Asia Pulp & Paper China Taps GXS to Support Market Expansion

Sunbury, United Kingdom — July 11, 2005 — GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced that Asia Pulp & Paper China (APP China), a division of Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co. Ltd., has chosen GXS Application IntegratorSM to facilitate worldwide trading partner e-commerce efforts. APP China, a worldwide leader in pulp and paper manufacturing, selected GXS Application Integrator to help bolster their global market presence by increasing productivity and improved customer service.

APP China, the largest pulp and paper producer in China, has 14 manufacturing facilities and more than 20,000 employees in China , while the whole APP group with over 25 manufacturing facilities and 75,000 worldwide, is the second largest pulp and paper manufacturer in Asia-Pacific and seventh largest worldwide. Although APP China automated its back-office business systems through SAP, it still was manually processing purchase orders from its worldwide trading community of 1,000 business partners. By integrating GXS Application Integrator directly with its SAP system, APP China will be able to automate the exchange of data with its growing roster of global business partners. The solution will enable APP China to realise fully scalable functionality, reduced order entry time and errors, and faster processing of data.

“Trading partner satisfaction is an important aspect of APP’s business goals. GXS’ Application Integrator has the feature-set to match this initiative and to provide the business process capabilities needed for APP China to achieve export market expansion” said Mr. Zheng Rui, CIO of APP China. “The process of adding new partners is seamless with minimal disruption to all parties, resulting in improved communications capabilities without back-office system changes. Using GXS Application Integrator, we expect APP’s capacity to handle business processes to improve, helping us extend our market presence and realise true connectivity with all business partners.”

More than 600 customers in 35 countries around the world have chosen the award-winning GXS Application Integrator for its unparalleled data translation speed and volume, as well as its ability to translate data from “any-to-any” format. The solution’s flexibility gives APP China the ability to meet constantly changing customer needs and B2B standard requirements, including XML, RosettaNet, HIPAA, AS2 and SFTP. APP China selected GXS over competing vendors based on the company’s wide-reaching global presence, strong Chinese community ramping services, mature implementation methodology and deep supply chain expertise in the manufacturing industry.

“China is becoming one of the most important B2B manufacturing hubs in the world, tasking both emerging and incumbent suppliers to leverage solutions that guarantee supply chain scalability, translation functionality and standards compliance,” said Ben Wong, GXS vice president of Asia-Pacific operations. “APP is one of many global leaders that is realising the competitive advantages that GXS can provide. By leveraging GXS Application Integrator, APP China is streamlining supply chain operations and becoming a true demand-driven player.”

In addition, APP China is deploying GXS Community Link to automate trading relationships with current and future trading partners. This allows the company to increase electronic trading relationships and improve transaction accuracy, significantly increasing trading partner satisfaction. GXS’ resource base in China will provide local support for the Community Link implementation, and on-going technical service delivery. Meanwhile, GXS Professional Services will provide APP China with B2B mapping design and implementation to ensure seamless integration between their SAP system and its entire trading community. This enables APP China to reduce operational costs and data errors by automating and simplifying existing business processes.

Leading global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers and standards organisations partner with GXS to improve the materials management, logistics and financial performance of their global supply chains. Distinguished by its worldwide reach, industry expertise, messaging and translation infrastructure servicing the rapidly growing B2B e-commerce market, GXS is the leading solutions provider addressing critical supply chain and interoperability issues for even the smallest supplier.

About Asia Pulp & Paper
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (a division of Sinar Mas Paper (China) Investment Co. Ltd.) is one of the world’s leading pulp and paper companies, and is ranked the largest vertically integrated pulp and paper producer in Asia, excluding Japan. Its combined pulp, paper and packaging capacities in Indonesia amount to 6.9 million tonnes, using fiber from plantations and degraded forests. APP currently has its principal operations located in Indonesia, and markets its products to more than 65 countries on six continents.

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.