“Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes outsources global ICT infrastructure and support to Atos Origin”

Paris, 13 October 2005

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes has outsourced its global ICT infrastructure and support to Atos Origin. The two companies signed a five-year contract on 1st of October covering over twenty countries worldwide.

Atos Origin takes on the responsibility for Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes' ICT infrastructure, data center, helpdesk, application management, development and support. 80 functions will join Atos Origin. Atos Origin will receive a fixed percentage of Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes' sales for its services.

“This deal will bring us best in class services for ICT infrastructure and support, at a stable and predictable cost”, says Rinus Rooseboom, General Manager Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes. “We are also confident that our colleagues transferring to Atos Origin will enjoy an interesting and rewarding job with their new employer.”

“The structure of this contract reflects the increasing demand from customers for risk/reward contracts”, says Wilbert Kieboom, CEO for Atos Origin Northern-Europe. “Our innovative ICT services and cost-reduction measures will enable Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes to achieve a higher level of performance and meet the agreed targets, so that both parties benefit in the long-term. That is true partnership, going beyond mere ICT services provision.”

The outsourcing contract covers among others the following countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, UK, Spain, US, Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil.

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 Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Akzo Nobel

Akzo Nobel, based in the Netherlands, serves customers throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings and chemicals. Consolidated revenues for 2004 totalled EUR 12.9 billion. The Company currently employs some 62,000 people in more than 80 countries. The financial results for the third quarter will be published on October 19, 2005.

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes, a business unit of Akzo Nobel, 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: http://www.cr.akzonobel.com

For more information please contact:

Akzo Nobel
John Burger
+31 71 308 3200

Atos Origin
Marianne Hewlett
+ 31 30 299 5006

José de Vries
+ 33 1 55 91 24 53