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ForestExpress Allies with Sun Microsystems to Deliver Forest Products Industry E- Marketplace

Thursday, June 28, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

ATLANTA and PALO ALTO, Calif. (June 27, 2001) – ForestExpress, the leading e-commerce solution and service provider serving the entire forest products industry, has chosen to operate its e-marketplace offering on Sun systems running the Solaris(tm) Operating Environment (Solaris OE). ForestExpress is the first company serving the forest products industry to take advantage of the Commerce One and SAPMarkets MarketSet solution on the Sun platform. ForestExpress selected the combined solution for its outstanding reliability, scalability and value to its customers and suppliers – providing marketplace participants access to enterprise-class applications and a significantly improved user experience. "ForestExpress chose Sun because it gives us the ability to deploy highly scalable e-marketplace solutions that can support billions of dollars in transactions and services," said Bob Renner, chief technology officer at ForestExpress. "Collaborating with world-class organizations such as Sun, Commerce One and SAPMarkets, provides us the opportunity to deliver a cost-effective, long-term e-commerce solution to the forest products industry." The global forest and paper industry represents a supply chain of approximately $750 billion, with the U.S. industry shipping about $250 billion of products. Twenty-five percent of industry revenues could be transacted over the Internet by the end of 2004, with a forecast $30 billion of e-marketplace sales (12% of U.S. revenues), according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Forest & Paper Practice. "Leading e-marketplace solution providers like ForestExpress are today’s catalyst for accelerating companies’ rapid transformation into a revenue-generating e-business," said Masood Jabbar, executive vice president, Sun Microsystems. "By leveraging Sun’s pioneering vision and expertise in the Internet word, combined with Commerce One and SAPMarkets MarketSet, ForestExpress can continue to deliver on its commitment of providing solid e-commerce solutions to the forest product industry." "Commerce One is focused on facilitating an immediate return on investment for e-marketplaces, their buyers and suppliers," said Dennis Jones, chief operating officer and vice chairman of the board for Commerce One. "By leveraging MarketSet on the Sun platform, we believe ForestExpress will have the ability to deliver significant savings and new business opportunities for their customers and equity partners." ForestExpress plans to complete the migration of MarketSet to Sun’s Solaris OE by mid-year 2001. As the first UNIX(R) platform implementation for the MarketSet solution, Sun joins ForestExpress’ world-class infrastructure solution providers: Commerce One and SAPMarkets, Corio, webMethods, and Moai Technologies. "SAPMarkets is committed to working with each customer to identify a solution that will satisfy their business needs," said Mayur Shah, president of SAPMarkets. "The combination of expertise from SAPMarkets, Commerce One and Sun will provide ForestExpress a powerful solution that will bring value to its customers." ForestExpress is using Corio as its hosting service provider to enable its e-marketplace applications and transactions, including MarketSet. By using Corio, ForestExpress can focus on its product and industry-specific needs to deliver a cost-effective and high value solution and service to the marketplace. About ForestExpress ForestExpress is the first and only industry backed e-commerce solution and service provider serving the entire forest products industry. ForestExpress is an independent, neutral entity whose offerings are open to all forest products participants and alliances that serve the industry. ForestExpress' e-commerce solutions set includes network and integration services, catalog management, private e-commerce solutions, professional services and a web-based commerce platform (www.forestexpress.com) with industry focused community and content. ForestExpress.com enables participants to reach new trading partners, share information, streamline business transactions, reduce operating costs and increase profits. ForestExpress will initially provide these services to the timber, recycling, paper, and building materials market segments. Equity partners include Boise Cascade Corporation (NYSE: BCC), Georgia-Pacific Corp. (NYSE: GP), International Paper (NYSE: IP), The Mead Corporation (NYSE: MEA), Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) and Willamette Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WLL). ForestExpress is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision – "The Network Is The Computer"(tm) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com. About Commerce One and SAPMarkets In June 2000, SAPMarkets and Commerce One“ (Nasdaq: CMRC) announced the teaming of Commerce One's leading e-marketplace environment and B2B solutions with top-rated mySAP.com e-business applications from SAP (NYSE ADR: SAP) and SAPMarkets. The joint offering combines e-procurement with collaborative services for trading communities, dramatically reducing cycle times, improving customer relationships and increasing productivity for businesses worldwide. The Commerce One and SAPMarkets team strategy is unique in the industry, including product strategy, co-engineering, joint marketing, sales and support and thus offers enterprises and trading communities a single source for the entire range of open business-to-business solutions and e-marketplaces. Commerce One is located in Pleasanton, Calif., and can be reached by phone at 800 308 3838 or +1 925 520 6000, or via the Internet at www.commerceone.com. SAPMarkets, based in Palo Alto, Calif., can be found at www.sapmarkets.com. More information on SAP can be found at www.sap.com.

 

 

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