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BERG Propulsion enters Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 teams up with PUMA

BERG Propulsion and PUMA are co-sponsoring a team entered in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. The "PUMA Ocean Racing, Powered by BERG Propulsion" team will be led by Skipper Ken Read, who achieved 2nd position in the equivalent 2008-09 race.

20 April 2010

Beginning in October 2011 in Alicante, Spain the 2011-12 VOR will end in June 2012 in Galway, Ireland, coinciding with BERG Propulsion's 100th anniversary.

Håkan Svensson, CEO of BERG Propulsion, said that sponsoring the Volvo Ocean Race provided a "perfect symbol" of what BERG represented, as one of the world's leading providers of controllable pitch propellers to the merchant shipping industry. The company sponsored Green Dragon in the equivalent 2008-09 event.

BERG Propulsion products are designed and engineered with the reduction of adverse environmental impact in mind. The company strives to bring fuel savings and environmental benefits to every product. This commitment to sustainability and high performance makes them an ideal partner for PUMA.

Mr Svensson said: "Our company is very excited to be a part of the VOR and we are especially proud to have the opportunity to partner with PUMA.

"We view the race as a perfect symbol for what BERG Propulsion represents: global perspective and reach, an emphasis on quality, reliability and a desire for excellence achieved through a strong TEAM spirit. Very much like the shipping industry, the Volvo Ocean Race is about performance in a global arena and this is directly applicable to our customers' circumstances. They are also out there 24/7 under very tough conditions. We will do our absolute best to support Ken Read and his talented crew in their efforts to be the fastest around the world."

Antonio Bertone, Chief Marketing Officer, PUMA AG, said of the partnership: "BERG Propulsion's CEO Håkan Svensson and his entire company are a perfect fit with our operation. As a lifelong competitive sailor himself, Håkan understands the sport, the race and how BERG Propulsion can utilize the race to help build and market their global company."

Skipper Ken Read, considered to be one of the world's most accomplished racers, was in charge of PUMA Ocean Racing and at the helm of PUMA's il mostro throughout the entire Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. U.S.-born Read has twice helmed America's Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was named "United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year" twice. He has 46 World, North American and National Championships to his credit.

About BERG Propulsion
BERG Propulsion has close to 100 years experience from designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing propellers for the global shipping industry. Today, BERG Propulsion operates out of state-of-the-art production facilities in Sweden and Singapore, with sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, Bremen, San Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro and the Swedish west coast. The company's turnover for 2009 amounted to approximately EUR 140 m.

About PUMA
PUMA is one of the world's leading sport/lifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong.

About Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race began in 1973 as the "Whitbread Round the World Race". It is a high-endurance, physically-challenging race in the world's fastest monohull, where men and women compete at the top of their game, sailing continent to continent, in an easterly direction around the globe. The race takes approximately nine months to complete, covers 39,000 nautical miles in challenging and often dangerous waters, and is broken into 11 separate legs. The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 challenge will have at least 12 ports of call, including ports in Middle East, India and Asia - places never before visited in race history.