Ford Buys Into Canadian Software Firm

Manufacturing Intelligence Gets Huge Endorsement



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Executive Manufacturing Technologies Inc.

    LONDON, Ontario, April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 The Ford Motor Company (NYSE:   F) is making a minority equity investment in
 Executive Manufacturing Technologies Inc. of London, Ontario.
     Executive Manufacturing Technologies makes VisualPlant(TM), an
 off-the-shelf software solution that allows manufacturers to track plant floor
 production in real-time over a web browser.  AMR Research calls this
 technology Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and it can save
 manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars by accurately identifying
 sources of production constraints and downtime.
     Today's investment by Ford follows the purchase of VisualPlant(TM) for
 three of its auto plants.  Ford will receive Class A Preferred Shares in
 exchange for their equity investment.  The deal closed on April 9, 2001 and it
 completes the first round of venture capital financing for Executive
 Manufacturing Technologies.  The company has already secured $5.5 million in
 venture capital financing from four Canadian firms.
     More than 20 auto plants have purchased VisualPlant(TM).  According to the
 AMR Outlook: Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) -- The Next
 Generation PIMS, January, 2001, "the EMI market is expected to grow by at
 least 25 per cent."
     "We think the investment by Ford is a great endorsement for
 VisualPlant(TM)," said Dennis Cocco, CEO, Executive Manufacturing
 Technologies.  "Ford recognizes that if they can save money in their
 facilities, VisualPlant(TM) will appeal to lots of other manufacturers looking
 to save money by increasing production efficiency."
     "We are impressed by the functionality VisualPlant(TM) provides and feel
 it integrates well with the Ford production system and our plant floor IT
 strategy," said Jim Buczkowski, Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain IT,
 Ford Motor Company.  "We believe this is an industry leading product and I am
 excited about the opportunity it will provide Ford."
     Ford is joining an investor group lead by Ventures West Management Inc.
 The Canadian Science and Technology Growth Fund, Bank of Montreal Capital
 Corporation and GATX/MM Venture Finance Partnership are also part of the
 investor consortium.
 
     More information about VisualPlant(TM) and Executive Manufacturing
 Technologies can be obtained by visiting the company's web site at
 http://www.visualplant.com or by calling Kevin Putnam at 416-537-1128.
 
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SOURCE Executive Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
    LONDON, Ontario, April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 The Ford Motor Company (NYSE:   F) is making a minority equity investment in
 Executive Manufacturing Technologies Inc. of London, Ontario.
     Executive Manufacturing Technologies makes VisualPlant(TM), an
 off-the-shelf software solution that allows manufacturers to track plant floor
 production in real-time over a web browser.  AMR Research calls this
 technology Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and it can save
 manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars by accurately identifying
 sources of production constraints and downtime.
     Today's investment by Ford follows the purchase of VisualPlant(TM) for
 three of its auto plants.  Ford will receive Class A Preferred Shares in
 exchange for their equity investment.  The deal closed on April 9, 2001 and it
 completes the first round of venture capital financing for Executive
 Manufacturing Technologies.  The company has already secured $5.5 million in
 venture capital financing from four Canadian firms.
     More than 20 auto plants have purchased VisualPlant(TM).  According to the
 AMR Outlook: Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) -- The Next
 Generation PIMS, January, 2001, "the EMI market is expected to grow by at
 least 25 per cent."
     "We think the investment by Ford is a great endorsement for
 VisualPlant(TM)," said Dennis Cocco, CEO, Executive Manufacturing
 Technologies.  "Ford recognizes that if they can save money in their
 facilities, VisualPlant(TM) will appeal to lots of other manufacturers looking
 to save money by increasing production efficiency."
     "We are impressed by the functionality VisualPlant(TM) provides and feel
 it integrates well with the Ford production system and our plant floor IT
 strategy," said Jim Buczkowski, Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain IT,
 Ford Motor Company.  "We believe this is an industry leading product and I am
 excited about the opportunity it will provide Ford."
     Ford is joining an investor group lead by Ventures West Management Inc.
 The Canadian Science and Technology Growth Fund, Bank of Montreal Capital
 Corporation and GATX/MM Venture Finance Partnership are also part of the
 investor consortium.
 
     More information about VisualPlant(TM) and Executive Manufacturing
 Technologies can be obtained by visiting the company's web site at
 http://www.visualplant.com or by calling Kevin Putnam at 416-537-1128.
 
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