Minitab Opens New Office in Australia



    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., and SYDNEY, Australia, April 2 /CNW/ -- Minitab Inc.,
the leading global provider of software and services for quality improvement
and statistics education, announced today the opening of Minitab Pty Ltd, its
new subsidiary in Australia. The full service office is located in Sydney and
will help fulfill the company's mission to provide professionals with the
tools and resources they need to improve their processes and train their
students.
    Minitab Inc. is best known for its flagship product, Minitab(R)
Statistical Software. The package was originally created in 1972 to help
professors teach statistics, but has since evolved into the premier software
organisations use when analysing business data to improve the quality of their
goods and services. It is used to implement virtually every major Six Sigma
improvement initiative around the world, and to teach statistics in more than
4,000 colleges and universities.
    "Our customers in Australia and New Zealand are committed to excellence,
and we're excited to expand our global presence in a way that will help them
achieve it," says Tina Konrath, Minitab's Group Executive for Sales, Technical
Support and Training. "Minitab Pty Ltd allows us to give them the support they
need, and to deliver it locally and directly."
    Minitab Pty Ltd will provide sales and customer service for both Minitab
15 and Quality Companion 2 by Minitab(TM), a software package that gives
professionals the tools, organisational support and guidance they need to
implement quality improvement projects.
    The office will also provide Training by Minitab(TM) and Technical
Support by Minitab(TM), services that helped establish the company's
reputation for delivering outstanding, customer-focused solutions.
    Training by Minitab includes both public and on-site courses, as well as
Quality Trainer by Minitab(TM) - a Web-based service that teaches
professionals how to apply quality statistics using Minitab. Technical Support
by Minitab is delivered by specialists who are highly skilled in Minitab
software and quality improvement, and is available to Minitab customers free
of charge by phone or online.
    "Companies that analyse their processes and make sound decisions based on
data are the ones most likely to thrive," said Elias Alam, Minitab Pty Ltd's
General Manager. "Our goal is to help them embrace this approach so they can
maximise their productivity and improve their bottom line."
    Minitab Pty Ltd is Minitab's third subsidiary. In 1995, Minitab Ltd was
formed in the United Kingdom to serve customers in Europe. In 1998, Minitab
SARL was formed in France to serve French-speaking customers in France,
Belgium, Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe and Africa.

    
    Minitab Pty Ltd is located at:
    Level 6, 17 Castlereagh Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Australia
    Phone: + 61 (0) 2 9312 3700
    Fax: +61 (0) 2 9312 3799
    Sales: + 61 (0) 2 9312 3710
    Technical Support: +61 (0) 2 9312 3711
    

    To learn more about Minitab and the products and services it offers,
please visit http://www.minitab.com.au

    
    About Minitab
    
    Minitab Inc. is one of the world's leading developers of statistical
analysis and process improvement software and services for academic and
commercial users. Minitab Statistical Software is the preferred package for
businesses of all sizes and is used in more than 80 countries. Quality
Companion by Minitab is the package professionals use to plan and execute
quality improvement initiatives around the world.
    Distinguished companies that use Minitab software and services include
Toshiba, 3M, Honeywell International, National Australia Bank (NAB), BHP
Billiton, Samsung, and Tyco Healthcare. Minitab Statistical Software is also
used at every major university in Australia and by the leading Six Sigma
consultants.
    Minitab Inc. is headquartered in State College, PA. It operates offices
in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia, and has additional
representatives throughout the world.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION or materials, including screen shots, product
packaging images and logos, and other graphics, contact Eston Martz in
Minitab's Marketing Department: PublicRelations@minitab.com





For further information:

For further information: Eston Martz, Marketing, of Minitab Inc., 
PublicRelations@minitab.com, or Minitab Pty Ltd, Australia, 
+61-0-2-9312-3700, fax, +61-0-2-9312-3799 Web Site: http://www.minitab.com/

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