Matrikon(TM) announces joint entity agreement with India's SoftDEL Systems



    EDMONTON, July 15 /CNW/ - Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced it has
entered into a joint entity agreement with India's SoftDEL Systems Pvt. Ltd.
As a result, a new corporation will be created that will support Matrikon's
product development initiatives and provide project consulting globally.
    SoftDEL Systems is an international provider of product engineering
solutions with offices in India, Japan and the United States.
    Anand Vishnubhotla, formerly the branch manager of Matrikon's Edmonton
office, will now be overseeing Matrikon's operations in India. With more than
11 years of experience at Matrikon, Vishnubhotla will provide expertise and
mentorship as the company builds its India business and trains new
consultants.
    "This agreement allows us to tap directly into India's deep labour pool
of technically strong, qualified engineers for deployment to Matrikon client
sites around the world, especially in areas with tight labour markets such as
Australia, the Middle East, northern Alberta and parts of Europe," said Nizar
J. Somji, Matrikon's president and CEO. "With access to a steady supply of
qualified engineers, we'll be able to better manage the effects of labour
shortages in certain markets. It's a strategic move to optimize our
operational efficiencies and growth opportunities."
    Sunil Dalal, the Managing Director of the UniDEL Group, which founded
SoftDEL in 2000, was also excited about the possibilities presented by the new
arrangement.
    "Matrikon is a leader in industrial software solutions, so we're very
pleased to be joining together with them. It's great for both of us, and I
hope we can leverage one another's expertise to make both companies stronger,"
Dalal said.
    "SoftDEL prides itself in providing faster, better and more
cost-effective solutions to help its customers achieve better value from their
product development efforts," said D. Viswanath, SoftDEL's CEO.

    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.
    www.matrikon.com

    Matrikon is a registered trademark of Matrikon Inc.

    About SoftDEL Systems

    SoftDEL is a product engineering solutions company focused on helping
customers gain speed and value from their product design & development
efforts. SoftDEL delivers to the best names in Industrial Automation, Building
Automation, Test & Measurement, and Medical Electronics across North America,
Japan and Europe. SoftDEL's domain led services, components and frameworks
offer total solutions that include a wide gamut of technology capabilities in
real time PC hosted applications, embedded systems, hardware & mechanical
design and systems & application engineering. SoftDEL has development centers
in Mumbai and Pune in India with sales operations in Mumbai, Houston and
Tokyo.
    www.softdel.com

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Sayler, Corporate Communications
Director, (780) 485-7238, nicole.sayler@matrikon.com

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