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ATS receives Gold 2000 Supplier Performance award from Johnson Controls - only Canadian company to win

December 06, 2000 | General
TSE Symbol: ATA

Cambridge, Ontario (December 6, 2000) - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today announced it has been awarded the 2000 gold supplier performance award by Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI). The awards are made annually by Johnson Controls, a global market leader in automotive systems, to recognize
exemplary supplier performance.

ATS's award was one of just nine gold awards presented for 2000 to selected companies from Johnson Controls supply base. ATS was the only Canadian company to be so recognized this year.

This is the second supplier performance award ATS has received from Johnson Controls in the past two years and its first gold award. The awards recognize supplier performance on three levels -- gold, silver and bronze. Performance is measured in four key areas: quality; commercial; material and logistics; and service and engineering support.

"Our supply base is an integral part of our process to develop and deliver world-class innovative products," said Larry Alles, vice president and general manager of worldwide purchasing for Johnson Controls. "Our suppliers' hard work and dedication have helped to position Johnson Controls as a leader within the automotive industry."

"Johnson Controls is an important long-term customer of ATS," said Bruce Seeley, Vice President, ATS Precision Components Group. "This award acknowledges the excellent performance achieved by the employees of the ATS Precision Components Group both in serving Johnson Controls and in making ATS a key supplier of high quality, precision components to industry leaders. We are committed to quality and continuous improvement to further enhance our performance as a world-class supplier and to win additional attractive business for ATS."

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls Inc. headquartered in Milwaukee Wisconsin USA is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. Its sales for 2000 totaled US $17.2 billion. The automotive business of Johnson Controls, based in Plymouth Michigan, it is a major supplier of seating, interior systems, and batteries. It employs 77,000 people at 285 facilities worldwide and achieved US $12.7 billion in sales for the fiscal 2000 year. In model year 2001, it will supply interior products for more than 23 million vehicles.

About ATS Automation Tooling Systems
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (www.atsautomation.com) is the industry's leading designer and producer of turn-key automated manufacturing and test systems, which are used primarily by multinational corporations operating in a variety of industries including: automotive, computer/electronics, healthcare, and consumer products. The Company also makes precision components and sub-assemblies using its own custom-built manufacturing systems, process knowledge and automation technology. ATS employs approximately 3,200 people at 25 facilities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company's shares are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbol ATA.

Certain forward looking statements are made in this news release, including statements regarding possible future business. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ATS' products, technologies, customer requirements and other risks detailed from time to time in ATS' periodic reports filed with Canadian regulatory authorities.

For more information:
Ron Jutras, Chief Financial Officer
1 (519) 653 6500