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Photowatt France Announces Temporary Shutdown
ATS Automation Posted 04/28/2009
CAMBRIDGE, ON - 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.
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 www.atsautomation.com.
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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 solarproducts, 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.