ATS strengthens leadership of automation business with two key executive appointments



    TSX: ATA

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today
announced the appointment of two experienced senior executives to lead the
Company's automation systems operations, its core business.

    President and Chief Operating Officer, ASG

    Effective September 11, 2007, James Rowan will join the Company as
President and Chief Operating Officer of Automation Systems Group (ASG).
    During his successful 25 year career, Mr. Rowan held progressively senior
executive positions in a number of large-scale, global corporations in Canada
and Europe, including Flextronics International, a leading
vertically-integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company,
headquartered in Singapore. While at Flextronics, he served as Managing
Director, UK Operations and, later, as Vice-President, European Operations
with overall responsibility for Europe, reporting directly to the global Chief
Operating Officer. In this position, Mr. Rowan managed a network of
manufacturing facilities across Europe and close to 17,000 employees. During
his tenure, Flextronics grew from $500 million in sales to over $16 billion,
becoming an undisputed global leader in the EMS industry. More recently, Mr.
Rowan served as Executive Vice-President, Global Operations at Celestica
Corporation, with responsibility for the performance of 26 factories employing
close to 50,000 people in 15 countries. He has a background in engineering in
his native Scotland and earlier in his career, was a successful entrepreneur
delivering custom prototyping for global manufacturers.
    Mr. Rowan assumes leadership responsibility for Automation Systems Group,
a multinational provider of automation solutions employing approximately 2200
skilled employees in 10 countries.
    He will report to Ron Jutras, ATS Chief Executive Officer. In announcing
Mr. Rowan's appointment, Mr. Jutras said: "In recruiting for this key role, we
sought out a strong, globally experienced manufacturing executive with a
proven track record of performance in complex organizations. In Jim Rowan,
we've found exactly what we sought. Jim brings outstanding leadership skills,
a global mindset and a quarter century of worldwide experience gained in
serving large, sophisticated multinational manufacturing businesses. He makes
a great addition to our much improved executive management team and I am
confident he will help us to achieve our vision of becoming the world's best
automation solutions provider."

    President, ASG Operations Europe and Asia

    The Company is also pleased to announce that ATS veteran Bruce Seeley is
assuming the newly-created role of ASG President, Europe and Asia.
    In this new role, Mr. Seeley assumes leadership responsibility for nine
ASG manufacturing operations in Asia and Europe in addition to the Company's
REM operations in Cambridge, Ontario. Mr. Seeley has served ATS for the past
13 years, primarily as Vice President, Precision Components Group (PCG) and
since June, 2007 was interim Chief Operating Officer of ASG. Mr. Seeley has
amassed extensive experience in advanced manufacturing during his 27 year
career. Under his leadership, PCG successfully implemented a number of
continuous improvement programs including Six Sigma, achieved
internationally-recognized quality standards and recently expanded operations
to China. Mr. Seeley was also responsible for the successful launch and
expansion of the Company's REM business and has achieved improved cross
regional cooperation and collaboration in both ASG and REM operations over the
past year. Mr. Seeley will continue to act in an advisory capacity to PCG
until the business is divested.
    In commenting on Mr. Seeley's appointment, Mr. Jutras said: "Bruce has
been an invaluable member of the ATS family for many years and has
consistently demonstrated the strength of leadership and discipline necessary
to drive performance improvement. He firmly understands the needs of our
customers, employees and shareholders and is well known by our regional ASG
executives. Bruce will make an outstanding partner for Jim in managing our
worldwide operations."
    ASG's now-enlarged leadership team has a clear mandate to strengthen the
performance of the Company's core operations, enter new markets for
automation, build the trusted ATS global brand and further develop the talents
and experience of its valued employees.
    Going forward, recruiting for the vacant role of ASG President, North
America is a key priority for the new management team, and an executive search
to identify suitable candidates is currently underway.

    About ATS

    ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. provides innovative, custom designed,
built and installed manufacturing solutions to many of the world's most
successful companies. Founded in 1978, ATS uses its industry-leading knowledge
and global capabilities to serve the sophisticated automation systems' needs
of multinational customers in industries such as healthcare,
computer/electronics, automotive and consumer products. It also leverages its
many years of repetitive manufacturing experience and skills to fulfill the
specialized repetitive equipment manufacturing requirements of customers.
Through its solar business, ATS participates in the growing solar energy
industry and through its precision components business it produces, in high
volume, precision components and subassemblies. ATS employs approximately
3,500 people at 24 manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States,
Europe, southeast Asia and China. The Company's shares are traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ATA. Visit the Company's website at
www.atsautomation.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains certain statements that constitute
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws
("forward-looking statements"). Such forward-looking statements involve known
and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual
results, performance or achievements of ATS or its employees, or developments
in ATS's business or in its industry, to differ materially from the
anticipated results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or
implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include
all disclosure regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations
that is based on courses of action and assumptions about future economic
conditions. Forward-looking statements may also include, without limitation,
any statement relating to future events, conditions or circumstances. ATS
cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking
statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Forward-looking
statements relate to, among other things: Mr. Rowan assuming the role of
President and Chief Operating Officer of ASG; Mr. Seeley assuming the
newly-created role of ASG President, Europe and Asia; ATS becoming the world's
best automation solutions provider; the Company strengthening the performance
of its core operations, entering new markets for automation, building the ATS
global brand and further developing its employees; and recruiting an
individual for the role of ASG President, North America. The risks and
uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, but are not
limited to: the ability of Mr. Rowan and Mr. Seeley to function effectively in
their new roles with ATS; the ability of the leadership team to strengthen the
performance of the core operations of ATS; the ability of ATS to enter new
markets for its automation products; the ability of ATS to maintain and build
its multinational customer base; the ability of ATS to maintain and further
build its global brand; the success ATS has in further developing the talent
of its employees; and other risks detailed from time to time in ATS's filings
with Canadian provincial securities regulators. Forward-looking statements are
based on management's current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and
opinions, and ATS does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking
statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections,
beliefs and opinions change.

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For further information: Carl Galloway, Vice President and Treasurer;
Gerry Beard, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, (519) 653-6500


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