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MKS and Spectrum Systems Partner to Deliver Single Platform Application Lifecycle Management to US Federal Government Agencies

MKS and Spectrum Systems Partner to Deliver Single Platform Application Lifecycle Management to US Federal Government Agencies

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/08/06 -- MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX: MKX) and Spectrum Systems of Fairfax, VA, announced today an agreement to add MKS's application lifecycle management solution, MKS Integrity, to Spectrum Systems' General Services Administration/Federal Acquisition Schedule (GSA/FAS) Contract #: GS-35F-5192G.

This partnership is driven by rising demand among US Federal Government Agencies for MKS's application lifecycle management solution, MKS Integrity. According to industry analyst firms there is strong interest amongst US government software decision makers in agile development processes and application lifecycle management and a growing to need improve processes surrounding custom development in government IT shops. A rising interest in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) among government agencies is also creating pressure for enhanced process control and management frameworks.

"Our business within the US Federal government sector has been growing at a steady rate, and we are delighted to partner with Spectrum Systems, a respected and well recognized player in this space, to accelerate MKS's success in this market. Spectrum can speed our ability to execute US government business transactions," says Michael Harris, President and COO, MKS.

MKS US Federal Government customers include such organizations as the United States Air Force, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, the United States Social Security Administration, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

"MKS is unique in its approach to the market, providing end-to-end application lifecycle management coverage - from requirements management and process and workflow to deployment of change to production with a single solution and architecture - a factor that can dramatically accelerate process standardization and reduce cost and complexity for US Government Agencies," says Ronald Segal, president of Spectrum Systems. "We are excited to partner with MKS to bring their distinct and comprehensive ALM solution to our government clients."

About Spectrum Systems, Inc.

Spectrum Systems, Inc., headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a leading provider of end-to-end enterprise-level software development solutions and services to the public and private sectors. The company's reputation is built on the foundation of clearly understanding clients' requirements and business drivers in order to design, deploy, and deliver the most suitable and cost effective technology. From the systems to the mission-critical applications, Spectrum has the expertise and knowledge to effectively manage and protect IT infrastructures. For more information, please visit www.spectrum-systems.com.

About MKS Inc.

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 http://www.mks.com or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom) and 1-519-884-2251 (Rest of World).

Copyright © 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.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect MKS's current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by MKS with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Although MKS believes the expectations represented by such forward looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those expectations will prove to be correct. MKS does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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MKS Inc.
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Ellyn Winters-Robinson, VP Marketing
(519) 883-4346
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