IBM, Ariba and i2 Alliance Selected to Build B2B Thermoplastics Global e-Marketplace


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CHICAGO, Ill - 20 Jun 2000: -- Omnexus, the customer-focused global e-marketplace for the plastics injection molding industry (www.omnexus.com), has selected IBM and its strategic alliance with Ariba and i2 Technologies to develop and implement the recently announced e-marketplace.

Omnexus, established by BASF AG, Bayer AG, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Ticona/Celanese AG, will look to IBM, Ariba and i2 to develop the technology that supports the business model. IBM's Global Services will build and host the on-line marketplace, provide new member services, and will provide on-going support and system service. IBM will also provide the business systems infrastructure for the new company. In addition, Mike Silberman from IBM will serve as interim chief information officer for Omnexus while permanent leadership is identified.

To help facilitate 24x7 availability, scalability, privacy and security IBM will use best-of-breed components, including its own WebSphere Commerce Suite, Lotus, Tivoli and MQSeries solutions. Ariba will provide its B2B Commerce Platform and i2 will provide its TradeMatrix solution.

"E-markets are growing worldwide and will have a tremendously positive impact on every industry. However, it takes an end-to-end solution and global implementation provider - such as IBM with our Ariba and i2 alliance - to integrate suppliers and customers to enable an e-market to operate with a full range of functionality, security and efficiency," said Eric Leon, general manager, chemicals and petroleum, IBM Industrial Sector. "We expect Omnexus will help
make buying and selling faster, while cutting costs significantly for participating companies."

"The choice of technology along with speed and thoroughness of implementation is crucial to making Omnexus a success," said Bill Ray, global director e-business at Dow Plastics and the company's representative to Omnexus. "That's why we turned to IBM and its Ariba/i2 alliance. As leaders in building e-marketplaces, they were the best choice to ensure Omnexus success from the first day onward."

Omnexus aims to go on-line by Oct. 1 in North America, three months later in Europe, followed by Asia and the rest of the world in spring, 2001. It will operate as a separate independent business from the start. The size of this market is estimated to be in the $50-billion range.

Omnexus will actively seek additional reliable, quality resin suppliers and other suppliers in the value chain to sell their products via this new marketplace. It will significantly simplify business transactions, allowing customers to choose from a wide range of products and services from participating resin manufacturers, additional suppliers and distributors on the same platform. This is expected to reduce transaction costs in the purchasing and selling processes.

Omnexus will offer a range of functionality including a catalog with full product information, comparisons across products, order tracking, electronic billing and payment, as well as on-line customer support.

About Omnexus
Omnexus is a global, business-to-business on-line marketplace focused on delivering products and related services to plastics injection molders. Initially formed by BASF AG, Bayer AG, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Ticona/Celanese, the new e-business will operate as an independent business from the founding companies.

North American headquarters for the company will be located in Atlanta, Ga., while Switzerland will serve as European headquarters.

About IBM
IBM provides e-business, strategic outsourcing, systems, solutions integration services and develops and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. The company has more than 300,000 employees and does business in more than 160 countries. For more information on IBM, please visit www.ibm.com

About Ariba
Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA) is the leading business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform provider. Through the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform - an open, end-to-end infrastructure of interoperable software solutions and hosted Web-based commerce services - the company enables efficient on-line trade, integration and collaboration among B2B marketplaces, buyers, suppliers and commerce service providers. The global reach and best of breed functionality of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform creates Internet-driven economies of scale and process efficiencies for leading companies around the world, including more than 20 of the Fortune 100. For more information please visit www.ariba.com

About i2/Aspect
i2 Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITWO) is the leading global provider of intelligent e-business solutions. Founded in 1988, i2's vision is to add $50 billion of value for its customers by the year 2005. i2 is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, has approximately 3,600 employees, and maintains offices worldwide. TradeMatrix is i2's flagship electronic business solution that enables companies to deploy business-to-business and business-to-consumer portals. Visit i2's Web site at www.i2.com

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Omnexus and Omnexus.com are trademarks of Omnexus.com

IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. MQSeries and WebSphere are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Tivoli is a registered trademark of Tivoli Systems, Inc., an IBM Company. Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.

i2 and the i2 logo design are registered trademarks of i2 Technologies, Inc. TradeMatrix is a trademark of i2 Technologies Inc.

Ariba and the Ariba logo are registered trademarks of Ariba, Inc. Ariba B2B Commerce Platform is a trademarks of Ariba, Inc.

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