Citect Wins the Double at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand Partner 2005 Awards

August 012005
Sydney, Australia – Citect, a global performance improvement solutions provider, has won two awards at the 2005 Microsoft Australia and New Zealand Partner Awards. Citect won Business Productivity Solution of the Year, and went on to beat other category winners, to claim the “Solution of the Year” special award for the application of its next generation MES* product, CitectIIM, at Western Mining Corporation (WMC) Resources. More than 60 entries were submitted by partners across 11 categories. The awards were announced last Friday evening at the gala dinner of the Microsoft ANZ Partner Conference.

Citect won the awards for its application of CitectIIM Downtime at WMC Resources Olympic Dam mine where it enabled output capacity to be increased by 24%, equivalent to $250,000.00 per day, by improving the productivity of its underground rail haulage. The project scope included replacing the pen and paper system used by Control Room Operators with an automatic capture of data from multiple plant and business systems, presenting it as real-time information throughout the mine. It enabled WMC to identify that two automated trains that transported the ore to the crusher were breaking down excessively; to drilldown into the cause of those breakdowns and fix them.

“These awards are testament to the innovative work we’re doing here at Citect, with Microsoft and with our many valued customers”, said Rick Webb, CEO, Citect. ”What WMC Resources has been able to achieve is just one example in many, of customers worldwide realising fast and significant ROI with CitectIIM”.

“Citect has demonstrated outstanding use of technology and innovation to deliver business value to WMC Resources,” said Ms Kerstin Baxter, Partner Group Director, Microsoft Australia. “It is pleasing to be able to take this opportunity to recognise the great work they are doing and at such a high level. We hope that by recognising our partners with these awards that they will benefit from seeing their solutions recognised as being at the forefront of their industries”.

The awards recognise Microsoft Certified and Microsoft Gold Certified Partners in ANZ that delivered an exemplary solution for a customer in the 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 time period. Within each solution category the award recognises the partner who has delivered the best solution using Microsoft technologies in addressing that customer business needs and challenges.

About Citect
Citect is a worldwide leader in industrial automation, real-time intelligence, and next generation manufacturing execution systems (MES) and is the largest independent vendor in its field, in the world. Its CitectHMI/SCADA and suite of CitectIIM analysis modules are complemented by professional services, customer support and training. These solutions are enhanced by strong partner programs and are sold in numerous industries, including mining, metals, food and beverage, facilities monitoring, gas pipelines, pharmaceuticals and power distribution. Citect is headquartered in Sydney Australia, has 15 offices in Oceania, South-East Asia, China and Japan, North and South America, Europe, and the Middle-East, and its products are distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide. Please visit for company information, and for information about CitectIIM.
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