Meridium Joins Executives from Dow Chemical and Silcar at ARC Advisory Group's World Industry Forum

Jan 20, 2011, 06:00 ET from Meridium Inc.

ROANOKE, Va., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridium, the global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and consulting services, announced that Bonz Hart, Meridium CEO, and Joe Nichols, Meridium Vice President Product Strategy, will join Bernie Cooper, CEO of Silcar (2001-2010), and Jeff Dudley, Maintenance Technology Center Director for The Dow Chemical Company, at ARC Advisory Group's 2011 World Industry Forum taking place February 7-10, 2011, in Orlando.

The topic of Mr. Dudley's presentation for this event is "Achieving World Class Reliability through Leadership and Culture." Experts agree that there is a direct link between a plant's financial/operational performance and the reliability of its assets. By leading with and creating a culture of encouraging people to take personal accountability for recognizing, reporting and acting on failures, errors or unfavorable conditions, companies will minimize the impact of unplanned events, and move toward becoming high-reliability organizations. It's estimated that, if organizations do not make the minimization of all unplanned events a priority, they are probably using up to 10% of their revenue stream on dealing with unplanned events. Joe Nichols will join Mr. Dudley for a panel discussion at the conclusion of the Achieving World Class Reliability session.

Bernie Cooper, CEO, Silcar Pty. Limited (2001-2010) will present "Strategies for Asset Performance Management."  By focusing on the performance of the plant assets and risks to a business enterprise, Silcar uses a comprehensive APM platform to help its clients maximize the value of their investment in capital intensive plant assets, optimize the productivity and reliability of technical plant assets, and control the risk involved in operating those assets. Following the presentation there will be a panel discussion which will include Mr. Cooper and Bonz Hart.

According to Wil Chin, Research Director for ARC Advisory Group, "We are pleased to have executives from thought-leadership companies like Silcar, The Dow Chemical Co. and Meridium participating in our conference to share their experience with fostering a culture of operational excellence throughout their organizations."

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About Meridium

Meridium Inc. is the global leader in asset performance management solutions for process, power, mining and discrete manufacturing industries. With Meridium software and services, companies will accelerate profitability through effective asset strategies, thus increasing asset reliability and improving the performance of their production assets. Developing or improving these asset strategies also has a direct, positive impact on operational excellence by reducing financial, health and safety, and production risk; optimizing maintenance costs; ensuring regulatory compliance and decreasing the potential for undesirable incidents. Industry leaders such as Eastman Chemical, Marathon Oil, Anglo Platinum, and Xcel Energy rely on Meridium for enterprise wide asset performance. Meridium is headquartered in Roanoke, VA, USA, with regional offices in Houston, TX, USA; Dubai, UAE; Bangalore, India; Ricasoli, Malta; and Perth, Australia.

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