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Hitachi Construction Machinery to exclusively recommend Immersive Technologies

25 September, 2007 - Perth Australia

Following a comprehensive market review a second major Japanese mining and construction equipment manufacturer has chosen to exclusively support and recommend an Australian-developed advanced mining equipment simulator product range.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) has entered into an Exclusive Licensing and Technical Information Agreement with Immersive Technologies at a signing ceremony in Tokyo on the 21st September 2007. This Agreement facilitates the provision and exchange of restricted technical data between Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) and Immersive Technologies and is integral to the development of HCM type Immersive Technologies machine Conversion Kits™ modules. The agreement ensures that HCM customers have recommended access to the most accurate and effective Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulator tools on the market for operator training.

The addition of the Hitachi Construction Machinery exclusive licensing and technical information agreement now sees six of the world’s leading mining equipment manufacturers exclusively supporting and recommending Immersive Technologies’ AE Simulator technology. These companies include; Caterpillar Inc, Komatsu Ltd, Bucyrus Inc and Liebherr Mining Equipment Co., whom collectively supply the majority of the world’s mining haul trucks, excavators, electric rope shovels, dozers and ancillary equipment.

Immersive Technologies has over 110 AE Simulators in use by mine operators, contractors, equipment suppliers and training bodies in 20 countries worldwide. AE Simulator technology is universally recognized as the industry benchmark with mines increasingly looking to Immersive Technologies’ training simulators to achieve optimum levels of performance and safety out of their operators and mobile equipment fleets.

Mr. Kiyoaki Maekawa, General Manager, HCM Global Mining Center said, “It is important to Hitachi Construction Machinery to provide our customers with access to Immersive Technologies training simulators in order to assist them to optimize utilization of their equipment while increasing safety.”

Immersive Technologies’ chief executive officer Peter Salfnger said “The major equipment manufacturers have acknowledged the AE Simulator provides the most effective operator training solution to the industry and is the best platform to accurately replicate their complex machine specific technical data.”

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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.