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ATS AND EXFO FORM ALLIANCE

CAMBRIDGE, ON and QUEBEC CITY, PQ -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. and EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.


December 12, 2001  


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CAMBRIDGE, ON and QUEBEC CITY, PQ — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. and EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. have inked a strategic alliance agreement.

The agreement, designed to better meet the needs of optical component and systems manufacturers, will see the integration of EXFO’s automated manufacturing subsystems and test systems into ATS’ automation systems.

EXFO has assembled building blocks in the automated optical component manufacturing process such as optical test stations, nanorobot photonics alignment systems, and ultraviolet and infrared light-based curing technologies. ATS has developed expertise in automation, integration, optical path engineering, precision machine building, control software, as well as test and measurement systems.

The companies say the combined systems will allow optical component and systems manufacturers to increase yields, reduce costs, improve productivity and lessen human intervention on the production floor.

Under terms of the alliance, ATS and EXFO will jointly generate business leads, establish training programs for end-users, share marketing strategies and forecasts, and validate product development initiatives.

About ATS
ATS is a designer and producer of turnkey standard and custom automated manufacturing and test systems, which are used primarily by multinational corporations operating in a variety of industries. For more information, please visit http://www.atsautomation.com.

About EXFO
EXFO, which derives its name from EXpertise in Fiber Optics, is a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic test, measurement and automation solutions for the global telecommunications industry. For more information, visit http://www.exfo.com.


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