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Dec 17, 2008

Atos Origin sells division Technical Automation which joins TASK24

The sale by Atos Origin has been prompted by the fact that TA is not one of Atos Origin’s core activities.

Following a careful and comprehensive selection process, it found in TASK24, backed by Gilde, a party with technical automation as its core business for whom taking over Atos Origin TA’s division represents a strategic expansion. For TA and TASK24, the joining of forces presents a unique opportunity to gain a prominent position within the technical automation market in a single move.

TA division specialises in designing software for integrated products and systems of leading companies in the healthcare, industrial production, transport and aviation sectors and is currently the third largest in the technical automation market. It has 220 employees working at two locations in Utrecht and Eindhoven. All its employees will move to TASK24 where their conditions of employment will remain the same.

Philip van Blanken, who is to be the CEO of the new group said: “After the autonomisation of TASK24 - formerly Ordina Technical Automation - also made possible by Gilde, the addition of TA represents a crucial step towards achieving our growth target. The new group will give us a strong market position which will guarantee continuity for TA’s employees and customers. For TASK24 and Gilde, the addition of the TA division will create a solid starting position for a positive future with further expansion of its technical automation activities.”

Rob Pols, CEO of Atos Origin in the Netherlands concluded: “The sale will give Technical Automation the opportunity to expand its activities further, guarantee continuity for our existing customers and present our employees with a new challenge within a business environment totally focussed on the realisation of innovative software applications. We are confident that TASK24 is the best party to ensure continuation of TA’s activities.”

Over TASK24

TASK24 is een van de meest toonaangevende dienstverleners in de markt voor technische automatisering. Onze specialisten werken dagelijks met grote passie en betrokkenheid aan hoogwaardige en innovatieve oplossingen voor onze klanten. De kerndiensten van TASK24 bestaan uit consultancy, projecten, development en engineering op basis van diverse business modellen. TASK24 wil vanuit haar specialistisch profiel de voorkeurspartner en –werkgever binnen haar bedrijfstak zijn. Daarbij is bewust gekozen voor een organisatiemodel met regionale spreiding. Hierdoor zit TASK24 dicht bij haar klanten en medewerkers en wil zij het ondernemersgevoel in de regio’s maximaal stimuleren. Bij TASK24 werken ruim 330 medewerkers. Voor meer informatie kunt u kijken op onze website: www.task24.nl.

About Atos Origin

Atos Origin, an international IT service provider, enables customers to translate their vision into results through consulting, systems integration and managed operations. Atos Origin has an annual turnover of 5.8 billion euros in forty countries and employs over 50,000 people, including around 9,000 in the Netherlands where Atos Origin is the market leader. Atos Origin is the global information technology partner for the Olympic Games and has an international clientele. Atos Origin is listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and operates as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting. For more information, please visit the Atos Origin website: www.atosorigin.com

For more information:

Atos Origin
Erica Prins
+31 6 30 43 73 29
erica.prins@atosorigin.com

TASK24
Ralf Bus
+31 6 533 123 54
ralf.bus@task24.nl

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