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arvato Systems Takes On Full IT Service Contract

IT services for Rheinmetall

(PresseBox) (Gütersloh, ) arvato Systems will take charge of full IT services for Rheinmetall AG and its Automotive and Defence sectors as of 1 July 2014. This will support the continued growth of the Gütersloh-based systems integrator. The transaction requires the approval of the Bundeskartellamt, an independent competition authority in Germany.

“We are certain that the IT service provider arvato Systems is the right partner for us. We are looking forward to working with them,” says Helmut P. Merch, Member of the Executive Board, Finance, Controlling, and IT at Rheinmetall AG. “arvato Systems impressed us with its many years of experience and expertise,” adds Markus Bentele, CIO at Rheinmetall. “This is the ideal foundation for the challenges we will face in the years to come.”

arvato Systems will take charge of the IT services for Rheinmetall in two phases. The main task within the future cooperation will be to support the application landscapes and infrastructures. In doing so, special focus will be given to the key issues surrounding IT security. arvato Systems has many years of experience to offer in ‘high security’ and will further develop its competence in this area with Rheinmetall.

“I am very pleased that Rheinmetall has chosen arvato. It underscores once again our expertise in IT services, which is built on decades of experience. This step is clearly in line with our strategy and will support arvato’s continued growth,” says Achim Berg, CEO of arvato AG.

Michael Pesch, Chairman of the Board of arvato Systems, adds: “We have acquired Rheinmetall, an internationally successful publicly-listed company, as a new customer and are entering into a long-term partnership. Our team of experts was able to win over the company and I am looking forward to the next steps in our cooperation.”

About Rheinmetall
Rheinmetall – The technology group for security and mobility
Rheinmetall was founded as ‘Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik Actiengesellschaft’ in 1889. Today, Rheinmetall AG is publicly listed and has the reputation of a solid company with international success in the markets of Automotive Supply and Defense Engineering. With around 21,000 employees, the company generated an annual sales revenue of €4,613 million in 2013.

Rheinmetall Automotive
KSPG AG is the parent company of Rheinmetall’s Automotive sector, one of the biggest automotive suppliers in the world with a focus on the segments of air supply, emission control, and pumps as well as the development, manufacture, and aftermarket supply of pistons, engine blocks, and plain bearings. Product development is carried out in close cooperation with leading car manufacturers. Low emissions, reduced fuel consumption, reliability, quality, and safety are the forces that drive innovation at KSPG. The Automotive sector generated an annual revenue of around €2.5 billion in 2013 with its engine-specific systems and modules. The company employs around 11,750 people at its production locations in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

Rheinmetall Defence
The Defense sector is a leading supplier of innovative products for international armed forces and offers total and partial system solutions for mobility, reconnaissance, command and control, deployment, and protection capabilities. The sector offers a wide range of platforms and components for standalone and networked system solutions. Rheinmetall Defence is known for its many years of experience and innovation in armored vehicles, weapons, and ammunition and in the areas of air defense and electronics, also serving the needs of the navy, the air force, and internal security. Its ability to integrate components into total networked solutions makes it a strong partner for the world’s military and armed forces. With around 9,000 employees, the Defense sector generated an annual sales revenue of €2.15 billion in 2013.

Arvato Systems GmbH

arvato Systems is a systems integrator with a solid reputation. We not only implement standard software, but also offer tailor-made, industry-specific and individually developed solutions. More than 2,500 dedicated employees at 25 sites throughout the world are always there for their customers. As part of the arvato network, a leading global BPO provider belonging to Bertelsmann, we have the unique capability to create entire value chains and combine IT with other arvato services to deliver an integrated service offer from one source. The strength of arvato Systems lies in the intelligent combination of planning, systems integration, operation and support. Our customers appreciate the way we bring in-depth industry know-how, cross-platform expertise, a true partnership approach, and genuine entrepreneurial spirit to the table. Our solutions pave the way for your success.

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