Bucyrus International join with Immersive Technologies

3 March, 2003

Bucyrus International, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have joined with Immersive Technologies Pty Ltd of Australia in an exclusive agreement to bring simulator training for Bucyrus equipment to surface mines around the world. Simulator training has been used in other industries for years as a proactive training tool for helping to ensure maximum productivity and safety. More recently the Immersive Technologies Simulator has been used to train drivers of large mining haul trucks.

Now as a result of the cooperation between Bucyrus and Immersive Technologies the benefits of simulator training are available to owners of Bucyrus equipment worldwide.

The Simulator is designed as a modular, self contained unit that uses Conversion Kits® to tailor training to not only a specific piece of equipment, such as a 495 or 595 rope shovel, but also to the specific mine at which the operator is working. The operator isn’t training on a generic piece of equipment at a generic mine site. He or she is training on the specific piece of equipment they will be operating at the mine site where they will be working. Mark Johnston, Manager – Training & Support Services, explains, “Using the Simulator reduces the risks associated with training a new operator on an actual piece of equipment. Experienced operators can use the Simulator to hone their skills as well.”

Bucyrus International, Inc. is a major manufacturer of electric mining shovels, draglines and blasthole drills for the surface mining industry. Bucyrus also provides first quality OEM parts, components, maintenance and support services for that equipment.

Immersive Technologies Pty LTD (Inc.) is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of mining equipment simulators for operator training.


About Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies. Immersive Technologies' Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators' safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.

Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal exclusive licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to the OEM's proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM's machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 39 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.

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