“Vantico awards Atos Origin five-year strategic service and support contract”

London, 6 December 2001

Integrated, global IT infrastructure delivered in under 12 months

Atos Origin, a leading international business and technology integrator, has signed a five-year strategic service and support contract with Vantico, a global leader in innovative coatings, structural composites, adhesives, tooling materials and electrical and electronic insulation.

The contract was signed after Atos Origin had completed a highly complex, project to migrate more than 900 Vantico users, in 20 countries across four continents to a single SAP platform. The project and service and support contract is worth €55 million to Atos Origin.

The project was completed on time and within budget in just 11 months. Legacy systems operating earlier versions of SAP and BPCS were upgraded and integrated, along with Vantico's shared service centres, manufacturing, warehousing, financial and management systems around the globe.

The project was not only time sensitive and international but crucial to Vantico's successful separation from its former parent, the Performance Polymers Division of Ciba Speciality Chemicals. A separate fully functioning IT infrastructure had to be in place by 31 November 2001 for Vantico to meet its contractual obligations.

The strategic service and support contract will ensure that Atos Origin will continue to work closely with Vantico to deliver real business benefits from the common, global SAP platform. Vantico expect to see its procurement processes streamlined, while better quality management information - through reduced duplication, information sharing and better quality data - will allow for faster decisions. Faster product development and improved financial controls are also anticipated.

Atos Origin's 100 strong project team included SAP and infrastructure developers and change management and training specialists.

Ken Greatbatch, Finance Director, Vantico, said:
"The first phase of implementing a world-class integrated system for Vantico was completed by Atos Origin in record timescales. Working with our partners, we now have the opportunity to reshape our business from this strong platform and deliver significant benefits for the group."

Paul Bingham, Managing Director, Atos Origin UK, commented :
"The success of the original project and the scope of the service and support contract is a clear indication of our ability to handle complex, time sensitive projects internationally. We are looking forward to working with Vantico to continue the smooth delivery of an integrated IT platform that will give them real competitive advantage."

About Vantico
Vantico was created through a management buy-out of the Performance Polymers
Division of Ciba Speciality Chemicals, backed by Morgan Grenfell Private Equity. Vantico operates as a global leader in providing solutions in the field of innovative coatings, structural composites, adhesives, tooling materials, and electrical and electronic insulation, for the automotive, electronic, electrical, aerospace and consumer-durable industries. Vantico employs approximately 2,800 people in over 30 countries. The company is incorporated in Luxembourg and operates globally in three divisions: polymer specialities, optronics and adhesives and tooling.

Vantico Press Contact :
Bronwen Mellor
Z PR
Email : bronwen@z-pr.com

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international business and technology integrator. Its business is turning client visions into results through the application of management consulting, enterprise, e-business and outsourcing solutions. The company has annual revenues of more than EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has 27,000 employees. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever and Vivendi Universal.

Press Contacts:
Marie-Tatiana Collombert
+ 33 (1) 49 00 96 33
marie-tatiana.collombert@atosorigin.com