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Topcon opens new Brisbane technology center

Livermore, California, USA, 12 October 2006 – Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has recently opened a new Topcon Technology Center (TTC) in Brisbane, Australia. The center produces key software systems for the company’s machine control and land surveying products used around the world.

According to Ray O’Connor, TPS president and CEO, the Brisbane operation, one of five Topcon Technology Centers around the world, can expect strong expansion over the next few years. The expected expansion is tied to the “massive growth of machine control systems for construction and agricultural equipment.”

He said, “Three years ago, GPS-based machine control was just getting started, and accounted for a small amount of Topcon Positioning Systems’ revenues. “In the past 12 months, however, our machine control business has grown by 100 percent and is set to keep growing. The future of our business, and the solutions we provide for our customers are going to come in part from the software we are developing in Brisbane,” he added.

O’Connor said the prospects for machine automation in construction and in agriculture – which together are $ 7 trillion a year businesses – are “extremely positive. At present in the machine control business, we are just scratching the surface,” he said.

Software products developed for global markets out of the Brisbane TTC include Topcon’s 3D Machine control software, its 3D Office software, Pocket 3D data collector software and Agriculture 3D software. It also develops Mining 3D software and is working on a number of innovative hardware projects.

– About Topcon Positioning Systems
TPS develops and supplies innovating precision GPS, GIS, laser, optical surveying, and machine control, products, software, and applications to the survey and construction industries. In Australia, TPS products are distributed through a network of independent dealers.