Citect and Toshiba joint venture to deliver open automation solutions to process industries

Sydney, Australia, Sept. 13, 2002 — Citect and Toshiba International Corporation recently expanded the cooperation agreement announced in December of 2001 by signing a Joint Venture agreement.

The joint venture has been formed to deliver fully integrated control systems featuring Toshiba’s new V-Series hybrid controllers and Citect’s award-winning SCADA software and integration services to process industries throughout Australia.

The joint offering, which comprises hardware, software and services, lowers ownership costs and provides customers with an open, robust and high performance solution for critical automation applications.

Market acceptance of the Toshiba-Citect Joint Venture has been proven through the award of contracts exceeding AUD$1.2 million from several industry leaders including Tomago Aluminum Company and Incitec Ltd.

“The Integrated DCS incorporates complementary products from both partners, resulting in unprecedented openness, flexibility and performance for the process control market. The business opportunities for this system are very exciting,” says Kiyoshi Tamaki, Toshiba International Corporation’s Managing Director.

“Incitec selected the Citect-Toshiba joint venture for its critical control application because it provides our company with a more flexible and competitive solution than our traditional DCS suppliers. We have also been impressed with the joint venture’s expertise, professionalism and commitment to our project,” says Warwick Porter, Instrument/Electrical Engineer for Incitec Ltd.

The joint venture leverages the respective strengths of each company to provide customers with fully integrated hardware and software solutions that are supported by two leading automation companies.

“We are very pleased to be working with Toshiba, and believe the combination of the new V-Series controllers together with CitectSCADA offers customers a powerful, well- integrated solution”, says Wayne Morris, Citect Managing Director and CEO. “This solution delivered through Citect’s professional services and backed with support from Toshiba, ensures customers receive a rapid return on their investment”.

About Toshiba International Corporation Established in 1978, Toshiba International Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation Japan. As one of the world’s largest electrical and electronics manufacturers, Toshiba’s range of control products benefits from both a highly funded R&D program and a total commitment to quality. Toshiba’s products are universally recognized for their superior quality and innovative design.

About Citect Citect is a worldwide leader in industrial automation and information management. Its CitectHMI/SCADA and Plant2Business software are complemented by professional services, customer support and training. These solutions are enhanced by strong partner programs and are sold in numerous industries, including water and waste water, facilities monitoring, gas pipelines, mining, dairy, food processing, pharmaceuticals and power distribution. Citect is headquartered in Sydney Australia, has offices in Australia, USA, Europe, China and Africa, and its products are distributed in more than 40 countries worldwide.

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