Westwind News

Westwind at CPCA 22-24 March 2006

POOLE, UK, 14 March 2006 – Westwind Air Bearings is delighted to announce that a range of their latest spindle technologies will be exhibited at the CPCA Show 2006, held from 22nd – 24th March 2006, at the INTEX Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

Exhibiting in Booth #7H09, Hall 1F, Westwind will be displaying a range of air bearing spindles, including the ‘Storm’ 200,000 rpm PCB drilling spindle - setting a new industry standard, the Storm is Westwind’s fastest full range spindle ever.  Westwind will also be displaying a collection of 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 CPCA Show yet again.  With our presence at the CPCA Show and the recent opening of our new manufacturing and service facility in Suzhou, we are more committed than ever to best serving 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 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