“Atos Origin signs an agreement with De La Rue to implement a worldwide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system”

Madrid, 14 September 2005

Estimated benefits for De La Rue will be close to €1 million per annum Atos Origin, a leading international IT services provider, has signed an agreement with De La Rue, a leading global supplier of cash handling solutions and technology for financial institutions, in order to implement a worldwide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Central hosting will be set up, with remote access for users.

The goal is to implement MFG/Pro eB2.1 software, offered jointly by Atos Origin and QAD Inc., to unify the ERP of the various countries in which De La Rue operates. The shared model, implemented to replace the diverse IT systems in each country, can be adapted to the specific needs of each area.

De La Rue has selected this software as it is best suited to its business needs. Furthermore, De La Rue Cash Systems' Spanish Division already used a previous version of the MFG/Pro software, which served as a reference for the other countries due to its high level of efficiency and low cost. The ERP used by De La Rue Spain provides easier and faster access to information, and creates simpler reporting.

The project will be carried out over approximately 2 years in several stages and will cover a total of 14 countries. The first stage has already been launched in Spain, Germany and the Benelux at the beginning of March this year. The overall investment of the project is estimated at around €5 million.

The agreement signed with Atos Origin in Spain will bring De La Rue benefits of around €1 million per annum from the point of view of IT systems. De La Rue estimates that the project has a return on investment of less than five years.

José Mª de Santiago, IS Business Relationship Manager at De La Rue, said “De La Rue's agreement with Atos Origin is a major step for De La Rue, as the end result will provide our company with many advantages and significant savings from a business point of view. Our customers, suppliers, and our employees, will benefit from what is a very technologically advanced system that can grow with the company and be adapted to the continuous changes. The project will benefit more than 800 office users all over the world, with the possibility of shortly including another 1,000 field engineers too”.

The agreement between De La Rue and Atos Origin will cover the sales, supply chain, finance, customer service and logistics departments, ie. practically all of the company's process departments. As part of the agreement, Atos Origin provides consulting for the entire ERP implementation, as well as subsequent high-level support, although De La Rue will also have its own team to support the application.

Antonio López, Manager of Atos Origin's Enterprise Solutions' Division for Spain and Portugal said, “De La Rue multinational group is a strategic client for Atos Origin and we have been working with them for several years. We have experience with the Cash Division in Spain and Portugal, where we set up the QAD solution in the subsidiaries in the two countries. The trust that the De La Rue group has placed in Atos Origin by asking us to handle this new international project evolved from the good work our consultants have carried out and the excellent relationship we have had during projects carried out previously.”

De La Rue has stressed the innumerable benefits that this deal will have for the company and hence its customers. The main advantages include: setting up joint processes, standardising codes and nomenclatures, appropriate support for international operations, providing reporting to the company's head office and it will of course involve very significant cost savings from an IT systems point of view.

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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

The De La Rue Group De La Rue is the leading supplier of cash handling solutions for banks and retailers around the world, helping cut the cost of handling cash. It is involved in producing more than 150 national currencies and a wide range of security documents such as traveller's cheques and vouchers. Employing over 6,500 people across 31 countries, the company is also a leading commercial security printer and papermaker. De La Rue pioneers new technologies including tailored solutions to protect the world's brands through to government identity solutions in secure passports and identity cards.

For more information, please contact:

Antonio Ferreiro
Atos Origin
Tel. +34 91 440 88 00
Email: antonio.ferreiro@atosorigin.com

Guillermo Sánchez
Marketing Manager
De la Rue
Tel. +34 91 329 7100
Fax. +34 91 329 1802
Email: guillermo.sanchez@es.delarue.com