Coal Mining Companies Turning to Gemcom Minex in Asia Pacific

    Specialised Software for Coal/Stratified Deposits in Heavy Demand as
    Mining Companies Seek Better Support for Geology, Mine Planning Processes

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Gemcom Software International Inc., the
largest global supplier of specialised mining productivity solutions, today
provided an update on growing Gemcom Minex(TM) sales momentum in Asia Pacific.
Strong demand for the software is being fuelled by booming commodity demand
and mining companies seeking improved tools for geology and mine planning.
    Minex is a comprehensive geological modelling and mine planning tool for
coal and other stratified deposits such as lignite, phosphate, bauxite, iron
ore, and platinum. Developed in partnership with the mining industry, the
software is employed by exploration and mining companies, including the
world's largest operators. It is becoming the modelling and planning package
of choice for coal mining operations.
    "It's not just newly minted mining operations and exploration ventures
that are adopting Minex, but significant, long-standing players in the
region," said Jon Barber, Gemcom's vice president of Minex. "Well-established
operations that have been using a competing package or software developed for
hard rock operations are turning to Minex to replace or supplement software
that lacks needed functionality. Minex offers more comprehensive, deposit
(coal) specific functionality and easily interfaces with other business and
technical software."
    Minex is not converted hard rock mining software but a fully integrated
system designed by mining professionals to deal with the specific challenges
posed by stratified deposits. It is especially useful for developing accurate
resource calculations in areas with complex geology including reverse and
normal faults. With features like pit optimisation and scheduling built-in, it
provides support for key mining companies with both strategic and tactical
functions such as material movement that can significantly impact efficiency
and profits.
    "Minex is the only mining software product that can provide all the tools
we need for geological modelling, strategic planning and mine planning in one
package," said Joshua Cochrane, technical manager for Straits Asia Resources
Ltd. "We have adopted Minex both at a corporate level and site level, and are
implementing at the current time with the assistance of Gemcom support both
locally in Indonesia and from Australia."
    With coal mining activity accelerating in response to high commodity
prices, Gemcom has recently sold Minex to a number of leading coal miners with
operations in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia Pacific including:

    -   Banpu Public Company Ltd
    -   Regent Pacific Group Ltd
    -   Straits Asia Resources Ltd
    -   PT Arutmin Indonesia
    -   PT Tambang Batubara Bukit Asam Tbk (PTBA), an Indonesian
        state-owned company

    Indonesia is the world's largest exporter of thermal coal, thanks in part
to its strategic location for shipping coal to significant users throughout
the region including China and Japan.

    For more information on Minex, please visit

    About Gemcom

    When mining companies seek to increase mine productivity, they turn to
Gemcom for technology and services. The Company is home to world-renowned
mining solutions like GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle, and InSite and to industry
thought-leaders who are pushing the boundaries of what's possible in mining.
Established in 1985, Gemcom has a global reach delivering comprehensive
solutions in all major mining centres in more than 90 countries. Every major
mining company, including BHP Billiton, Codelco, De Beers, Newmont and Vale is
a Gemcom client. Through a combination of organic growth and strategic
acquisitions, the Company has become the largest global supplier of
specialised mining productivity solutions. For more information, visit

    Gemcom, the Gemcom logo and combinations thereof, are trademarks of
    Gemcom Software International Inc. GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle,
    MineSched, PCBC and Gemcom InSite are either registered trademarks or
    trademarks of Gemcom Software International Inc.

For further information:

For further information: Corporate Communications, Mark Bese, Marketing
Communications Manager, (604) 684-6550 ext. 4481,;
Asia Pacific and Australia Communications, Kat Fremlin, Communications
Consultant, Allchurch Communications, +61 8 9381 6625,

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