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Huntsman signs contract with Atos Origin for worldwide Infrastructure Services Outsourcing


Zaventem, 28 March 2006 - Atos Origin, an international IT services company, and Huntsman Corporation, a leading American chemical manufacturer and marketer firm, have signed a multi-year contract under which Huntsman will outsource its IT infrastructure services. The deal, starting from 1 April 2006, will enable Huntsman to reduce its total cost of ownership (TCO), to standardize, improve its service provision and meet the compliance rules of Sarbanes-Oxley.

Under the terms of the outsourcing contract, Atos Origin will provide worldwide infrastructure services to Huntsman for its global SAP platforms, workplace, Lotus Notes, eCommerce and data warehouse environments running on a wide range of platforms including Wintel, Unix, Linux and a Citrix-based thin-client office environment. Sarbanes Oxley compliance and reduction of TCO are the key themes of the new contract, which leverages Atos Origin’s Global Sourcing model to provide a variety of services from offshore solution centers. These are integrally linked with the global operation service desk, centralized in Belgium.

“Increasing ROI and reducing TCO have been triggers within Huntsman to review our IT sourcing strategy,” says Nicole Neyt, Director Global IT, Data Center and Technology at Huntsman. “Atos Origin’s thorough expertise and international references in infrastructure outsourcing, together with the ability to leverage the power of a global sourcing model offer the ideal solution for a company like Huntsman. We are convinced that we will be able to achieve our goals with a partner like Atos Origin.”

“Huntsman can now concentrate fully on positioning the company as a leading player on the fast-changing chemical market. We are confident that we will carry out this project to the full satisfaction of our customer,” concludes Henri van Engelen, Managing Director of Atos Origin Belux.

Atos Origin’s global sourcing strategy focuses on delivering consistent services, irrespective of location, providing a clear governance structure for delivery, and in increasing its overall delivery capability. Atos Origin is dedicated to client satisfaction and offers the following key advantages to its customers by implementing a global sourcing strategy: TCO reduction, business continuity and agility, and world-class quality. It has built up a strong track record for large transformational engagements and has applied its proven ‘design-build-operate’ philosophy in successfully delivering globally sourced services. Currently around 7,000 staff works in global sourcing engagements in Europe, Asia, and South America assessed up to CMMi level 5.

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 EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 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.

About Huntsman
Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture basic products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 11,300 employees, 57 operations in 22 countries and had 2005 revenues of $13 billion.


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