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Xstrata selects Matrikon for coal handling and preparation plants

Edmonton, Alberta - March 13, 2008 - Matrikon signed an agreement with Xstrata Coal for the standardization of Matrikon Downtime Reporter and Matrikon Production Manager software for the implementation of Process Information Management Systems (PIMS) throughout Xstrata Coal's Coal Handling and Preparation Plants (CHPPs).

Matrikon's PIMS solution integrates seamlessly with the plant control system to provide accurate and timely production information. This information is accessed and presented via a web-based visualization layer for analysis and reporting of the coal production process. The solution includes Matrikon Downtime Reporter together with Matrikon Production Manager, which are designed specifically for downtime reporting, production accounting, plan management, materials management and train management requirements.

Seamless integration with Xstrata Coal's ERP and supply chain management systems will extend those systems' reach and enable the business to operate with improved agility by responding to market forces in a timely and cohesive manner. The adoption of a consistent user interface throughout Xstrata Coal's network of mining operations will reduce user training requirements and improve workforce mobility between facilities.

Matrikon's PIMS solution will provide site based and enterprise wide KPI dashboards such as production rates, yield analysis, equipment availability and utilization and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). These KPI dashboards will support Xstrata Coal's strategic goals for continual improvement of asset performance and operational excellence.

"Matrikon has had a long standing relationship with Xstrata Coal, so we are delighted that this has been extended and formalized by this agreement," said Sam Crisafulli, Managing Director of Matrikon's Asia Pacific operations. "Matrikon's software is already in use at four sites so the benefits of this information solution are clearly identifiable."

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.

About Xstrata Coal
Xstrata Coal is the world's largest exporter of thermal coal and one of the largest producers of coking coal, producing both premium quality hard coking coal and semi-soft coal. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Xstrata Coal has interests in over 31 operating coal mines throughout Australia, South Africa and Colombia.
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