BRIDGESTONE FRANCE SELECTS XRT UNIVERSE

Paris, la défense, 11 April, 2006: Bridgestone France, the French subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, one of the world‘s largest manufacturers of tyres and rubber products, with brands that include Bridgestone and Firestone, has selected XRT Universe as its treasury infrastructure. XRT Universe will deliver critical functionality that greatly expands the capability of the existing structure, including allowing Bridgestone to integrate a payment factory into its treasury operations.

Bridgestone France has already installed XRT Universe Communication and Signature. Payment functionality is planned to go live during the 2nd quarter of 2006. Bridgestone France’s decision to select XRT Universe was based on both the greatly expanded functionality it offers and its strong existing relationship with XRT. XRT Universe will allow Bridgestone France to automate a number of existing manual treasury processes and its multi-format/multi-protocol capability offers the potential for future expansion into other regions.

XRT Payconnect for SAP offers a direct link to Bridgestone‘s existing SAP system. It not only enables seamless electronic communication with banking partners, it also streamlines portions of the payment process.

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