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Launch Strengthens Immersive Technologies and Liebherr Alliance

15 July, 2008 - Perth Australia

Immersive Technologies has further expanded its extensive product range and strengthened its relationship with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Liebherr, through the release of the R996 Excavator simulator.

The release of this simulation product addresses specific needs of mine sites using larger excavators, particularly in Indonesia and the east coast of Australia.

The simulator accurately replicates relevant operational controls and dynamics of the 650 tonne Liebherr excavator, and offers a safe and conducive learning environment for new and experienced operators in the mining industry.

The high degree of functional accuracy within this simulator module is made possible by the exclusive alliance between Immersive Technologies and Liebherr. Signed in 2004, this alliance allows Immersive Technologies access to confidential machine technical information relating to the original Liebherr R996 Excavator ensuring the Immersive Technologies product is the only Simulator in the market which is virtually identical to the real product.

Immersive Technologies’ use of real cab controls and instrumentation fundamentally assists the training and learning retention of the operator – it allows trainers to trigger a range of emergency events and environmental conditions to thoroughly test the trainee’s knowledge and ability to cope with a multitude of situations before they are placed on-site in the Liebherr R996 Excavator.

Visiting from the Liebherr France SAS, Operator Trainer Roland Introia (Mining Division) at ‘Liebherr France said, “The simulator was very realistic, and it felt like I was in the actual excavator. The different views were highly effective, and I regard this as an incredibly impressive training tool for mine sites.”

The R996 excavator simulator follows the successful release of the Liebherr T282B truck simulator, released by Immersive Technologies in 2007.

Oye Obe, Executive Vice President Business Development at Immersive Technologies says: “This latest simulator release is another great example of leading suppliers to the mining industry working closely together to improve the safety and productivity of operations worldwide. We are very proud of the value created for our customers through the exclusive alliance with Liebherr.”

The Simulator based on the Liebherr R996 Excavator allows accurate training and up-skilling of operators in a safe environment, coupled with the high quality simulation for which Immersive Technologies is renowned.

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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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