Sauber Petronas and Kaeser Kompressoren AG have signed a partnership agreement that is to run over a period of several years, effective immediately.
Kaeser Kompressoren AG are responsible for the complex compressed air supply system in Sauber Petronas's ultra-modern wind tunnel facility currently being built in Hinwil, and Kaeser will provide other services for Sauber Petronas as well. Under the terms of the agreement, Sauber Petronas will grant Kaeser various marketing rights, and the company's logo will be placed on the walls of the Sauber Petronas garage at Grand Prix circuits around the world.
"Kaeser are making a very important technological contribution to our new wind tunnel project. In return, we're providing Kaeser with a platform that will enable the company to raise the visibility and public awareness of its brand name internationally," said Sauber Petronas Team Principal Peter Sauber.
Michael Juhas, Managing Director of Kaeser Kompressoren in Switzerland, said: "At Kaeser, we have set ourselves the demanding goal of being a leading supplier of compressors and air technology, and we consistently support our claim of technological leadership by pioneering new developments. The high-tech environment of Formula 1 -- and particularly of Team Sauber Petronas, with its reputation for efficiency and innovation -- offers Kaeser an ideal platform for communicating this claim via partnership."
Kaeser Kompressoren, a family-owned company founded in 1919, are one of the world's leading suppliers of compressors and compressed air systems, with a workforce of nearly 3000 and three production facilities, two in Germany (Coburg and Gera) and one in France (Lyon). With 36 subsidiaries and 22 distribution partners, Kaeser are present in all major industrial countries around the world. Company headquarters are in Coburg (Germany).
Sauber Petronas is a Swiss-based international Formula One team that finished fifth in the 2002 FIA World Championship of Constructors. The team has signed two German drivers, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld for the 2003 season. Always fascinated by the application of high technology to motor racing, Peter Sauber has been building high tech race cars for the Formula One World Championships since 1993. Today, 300 people of 19 different nationalities work for the success of the team at Sauber Petronas' top-of-the-line F1 centre in Hinwil, near Zurich.