Sumitomo Chemical Selects AT&T to Power Global Network
AT&T to Connect Sumitomo Locations Worldwide to Deliver Improved Productivity, Accelerated Decision-making and Cost Reductions Worldwide
Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2009
AT&T* announced that global chemical giant Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., based in Japan, has selected AT&T as its global communications provider.
AT&T's global network and world-class portfolio of IP-based products and services will help Sumitomo improve productivity, accelerate decision making and achieve cost reductions across worldwide operations.
Sumitomo Chemical supplies a wide range of products globally in its six business sectors: Basic Chemicals, Petrochemicals & Plastics, Fine Chemicals, IT-related Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals. Sumitomo Chemical has been expanding its operation globally and is undertaking a number of global business ventures, including the Rabigh Project for the construction and operation of a world-scale refining and petrochemical complex in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. To keep pace with the growth, Sumitomo Chemical is moving to a consistent and global IT and communications policy, enabling the Group to improve efficiency and productivity.
Sumitomo Chemical chose AT&T because AT&T was able to offer Sumitomo a consistent global network covering the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China. Sumitomo Chemical benefited from access to AT&T global network to deliver cost effective, consistent, secure and highly available services.
AT&T has already completed the deployment of phase one of the agreement which helps Sumitomo Chemical connect to 28 locations worldwide using a consistent global telecommunications platform and network architecture to deliver advanced communications services and applications to Sumitomo Chemical employees across North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, AT&T delivered remote access and managed security solutions which included AT&T Network-based Firewall and AT&T Web Security.
In the second phase of the agreement, AT&T and Sumitomo plan to extend the connectivity to the Middle East.
"Sumitomo is committed to expanding its business globally. A seamless, agile and optimized communications platform is critical to Sumitomo's long term development," said Hisashi Shimoda, managing executive officer of Corporate Planning & Coordination Office for Sumitomo Chemical welcomed today's announcement. "AT&T is providing a solid technology foundation to support our business which will enable us to accelerate the change we need on a global basis. We expect to be able to better improve our operations and productivity through this relationship."
"We are glad that Sumitomo Chemical has chosen AT&T as its global network solutions provider," said Toshinori Iwasawa, president of AT&T Japan. "This is another example of how AT&T is helping Japanese multinational customers harness leading-edge communications technology to improve productivity in their operations. We are committed to connecting Sumitomo Chemical worldwide locations, while delivering and managing the array of network services needed for Sumitomo to accelerate its business performance."
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About Sumitomo Chemical
Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan's leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of Basic Chemicals, Petrochemicals & Plastics, Fine Chemicals, IT-related Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals. The company's consolidated net sales for fiscal 2008 were US$18.2 billion (JPY1.8 trillion). For additional information, visit the company's website at www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english
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