“Atos Origin wins significant outsourcing deal”

Hamburg/Stuttgart, 17 February 2003

Outsourcing of the highest quality: Atos Origin takes over the entire Walsrode Industrial Park's IT services for 10 years, enabling Walsrode to concentrate on core business activities

From 1st January 2003, Wolff Walsrode AG and all the enterprises located on the Walsrode Industrial Park have handed over the operation of their entire IT infrastructure to IT and e-business services provider Atos Origin for an initial period of 10 years. With a total of around 2,500 employees, the industrial park contains eight enterprises, operating throughout the world in the chemical and plastics processing industry.

"In addition to the specialist expertise and outstanding customer references, the proximity of Atos Origin and employee conduct were important contributory factors in our choice of Atos Origin. In addition, Atos Origin complies with the complete scope of our IT security standards and, through a long-term commitment, can fulfil the various service requirements of the respective enterprises.", endorsed Dr. Dieter Herzog, Chief Executive of Wolff Walsrode AG. "With Atos Origin as partner for the IT services, we also achieve excellent prospects for our employees and for the future of the IT services in the Industrial park."

By outsourcing the entire IT services, Wolff Walsrode AG, a 100% subsidiary of Bayer AG, is carrying on with its commitment to concentrate on core business activities, whilst still continuing to develop and optimise the scope of IT services.

The IT services were previously provided by technology service provider Probis GmbH, a subsidiary of Wolff Walsrode. The total outsourcing includes:

  • taking over and operating the existing hardware, including 100 servers, 1000 desktops, data and communication networks

  • taking over the extensive project work, including migration from SAP/R2 to SAP/R3
  • the transparent and continual development of the IT services
    integrating around 35 employees

"Our enterprise thrives on new inspirations and ideas brought in from outside. We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues from Probis and together building a strong future for our business.", states Gerhard Fercho, Director of Managed Services at Atos Origin. A Central European IT centre of excellence for the chemical industry is also part of the planned expansion, which will be developed in the Walsrode Industrial Park together with the extensive participation of Atos Origin.

"With this venture, Atos Origin is significantly strengthening its market position in the outsourcing sector within Central Europe. In addition, the future will bring the generation of further collaborative projects.", comments Dr. Heiner Diefenbach, CFO of Atos Origin Central Europe, on the significance of the deal for Atos Origin.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services provider. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations, including outsourcing and on-line services. In August 2002, Atos Origin acquired KPMG Consulting in the UK and The Netherlands, trading as Atos KPMG Consulting. The company generates annual revenues of EUR 3.3 billion and employs 28,000 staff in 30 countries. The Group's client list includes major companies such as ABN-Amro, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, British Petroleum, Euronext, Fiat, ICI, ING, KPN, Lucent, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Shell, UBS-Warburg, Unilever, Vivendi Universal, Vodafone and Wolters Kluwer.

Atos Origin Press Contacts :

Nicola Popoff (Germany)
Tel: +49 (0)7 11/73 77-3 11
E-mail: Nicola.Popoff@atosorigin.com

Marie-Tatiana Collombert
+ 33 (1) 49 00 96 33

About Wolff Walsrode AG and the Walsrode Industrial Park
On 01.01.2001 Wolff Walsrode AG was demerged to form a 100% subsidiary of Bayer AG. Wolff Walsrode AG owns the Walsrode Industrial Park, and is the parent company of the 8 chemical and plastics processing enterprises which operate from the park. The core products manufactured by Wolff Cellulosics are highly effect cellulose products for a variety of applications including building materials, printing inks, paints, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food products and technical specialist applications. The film sector is handled by Epurex Films, CaseTech , Walothen and Wipak Walsrode, part of the Finnish Wihuri group. The services provider, Probis GmbH focuses on technical and site maintenance. Training and personnel services are provided by AF Personalpartner GmbH.
With this outsourcing deal the Industrial Park is strengthening its international position as a competitive industrial site for the processing industry.

Press Office Wolff Walsrode AG:
Eberhard W├╝hle
Tel: +49 (0) 5161/ 44-2203
E-mail: eberhard.wuehle.ew@wolff-walsrode.de