FIS and the French MND group and its SUFAG brand extended their partnership for another four years as "Official Product Partner". The agreement was signed on 31st May in Dubrovnik (CRO).
As part of the agreement, SUFAG will supply snowmaking machines to designated Organisers of FIS competitions to ensure the smooth running of competitions on the official FIS calendar.
Alpine skiing competition slopes require quality snow that is resistant to the wear and tear from multiple athletes’ pressure. Among the snow guns made available to FIS, SUFAG will supply its new Makalu model. Unveiled three weeks ago at the Interalpin trade show, Makalu embeds the most advanced technologies to produce snow of a very high quality with more power and yet a lower energy consumption.
The MND group has also been a partner for two years of the Bring Children to the
Snow programme, to help FIS increase the interest of the next generation in snow sports. With its support, SUFAG helps FIS set up urban events by creating snow areas in cities.
Sarah Lewis, FIS Secretary General said, "The MND group and SUFAG are historic partners of FIS and they have shown their commitment to the development of ski competitions and bringing children and youngsters to the snow. It is essential for FIS and our stakeholders to have the main industrial players on our side and we welcome the extension of this partnership which aims at new horizons.”
Vincent Douillet, CEO of SUFAG and member of the Executive Committee of the Group
MND, said: "Our brand SUFAG is the official partner of FIS. We are delighted to renew our commitment to help ensure the smooth running of alpine ski competitions around the world. It's a great showcase for the promotion of skiing and we are proud to contribute.
This partnership is an extension of the strong relationship we have had for the last eight years with FIS through various programmes such as Bring Children to the Snow, which we support to promote winter sports to younger generations by helping children to ski worldwide."