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First Lasers Shipped from China Facility

RUGBY, UK, 7 March 2006 — GSI Group, Laser Division, is proud to announce that the first lasers manufactured at its new Suzhou, People’s Republic of China, facility were shipped this month.

These carbon dioxide lasers have excellent beam quality for use with flying optics, galvos or fast X-Y stages to produce very fine cutting or engraving at high power density on the workpiece.  They are easy to integrate and have excellent gas lifetime for cutting and ablation of non-metals such as plastics, paper, wood, polymers, ceramics, thin metals, and composites

GSI’s investment in premium manufacturing technology, commitment of a highly skilled workforce, rigorous quality processes and use of approved international materials sources has enabled the successful transfer of world-class laser production to China.

Opened in November 2005, GSI Group’s new 5,000 square metre facility, located in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China, features demonstration equipment, meeting rooms, manufacturing space, and office space.  The facility serves the company’s growing markets in mainland China for its precision motion, laser, and laser system technology products

Steve Kew, Managing Director, GSI Group Laser Division, said: “The delivery of the first lasers from our new facility marks an important step for GSI Group, reaffirming our commitment to our customers in South-East Asia .  Our new local manufacturing and service facilities, close to the user, will allow us to provide local support and respond to our customers more effectively and address the ongoing growth in this region in a more comprehensive way.”

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 on GSI Group, please visit www.gsig.com.

For more information, please contact:

Riccardo Tomassoni, Sales & Marketing Director, GSI Group, Laser Division, Cosford Lane, Swift Valley, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1QN, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 1788 570321, Fax: +44 (0) 1788 569824, Email: rtomassoni@gsig.com.

Wai Meng Loh, Sales Manager – Greater China, GSI Group, Laser Division, Room 2801, Westgate Tower, No.1038 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200041, People’s Republic of China, Tel: +86 21 62180141, Fax: +86 21 62180547, Email: wmloh@gsig.com.