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IBM Continues Growth Market Expansion with New Branches in Latin America



   IBM Continues Growth Market Expansion with New Branches in Latin America

New locations in Brazil and Mexico meet rising demand for technology solutions
in region's smaller cities

PR Newswire

SAO PAULO and MEXICO CITY, Dec. 18, 2012

SAO PAULO and MEXICO CITY, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has
announced the opening of two new branches in Brazil and Mexico as it continues
its strategy to increase its presence in the fastest growing economies in the
world.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO)

In Brazil, IBM has opened a new office in the city of Caxias do Sul which
follows the recent opening of new branches in the cities of Sao Luis,
Joinville and Natal. In Mexico, IBM has opened a new office in the city of
Puebla following the opening of a new branch in the city of Toluca in October.

"The Latin American region continues its economic momentum and IBM is putting
itself at the center of that growth," said Roberto Alexander, Vice President,
General Business, IBM Latin America. "The standout businesses and
organizations in these regions are those which understand the role of
technology in transforming businesses and driving innovation. By expanding our
branch network we are able to work closely with our clients and partners and
ensure that they benefit from the most advanced solutions and services
available."

In Brazil, where IBM has grown its presence from 11 branches in 2009 to over
30 today, the new Caxias do Sul location will service clients and partners in
the city and in the neighboring Serra Gaucha region. Caxais do Sul has
experienced strong economic growth in recent years becoming an important
exporter of rolling stock, automotive parts and machinery.

In Mexico, IBM is quickly building out its presence in line with the country's
rapid economic development. The new Puebla office is IBM's sixth in Mexico
after those in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro and Toluca. Over
the past two decades, Mexico has undertaken major reforms to liberalize its
economy which has led to the emergence of fast-growing urban centers. As the
state capital, Puebla's central location and proximity to Mexico City have
enabled it to become an industrial growth center with strong activity in the
services and manufacturing sectors.

With over 85 years of operations in Latin America, today IBM has a broad
program of investment in place focused on the opening of new branches and
facilities, the recruitment of new staff and investment in training, marketing
and citizenship programs.

With a long-standing presence in Brazil dating back to 1931 when IBM opened
its first office outside of the US in the city of Sao Paulo, IBM today has a
working relationship with thousands of customers across the country. Brazil is
also home to the IBM Global Delivery Center in Hortolandia and the company's
ninth Research lab, opened in 2011 in Sao Paulo.

In Mexico, IBM recently opened a Smarter Data Center in Guadalajara city as
part of a $30 million investment to provide cutting edge solutions and
services to its customers in the country.

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https://twitter.com/#IBMGrowthMkts

Contacts:

Susana Maldonado
IBM Mexico
+ 52 55-5270-6502
smaldona@mx1.ibm.com

Vanessa Garcia
IBM Brazil
+55 11 2132-7759
vaneg@br.ibm.com

Jonathan Batty
IBM Growth Markets
+48 693935403
Jonathan.batty@pl.ibm.com

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://www.ibm.com
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