“Sodiaal Chooses Atos Origin’s MES Solution to Manage Traceability of Yoplait and Candia Dairy Products”

Paris - June 10, 2002

Sodiaal, France's largest milk cooperative, has selected Atos Origin, a leading provider of industrial information technology services, as systems integrator for its Manufacturing Execution System (MES) project. The services will be provided in partnership with APV, a specialist process engineering contractor.

Sodiaal wanted to implement a single solution for all Yoplait and Candia sites in France, with maximum sharing of applications in order to unify operating methods and pool costs, thus enhancing plant performance in terms of quality, productivity, process control and traceability.

Atos Origin and APV leveraged their industrial experience to deliver a MES* solution enabling Sodiaal to supply real-time process manufacturing data, while ensuring the electronic traceability of product batches across the entire production chain, from the reception of milk to the placement of finished products on pallets. The solution will be implemented at a pilot site in 2002 and extended in future years to other Yoplait and Candia manufacturing facilities.

The project will enable the Yoplait and Candia facilities to:

- Implement production orders and control the manufacturing process.
- Perform real-time quality control on production lines.
- Limit errors and support operators.
- Trace all materials and products.

"The MES project is part of the general commitment to improving traceability and performance at our production facilities," commented Bertrand Pluchet, head of the MES project at Sodiaal.

Sodiaal opted for the Intrack component of Wonderware's Factory Suite 2000 in a terminal server architecture to manage computerized tracking of its products. The system will interface with the MFG/PRO ERP system and OM Partners' Graphical Manufacturing Planner (GMP) system now being deployed at Yoplait facilities.

"This new project confirms our role as a major provider of MES solutions, based on our ability to integrate large-scale MES projects into client information systems, with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) and e-applications," said Pascal Audebert, head of MES operations in Atos Origin's Systems Integration Division.

*A Manufacturing Execution System or MES is a package of functions designed to ensure real-time control of the production process. It includes 11 standardized functions: Product Traceability, Scheduling, Optimization, Document Control, Resource Management, Personnel Management, Quality Management, Process Management, Maintenance Management, Transport of Products and Batches, Data Collection and Acquisition, and Performance Analysis.

About Sodiaal
Sodiaal, the largest milk cooperative in France, collects 2.5 billion liters of milk a year from 13,000 producers. Its core business is developing milk products through four industrial divisions: Yoplait (fresh dairy products), Candia (drinking milk), Fromageries Riches-Monts (cheese) and Sodiaal Industrie (industrial products). The Sodiaal Group reported 2000 sales of EUR 2.698 billion.

Bertrand Pluchet - +33 1 44 10 90 44 - Bertrand.PLUCHET@sodiaal.fr

A propos d'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 EUR 3 billion, operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has over 26,000 employees. Atos Origin's clients include ABN-Amro, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, KPN , Lucent, Philips, Renault, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Unilever and Vivendi Universal and Wolters Kluwer.

Anne de Beaumont - 33 (1) 49 00 96 42 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com

About APV
APV, a member of the Invensys group, delivers turnkey process automation solutions to the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. For more information, please visit: www.apvfrance.com and www.apv.invensys.com

William Dommange - +33 2 32 23 74 04 - william.dommange@invensys.com