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Braskem Petrochemical Company Standardizes on Matrikon's Alarm Management Solution

Edmonton, AB - April 18, 2006 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that Braskem S.A., the largest petrochemical company in Latin America, has chosen Matrikon's alarm management solution, ProcessGuard and Alarm MOCCA, as its corporate standard for alarm management at its 13 plants in Brazil.

Matrikon's alarm management solution provides the methodology and technology to systematically integrate and administer an effective alarm management strategy. The results include reducing the number of alarms to a manageable level, increasing productivity and ensuring safe and reliable operation of industrial facilities. These outcomes complement Braskem's aim of positioning among the best and most competitive petrochemical companies in the world through its Braskem+ program.

"Braskem recognizes that effective alarm management is an important component of achieving and maintaining industry pacesetter status," said Esdras Demoro, automation senior manager of Braskem. "Matrikon's solid technology and experience in deploying effective alarm management strategies ensures that the benefits of alarm management can be achieved and sustained over time. Their approach to institutionalizing an appropriate methodology to develop a standard, repeatable process across all plants is a good fit with the safety and productivity objectives of our industrial competitiveness plan, Braskem+."

Another factor in Braskem's selection process was ProcessGuard and Alarm MOCCA's ability to work with any brand of distributed control system (DCS) and provide corporate level consolidation of the information such that the individual plants can be benchmarked against corporate goals. Today, there are fewer plant control engineers trying to fulfill more functions. Using technology to leverage existing assets and standardize corporate-wide is key to focusing people on the critical issues that impact plant performance and safety.

"We are very excited to be able to work with Braskem," stated Jeff Gould, vice president of products at Matrikon. "Their understanding of the benefits of a solid alarm management strategy and their commitment to corporate goals and safety compliance will be key factors in the success of this project."

About Braskem S.A.
Braskem, a world-class Brazilian petrochemical company, is the leader in thermoplastic resins in Latin America and it figures among the three largest private industrial companies in Brazil. With 13 industrial sites located in Brazil, the company produces annually 5.8 million tons of chemical and petrochemical products.

About Matrikon
Matrikon is a leading provider of industrial plant intelligence solutions that enable manufacturing plants to achieve operational excellence by transforming production data into knowledge to predict and prevent problems and optimize operations. Matrikon's customers achieve agile operations through the combination of external market and plant data to make informed, intelligent decisions in real-time. With offices in major cities throughout North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East and a global client base including industry leaders in a wide range of manufacturing and process industries, Matrikon's reach is global.

Matrikon, ProcessGuard and Alarm MOCCA are trademarks or registered trademarks of Matrikon Inc.
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