Xstrata Coal selects Matrikon Suite as corporate solution for Process Information Management System (PIMS) in Coal Handling and Preparation Plants

    -   Matrikon(TM) Downtime Reporter and Matrikon(TM) Production Manager
        software products selected as the corporate standard for Process
        Information Management Systems (PIMS) in Coal Handling and
        Preparation Plants (CHPPs).
    -   Standard PIMS to provide improvements in operational efficiencies
        through improved recording and analysis of plant operating data.
    -   Corporate web-enabled dashboards to provide real-time asset
        performance metrics.

    EDMONTON, March 13 /CNW/ - Matrikon (TSX:MTK) today announced that it had
signed an agreement with Xstrata Coal for the standardization of Matrikon(TM)
Downtime Reporter and Matrikon(TM) 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(TM)
Downtime Reporter together with Matrikon(TM) 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 (www.matrikon.com) 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.

For further information:

For further information: Nicole Sayler, Matrikon Investor Relations,
Phone: (780) 945-4010, nicole.sayler@matrikon.com

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