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ATS Industrial Automation is a global leader integrator for EV battery, fixed energy storage, E-commerce packaging, electronic product assembly, and testing automation. Our customers are weary of production problems and want high-volume, high-speed capabilities so that they can deliver a quality product, on-time, and on-budget. With expertise in battery assembly, welding, vision, and process automation, ATS Industrial Automations provides the best route to scale their business. Our custom system

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ATS Provides Update in Relation to Customer Program on Hold

POSTED 12/14/2016

CAMBRIDGE, ON /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TSX: ATA) ("ATS" or the "Company") today provided an update in relation to a program that was put on hold by a customer, which impacted approximately $70 million of Order Backlog.

As reported in the Company's Management's Discussion & Analysis for the three months ended October 2, 2016 ("MD&A"), the customer had placed the program on hold subsequent to the end of the Company's second fiscal quarter, following rapid changes in their market which caused them to re-evaluate their product road map. The customer has now formally cancelled the program. The expected impact of the hold/cancellation on the Company for the third fiscal quarter was previously disclosed in the MD&A.

Going forward, ATS has been engaged by the customer to repurpose those parts of the equipment already completed that can be used by the customer in the manufacture of its next-generation product. Based on consultations with the customer, ATS expects to be invited to bid on and potentially participate in the provision of additional equipment to manufacture this next generation of product. The customer has advised that it expects to begin placing orders in early-to-mid calendar 2017.

About ATS
ATS is an industry-leading automation solutions provider to many of the world's most successful companies. ATS uses its extensive knowledge base and global capabilities in custom automation, repeat automation, automation products and value-added services including pre-automation and after-sales services to address the sophisticated manufacturing automation systems and service needs of multinational customers in markets such as life sciences, chemicals, consumer products, electronics, food, beverage, transportation, energy, and oil and gas. Founded in 1978, ATS employs approximately 3,500 people at 23 manufacturing facilities and over 50 offices in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and China. The Company's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ATA.

Note to Readers: Non-IFRS Measures:
Order Backlog is a non-IFRS measure and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed within IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Order Backlog provides a measure of the value of contracts that have not been completed at a specified point in time and is an indicator of future revenues the Company expects to generate based on contracts that management believes to be firm.

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Maria Perrella, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 519 653-6500

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