Issue: May 2010


ANX and ENX to Set Global Automotive Communication Standard



Leading Industry Networks Announce Interconnection to Support Worldwide Secure Collaboration

by Steve Barclay

ANX, a leading provider of networking and managed security services, and ENX, the communications network of the European automotive industry, today announced interconnection of their networks in order to create a global standard for secure business-to-business (B2B) data communication. More than 1,500 companies and organizations, ranging from small and medium businesses to large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and government institutions, will benefit from intercontinental connectivity without incurring incremental cost. The current pilot phase is scheduled to be completed within 30 days.

"Our customers have told us that integration of the European and North American automotive communities is important and would benefit them," said Rich Stanbaugh, president and CEO of ANX. "ANX and ENX have partnered to provide this global interconnection as a value-add to our existing customers at no additional cost. We believe that linking the ANX and ENX communities through our secure, private networks enables greater security, performance and unprecedented value for supply chain partners."

ANX and ENX Managed Security Services support mission-critical business data exchange and real-time processes concerning finance, product development and supply chain logistics. Using state-of-the-art encryption technology and network management, both private networks deliver dependable performance, complete accountability and highly secure communications. Guaranteed service levels and strict user identification protect companies from common Internet security threats, vulnerabilities, performance problems and reliability issues.

"The automotive industry has always been a leader in process optimization, supplier integration and joint product development, even between competitors. Industry standards such as ENX facilitate such collaboration," said Lennart Oly, Managing Director of ENX Association. "Recent challenges and trends lead to a new level of global collaboration among independent players of all sizes. Providing them with a single unified networking solution for all their applications -- ranging from simple file transfer to advanced real-time collaboration -- is the objective of our cooperation with ANX."

Setting the benchmark for industry networks over the last 10 years, ANX and ENX have already been selected by other North American and European industries such as Defense, Aerospace and Medical Equipment manufacturing. Physical interconnection, global connectivity and a common technology standard make Secure Private Cloud solutions even more attractive for other industrial and government communities.

About ANX

ANX (http://www.anx.com), headquartered in Southfield, Mich., has offices in Research Triangle Park, NC, Overland Park, KS, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Toronto. ANXeBusiness is focused on providing network and information security solutions, unified threat protection technology, and managed services that enable secure content delivery within and between enterprises. The company's foundation is built upon deep technical expertise, broad experience with mission-critical data connectivity, a passion for customer support and a proven record of supporting business needs across multiple value chains.

ANX continues to expand rapidly, completing six business acquisitions since 2007. The company was recently recognized as one of the world's largest software companies in Software Magazine's Software 500. In addition, the company was also awarded the "Best of the Best Michigan Business" by Corp! Magazine and was named as a "HOT Company" for 2009 by Network Products Guide.

ANX is owned by One Equity Partners (http://www.oneequity.com), which manages investments and commitments for JP Morgan Chase & Co. in private equity transactions.

About ENX

ENX Association (http://www.enx.com) is headquartered in Frankfurt and Paris and represented in London, Madrid Stockholm and Istanbul by renowned automotive associations. It governs the communications network and managed security service of the European automotive industry supporting critical data exchange in the fields of design, engineering, logistics, production, marketing, HR and finance.

Growing continuously since 2000 ENX' six competing certified service providers BT Global Services, Orange Business Services, Telefonica, T-Systems, Turk Telekom and Verizon Business are currently connecting more than 1.000 organizations in more than 30 countries. Three additional service providers have entered the certification process within the last 6 months.

The non profit organization was founded in 2000 by the automotive industry and is completely governed by Audi, BMW, Bosch, Continental, Daimler, DGA, Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault and Volkswagen as well as the national associations ANFAC, GALIA, SMMT, OSD and VDA.


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