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Rio Tinto Acquires Immersive Technologies Advanced Equipment Training Simulators

25 October, 2004

Rio Tinto subsidiaries Hamersley Iron and Robe River Mining, the Pilbara Iron Group, have ordered two Series II Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators from Immersive Technologies.

The AE Simulators will be used at Mount Tom Price, Channar, Paraburdoo, Marandoo, Brockman, Yandicoogina, West Angeles, and Pannawonica in Western Australia and managed as an asset under Pilbara Iron.

The two Series II AE Simulators will be delivered integrated with custom mine sites providing all mine sites with superior capabilities to maximize equipment operator training experience and increase training benefits.

“The acquisition of AE Simulator Training capability provides a means to further improve safety performance” said Dan Tenardi, General Manager Operations at Robe River. “The AE Simulator represents best practice in safety systems which will provide Robe River with the ability to continuously improve.”

“Rio Tinto business units have been deploying and are applying Immersive Technologies AE Simulators since mid-2001. Like many of our mining customers, the Simulators are seen as critical to operations, and a capability for realizing continuous safety improvements, reduced maintenance and higher productivity in an era of robust growth” said Oye Obe, Executive Manager Business Development at Immersive Technologies.

Immersive Technologies AE Simulators were selected after extensive and in-depth evaluation of their potential to address operator training needs. The evaluation was conducted by staff drawn from across training, maintenance, safety, technical services and senior management functions within Pilbara Iron.

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About Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies. Immersive Technologies' Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators' safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.

Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal exclusive licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to the OEM's proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM's machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 39 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.