GlobalSpec Partners with First Index to Expand Services for Users Leading Internet Engineering Resource To Facilitate Sourcing of

Custom-Manufactured Components

    TROY, N.Y., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to expand the capabilities
 offered to the users of its system, GlobalSpec, the Internet's leading product
 discovery gateway for engineers, has announced a partnership with First Index.
 Users of the website will now be able to link directly to
 findFAST Online, First Index's web-based marketplace for custom-made
 components.  Engineers and technical buyers can submit RFQs and RFIs to over
 10,000 suppliers in the custom manufactured markets such as machining,
 casting, forging, sheetmetal, medium and heavy fabrication, plastic molding,
 and electronics.
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     The partnership also provides users of First Index easy access to
 SpecSearch(SM), GlobalSpec's proprietary component specification system.
 SpecSearch allows engineers to search for components using parameters based on
 engineering specifications; search results include only relevant products.
     "Our partnership with First Index adds another dimension to GlobalSpec,"
 said John Schneiter, CEO of GlobalSpec.  "Facilitating the sourcing of custom
 parts brings the engineering services we offer to the next level and
 demonstrates our commitment to fostering relationships that enhance the value
 we can provide to the engineering community."
     "We are delighted to be partnering with GlobalSpec.  Our product offerings
 complement each other perfectly, and together we offer buyers a full spectrum
 of standard and custom-made components," said Bill Burke, President of First
 Index.  "The ability to offer one-stop-shopping allows us both to further
 streamline the purchasing process for manufacturing buyers."
     About First Index
     Since its founding in 1992, First Index has become the world's leading B2B
 marketplace for industrial, custom-manufactured parts and assemblies.  In the
 year 2000, more than 7,000 buyers posted over 28,000 RFQ's and RFI's through
 findFAST Online, First Index's web-based marketplace for custom-made
 components.  With offices in the US, UK, and Germany, First Index helps
 manufacturing companies source suppliers of custom-made parts locally or
 internationally.  Information about First Index and its services can be found
     About GlobalSpec, Inc.
     GlobalSpec, the first Web-based, centralized engineering design gateway,
 connects engineers and technical buyers with the products and manufacturers
 they need based on engineering specifications.  GlobalSpec's SpecSearch is an
 advanced parametric search system that provides users access to bias-free
 information from more than 26 million product specifications and access to
 more than 18,000 contactable suppliers arranged in more than 1,200 product
 areas.  Information about GlobalSpec and its services can be found at and SpecSearch(SM) are registered marks of, Inc. in the United States.
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