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Wonderware Strategic Integration Group Wins $1.5 Million InBatch Production Management Software Contract at Aventis

January 282004
Vaccine Business Develops Innovative Application Using Wonderware InBatch Production Management Software

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 28, 2004 -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., today announced that its Wonderware Strategic Integration Group (WSIG) has been awarded a $1.5-million contract to provide Aventis (NYSE:AVE) with a new automated manufacturing system application. This innovative system application is designed around the award-winning Wonderware InBatch production management software.

Aventis Pasteur, the vaccine business of Aventis, is implementing the Wonderware solution as part of the $77.5-million expansion of its Swiftwater, Penn. formulation and filling plant, which is the company's largest expansion project to date. The WSIG solution will enable Aventis Pasteur to expand and improve vaccine production.

"Wonderware has a long history of providing the pharmaceuticals industry with applications that are designed to enhance the manufacturing process and improve product quality," said Yves Dufort, WSIG's general manager and director of services. "The new InBatch production management system will enable Aventis Pasteur to achieve significant benefits such as increased plant efficiency through reduced processing errors, faster batch-release cycles and reduced operating costs."

The contract involves the supply and configuration of user interfaces to automate batch processing with data-entry screens, a real-time database and visualization layer as well as batch production execution and reporting systems. The solution is designed to provide Aventis Pasteur with a flexible rapid-response modular processing capability to manufacture multiple batches of its brand-name products.

The project will provide Aventis Pasteur with a centralized system that seamlessly integrates the operational capabilities of its new Swiftwater formulation and filling facility for input/output devices, control systems and execution systems. WSIG will design the solution to give Aventis Pasteur the ability to access and share the appropriate information with the right people, improving the decision-making processes. In addition, it will enable the company to coordinate activities and resources for the formulation and filling facility.

Other project objectives include eliminating paper records, batch sequencing, alarm and notification of adverse conditions and real-time exception reporting to facilitate batch evaluations. The system will provide continuous and comprehensive data collection for historical records. The collected data can then be used for process optimization and improved efficiency.

As a four-time winner of Control magazine's "Readers' Choice" award for batch software, InBatch software offers unparalleled capabilities to automate highly complex batch applications that require flexibility and comprehensive history logging.

About Wonderware Strategic Integration Goup

WSIG is a Wonderware solutions group that supports strategic customer accounts and assists systems integrators and distributors in implementing advanced Wonderware products including those built on Invensys' ArchestrA software architecture.

WSIG applications and solutions deliver the maximum potential from Wonderware products related to manufacturing execution and information, including InTrack production tracking software, the IndustrialSQL Server real-time plant historian, InBatch software and the Industrial Application Server. WSIG provides solutions that assist our customers with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. WSIG's comprehensive manufacturing solutions also include project management services, manufacturing execution system implementation and plant intelligence solutions.

As a Certified FactorySuite A2 ("A-squared") integrator, WSIG has significant systems architecture and product applications expertise with Wonderware FactorySuite A2 products and can offer specialized supplemental assistance and/or one-stop service for technology, applications and solutions support. FactorySuite A2 software users benefit from Invensys' ArchestrA industrial automation and information software architecture, which enables faster application generation, easier software integration and lower application life cycle costs.

About Aventis Pasteur

Aventis Pasteur, the vaccines business of Aventis, in 2002, produced 1.4 billion doses of vaccine, making it possible to protect 500 million people across the globe, which is about 1.4 million per day. The company offers the broadest range of vaccines, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral diseases. Aventis is dedicated to treating and preventing disease by discovering and developing innovative prescription drugs and human vaccines. In 2002, Aventis generated sales of € 17.6 billion, invested € 3.1 billion in research and development and employed approximately 71,000 people in its core business. Aventis corporate headquarters are in Strasbourg, France.

About Wonderware

Wonderware is a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., and is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation software. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating system in HMI automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware powers intelligent plant decisions in real time.

Based in Lake Forest, Calif., Wonderware has regional sales and development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia to provide support to its network of more than 160 distributor offices. Wonderware has approximately 300,000 software licenses in approximately 100,000 plants worldwide, which is about 30 percent of the world's 335,000 plants with 20 or more employees.

For more information, visit the Wonderware Web site at www.wonderware.com.

About Invensys

Invensys is a global leader in production technology. The group helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding of their industries and applications.

Invensys Production Management works closely with customers to increase performance of production assets, maximize return on investment in production and data management technologies and remove cost and cash from the supply chain. The division includes APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. These businesses address process and batch industries including oil and gas, chemicals, power and utilities, food and beverage, and personal health care and the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.

Invensys Rail Systems is a global leader in the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of safety related rail signaling and control systems as well as a complete range of rail signaling and communications products. The business includes Westinghouse Rail Systems Limited (WRSL), Dimetronic Signals, Safetran Systems, Burco Services, Westinghouse Signals Australia and Foxboro Transportation. WRSL was recently awarded two contracts valued at more than £850m (US$1.3 billion) for the renewal of signaling on the London Underground.

Invensys also currently serves other market sectors through its Development Division. The businesses in this division are: Appliance Controls, APV Baker, Climate Controls, Hansen Transmissions, Lambda, Metering Systems and Powerware. Invensys is actively seeking to develop these businesses through equity partners or new owners.

Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters in London. For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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