MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

January 09, 2007 10:00 ET

Karl Storz Standardizes on MKS for Management of Global Software Development Operations

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 9, 2007) - MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced that Karl Storz, a world leader in medical endoscopic technology and instrumentation has selected MKS Integrity, MKS's application lifecycle management (ALM) platform, to manage global development operations in Germany, Switzerland and the United States.

MKS Integrity enables Karl Storz development teams in each of the three locations to collaborate in real time on software projects, and MKS Integrity's powerful workflow, process management and automatically generated audit trails simplifies and speeds up the Company's compliance to stringent FDA regulations.

Endoscopic equipment is used in human and veterinary medicine and for industrial applications. These high technology medical systems consist of components from the most diverse fields of engineering, including optics, mechanics and electronics, and must be manufactured to exacting quality standards. Karl Storz development and manufacturing process encompasses over 8,000 products.

"We were pleased to see how easy it was to design and construct process within MKS Integrity, and how quickly the system could be implemented," said Michael Trondle, CFO Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG. "MKS's application lifecycle management platform facilitates collaboration across our distributed teams, and elevates our overall level of process control - particularly in the area of software releases."

"We are proud to support Karl Storz in its commitment to quality, and provide them with a platform that not only enables the development of world class endoscopic technology, but facilitates productivity and efficiency through process automation," says Michael Harris, MKS President and COO.

About Karl Storz

Since its beginnings in 1945, KARL STORZ has established itself worldwide as an international and highly regarded company in the production and sale of medical instruments and devices. Not a giant on an international scale, but leaders in matters that count: creativity, versatility and competence. KARL STORZ develops innovative products and concepts, which, thanks to in-depth consultation with leading surgeons, university hospitals and research institutes, are closely geared to the needs of medical practice and further optimized. A commitment to performance and professionalism means KARL STORZ can guarantee both user and patient the ideal solution. In doing so, KARL STORZ secures and creates top-quality jobs in all our corporate locations.

About MKS

MKS is the premier provider of application lifecycle management solutions for the global 1000. MKS's flagship ALM solution, MKS Integrity, is the most highly integrated ALM platform in the industry today, spanning all aspects of the software development lifecycle and supporting critical business transformations including SOA, application rationalization and outsourcing. MKS Integrity's single architecture drives high levels of user productivity, facilitates rapid deployment and process standardization while delivering a complete view of application development activity through real time metrics, trends and reporting. MKS Integrity also provides essential support for IT operations through software deployment and issue management. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS's solution strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS's software to enable higher levels of process maturity, better manage global development activity and safeguard their most critical business applications and software assets. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit® brand, MKS also provides UNIX-Windows co-existence and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market, while enabling enhanced performance. More information about MKS can be found at or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom), +65-6732-8768 (Singapore), +61 3 9674 0454 (Australia) and 1-519-884-2251 (Rest of World).

Copyright (C) 2006 MKS Inc. MKS and MKS Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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