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Westwind Showcase at Semicon Japan

POOLE, UK, 23 November 2005 – Westwind Air Bearings, the World’s leading air bearing spindle supplier to the semiconductor industry, is proud to announce their participation at SEMICON Japan 2005, being held 7-9 December 2005, at the Makuhari Messe Exhibition Event Hall and Conference Center, Chiba, Japan.

Located in Hall 7, Booth #7A-1103, GSI Group Japan Corporation - Westwind Air Bearings Division, will be showcasing a range of air bearing spindles for semiconductor processing applications including back grinding, edge grinding, dicing and wafer spinning.

Westwind supplies high-tech wheelhead and workhead air bearing spindles to many major equipment OEMs for wafer grinding applications up to 300mm diameter.  With speeds up to 15,000 rpm, the high quality motion, incredible precision, minimal vibration and high bearing stiffness of these air bearing spindles make them ideal for wafer back grinding.

Westwind also supplies spindles for wafer dicing capable of carrying single or multiple blades with diameters from 50 to 100mm.  Recent developments for 300mm wafer processing include longer bodies for greater reach, larger brushless DC motors for greater power up to 2.2kW and rotational speeds up to 60,000 rpm.  In addition, Westwind will also be exhibiting an air bearing linear slide for high vacuum process applications.

Itsuro Ishii, General Manager Sales & Marketing, GSI Group Japan Corporation - Westwind Air Bearings Division, said: “Westwind provides new solutions by working closely with our clients on customised designs.  Semicon Japan is an important show for us, giving our customers the opportunity to discover more about our latest technologies.  We are happy to speak with anyone about how air bearings could benefit their application.”

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

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