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JUN 2019

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40 June 2019 suppliers news Komatsu Mining Will Acquire Immersive Technologies Through its subsidiary in Australia, Komatsu Ltd. has agreed to acquire Immersive Corp. Pty. Ltd., which spe- cializes in equipment simulators for training purposes. Retaining its head- quarters in Perth, Western Australia, Immersive Technologies will con- tinue to deploy its systems to reduce risk, quantify training impact, and ef- fectively manage the training process. As part of its drive to deliver great- er value to mining customers, Komat- su said it is committed to delivering equipment and system-based solu- tions, including automation, digiti- zation, and visualization technolo- gies. To achieve this commitment, it believes it's essential to offer human skill-based solutions, including train- ing and workforce development. Im- mersive Technologies, as the market leader in this space, will therefore fa- cilitate Komatsu's deep commitment to its mining customers. "We are very pleased to welcome Immersive Technologies into the Komatsu group. We look forward to working together with Immersive Tech- nologies to enhance Komatsu's Mining Business and continue the success in its multiple-OEM simulator strategy," said Masayuki Moriyama, president, mining business division of Komatsu Ltd., and chairman, Komatsu Mining Corp. Similar to Komatsu's relationship with Modular Mining, Immersive Technologies will operate as an inde- pendently managed subsidiary. With the full support of its new shareholder, Immersive Technologies will operate under its existing name and branding while continuing to collaborate with all equipment manufacturers to ad- dress the performance improvement challenges of mixed equipment fleets. "This acquisition represents the start of the next phase of Immersive Technologies' evolution. We now have the opportu- nity to contribute to the realization of Komatsu's strat- egy for mining, while also leverag- ing Komatsu's vast support network and advanced tech- nology portfolio. This includes closer collaboration with other well-known mining technology companies owned by Komatsu," said Peter Salfinger, CEO and co-founder, Immersive Technologies. "We have been particularly im- pressed by Komatsu's bold vision for the future of mining and their pro- active steps to pursue it. We are very pleased that Komatsu sees Immersive Technologies as having an important role in this future. Further, we see Komatsu's high level of customer fo- cus, which supports collaboration be- tween competing mining suppliers, to benefit mining customers, as being highly aligned to Immersive Technol- ogies' business," said Wayde Salfin- ger, executive director and co-found- er, Immersive Technologies. Via the exchange of technology, best practice and deep knowledge and experience in the mining in- dustry, Komatsu expects this acqui- sition to support both Immersive Technologies and Komatsu in offer- ing unrivaled service and products to their customers. Bridgestone Off-road Tire Plant Achieves LEED Certification Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced that its Aiken County Off-Road Tire Plant, located in Trenton, South Caroli- na, has been awarded Leadership in En- ergy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED recognizes buildings that are designed, constructed, and operat- ed for improved energy, environmental, and human health performance. LEED is the world's most widely used green building program with more than 94,000 registered and certified projects in 167 countries and territories. "LEED certification identifies the Aiken County Off-road Tire Plant of Bridge- stone Americas Inc. as a showcase example of sustainability and demon- strates your leadership in transforming the building industry," said Mahesh Ra- manujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Aiken ORR's LEED certification is further recognition of our innate culture to pursue fully sustainable operations and help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations," said Jim DeMouy, vice president, environment, health, safe- ty and sustainability, Bridgestone Americas. "This plant's commitment to environmentally sustainable prac- tices epitomizes our entire company's global corporate social responsibility commitment, 'Our Way to Serve.'" Aiken ORR achieved LEED certifi- cation for implementing sustainable The Aiken ORR plant conducts neighborhood roadside cleanups, manages its site to restore the Longleaf Pine Savannah Habitat, and provides on-site STEM education for school children through the Bridgestone Environmental Education Program. (Photo: Bridgestone)

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