“New success in the chemical sector: Atos Origin signs an IT Outsourcing contract with PolymerLatex”

Stuttgart/Marl, January 11th, 2005

Another long-term full IT Outsourcing contract for Atos Origin in the chemical sector, after Walsrode Industrial Park / PolymerLatex is outsourcing its IT infrastructure and application management to Atos Origin for an 8-year period

Atos Origin, a leading international IT services provider, and PolymerLatex, a leading European manufacturer of latex products, today announced the signature of an 8-year outsourcing contract. Since January 1st 2005, Atos Origin has been responsible for all of the information technology for the chemical company, headquartered in Marl Chemistry Park. In entrusting its IT operations to Atos Origin, PolymerLatex is reducing its costs over the long-term and gains an experienced IT partner with expertise in the field. As part of the full IT outsourcing agreement, all of PolymerLatex's IT staff will transfer to Atos Origin.

“This decision is a significant step for PolymerLatex, allowing it to gain greater freedom and advantages in terms of competition. It enables us to concentrate fully on our core skills and increase our competitivity“, asserts Dr. Christian Holtmann, Managing Director of PolymerLatex. “Through our long term partnership with Atos Origin, we can make use of the most suitable IT resources at any given moment, and at the same time further improve quality and reduce costs.“

The full outsourcing agreement between Atos Origin and PolymerLatex comprises the takeover of the IT infrastructure and application management along with the integration of IT staff:
In detail:

  • Support and operation of the existing IT infrastructure with over 45 servers and 400 workstations
  • Transparency and continuous development of IT applications
  • Integration of all IT people

“ This contract strengthens our position as one of the leading outsourcing service providers and demonstrates again our competencies and experience in the chemical sector“, explains Gerhard Fercho, Atos Origin's Chief Operations Officer for Germany and Central Europe.

In 2003, Atos Origin also signed a ten-year deal with Wolff Walsrode AG, a 100% subsidiary of Bayer AG, to take over its IT-infrastructure. This enabled Wolff Walsrode to concentrate on its core business activities, while continuing to develop and optimise the scope of its IT services for the Walsrode industrial park's companies.

About PolymerLatex:
PolymerLatex is a leading manufacturer of latex products in Europe. Soros Private Equity Partners, a leading private equity company, has a majority stake and management control of the company. PolymerLatex has its headquarters and largest production plant in Marl, Germany, as well as further European production sites in Finland, England, Germany and Italy. PolymerLatex manufactures products for the paper, carpet and moulded foam industries, as well as for special applications, and generates 400 million revenues with approximately 700 employees.
Further information at : www.polymerlatex.de / www.polymerlatex.com

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Press Contacts:

Nicola Popoff
Tel: +49 (0)7 11/73 77-3 11
Email: nicola.popoff@atosorigin.com

Polymer Latex GmbH & Co. KG
Karl-H. Förster
Tel: +49 2365 49-4443
Email: karl-h.foerster@polymer-latex.de