“Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes intends to outsource ICT infrastructure and support to Atos Origin”

Sassenheim (Netherlands), 30 March 2005

Akzo Nobel has signed a letter of intent with Atos Origin to outsource its global ICT infrastructure. After a feasibility study, Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes has come to the conclusion that outsourcing ICT infrastructure and support to Atos Origin is a viable option. The two parties will now enter into a process to come to a final agreement.

“ICT is an important enabler of our business,” says Rinus Rooseboom, General Manager Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes, “and we concluded that a 3rd party can offer a better quality/cost ratio.”
The scope of the outsourcing would be ICT infrastructure, data centre, helpdesk and application management and support.

Atos Origin is the first choice because it is a healthy and growing company specializing in ICT, with current ties to Akzo Nobel. Atos Origin is a worldwide, best in class solution provider with the vision and ability to deliver.

“This agreement further strengthens our relationship with Akzo Nobel and confirms our position in ICT outsourcing. For this contract we built on the extensive experience of our consulting, systems integration, and managed operation teams. We will leverage our best practices in processes and technologies to deliver the best quality to Akzo Nobel.”, says Wilbert Kieboom, Member of the Management Board and CEO of Northern Europe Atos Origin.

In those countries where this is a requirement, works councils have been asked to advise on this intention. When the advice is positive and a final agreement is reached, the transfer is expected to be 1 July 2005.

The outsource contract will involve about 70 people in total, in Sassenheim, The Netherlands, Norcross and Pontiac, USA and Singapore. There are also small clusters in Germany, Spain and some other countries.

About Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes
Akzo Nobel, based in the Netherlands, serves customers throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings and chemicals. Consolidated sales for 2004 totaled EUR 12.7 billion. The Company currently employs some 61,500 people in more than 80 countries. The financial results for the first quarter will be published on April 19, 2005.
Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes supplies paint, services and software for car repair, commercial vehicle and automotive markets. The main brands include Sikkens® and Lesonal® in car repair, and Sikkens Autocoat® BT in commercial vehicles. Automotive plastic interior and exterior components customers are also served under Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes.

Internet: www.carrefinishes.com

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology 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 over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Press contacts:

Akzo Nobel
John Burger
Tel. +31 71 308 3200

Atos Origin
Marianne Hewlett
Tel. + 31 30 299 2006

José de Vries
Tel. + 33 1 55 91 24 53