STEP Tools, Inc. Presents "The Business Benefits of eManufacturing Using STEP-NC"

Troy, New York-August 7, 2001 - STEP Tools, Inc., the forerunner in developing STEP-integration software toolsets for the global marketplace, announced today Dr. Martin Hardwick, the company's president and CEO, will be a guest speaker at the upcoming AUTO-TECH 2001 Conference & Exhibition, held from August 28-30 at Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan. AUTO-TECH provides automotive industry professionals with a full agenda of over 120 educational sessions covered in two and a half days, and features over 150 exhibitors.

On Wednesday, August 29, at 8:30am, Dr. Martin Hardwick will address automotive industry professionals and suppliers on the "Business Benefits of eManufacturing Using STEP-NC". STEP (Standard for Product Data Exchange) is quickly becoming the favored standard for product data exchange, and is projected to surpass IGES as the preferred data format by 2002. Dr. Hardwick's session will cover STEP-NC, eManufacturing, and STEP's role as the "next frontier" technology in web-centric solutions that are being developed for design-to-manufacturing integration.

AUTO-TECH is an annual conference and exhibition geared toward improving trading partner relationships, while helping companies improve cost, quality and business practices through the adoption of new technologies, standards and industry best practices. The trade show is sponsored by AIAG is a not-for-profit trade association of approximately 1,600 automotive and truck manufacturers and their suppliers. For AUTO-TECH registration and conference information, contact the AIAG at (248) 358-3570 or visit www.aiag.org.