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Westwind to Make Debut at JIMTOF Show 2006

TOKYO, Japan, 5 October 2006 - GSI Group Japan Corporation – Westwind Air Bearings Division, will be exhibiting for the first time at the JIMTOF Show 2006 (Japan International Machine Tool Fair), held from
1st - 8th November 2006 at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre), Japan.

Located in Booth #W4027, Westwind will be displaying a range of spindles including the D1091-03 100,000rpm air turbine driven spindle and the D1733 250,000rpm micro via drilling spindle. Other high speed air spindles, for ultra precision machining and heavy precision grinding, being featured will include the D1410 50,000rpm 5kW for precision grinding or lens turning, and the M320 80,000 rpm driller/router spindle suitable for fine hole drilling, light internal grinding, light milling, engraving and routing.

Itsuro Ishii, Sales & Marketing Manager, GSI Group Japan Corporation – Westwind Air Bearings Division, said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at the JIMTOF Show for the first time and would be interested in talking with anyone interested in finding out more about how Westwind air bearings could benefit their machine tool application.”

With an extensive range of well-proven air bearing spindle designs, many to solve specific problems experienced by machine tool manufacturers using traditional bearing systems, Westwind air bearings have proved successful in the harshest manufacturing environments around the world. Typical applications include drilling, routing, engraving, light milling, optical glass machining, diamond turning and high speed internal and external grinding. Advantages of using air bearing spindles for industrial applications include speeds from 500 rpm to 200,000 rpm, motor powers up to 20 kW and ISO taper automatic tool change options.

Westwind Air Bearings is a division of GSI Group. Westwind has facilities in Japan, UK, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan R.O.C. and USA. GSI Group Inc. develops and delivers the enabling technology solutions that bring advanced manufacturing applications to life. Our leading brands include precision motion products, lasers, and laser systems, and are used to increase efficiency and productivity in the global medical, semiconductor, electronics, and industrial markets. The company’s common shares are listed on Nasdaq (GSIG). For more information, please visit www.westwind-airbearings.com.