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ISO9001:2000 Reaccreditation for Westwind

SUZHOU , PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 28 March 2006 – Westwind is delighted to announce that, following a system review and on-site audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), Westwind Air Bearings Suzhou Co. Ltd. has successfully achieved re-accreditation to the ISO9001:2000 Quality Standard.

Westwind's approval from the LRQA for the internationally recognised quality management system standard demonstrates Westwind’s commitment to improving the quality of the products offered to its customers worldwide.

Trevor Ness, General Manager, Westwind Air Bearings Suzhou Co. Ltd., said: “Achieving our ISO9001:2000 certification again reaffirms our commitment to best serving our customers. Our concentration on our design and manufacturing resources ensures that Westwind remains at the forefront of air bearing spindle technology and the industries we serve.”

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 facilities in the UK, 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). For more information, please visit www.westwind-airbearings.com.

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For further information contact:

Trevor Ness
General Manager
Westwind Air Bearings Suzhou Co. Ltd.
Building 8, GangTian Ind. Sq.
GangTian Road South, Suzhou Industrial Park
Jiangsu, 215024
People's Republic of China
Tel: +86 512 6283 7080
Fax: +86 512 6283 7087
Email: tness@gsig.com

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