ABB Signs Agreement with Braintech to Market eVisionFactory(TM)


                         Systems
    in North America
              Companies Will Deliver Fully Engineered Vision Guided
                    Robotic Systems to Automotive Sector


  NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - ABB Inc.'s Robotic,
Automotive and Manufacturing Group (NYSE:ABB) announced today that it has
signed an agreement with Braintech, Inc.(OTCBB:BRHI) to develop and market
Vision Guided Robotic systems using Braintech's award winning eVisionFactory,
(eVF(TM)) to ABB's North American automotive customers. 
Braintech pioneered 3D-Vision Guided Robotics (3D-VGR) for manufacturers
in early 2000 and was the first to commercialize the development, operation
and support of Vision Guided Robotic systems with the release of eVF. By
combining ABB's industrial robotic expertise with Braintech's eVF software,
ABB now has the ability and products to market and support "Totally Engineered
VGR Systems" to its customers, for numerous automotive production applications
for: powertrain, body and paint shop, foundry, and final vehicle assembly. 
According to Thomas M. Stroin, Vice President of ABB's North American
Robot Automation Business Unit, "ABB was first introduced to Braintech in
Canada more than three years ago. Since that time, Braintech and ABB have co-developed and installed systems to several automotive customers and tier one
suppliers. ABB and Braintech recognize that these 'VGR Systems' represent a
new direction in automation and provide our customers with solutions that are
lean, multi-purpose and highly intelligent. Using Braintech's unique approach
with eVF, ABB can address the increased market demand for flexible solutions
and provide the automotive companies innovative systems to handle their
complex, growing production requirements". Mr. Stroin further states, "We
believe that VGR is revolutionary and that the eVF software platform is the
right approach, offering the automotive industry a robust standard that is
easily supported by plant personnel. Hence, the signing of this agreement
between ABB and Braintech is a natural step forward for both companies." 
Owen Jones, CEO of Braintech, added, "We continue to measure our progress
by the expanding number of installations within our customer base. We're
finding that soon after initial systems are operational our customers are
ordering additional systems for the same plant or for sister plants. This
proves that systems built with our eVF platform are both reliable and
manageable, something custom-built systems have not traditionally been able to
achieve. Now, in combination with ABB's North American sales, engineering and
field service teams, we believe we will be able to achieve significant market
penetration." 
ABB's Robotic, Automotive and Manufacturing group is a leading supplier
of robots, robotic systems and automation systems to the automotive,
manufacturing and consumer industries. With more than 120,000 robots installed
worldwide and more than 5,000 employees, ABB is a global leader in flexible
factory automation. 
  ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility
and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental
impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in 100 countries and employs about
115,000 people worldwide. With an installed base of more than 120,000 robots,
the Automation Technologies division employs about 56,000 and posted 2002
revenues of US $9.9 Billion. 


      About Braintech, Inc. (www.braintech.com)
    -----------------------------------------


  Braintech's VGR technologies are revolutionizing manufacturing by giving
industrial robots the "eyes" to handle and assemble parts with a high degree
of consistent quality and productivity. Braintech's scientific capabilities,
engineering expertise and commitment to support have been embedded in the
Company's VGR software system called "eVF". eVF provides rapid and solid
application development, operation and secure remote support and diagnostics
over the Internet. To date, Braintech's VGR systems have been installed at
Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Delphi, TI Automotive Group and Toyota. 
  SC3D, eVF and eVisionFactory are registered trademarks of Braintech
Canada, Inc. 


      Statements in this document (as well as information included in oral
    statements or other written statements made or to be made by Braintech,
    Inc.) that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements,
    including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or
    intentions regarding the future. Forward-looking statements in this news
    release include statements regarding the Company's belief that it has
    pioneered 3D-Vision Guided Robotics for manufacturers, that 3D-Vision
    Guided Robotics has significantly advanced the automated assembly process
    and that 3D-Vision Guided Robotics is playing a role in the revolution
    underway in the auto manufacturing industry. It is important to note that
    actual outcomes and the Company's actual results could differ materially
    from those in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause
    actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties such
    as technical difficulties in developing the products; competition from
    other suppliers of similar products; pricing that may not be acceptable
    to potential markets; problems with the transport of the products
    produced; failure for a market to develop for the products; the inability
    of the Company to finance its obligations under agreements; the failure
    of the Automotive sector to grow at the rate thought likely; and many
    other known and unknown factors that affect the technology and automotive
    industry in general. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures
    outlined in the Company's annual report of Form 10-KSB for the 2002
    fiscal year and the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB filed from
    time to time with the SEC.
                        For more information, please contact:
                                 Braintech, Inc.
                    Elite Financial Communications Group
                  Stephanie Noiseux, VP of Client Relations
                      407-585-1080 / steph@efcg.net
                                    ABB Inc.
                Robotics, Automotive and Manufacturing Group
                        Contact Person: Ann R. Smith
                              Tel: 248-391-8876
                              Fax: 248-391-7390


                  Email: ann.r.smith@us.abb.com
  

SOURCE  Braintech Inc. 
-0-              03/04/2004 
/CONTACT: Braintech, Inc., Elite Financial Communications Group,
Stephanie Noiseux, VP of Client Relations, (407) 585-1080 or
steph@efcg.net; ABB Inc., Robotics, Automotive and Manufacturing Group,
Contact Person: Ann R. Smith, Tel: (248) 391-8876, Fax: (248) 391-7390, Email:
ann.r.smith@us.abb.com/ 
(BRHI) 
CO: Braintech Inc.
ST: British Columbia
IN: CPR OTC
SU: TNM 
  -30--0- Mar/04/2004 20:28 GMT
 
 
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