The Sauber F1 team has announced a commercial tie-in with a new sponsor. The logos of Oerlikon Balzers will be displayed on the engine covers of the team’s Ferrari-powered C31 challenger this year as part of a multi-year agreement.
Founded in 1946 in Liechtenstein, the company now owns five corporate sites and 85 operational centres around the world, employing over 16,000 staff. Annually, its turnover exceeds €4.5 billion, with its principal focus being the manufacturer of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) equipment.
PVD coatings are used in metal fabrication and precision instruments. Oerlikon is also a supplier in textile, drive systems, vacuum technologies, solar, coating, and advanced technologies.
“We have long held Oerlikon Balzers in esteem as a technology partner supplying special coatings for high-stress components,” said Sauber team founder Peter Sauber.
“In 2011 we began to further expand our partnership with Oerlikon in the interests of improving our company’s environmental performance and we can see great potential for numerous know-how transfer possibilities in the future.”