Nitto Denko Selects AT&T for Deployment of its Global Communications Network

AT&T integrates more than 100 Nitto Denko locations worldwide to help improve efficiency and productivity

Hong Kong, China, October 04, 2010

AT&T* today announced that Nitto Denko Corporation (Nitto Denko), a global manufacturer of diversified materials, has selected AT&T for the deployment of its global communications network.  AT&T provides Virtual Private Network (VPN) services and managed applications to Nitto Denko to which are designed to enhance the company’s global competitiveness, deliver improved operational efficiency and increase overall productivity.

Founded in 1918 and headquartered in Japan, Nitto Denko is one of Japan’s leading diversified materials manufacturer and a major optical films maker.  Nitto Denko has been working to expand its operations globally and has decided to deploy a global IT and communications infrastructure that will allow it to connect its worldwide locations.

AT&T has already completed the deployment of the first phase of the agreement, which consisted of connecting 100 Nitto Denko locations around the world with a consistent, global network to deliver advanced communications services and applications to its global workforce.  Since the deployment of the AT&T global network, Nitto Denko has advised that it has already benefited from a nine-fold improvement in network performance.  

AT&T also provides Nitto Denko’s employees with managed security and remote access services that are now able to support more than 1,000 Nitto Denko users on the road. This represents approximately a 250 percent increase from the previous number of users that could securely access remote services.  In addition, AT&T provides Nitto Denko with managed videoconferencing solutions through AT&T Network Integration service across AT&T’s Internet Data Center (IDC) hosting infrastructure in the U.S. and Asia, as well as Nitto Denko’s data centers in Europe. 

To provide Nitto Denko with around-the-clock support, AT&T has assigned bilingual network engineers to facilitate seamless coordination between Nitto Denko’s IT employees and AT&T’s global helpdesk. 

“AT&T’s global network provides us with a cost-effective, secure and flexible platform to improve our productivity and efficiency,” said Masami Kanzaki, chief information officer. “With AT&T’s networking services, we are able to introduce a wide array of applications worldwide more effectively, which is critical for our global expansion plans.  This also helps us to develop a centralized IT infrastructure and operational imperatives to enhance collaboration among IT staff around the world.”

“Nitto Denko is yet another global company that has selected AT&T’s enterprise networking services. Providing seamless and reliable global connectivity and applications to world-class companies like Nitto Denko is one of AT&T’s key strengths,” said Bernard Yee, vice president of AT&T Asia Pacific.  “Nitto Denko selected AT&T because of our global reach and the consistency of service that we deliver.  We are dedicated to connecting Nitto Denko’s worldwide employees, partners, and suppliers, while delivering and managing an array of network services to help Nitto Denko to accelerate its business performance.” 

In the second phase of the agreement, AT&T and Nitto Denko plan to connect several additional Nitto Denko locations in Europe to AT&T’s global network.  AT&T will also deliver managed hosting services via its super IDC in Amsterdam to gradually replace Nitto Denko’s own data centers in Europe by the beginning of 2011. 

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About Nitto Denko
Since its establishment in 1918, Nitto Denko Group has evolved by speedily sensing and responding to changes in society, business environment and customers, while at the same time developing and deploying effective combinations of various technologies such as adhesion and coating technologies #151; the Group's core technologies.  As a "Flexible Technology Company" with products and services based on adding diverse functionalities to sheets and films, and irrespective of whatever geography or business domain, Nitto Denko Group is actively engaged in a wide spectrum of businesses in fields relating to electronics, automotives, environment and healthcare in 25 countries and areas worldwide. With its headquarters in Osaka, Japan, and a total employee headcount of some 31,000, the Group consisting of 110 member companies with Nitto Denko Corporation at the helm, supplies its products far and wide around the globe.

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