December 12, 2007 08:30 ET

DSM becomes Innovation partner of the Swiss Fencing team

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) -

Today, DSM announces its official sponsoring of the Swiss Fencing team. In the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, DSM is supporting the team lead by Marcel Fisher, who won the Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004.

This top-level Fencing Team is joining DSM's Unlimited Sports Team. DSM is already innovation partner of the two best Dutch sailing teams in the 470 class, the Dutch men's volleyball team, Dutch pole vaulter Rens Blom and Dutch Paralympics wheelchair tennis player Sharon Walraven.

By adding this Swiss fencing team to its Unlimited Sports Team, DSM's involvement in sport is gradually becoming an international effort. Jan Zuidam, deputy chairman of DSM's Managing Board and chairman of DSM's Olympic Steering committee, gave the following comment: "The Swiss Fencing Team consists of ambitious and successful sportsmen and women who are currently preparing themselves for the Beijing Olympics of 2008. I welcome them very much in our DSM Sports Team. Through our innovations in the fields of materials and nutrition we will work closely together with them on their way to success."

Fencing exists since approximately 1463 in Switzerland and has an image of sustainability and innovation achieved by regularly winning medals at international competitions and Olympic Games. The Swiss Fencing team will be a major medal contender at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Andreas Moser, responsible for the Swiss Fencing team communications gave the following comment: "The Swiss Fencing team is very proud to get this sponsoring agreement with DSM. Swiss Fencing stands for precision, speed, elegance and concentration. This matches exactly with the key messages of DSM, like sustainability and innovation. Our sport association needs this support to ensure its success and we are looking forward to having a fruitful cooperation with DSM."

DSM and sport

Sport is about performing at a top level, day in, day out. About passion, ambition, wanting to be the best, about continuous improvement and teamwork. As such, sport embodies a number of DSM's core values. Just like sports people DSM is continuously pushing its limits: Unlimited.DSM. Innovation is one of the main spearheads of DSM's strategic course, and it is equally important in the world of sports: innovations in the fields of nutrition and materials can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Innovation is our Sport™ is therefore an apt title for DSM's program in the field of sports.

DSM and the Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF) have been 'Partners in Sport' since 2001. In the run-up to Beijing 2008, DSM has stepped up its efforts in the field of sports and innovation even further in the hope of making a major contribution to the success of the Dutch Olympic team during the 2008 Summer Games.


DSM creates innovative products and services in life sciences and materials sciences, contributing to the quality of life. DSM's products and services are used globally in a wide range of markets and applications, supporting a healthier, more sustainable and enjoyable way of living. End markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrics & electronics, life protection and housing. The company strategy, Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. The key drivers of this strategy are market-driven growth and innovation, an increased presence in emerging economies and operational excellence. DSM has annual sales of almost EUR 9 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australia. More information on DSM can be found at

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