STEP Tools to Participate as Guest Speaker at PDT Europe 2002 held in Turin, Italy

Troy, New York - April 2, 2002 - STEP Tools, Inc., the forerunner in developing STEP and STEP-NC software solutions for the global marketplace, announced today its president and CEO, Dr. Martin Hardwick will be a guest speaker at PDT Europe 2002, an annual European event for companies using existing and emerging product data technologies. Held in Turin, Italy from May 7-9, 2002, the overall objective of PDT Europe is to raise awareness within industrial and commercial enterprises of the business advantages that can be achieved by adopting and using modern PDT/PDM strategies. Dr. Martin Hardwick will present "Digital Manufacturing using STEP-NC Technology" on Thursday, May 9th at 1:45 PM. Dr. Hardwick is the international team leader of the STEP Manufacturing group and spearheads the development efforts of the Super Model Project in the United States.

During his presentation, Dr. Hardwick will cover a range of STEP-NC topics, from its history to the deployment of the new technology. Hardwick is the author of numerous papers and articles on engineering database systems, concurrent engineering, and STEP. He has traveled internationally to present public lectures on these topics.

The PDT Europe 2002 symposium is attended by managers, developers, project engineers, and engineering and business data technologists who are involved in developing and introducing technologies such as Concurrent Enterprise, STEP, BPR, EDI, AIM, CPC, PLCM, Data Warehousing, 'virtual offices', knowledge management, and other product data-dependent business innovations. The event is expect to attract hundreds of delegates from the major engineering business sectors of process engineering, aerospace, building and construction, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, petrochemical, and manufacturing.