GlobalSpec, PennWell to enhance search capabilities of additional websites

GlobalSpec, the leading specialized search engine and online resource for engineers and technical buyers, announced an expanded partnership with PennWell Corp., a business-to-business media company providing authoritative print and online publications across multiple industries...

TROY, NY, Oct. 12, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GlobalSpec, the leading specialized search engine and online resource for engineers and technical buyers, announced an expanded partnership with PennWell Corp., a business-to-business media company providing authoritative print and online publications across multiple industries.

PennWell is the publisher of WaterWorld, Industrial WaterWorld, and Water & Wastewater International and coordinates the Industrial Water Conference (Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2004 - Orlando, Fla.: www.industrialwaterconference.com) as well as Water & Wastewater Europe, Water & Wastewater Asia and DistribuTECH.

GlobalSpec and PennWell originally announced their partnership in January 2004, with the addition of SpecSearch®, GlobalSpec's powerful search technology, to the online version of Laser Focus World. A PennWell publication, Laser Focus World focuses on optoelectronic technologies, applications and markets. The newly expanded relationship will bring GlobalSpec's unique parametric search capabilities to thousands of users on three additional PennWell Web sites: Surface Mount Technology, Advanced Packaging and Connector Specifier -- all covering the electronics/semiconductors market.

Visitors to the online versions of Surface Mount Technology, Advanced Packaging and Connector Specifier magazines now have direct access to SpecSearch to search by detailed specification for products and services representing more than 75 million parts in 1,200,000 product families from more than 11,500 supplier catalogs in such areas as printed circuit board (PCB), fabrication services, electronic manufacturing services (EMS), automated test equipment (ATE), semiconductors, clean rooms, imaging stations, connectors, cable assemblies and interconnect products.

"The expansion of SpecSearch to additional PennWell sites clearly demonstrates the value GlobalSpec's one-of-a-kind parametric search capability to users in the electronics/semiconductor market," said Scott Virkler, GlobalSpec's Vice President of Business Development. "In addition, the suppliers represented on GlobalSpec benefit from an ever-growing audience of engineers and technical buyers - all actively searching for products and services."

"This new partnership represents a perfect union of technical search capabilities coupled with powerful brands," added John Bubello, Group Publisher for SMT, Advanced Packaging and Connector Specifier. "The power of GlobalSpec's SpecSearch will provide the 95,000+ subscribers of the magazine group a powerful searching tool for specifying products and services in their respective markets. Additionally, it provides an excellent marketing tool for the advertiser community within the markets of these powerful brands."

About PennWell
Founded in 1910, PennWell Corp. (www.pennwell.com) publishes 75 business-to-business magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, directories, online portals, research and database services. PennWell serves strategic global markets including oil and gas, electric power, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, communications, lasers, optoelectronics, computer graphics, fire services, dental, and water and wastewater. In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire, Houston, Texas, London, England and other locations worldwide.

About GlobalSpec Inc.
GlobalSpec Inc. (www.globalspec.com) 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 75 million parts in 1,200,000 product families from more than 11,500 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.

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