The Kemppi logo will be visible on the belt of the team’s Official Reserve Driver Valtteri Bottas, and the rear wing endplate of the Williams Renault FW34. Kemppi and Williams F1 will also be co-operating on welding equipment. Kemppi have supported Valtteri since 2008 and this agreement is a natural extension of the company’s commitment to helping talented Finnish racing drivers reach their potential.
Kemppi manufactures arc welding equipment and is a provider of solutions for highly productive welding. Founded in 1949 by Martti Kemppi, the family run business has introduced many new innovations to the market over the past 60 years, serving industries such as shipbuilding, metal workshops and transportation. Headquartered in Lahti, Finland, Kemppi has a global presence with subsidiaries in 15 countries and customers in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Speaking about the partnership Anssi Rantasalo, Chief Executive Officer of Kemppi, commented; “We have been supporting Valtteri Bottas for several years and this agreement is a natural continuation of that collaboration. It is a great honour for us to be associated with the Williams F1 Team, one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula One. We are looking forward to extending our collaboration with them towards a technology partnership, as Formula One is technically demanding and welding still has an important role to play.”
Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal of the Williams F1 Team, added, “We are delighted to welcome one of Finland’s most respected manufacturing companies to our portfolio of partners. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to motorsport with the support they have provided Valtteri over the past few years and the whole team is very much looking forward to working with them in the future.”