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Xstrata Ernest Henry Orders Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment Training Simulator

29 July, 2004 - Perth Australia

Xstrata Ernest Henry open pit copper-gold mine, a leading producer of copper has ordered a Series II Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulator, Caterpillar and Komatsu Conversion Kits® from Immersive Technologies.

The AE Simulator will be used to train new operators and re-train experienced operators with the aim of achieving operational efficiencies as mine activities expand to meet growing demand.

"Xstrata's operations in north Queensland are committed to delivering excellence in training and safety performance. The Ernest Henry open cut copper-gold mine near Cloncurry and the future Black Star open cut zinc-lead mine in Mount Isa are promoting contemporary safety and training systems. By utilising the AE Simulator from Immersive Technologies, our drivers can train in an environment as close as possible to the real experience without the risks. The AE Simulator will greatly assist us in achieving our safety performance objectives," said Andrew Upfill, Administration/Community Relations Officer at Xstrata Copper's Ernest Henry Mine.

"Ernest Henry is indicative of the trend in the application of the AE Simulator by rapidly extending mines to achieve breakthrough performance in maintenance and productivity improvements, whilst maintaining their duty of care to their employees" said Oye Obe, Executive Manager Business Development at Immersive Technologies.

The AE Simulator Series II will be delivered and commissioned in August 2004 at the Ernest Henry mine in Queensland, Australia.

Immersive Technologies´ AE Simulators are now used by virtually all leading mining companies in 12 countries around the world to train, assess and re-train or re-accredit operators of earth moving equipment. These organizations typically apply the AE Simulators to decrease scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs; increase safety and reduce corporate risk; increase productivity and asset utilization by reducing use of real equipment for training purposes.

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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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