final product assembly, will provide OEMs and contract manufacturers a variety of assembly solutions. The two show-floors are complimented by an all-new technical conference program featuring sessions in six tracks; Lean Workshops, Lean Implementation, RFID and Vision, Data Management, Electro Technology, and Electro Process. For more information about NEPCON East/Electro 2006 and to register for free show admission, visit http://www.nepconeast.com. For more information about Assembly East 2006 visit http://www.assemblyeast.com.

Also running concurrently will be the annual SMTA Boston Conference, a three-day technical conference for electronics manufacturers, produced by the SMTA (Surface Mount Technology Association). SMTA Boston begins one day earlier than the exhibition on May 9. For more information about the SMTA Boston Conference visit http://www.smta.org.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world�s largest organizer of business-to-business events. Each year Reed plans and executes approximately 50 events in the U.S. and Canada, serving 25 different industries and over a half million professionals. Reed shows are often the leading event in their industry, and Reed has the highest number of top 200 shows ranked by Trade Show Week magazine. A member of the Reed Elsevier plc group, a world-leading business and information provider, Reed offers integrated market access programs covering exhibitions, trade publications, direct marketing and the Internet over a database of 3.5 million in North America. Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, Reed also has offices in Newton, MA, Palm Beach, FL, Las Vegas, NV and Toronto, ONT (Canada). (NYSE:RUK/ENL)

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