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Tuesday, September 7, 2004 1:55PM IST (8:25AM GMT)
 
(BW)(VA-WWRE/SCA)
SCA Joins the WorldWide Retail Exchange as the First Manufacturer Board Member
Alexandria, VA, United States

The WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE), the premier business-to-business exchange for retailers and suppliers, today announces that SCA Hygiene Products AG (SCA) has joined as the first manufacturer to the WWRE Board in the capacity of Charter Member and equity holder.

"We joined the WWRE as the first supplier member in 2001 because it was clear that working more closely with our customers in e-business technologies is valuable to our business," says Gunnar Johansson, President of the SCA Personal Care Business Group. "In the past three years we have come to be recognized within the WWRE retailer membership as a leader in e-business and trading partner collaboration which continues to benefit our relationship with our customers."

"By joining the WWRE Board we find that we can further extend the business benefits of data synchronization by representing the manufacturer perspective on integrated, efficient processes while simultaneously providing a competent and experienced partner for retailer pilots," says Ole Terland, President of the SCA Consumer Tissue Business Group. "Whether it is in the area of global standards or in the practical implementation of e-business solutions, our WWRE Board membership provides an excellent opportunity to share common interests with our retail customers from which both parties benefit."

"SCA has been an active and committed member of the WWRE for the past 3 years. Their leadership efforts in data synchronization and collaborative commerce have been a model for the industry and have proven how to successfully utilize a business-to-business Exchange to realize efficiencies and to reduce costs," says Sally Herbert, Chief Operating Officer for the WWRE. "As our supplier community has grown from 5 to over 200 in 2004, it is of huge importance for the WWRE to have SCA as the first representative of the manufacturer community on our Executive Board. This demonstrates that the Exchange platform is truly a global one providing equal value to both retailers and manufacturers."

The WWRE continues to offer Procurement, Sourcing and Collaborative Supply Chain solutions to their members. Most recently the Exchange announced their Data Quality program in alignment with their WorldSYNC solution. WorldSYNC encompasses their data synchronization tool (WIM), along with their education and accreditation programs. Since the beginning of 2004, the WWRE has added over 200 WorldSYNC supplier members.

About the WWRE(R)

The WWRE(R) is the premier Internet-based business-to-business exchange for retailers and suppliers. Designed to facilitate and simplify trading between manufacturers, retailers and suppliers, the WWRE(R) currently consists of members from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America with combined sales of more than U.S. $900 billion. For more information, visit the website at www.wwre.org or www.worldwideretailexchange.org.

About SCA Consumer Tissue and SCA Personal Care

SCA Consumer Tissue and SCA Personal Care are large business groups within the SCA Group. They provide high quality branded and retail brand products in all of the major hygiene segments including toilet paper and kitchen towels, napkins and handkerchiefs, baby diapers, panty liners as well as incontinence care products. Customers include large international retailers as well as institutions. Amongst the well-known brands are Zewa, Velvet, Edet, Libresse, Libero, and Tena, all well positioned in SCA's European home markets. For further information, visit the website at www.sca.com.

 
 
 
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