GKN Aerospace Deploys Invention Machine's Goldfire Innovator

BOSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 19, 2006— Invention Machine Corporation ( www.invention-machine.com), the leading provider of software that accelerates the innovation process, today announced GKN Aerospace's extended deployment of Invention Machine's flagship solution, Goldfire Innovator(TM). Goldfire Innovator enables product development engineers, scientists and researchers to capture and leverage technical knowledge to conceive more and better ideas. Accelerated knowledge discovery and ideation empowers companies to continuously fuel product pipelines with better-performing, more competitive and more cost-effective products.

GKN Aerospace, with more than 600 engineers worldwide, is arming its global network of Technology Gatekeepers, the key drivers of innovation at GKN Aerospace, with Goldfire Innovator. Goldfire Innovator brings structure and predictability to the innovation and product development processes - providing innovation workers with technical knowledge for concept discovery and tools and methodologies for structured idea-generation and inventive problem-solving. Goldfire Innovator also enables GKN Aerospace's innovation workers to access, share and leverage technical knowledge and lessons learned across both internal engineering knowledge sources and external cross-disciplinary content sources, such as worldwide patents and Invention Machine's proprietary database of scientific phenomenon.

"Because the Technology Gatekeepers interact with customers on a regular basis and also influence research activity, they have a pivotal role in directing the development of solutions that the market is looking for," said Dan Ninan, Technology Manager, GKN Aerospace. "Goldfire Innovator is the ideal tool to help them in their role because it guides them in clearly identifying and stating technical problems, steers them through a structured innovation process which challenges traditional modes of thinking and its semantic engine also pinpoints relevant information stored in websites, patents, a comprehensive scientific effects database and in GKN Aerospace's own digital files."

"Across the globe, companies are under increasing pressure to deliver better-performing and more competitively differentiated product offerings to sustain a competitive advantage," said Mark E. Atkins, Chairman, President and CEO of Invention Machine Corporation. "With Goldfire Innovator, companies can better leverage technical knowledge -- promoting knowledge-enabled engineering, systematically conceiving new products and processes, and more rapidly accelerating the introduction of innovative products."

For information on Goldfire Innovator, please contact info@invention-machine.com or visit www.inventionmachine. com.

About GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is part of GKN plc, an engineering company in the automotive and aerospace market sectors. GKN Aerospace Services is recognized as one of the world leaders in primary composite and light- weight metallic structures for commercial and military aircraft, helicopters and space vehicles. With over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of high performance materials, the company has a continuing commitment to development work in design, manufacturing processes, materials and tooling methods.

About Invention Machine

Invention Machine Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise software and services that promote knowledge-enabled engineering and systematize product idea generation to accelerate and bring greater efficiency and predictability to product innovation. Invention Machine's solutions empower product development engineers, scientists and researchers with technical knowledge for concept discovery and tools and methodologies for structured idea-generation and inventive problem-solving, helping manufacturers rapidly convert ideas into concepts for new and improved, better-performing, more competitively differentiated, and more cost-effective products.

For more than a decade, leading companies have used Invention Machine's solutions to raise returns on their R&D investments, improve design and production processes across the product lifecycle, and continually fuel product pipelines with innovative products. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Invention Machine has offices in the UK, France and Germany and distribution partners throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific. Invention Machine supports Global 2000 customers worldwide including such companies as Delphi, HP, NEC, Northrop Grumman, Renault, Samsung, Saipem, Shell, ST Microelectronics, and Whirlpool. For additional information, please visit www.invention-machine.com.



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