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Westwind at Circuitex 2006

POOLE, UK, 4 April 2006 - Westwind Air Bearings will be exhibiting for the first time at the Circuitex Suzhou Show 2006, held from 19th - 21st April 2006, at the Suzhou International Expo Center, People's Republic of China.

Located in Booth #AG28, Hall 3A, Westwind will be displaying a range of their latest spindles, including the 'Storm' 200,000 rpm PCB drilling spindle - Westwind's fastest full range spindle ever. Westwind will also be displaying high-speed air bearing spindles including the D1733 250,000 rpm spindle, a dedicated small hole drilling spindle specifically designed for IC substrate and microvia mechanical drilling, and the resilient 'Tornado' 160,000 rpm spindle, fitted with Westwind's proven high reliability Automatic Tool Change (ATC) system for productivity as good as new after testing to half a million tool changes.

Trevor Ness, General Manager, Westwind Air Bearings Suzhou Co. Ltd., said: "We are delighted to be exhibiting at the Circuitex Show for the first time. Our presence at the show, along with the recent opening of our new manufacturing and service facility in Suzhou, shows we are more dedicated than ever in providing the best service available for our customers in mainland China."

The new 5,000 square metre facility, located in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu, People's Republic of China, was opened in November 2005. The GSI Group facility 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.

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, 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