GlobalSpec and PARTsolutions Announce Strategic Partnership

Agreement Integrates PARTsolutions’ CAD-Independent PARTserver and
GlobalSpec’s Powerful Search Technology

TROY, NY – (INTERNETWIRE) – 3/27/03 – GlobalSpec, Inc., the industry’s largest online resource for the engineering community, has announced a strategic partnership with PARTsolutions® LLC, a leading provider of standard and supplier parts catalog software, available as both Web-based and workstation-resident applications. The partnership integrates PARTsolutions’ PARTserver® and GlobalSpec’s proprietary search technology (SpecSearch®).

SpecSearch, GlobalSpec’s specification-driven search engine, enables engineers and technical buyers to find the exact technical products and services needed for their projects. Integrating PARTserver into SpecSearch gives this user community direct access to PARTsolutions’ 2D and 3D technology. Once the user has identified the manufacturers meeting the required specifications and a CAD file is available, the file can be requested from PARTsolutions as either a 2D drawing or 3D model. The file can then be downloaded directly into the project design. PARTsolutions’ technology provides native CAD data, including full part and assembly design history.

“Partnering with PARTsolutions enhances the value GlobalSpec provides to our user community and demonstrates our commitment to create relationships that help engineers increase their productivity,” commented John Schneiter, president of GlobalSpec. “Leveraging our unique strengths with the CAD technology that PARTsolutions offers greatly improves design accuracy and speed for our technical users.”

“PARTsolutions is excited about its strategic partnership with GlobalSpec and looks forward to serving joint customers by combining the best digital catalog technology with the best component search technology in the world,” commented Tim Thomas, CEO of PARTsolutions. “Engineers utilizing SpecSearch and PARTserver will optimize their time by eliminating the non-value added task of re-modeling existing component geometry.”

Following an exhaustive technology assessment, Rittal Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, recently selected GlobalSpec and PARTsolutions for their new TopTherm Air Conditioner product line. “We chose PARTsolutions due to their engineering flexibility, international support, and native-format model delivery system. By combining this capability with an international search engine like GlobalSpec, we are able to immediately satisfy any potential customers’ technical need before they make contact with Rittal. Ultimately this provides us with a significant advantage early on in the sales cycle,” said Mike Murphy, Industrial Products Manager for Rittal Corporation.

About GlobalSpec, Inc.

GlobalSpec, Inc. is the world’s largest online resource of technical catalogs searchable by specification, connecting engineers and technical buyers with the products and services they need. SpecSearch, GlobalSpec’s parametric search technology, provides users bias-free access to more than 820,000 searchable product families representing over 42 million parts from more than 9,000 searchable supplier catalogs. GlobalSpec currently has more than 575,000 registered users. Information about GlobalSpec can be found at www.globalspec.com.

About PARTsolutions LLC

PARTsolutions LLC is the leading supplier of cross-media, catalog publishing solutions, with offerings for Internet, CD-ROM and print catalogs. Manufacturers increase sales by enabling engineers to specify components early in the design process. Engineers reduce design time with access to components and assemblies in over 85 CAD formats, addressing nearly 100% of all global CAD seats, independent of CAD system. PARTsolutions delivered over 2 million configured products in 2002, with more than 25 million page impressions. Information about PARTsolutions can be found at www.part-solutions.com.

About Rittal Corporation

Rittal Corporation, headquartered in Springfield, Ohio, is a part of Rittal International – the world’s lealding enclosure manufacturer with offices in over 55 countries. Their complete product offering includes industrial enclosures, 19” electronic components, climate control, power distribution, data communication and telecommunication/outdoor products. Additional information about Rittal can be found at www.rittal-corp.com.

GlobalSpec, GlobalSpec.com, and SpecSearch are registered trademarks of GlobalSpec, Inc.
PARTsolutions and PARTserver are registered trademarks of PARTsolutions LLC.

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518.238.6647
E-mail: amber.cooleen@ihs.com

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