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Matrikon supplies process information management system to Australian mine

Highlights

1. Matrikon’s solution will allow Mount Isa Mines to optimize metallurgical operations and increase production and processing performance through the web-based access to real-time and historical operations data

2. The solution will span both Copper and Lead smelter sites and is expected to be used by up to 50 concurrent users

Edmonton, Alberta – November 22, 2006 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) today announced that its Australian division has entered the final delivery stage for a contract to supply a Process Information Management System (PIMS) at global diversified mining group Xstrata’s Australian flagship copper and zinc-lead-silver operation, Mount Isa Mines.

Sam Crisafulli, Managing Director of Matrikon’s Australian Operations, reported: “The Matrikon PIMS consolidates and presents real-time information from various data sources and delivers information to the desktops of operational personnel, where it matters most. This PIMS allows Mount Isa Mines to make effective business decisions on how to best optimise smelter operations to increase production and performance.”

Terry O’Neill, General Manager Metallurgical Operations, Xstrata Copper Mount Isa said: “PIMS combines numerous applications and provides access to common views, tools and reports, through a web-based user interface, for everyone from the floor operator to the General Manager. This facilitates process tracking with a coherent transition from continuous smelting through to the batch. This transparency enables the business to engage in proactive decision making, with an increased focus on data analysis.”

Matrikon has integrated products from its ProcessSuite and MatrikonOPC at the North Queensland site, including ProcessMORe (Missed Opportunity Reporting) for the recording of all plant downtime information and ProcessNet™ for web based visualisation, aggregation and integration of data from existing production and ERP databases.

The Mount Isa Mines PIMS is about to “go live” and is expected to be used by up to fifty concurrent users to improve the quality and timeliness of reporting. The solution will also offer tools for fast and effective analysis of both batch and continuous process data through instant web-based access to all relevant site production data.

About Xstrata Mount Isa Mines
Mount Isa Mines operates two separate mining and processing streams, copper and zinc-lead-silver, at Mount Isa in north west Queensland, Australia. Mount Isa Mines is part of Xstrata, a global diversified mining group listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges.

Xstrata is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and maintains a meaningful position in seven major international commodity markets: copper, coking coal, thermal coal, ferrochrome, nickel, vanadium and zinc, with a smaller but profitable aluminium business, recycling facilities, additional exposures to gold, lead and silver and a suite of global technologies, many of which are industry leaders. The Group's operations and projects span 18 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Jamaica, New Caledonia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, the USA and the UK.

About Matrikon
Matrikon is a leading provider of integrated industrial 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 process industries, Matrikon's reach is global.
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