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Kewill acquires Interchain to extend global leadership in supply chain execution


November 7, 2005 - Cheshire / Zwijndrecht Kewill Systems plc (LSE: KWL) (“Kewill” or “the “Group”), provider of supply chain control software and solutions, today announces the acquisition of Interchain Holdings BV.

Interchain is a privately-owned, Netherlands-based leading provider of sophisticated, integrated, multi-modal supply chain management software to the European market. The company has over 100 employees with offices in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. Interchain's solution offering, Chainware, is designed for large scale, multi-national Logistics Services Providers (LSP) operating in an international environment. More than 150 customers, including LSP’s such as FedEx, TNT, UPS, Frans Maas and DHL, and shippers such as Texas Instruments, Philips and Mitsubishi rely on Interchain business solutions to enhance their performance, profitability and competitive advantage.

The combination of Kewill’s existing international trade, shipping and order management solutions with Interchain’s supply chain offerings creates a powerful single source of software and services. Together, Kewill and Interchain solutions can support shippers and logistics providers with the end-to-end management of orders, transportation, warehousing, forwarding, customs brokerage, and ultimate distribution of goods from a single provider with North American and European capability. Visibility throughout the distribution cycle represents a dramatic step forward in enabling logistics providers to accelerate their time to delivery, minimize their costs and maintain control of the goods throughout the export/import process.

Following the closing of the acquisition, Interchain will become an operating unit of Kewill with Ron Vollebregt continuing as Interchain’s Chief Executive Officer and all other Interchain management and staff remaining with the Group.

“ The larger geographical coverage and additional international software solutions enable us to improve our services. Being part of an international listed company will further improve our quality and professionalism program creating exciting new opportunities for our loyal customers and highly qualified staff,” said Mr. Vollebregt, Chief Executive Officer of Interchain. “In addition, the merging of our companies will accelerate future product enhancements.”

Paul Nichols, Chief Executive Officer of Kewill Systems, commented, 'Interchain is a very well managed company with dedicated employees and customers and a strong cultural fit to the Kewill business. We are excited by the many opportunities this acquisition presents, including expansion of our supply chain offerings and expertise, a broader international market for our solutions and future acceleration of Kewill product development. Interchain joins Kewill following other successful acquisitions including Perwill, ShipNow and TradePoint, all of which have helped us consolidate our leading position in the global supply chain control market.”


About Kewill Systems Plc
Kewill Systems Plc is a leading international company dedicated to the development and provision of software and services to manage complex business to business supply chains.

With over 33 years experience in the supply chain space, Kewill Systems is a long-time innovator of Supply Chain Execution software focusing on order management, transportation management, international trade logistics and visibility solutions for global trading communities.
Over 55,000 customers have trusted Kewill Systems Plc for the management of their supply chain information including household names such as Littlewoods, GM, A.N. Deringer, GE, The Body Shop, Sainsbury's, JD Williams, Iomega, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us, Pratt & Whitney, Mazda.


About Interchain, B.V.
Interchain is a leading Pan-European Independent Software Provider that delivers modular software for International Logistic Service providers in the area of Multi-modal Transport management, gl


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Interchain BV (Acquired by Kewill Systems Plc)
+31 (0)78 6123 744
gdn@interchain.nl

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