Vacon is main cooperation partner of STAF

The Finland-based AC drives manufacturer Vacon and Sail Training Association Finland (STAF) have signed a long-term cooperation agreement. Vacon will be STAF's main cooperation partner until the end of 2010. Vacon will e.g. participate in STAF's Sails for Environment project. "Sailing teaches many valuable skills that are also needed in working life: the ability to work in a team, taking responsibility, continuously aiming at a certain goal and taking others into account," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Vacon. "It is important for Vacon to support STAF's valuable work for sailing, youth and environment. Our cooperation brings Vacon visibility at all seas and ports of the world and gives us new opportunities to organize e.g. events on STAF's flagship, the schooner Helena." "STAF and Vacon share many values: people in focus, drive for achievement and passion for excellence. We are very happy to have Vacon as our main cooperation partner in the Sails for Environment project and in our work among young people," says Stefan Abrahamsson, Executive Manager, STAF. STAF's Sails for Environment project aims at promoting environmental protection in cooperation with several outside parties. The activities include training and information campaigns on the effects of climate change and pollution on the ecological system as well as sailing tours with different themes. The patron of the Sails for Environment project will be Tanja Saarela, member of the Finnish Parliament. STAF and Vacon will also jointly take part in many marketing events and exhibitions. Vacon will be STAF's main sponsor at Helsinki International boat shows in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Sail Training Association Finland, STAF Sail Training Association Finland was founded more than 30 years ago to organize sail training especially for young people. The operations are based on voluntary work. The crew on the ships consists of 50 professional and non-professional persons devoted to sailing, guiding and training young people and adults on sailing tours. Vacon in brief: The Vacon Group was founded in 1993 for one purpose only: to create, develop and provide AC drives worldwide. The company's ambition is to meet the most demanding needs of customers looking for the ultimate in performance, ease of use and reliability. Vacon offers AC drives in the power range of 0.25 kW...5 MW. In 2006, the Group revenues totalled EUR 186.4 million. Vacon Group Further information: Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Products and Markets, Vacon Group, mobile +358 (0)40 8371 609 Press contact: Catarina Fant, Director, Brand Management and Communications, Vacon Group, mobile +358 (0)40 8371 276, e-mail catarina.fant(at)