Decision Support Tools from IHS and GlobalSpec Streamline Engineering Processes and Parts Selection

Product Enables Companies to Increase Search Accuracy and Productivity Gains with Best-in-Class Engineering Content Solution

ENGLEWOOD, CO and TROY, NY — 1/19/05 — IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com) today announced the immediate availability of the newest addition to the comprehensive IHS lineup of Engineering Content products: GlobalSpec® Enterprise.

As a result, engineers, designers and technical buyers in aerospace/aviation, defense and energy organizations and industries now have direct and secure access to SpecSearch® from GlobalSpec, enabling them to search for products and services by specification using technical attributes and parameters. The ability to quickly search and evaluate parts by their functional and physical attributes will help multi-location manufacturers and distributors save time by picking the right product the first time. Engineers will also gain access to The Engineering Web, a unique slice of the World Wide Web focusing on tech-centric content to deliver only the most relevant and unbiased search results.

Leigh Watson Healy, Chief Analyst from Outsell Inc., a leading research and advisory firm for the information industry, added, "The market has needed a solution like this for some time. Bringing together the latest of today's content and search functionality with desktop applications like the IHS solution has the potential to exceed customers' expectations for content integration at the users' point of need. We have been predicting and expect to see more deals like this where industry leaders come together to provide a more complete solution for the customer."

IHS delivers the world’s largest online database of active and historical U.S., European, international and corporate standards, as well as U.S. government specifications and related technical documents. "We listen to our customers when they tell us about their needs for robust, parametric parts information covering a vast array of commodities that enable their work-flow,” said Joe Kroog, Product Marketing Manager, IHS. “Leveraging GlobalSpec Enterprise and its enormous categorized database of product catalogs and services available today is a natural extension of our own suite of parts selection tools and engineering-oriented content solutions."

GlobalSpec Enterprise offers the powerful search functionality and related content GlobalSpec is known for within the engineering community. “This is a win-win-win alliance,” said Scott Virkler, Vice President of Business Development, GlobalSpec, Inc. “Together, IHS and GlobalSpec have delivered a customized search tool as well as direct access to information on The Engineering Web and the ‘hidden Web’ – empowering engineers worldwide in their daily parts search and research activities.”

About IHS Inc.

With 45 years of global leadership in helping businesses innovate and compete, the Engineering division of IHS Inc. is a leading international provider of content integration and decision support tools, technical engineering standards, codes and documents, product and military specifications, parts management and logistics supply solutions. IHS offers industry-specific and cross-industry technical engineering solutions that serve customers in the aerospace & aviation, architecture & construction, automotive, electronics, government & military, petrochemical, telecommunications and utilities industries.

IHS solutions are available via Internet, extranet, intranet, DVD & CD-ROM, subscription and custom collections, and single-document delivery. For more information on IHS products and services, visit www.ihs.com.

IHS Inc., IHS and the IHS logo are registered trademarks of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2005 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

About GlobalSpec, Inc.

GlobalSpec, Inc. is the leading specialized search engine and information resource for the engineering community. Engineers and technical buyers regularly use GlobalSpec in their work process to search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content on standards, patents, materials properties, specifications, designs, application notes and more. GlobalSpec's trademarked search technology, SpecSearch®, allows users to search by specification more than 78 million parts in 1,200,000 product families from more than 12,500 supplier catalogs. Suppliers representing their products and services on GlobalSpec gain a comprehensive marketing program designed to promote their brand and generate, track and manage highly-qualified sales leads. Information about GlobalSpec can be found at www.globalspec.com.

GlobalSpec and SpecSearch are registered trademarks and The Engineering Search Engine is a service mark of GlobalSpec, Inc.

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

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