The Sauber team has today announced a new three-year deal with one of its sponsors, Oerlikon Balzers.
Founded in 1946 in Liechtenstein, the now-Swiss 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.
The company has been one of Sauber’s sponsors – or ‘premium partners’, as the Swiss team prefers to call them – since the beginning of the 2012 season.
“There is no need for me to emphasise that it is always a special pleasure for us to work together with a Swiss company,” Sauber’s newly-promoted team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, said in today’s announcement.
“In Oerlikon’s case that is especially pertinent as we are talking about a technology enterprise with whom we share many things in common: cutting-edge technology, innovation and internationalism, yet at the same time ‘Swissness’ and a longstanding tradition as well.
“Our collaboration on special coatings for highly stressed components has been ongoing for several years. This is set to be further intensified and our technology partnership will be extended to embrace additional areas. The opening of the solar park was a further milestone in the partnership between the two companies.”
“We very much value the reliable cooperation we have with Sauber,” added Oelikon CEO Michael Buscher. “Oerlikon products play an important role in the automotive sector, and being able to test our innovative technologies in the challenging environment of Formula One while at the same time nurturing our shared Swiss roots suits us perfectly.”
Oerlikon’s logos will continue to appear on the engine covers, team uniforms and equipment until the end of the 2015 season.