The teams in the group would like to join me in wishing you a very Happy New Year. We thank you for the loyalty and trust you have placed in us and assure you that we are committed to playing an even more active, supportive role to ensure that your projects set your businesses apart.
2011 was a very eventful year for Micropole. With more than 450 new hires in the European teams, external growth picked up pace with the integration of Oasis Consultants in Belgium, and the acquisition of the Wide digital communication agency in France, as well as with our subsidiaries in China and Luxembourg. Today we employ more than 1,300 consultants and engineers worldwide.
Although the economic climate for 2012 is difficult to anticipate, I remain convinced that being different is key to corporate agility. This differentiation relies on professional know-how and a cutting-edge information system. Hence, our qualified expertise in e-Commerce, Master Data Management, Business Intelligence, ERP and Corporate Social Networks is backed up by business skills and technological innovation. Our aim for 2012 is to bring higher value added services to the projects entrusted to us by you.