GlobalSpec Introduces Enhanced Part Number Search Product

Functionality Makes Distributors’ Product Lines More Easily Discoverable
by Engineering and Technical Professionals

TROY, NY - 5/16/07 - GlobalSpec (www.globalspec.com) the leading specialized search engine, information resource and e-publishing company for the engineering, industrial and technical communities, today announced the release of PartFinderSM, a part number search product designed to meet the specific needs of manufacturing, industrial, technical and engineering professionals – and distributors and other suppliers interested in reaching this targeted audience.

Located at www.globalspec.com, PartFinder offers distributors and other suppliers a way to maximize the visibility of their products and business among an audience of engineering, technical and industrial professionals looking for specific parts. Product results can link directly to any page on a distributor’s Web site, including a shopping cart, inventory pages, datasheets, CAD files or a distributor’s contact information page on GlobalSpec. Additionally, distributors can easily update their presence on PartFinder to reflect current inventory, ensuring that they are only generating results for parts they have in-stock.

PartFinder complements SpecSearch®, GlobalSpec’s search technology offering the ability to search catalogs by specification, and satisfies the other major use case for finding parts. PartFinder allows users who are searching for a specific part for uses such as re-ordering parts, placing new orders, ordering replacement parts, or seeking a second source for parts to easily find the items they need. Users can search by a number of different criteria, including part number, manufacturer name, distributor name, or description. Users have access to PartFinder at no cost.

"It’s evident that engineering, technical and industrial professionals are relying on the Internet to find the right parts needed in their day-to-day work activities," said GlobalSpec Senior Vice President of Marketing Guy Maser. "Results of our recent Distributor Buying Trends survey show that 87 percent of respondents purchase parts online. While search by specification is preferred when customers don't know exactly which product will meet their need, 69 percent search for parts by number at least once a month. PartFinder offers these professionals a fast and easy way to find parts, while allowing distributors to benefit by gaining new customers and market share."

About GlobalSpec, Inc.
GlobalSpec, Inc. is the leading specialized vertical search, information services and e-publishing company serving the engineering, technical and industrial communities. GlobalSpec users benefit from domain-expert search engines, a broad range of proprietary and aggregated Web-based content and over 56 product-specific e-newsletters – helping them search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content. SpecSearch®, GlobalSpec’s trademarked search technology, allows users to search by specification more than 171 million parts in 2,200,000 product families from more than 21,000 supplier catalogs. For suppliers, GlobalSpec offers highly filtered sales and marketing opportunities, product promotion and brand advertising platforms, and a wide range of e-media advertising and marketing solutions.

GlobalSpec, SpecSearch, The Engineering Search Engine and The Engineering Web are registered trademarks of GlobalSpec, Inc.

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Amber Cooleen
Senior Product Marketing Manager
518.238.6647
E-mail: amber.cooleen@ihs.com

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