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  • 11 March 2004 10:01

Unisys West wins outsourcing contract with WMC Resources to manage Australian and international operations

Engagement with estimated value of US$18 million (AUS$24 million) over three years will transfer management of international IT infrastructure to Unisys

Blue Bell, Pa., and Sydney, 11 March 2004¯Diversified global resources company WMC Resources Ltd. has awarded an information technology (IT) infrastructure outsourcing contract to Unisys West, the joint venture owned by Unisys, an information technology services company, and BankWest. The contract is estimated to be worth US$18 million (AUS$24 million) over three years to Unisys West.

According to Noel Thurlow, WMC general manager, information systems, “Unisys West demonstrated the right combination of cost, service and flexibility and won the contract after a highly competitive tender process. In addition, Unisys West is able to provide WMC with a transition from in-house to outsourced IT services with minimal disruption to our business.”

Unisys West will provide all IT management and support services for WMC and its subsidiaries throughout Australia. Unisys West also will coordinate the provision of service internationally by Unisys Corporation and its subsidiaries and distributors worldwide, including service to WMC’s global locations in the United States, China, Canada and Mozambique. These services include desktop, server and network management, as well as the associated helpdesk support for these services.

According to Andrew Barkla, vice president and general manager, Unisys Asia Pacific, “Unisys worked closely with WMC to create an outsourcing operation that will provide greater predictability in IT infrastructure costs while increasing service levels to internal WMC users. For Unisys, the engagement marks an expansion of existing outsourcing activities in Australia.”

Current Unisys clients in Australia include Queensland Institute of TAFE for IT outsourcing and RAMS Home Loans and Westpac for business process outsourcing.

About Unisys Asia Pacific Unisys Asia Pacific provides its clients with specialised business services delivered by trusted consultants. Drawing on a history of industry innovation and expertise, Unisys Asia Pacific delivers services and solutions in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information, visit .

About Unisys Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company. Our people combine expertise in systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, server technology and consulting with precision thinking and relentless execution to help clients, in more than 100 countries, quickly and efficiently achieve competitive advantage. For more information, visit .

Unisys West is a joint venture of Unisys Australia and BankWest. The company provides IT services in Western Australia to government departments and enterprises across all industries. These services include business-to-business e-commerce transaction services, data centre outsourcing, business process outsourcing, network management, help-desk operations, disaster recovery services, and managed services.

About WMC Resources Ltd. WMC Resources Ltd. is a major diversified global resources company listed in Australia and the U.S. WMC’s main business is the discovery, development, production, processing and marketing of minerals, metals and chemicals. WMC produces nickel, copper, uranium, phosphate fertilisers and a range of other intermediate products from a portfolio of quality, long life assets. With a corporate head office in Melbourne, WMC explores globally with offices in the U.K., the U.S., Canada, China, Peru and Mozambique.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Smith Unisys Tel: (02) 9931 6637 Email:

Edwina Priest Porter Novelli Tel: (02) 9463 7600 Email:

Forward-Looking Statements Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. In particular, statements in this release regarding the anticipated value of the contract are based upon assumptions regarding future volumes of business. Because these volumes are subject to change, and because the agreement is terminable before the end of its term, the estimated value of the engagement is not guaranteed. Additional factors that could affect the company's future financial results are discussed more fully in the company's periodic reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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