GXS Selected for China Automotive Industry Initiative

Sunbury, United Kingdom — 7 February 2005 — Continuing its customer momentum in China, GXS™ today announced the company has been recently selected by China Enterprise Communications Limited (China EnterCom) to develop the “eAuto Hub” pilot project. An industry-centric B2B platform, eAuto Hub will connect and integrate OEM and supplier processes in the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive industry.

China EnterCom manages the National Key Enterprise Informationisation Project in China, a strategic project jointly sponsored by the former State Economic and Trade Commission (SETC), Ministry of Information & Industry (MII) and Ministry of Science and Technology. Currently, China EnterCom offers network, call centre and information management services to large enterprises in China. In addition, China EnterCom provides third-party logistics (3PL) services through China Union, a venture formed through the acquisition and integration of logistic operations from two automotive companies – Jiangling Motors (partnered with Ford Motor Company) and Changfeng Motors (partnered with DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi).

China EnterCom selected GXS based on the strength of the TradingGrid® technology, as well as its global focus and expertise in the automotive industry. Given the rapid growth of Chinese automotive operations and the variability of technology infrastructure, platforms and skills, eAuto Hub will provide a “standards-based” integration platform and services to improve supply chain performance.

Starting with Jiangling-Ford Motor Company suppliers, China EnterCom’s eAuto Hub proof of concept (POC) will leverage the connectivity and transaction processing capabilities of TradingGrid to deliver “e-enabled” replenishment and logistics processes. Upon completion of the POC, additional suppliers will be added along with additional automotive services.

“In order to provide information exchange services for automotive companies and their trading partners, China EnterCom needs to have the right technology platform in place, which makes GXS’ technology and expertise a critical component to this initiative,” said Cheng Ming Guang, vice president, Strategic Development, ChinaEnterCom. “We selected GXS because of its deep expertise in building these types of solutions for the automotive industry. By leveraging the capabilities of GXS TradingGrid, China EnterCom is able to help our automobile clients to streamline the automotive supply chain and simplify integration efforts.”

China Entercom will also utilise the GXS Enterprise System integration solution in the eAuto Hub. GXS Enterprise System is a highly scalable B2B gateway that streamlines trading partner transactions, integrates back-end systems, and provides an ideal on-ramp to the GXS Trading Grid. Enterprise System enhances companies’ B2B capabilities by automating business processes with trading partners of all sizes, supporting a wide variety of B2B transactions. The technology maximises existing infrastructure by providing any-to-any data communication, translation, and integration. In addition, because of a common architecture with the GXS Trading Grid, Enterprise System delivers unmatched communication, translation and integration performance and scalability.

“China EnterCom is committed to fully leveraging its assets to enhance the value it provides to the automotive industry,” said Ben Wong, vice president of Asia-Pacific Operations at GXS. “With GXS technology, the new platform will be able to support China EnterCom’s initial pilot project and will scale as the project is rolled out to hundreds of suppliers in China and worldwide.”

Currently, GXS provides standards-based B2B e-commerce services to all global automotive OEMs and over 90 percent of the largest automotive suppliers.

About China EnterCom
China Enterprise Network Communications (China EnterCom) is a government-approved telecom value-added services provider. Its owners includes China International Trust and Investment Group (CITIC), State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration committee of the State Council (SASAC), and some other investors. China EnterCom is running a telecom value-added service platform with clients currently comprised of government, logistic companies and securities firms. China EnterCom has an excellent management team. The management team is comprised of senior level managers from telco’s and finance industries .The company has a large customer base of logistic companies, and it has great understanding of and connections in automobile industries. The firm has started its B2B initiatives in auto industry and is headquartered in Beijing, China. For more information visit Website at www.chinaentercom.com.cn.

About GXS
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage GXS Trading Grid® to achieve balance between supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS solutions enable customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronise product information, optimise inventory levels and demand forecasts, and accelerate the execution of supply chains.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS provides sales and support to businesses and their partners worldwide. For more information about GXS visit www.gxs.co.uk.