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MKS Partners with Aspen Software Consultants

Waterloo, ON — June 15, 2005: MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX) today announced it is partnering with Aspen Software Consultants, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based software development consulting firm specializing in software configuration management, software project management and software process optimization. As an MKS Solution Provider Partner, Aspen extends MKS’s consulting and professional services reach with deep consulting, implementation and process expertise. Aspen will provide a range of services in support of MKS’s customers including project mentorship, tools implementation and training, process re-engineering, in addition to migration and application integration services around the MKS Integrity Suite™ for application lifecycle management (ALM).

Waterloo, ON — June 15, 2005: MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX) today announced it is partnering with Aspen Software Consultants, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based software development consulting firm specializing in software configuration management, software project management and software process optimization. As an MKS Solution Provider Partner, Aspen extends MKS’s consulting and professional services reach with deep consulting, implementation and process expertise. Aspen will provide a range of services in support of MKS’s customers including project mentorship, tools implementation and training, process re-engineering, in addition to migration and application integration services around the MKS Integrity Suite™ for application lifecycle management (ALM).

"MKS provides a highly-integrated and scalable process-oriented ALM product suite, all within one product architecture that stands out in the industry for its innovation. That is a tremendous asset to our comprehensive services to help our joint customers optimize software development and realize significant business benefits across the enterprise,” says Mary Turner, President, Aspen Software Consultants. “The Aspen team brings to this partnership many years of management and consulting experience and successful implementations in organizations of all sizes across a range of industries. MKS’s technology married with our combined expertise creates a powerful synergy."

"Demand for MKS's application lifecycle management solution is growing exponentially, and our customers are among the largest in the world, with broad, globally distributed and highly complex development environments. As a result, MKS is expanding its network of Solution Provider Partners to ensure delivery of quality service and expertise in a timely manner. We're very pleased to announce this partnership with Aspen, who brings to MKS an additional depth of seasoned process expertise and significant experience in enterprise-level tools implementations. We are pleased to be working side-by-side with Aspen on our first joint project, and we look forward to working closely with them to serve the long-term needs of our enterprise customers," says Pat Higbie, vice president of business development, MKS Inc.

About Aspen Software Consultants

Aspen is a software development consulting firm founded in 1998. We believe in understanding the underlying needs and issues that our client's face in their development environment and present tailored approaches—from permanent staffing to contract labor to consulting services to training—centered on software development tools and processes. We work side-by-side with our client's to create comprehensive solutions that are designed to extend their business. Our wide range of knowledge and breadth of solutions help our client's realize their development goals, whether they include a decrease in time to market, an increase in staff efficiency, or reduced development costs.

About MKS

MKS is the preeminent provider of enterprise technology management solutions for the global 1000. MKS’s solution spans the application lifecycle from requirements management, through application development, to server deployment providing customers with greater visibility over software development activities, enhanced development productivity and improved IT controls for regulatory compliance. MKS solutions are distinguished by their ease of implementation and low total cost of ownership. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS’s enterprise solutions strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS’s technology to better 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 © 2005 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity Suite, 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 the Company’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 the Company 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. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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