Photowatt France announces temporary shutdown

    TSX: ATA

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, April 28, 2009 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
today announced that its Photowatt France operation will halt production for
three weeks in response to lower demand for solar modules and systems.
    The temporary shutdown, which begins next week, will impact approximately
450 production employees at Photowatt France's production facility in
Bourgoin-Jallieu, France. Photowatt will make use of this period to implement
process improvements.

    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, energy, automotive and consumer products. It also
leverages its many years of experience and skills to fulfill the specialized
automation product manufacturing requirements of customers. Through Photowatt
Technologies, ATS participates in the growing solar energy industry as an
integrated manufacturer of ingots, wafers, cells and modules.
Photowatt-branded products and systems serve businesses, institutions and
homeowners in established and emerging markets. ATS employs approximately
2,700 people at 17 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

    Note to Readers

    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 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, Photowatt France's plan to temporarily halt production for 3
weeks. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements
include, among others, general market performance including capital market
conditions and availability of credit; economic market conditions; performance
of the market sectors that ATS serves; extent of market demand for solar
products, the level of solar module orders obtained by Photowatt France, 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:

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

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