AbitibiBowater Selects Ivara EXP Enterprise Asset Performance Management Software to Increase Pulp and Paper Mill Efficiency

    BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, December 19 /CNW/ - Ivara Corporation, the industry
leader and innovator in asset performance management solutions, today
announced that AbitibiBowater Inc., a global leader in newsprint, commercial
printing papers and wood products, has selected Ivara EXP Enterprise software
to optimize the performance and reliability of its pulp and paper assets.
Working with USCCG, a leading management consulting firm and certified Ivara
Implementation Partner, the solution will be deployed throughout
AbitibiBowater's 29 paper mills.

    Today's pulp and paper industry is facing an unprecedented and
challenging business climate resulting from significant increases in energy
and raw material costs, heightened global competition and the strengthening of
the Canadian dollar. AbitibiBowater recognized that adopting asset
reliability, within its corporate continuous improvement program, is a key
business strategy to address these industry challenges and become the low-cost
producer of quality paper products within the marketplace. To deliver its pulp
and paper mill reliability objectives, AbitibiBowater selected Ivara EXP

    EXP Enterprise software provides a cohesive and integrated platform to
develop, implement and manage a living equipment reliability program. EXP
consolidates, analyzes and manages all asset health data online and in
real-time. As proactive maintenance tasks are performed, EXP identifies
potential failures and recommends the right maintenance task to be executed at
the right time.

    Ivara EXP Enterprise software will allow AbitibiBowater to implement a
consistent, proactive maintenance business process across its operating
assets, focusing on maintaining asset health rather than reactive asset
repair. AbitibiBowater was impressed with the template capability of EXP,
which enables the rapid deployment of proactive reliability programs across
operating assets and mills. This capability will dramatically compress the
implementation timeline and result in rapid ROI. Of equal importance, EXP will
capture and leverage the vast knowledge of AbitibiBowater's experienced
maintenance and operations staff to ensure their valuable knowledge is
preserved for future generations.

    "When assets fail, it's more than just a maintenance issue; it's a
business issue that impacts productivity, quality and profitability," says
Gerry Bleau, president and CEO, Ivara Corporation. "Industry leaders like
AbitibiBowater recognize asset reliability as a key competitive strategy to
effectively address challenging market conditions and achieve operational
excellence. We are very pleased that they have selected the Ivara solution and
are committed to their ongoing success."

    About AbitibiBowater

    AbitibiBowater produces a wide range of newsprint and commercial printing
papers, market pulp and wood products. It is the eighth largest publicly
traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. Following the required
divestiture agreed to with the U.S. Department of Justice, AbitibiBowater will
own or operate 29 pulp and paper facilities and 35 wood products facilities
located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.
Marketing its products in more than 80 countries, the Company is also among
the world's largest recyclers of newspapers and magazines, and has more
third-party certified sustainable forest land than any other company in the
world. The Company's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New
York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information,
visit www.abitibibowater.com.

    About Ivara:

    Ivara is the leader in asset performance management software, Ivara EXP
Enterprise, and services including Ivara RCM2(TM), the leading reliability
strategy development methodology. RCM2 is delivered exclusively by The Aladon
Network, Ivara's global network of reliability experts. Ivara EXP prevents
industrial equipment failure, increases production and lowers costs for better
business performance. EXP transforms data into real-time intelligence and
helps plant and operations management make fast and accurate business
decisions. Customers worldwide, representing a cross section of asset
intensive industries, realize the benefits of EXP every day. For more
information, visit www.ivara.com.

For further information:

For further information: Ivara Corporation Anna Da Costa, Senior
Marketing Communications Specialist 905-632-8000 ext. 246

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