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Growth stable at 16 percent



Dortmund, September 11, 2001.
Group sales of software vendor MATERNA Information & Communications amounted to 89.9 million Euros (175.8 million DM) in the first half of fiscal 2001. This is 16 percent more than the figure for the same period last year and a solid foundation for Q3 and Q4. Q4 is traditionally the strongest in terms of sales.

"In view of the current market situation we are very satisfied with our sales results. Despite the tense situation in the IT and telecommunications sector we succeeded in further expanding our sales success – particularly in the segments e-Business and Customer Relationship Management", is how the company's two managing directors, Dr. Winfried Materna and Helmut an de Meulen, appraise the figures.


The Communications business unit accounts for 49 percent of sales, with the Information business unit contributing another 46 percent and subsidiaries a further five percent. Foreign activities account for almost six percent of Group sales. The Communications business unit's internationalization strategy resulted in significant sales successes and new customers abroad.






MATERNA GmbH


As a leading software vendor for information and communications technology, MATERNA has a staff of 1,300 employees worldwide and achieved revenues of 178 million Euros (349 million DM) in 2000. In addition to its headquarters in Dortmund, the company has branch offices and subsidiaries throughout Germany and is present in France, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, and Hong Kong. In its Information business unit, MATERNA implements integrated e-Business solutions consisting of the Internet application, customer relationship management and service tools (e-CRM) as well as the management of the necessary IT systems (e-Management). The Communications business unit provides products and solutions for the group's Mobile Solutions and Unified Messaging businesses. These include mobile value-added services based on WAP and SMS that are marketed under the Anny Way brand.


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Rose Ross
Omarketing
+44 (0)208 255 5225
rose@omarketing.co.uk

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