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Continuous Quality at Westwind

POOLE, UK, 17 August 2005 – Westwind Air Bearings is delighted to announce that, following a system review and on-site audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), Westwind Air Bearings has successfully achieved re-accreditation to the ISO9001:2000 Quality Standard.

Westwind's approval from the LRQA for Quality Management Systems demonstrates the company's commitment to improving the quality of the activities of the business.  Jim O’Neil, Quality Manager, Westwind Air Bearings, said: “Achieving our ISO9001:2000 certification again reaffirms our commitment to putting our customers first.  By concentrating our design and manufacturing resources on the development and production of state-of-the-art air bearing spindle systems, Westwind continues to remain at the forefront of the industries it serves.”

A focus on quality is important in sustaining long-term business success and opportunity.  Certification to the internationally recognised quality management system standard ISO 9001 gives a clear demonstration of Westwind’s commitment to the quality of the products offered to its customers worldwide.  ISO 9001 has become the international reference for quality requirements with certification, the preferred solution for over half a million organisations in 159 countries.

Westwind Air Bearings, a division of GSI Group, is universally recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of air bearing spindle systems, with offices in the UK, USA, People’s Republic of China, Japan and Taiwan.  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) and The Toronto Stock Exchange (GSI).  For more information, visit www.gsig.com.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Whitlock
Marketing Officer
Westwind Air Bearings
Holton Road, Holton Heath
Poole, Dorset.  BH16 6LN. UK 
Tel: +44 01202 627259
Fax: +44 01202 627208
Email:mwhitlock@gsig.com