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Further outsourcing contract for Origin from Akzo Nobel, the
chemicals giant that signed a £450 million outsourcing deal
with the company in July 1999

Akzo Nobel's business group, Akcros Chemicals, today
announced that it has signed an agreement with Origin to
provide IT support for the entire business group. The
agreement valued at £4.85 million over five years is for the
management of the company's ERP system, based on Oracle
Financials and Oracle Process and Manufacturing (OPM).
Origin will also provide helpdesk and operational services
within Akcros' global headquarters based in Manchester.
Origin signed the largest commercial outsourcing deal in
Europe last July with Akcros' parent company, Akzo Nobel,
worth £450 million. The deal will see Akcros transfer nine
staff and IT services to Origin.

Martin Potter, Business Unit Controller Finance, Information
Services & Purchasing, Akcros, said: " Origin was selected
because of its proven high level of expertise in the
processing and chemicals sectors. Akcros was provided with a
strong flexible methodology which not only proved that
Origin could solve IT problems, but also issues that face a
business of our size and culture."

"Origin will enable Akcros to reduce the risk to business
operating IT services; staff will have secure career paths
and it will provide the level of skills required to support
our operations in the US, Asia and across Europe in the near
future. This alliance with Origin will give us the
efficiencies and organisational flexibility we need to
pursue our business strategy."

Mark Hartigan, Origin Business Development Manager, stated:
"Akcros will benefit from safe, secure and efficient IT
service provision as Origin enables investments in IT
solutions to increase profitability and market share in an
intensely competitive chemical industry."

"Akcros is an established and highly successful chemicals
company, by outsourcing its IT department to Origin, it has
increased time to spend on growing the business and
channelling expertise on improving operations and optimising
shareholder value."

"Following this deal Origin will be expanding its Oracle
service line and the joining Akcros team will be core to
this development."

About Akcros

Akcros Chemicals, a Business Unit of Akzo Nobel, is one of
the world leaders in the field of Additives for the
processing and manufacturing of Plastics, UV Cure Chemicals
for the Graphic Arts, Coatings and other industries, and
Polysulphide Chemicals for the Aerospace, Marine and
Construction industries. Annual sales amount to approx. EUR
300 million. With headquarters located in Eccles, UK, Akcros
employs around 1000 people. The company has manufacturing
sites in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA and
sells its products worldwide.

Akzo Nobel, based in the Netherlands, serves customers
throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings, and
chemicals. Consolidated sales for 1999 (excluding Acordis)
totaled some EUR 12 billion (USD 13 billion, GBP 8 billion).
At the beginning of 2000, the Company employed 68,000 people
in 75 countries. Financial results for the second quarter of
2000 will be announced on July 26, 2000.

About Origin

Origin provides a full spectrum of business and IT solutions
for global corporations and other complex extended
enterprises through operations in 32 countries. A leader in
enterprise outsourcing, Origin employs a staff of over
17,000, of which more than 5000 are enterprise applications
consultants. Origin's unrivalled track record includes
expertise in a number of industries including process
manufacturing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, high-tech
electronics, oil & gas, and retail. Origin's customers
include ICI, Lucent Technologies, Philip Morris, Philips,
Procter & Gamble, Shell and Unilever.

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