EDF Energies Nouvelles places 3-year order to buy solar modules from Photowatt

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    CAMBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Photowatt International, the solar
products manufacturing business of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., today
announced it has signed a three-year agreement to supply EDF Energies
Nouvelles - a world-class player in the green electricity generation market
and an affiliate of Electricité de France - with refined metallurgical silicon
solar modules.
    The agreement stipulates that Photowatt will provide EDF Energies
Nouvelles with 10 megawatts (MWs) of refined metallurgical silicon modules per
annum from 2008 through to December 31, 2010, for a total of 30 MWs. In
addition, EDF Energies Nouvelles has the option of ordering another 7.5 MW of
refined metallurgical silicon products in 2008 and another 15 MWs per year in
2009 and 2010.
    "This is the first multi-year order that Photowatt has secured for its
refined metallurgical silicon products," said John K. Bell, ATS Chief
Executive Officer. "In this regard, it is a breakthrough and provides
Photowatt with a high quality customer for a substantial portion of its annual
output of metallurgical silicon modules. There is a high degree of trust
between the parties and a commitment to work together to enjoy the benefits of
power efficiency gains we can achieve."

    About EDF Energies Nouvelles

    EDF Energies Nouvelles, a 50%-owned subsidiary of the EDF group
(Electricité de France), is a world-class player in the green energy
generation market and renewable energies with gross installed capacity of
1,188 MW worldwide at June 30, 2007 (including net capacity of 868 MW). With a
presence in 9 European countries and in the United States, EDF Energies
Nouvelles operates in four renewable energy segments (solar, wind, biomass and
hydro). Since November 2006, EDF Energies Nouvelles has been listed in
Compartment A of the Eurolist by Euronext Paris (code: EEN, ISIN code:
FR0010400143). www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com.

    About Photowatt

    Photowatt is a 60 MW integrated designer, manufacturer and marketer of
solar modules and installation kits used by customers throughout Europe and
the United States. A pioneer in the photovoltaic industry, Photowatt has been
developing and selling its well-recognized products since 1979. Its integrated
ingot, wafer, cell and module production capabilities, silicon processing
technologies, advanced wafer sawing techniques, established market positions,
relationships with key distributors and installers and value-added design
services, provide it with distinct competitive advantages in the growing
global solar industry. Based near Lyon France, Photowatt employs approximately
700 people and its PW 1650 solar modules were recently ranked first place by
Photon International in annual energy generated per watt peak installed.

    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 Photowatt 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

    Forward Looking Statement

    This news 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 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 assumptions about future economic conditions and courses of action.
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, expected timing of deliveries under the contract that is
announced in this news release; the estimated solar power capacity to be
manufactured; and enjoyment of benefits of power efficiency gains. The risks
and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among
others; general market performance; market performance within the solar
sector; ability to secure required funding for the solar business; performance
of ATS's solar business; currency fluctuations; inability to finalize
agreements and secure funding necessary for the lab fab project; that
Photowatt is unable to achieve technical advances in cell efficiency;
potential inability of silicon suppliers to meet delivery and schedule
targets; reversal of current silicon supply arrangements; possibility that
improvements in production efficiencies will not be obtained and/or, if they
are, will not be sufficient to offset higher silicon costs and shortages and
any reductions in average selling price of solar products; the cost and
availability of silicon and other raw materials and certain specialized
manufacturing tools and fixtures used in the production of Photowatt's
products; the successful expansion of production capability and adoption of
new production processes; the extent of market demand for solar products such
as those developed by the solar business; the availability and timing of
government subsidies for solar products, the development of superior or
alternative technologies to those developed by the solar business; and other
risks detailed from time to time in ATS's filings with Canadian provincial
securities regulators, including ATS's Annual Report and Annual Information
Form for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. 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:

For further information: John K. Bell, ATS Chief Executive Officer,
(519) 653-6500

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