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Joint Press Release between AIAG and Omnex - Omnex and AIAG Announce Global Partnership

Shanghai, Aug. 11, 2006 - The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Omnex Inc. announced the formation of a global training and consulting partnership between the two companies to offer Lean/Six Sigma training in Asia. As part of the agreement, Omnex will deliver AIAG-accredited training programs in China, India, Thailand and the Asian market. In tandem with this agreement, AIAG and Omnex headquarters in the USA agreed to a similar partnership in the US.

Arun Kumar, Vice President of Omnex' Asia Operations Arun Kumar, Vice President of Omnex' Asia Operations shakes hands with Dr. Yilong Chen, AIAG's General Director of Asia Pacific Affairs and Chief Representative in China

Founded in 1982, AIAG is headquartered in the metro Detroit area. Its member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry with combined annual sales of more than $850 billion.

Omnex began its Asian Operations in 1995 with Thailand as their Asia Pacific Headquarters. Now with six fully functional offices in the Asian region, and having served more than 6,000 Asian clients, Omnex already has earned a solid reputation throughout Asia as a provider of automotive consulting solutions and Lean/Six Sigma. Currently, Omnex has more than 125 employees in Asia with plans to increase to about175 people by year's end.

Dr. Yilong Chen, General Director of Asia Pacific Affairs and Chief Representative in China said, "AIAG looks forward to the opportunity to partner with OMNEX in both North America and Asia. We share a common vision to provide consistent state-of-the-art quality education and training that supports the emerging needs of our growing membership worldwide."

Omnex Asia Representatives of both groups at the signing include (from left to right), Michael Xu, Manager of Omnex China; Arun Kumar, VP of Omnex Asia; J. Scot Sharland, Executive Director of AIAG; Pat Snack, General Motors' Executive Loan to AIAG; and Dr. Yilong Chen, AIAG's General Director of Asia Pacific Affairs and Chief Representative in China

Omnex' Vice President, Arun Kumar, expressed his company's excitement: "AIAG has been at the forefront of automotive industry improvement for years, and we are proud to provide accredited training programs, including the AIAG Lean/Six Sigma training in Asia. We also believe that our expertise and our existing infrastructure in India and Asia uniquely suit AIAG's desire to provide services and rapidly expand in the automotive industry here."

Now, in both North America and in Asia, automotive companies can look forward to world-class quality, training, and certification to Lean / Six Sigma that is accepted by a global body like AIAG. More information on Lean/Six Sigma training offerings will be shared with AIAG members in the coming months.

About AIAG

Founded in 1982, AIAG is headquartered in the metro Detroit area. Its member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers with combined annual sales of more than $850 billion. A not-for-profit association, AIAG's primary goals are to reduce cost and complexity within the automotive supply chain and to improve speed to market, product quality, employee health-and-safety and the environment.

AIAG began its operations in the United States and launched QS-9000 in 1994 and now offers ISO/TS 16949-related publications and training for the worldwide auto industry. AIAG also publishes reference manuals on Advanced Product Quality Planning & Control Plan (APQP), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). These reference manuals are implemented and followed by almost all automotive OEMs and component manufacturers around the world. Additional information is available on the Internet at the AIAG Web site, www.aiag.org.

About Omnex

Omnex Inc. is a business consulting solution provider with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and serving the automotive, semiconductor, high technology, manufacturing, IT/BPO and service industries. Omnex provides implementation consulting and training courses in subject areas ranging from New Product Development (APQP) to Lean / Six Sigma from its worldwide offices and is dedicated to bringing together world-class talent with local presence to deliver high impact expertise in today's global business environment. Omnex Systems, an affiliated company, offers the Enterprise-wide Quality Management System (EwQMST) Suite.

In Asia, Omnex operates in Thailand, India, China, Dubai, Singapore, Middle East, and the Philippines. Some of the major clients that Omnex has worked with include Ford India, Tata Motors, BMW Thailand, Daimler Chrysler Thailand, SAIC, Magna China and TRW China.

Please contact Arun Kumar at Omnex with any further questions at akumar@omnex.com

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