Grosuplje, 19 September 2018_The support of successful Slovenian companies is a vital contribution towards the superior level achieved by Slovenian athletes, which is why it is with great joy and pride that we announce that today, the SIJ Group and Olympic Committee of Slovenia, Association of Sports Federations have prolonged our sponsorship agreement all the way to the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.
Mass sport plays an important role in the development of high-level sport, since the well-being of the nation and companies very much depends on the well-being of the individual people. The SIJ Group places special emphasis on this, which is why we support high-level sport, as well as sport in local communities all across Slovenia with the help of our outdoor fitness areas, which are the products of our own design and manufacture.
Today, this type of outdoor training area was opened for use for the citizens of Grosuplje, who will be able to take even better care of themselves and their health in the future. Joining gymnast Sašo Bertoncelj, who was the first to try the outdoor fitness area at the unveiling, was Petra Majdič, the ambassador of the MADE OF STEEL project. It is a project on which the SIJ Group wishes to work together with its sponsorship partners, ambassadors, and employees to spread the message with various events and activities that achieving top results in any area of life takes will of steel. Petra Majdič pointed out the key message of the MADE OF STEEL project on this occasion, “Nobody can guarantee you that you will become a winner, or that you will win anything. But you can always rely on your will of steel, because it is the only guarantee that you are improving day after day.”
“Over the coming years, the project will be the platform for many interesting activities and events connected to sport, culture, society, and the employees of the SIJ Group, which will spread the MADE OF STEEL message, i.e. that it takes a will of steel to achieve top results in sport and business,” Igor Malevanov, Member of the Management Board and CFO of the SIJ Group stated, adding that, “We are proud that we are continuing our relationship with the Olympic Committee of Slovenia and supporting top-level sport until 2022. Also, we are continuing to construct steel outdoor fitness areas across Slovenia, thereby strongly emphasising the importance of popular sport and recreation.”
The SIJ Group plans other activities as part of its partnership with the NOC Slovenia, including a new, steel image for the Slovenian Torch, which will cross Slovenia prior to the Olympic Games, while athletes, who will thrill us at the Olympics and inspire us regardless of their result, will be presented with steel medals.
The SIJ Group is the largest Slovenian vertically-integrated metallurgical group. Its products occupy leading positions in European and global niche steel markets. The group consists of two basic activities – Metallurgy (basic activity) and the Poultry Division (Perutnina Ptuj Group). According to the first unaudited business results for the first half of 2018, Metallurgy and Poultry Divisions generated sales revenues of €557.8 million and an operating profit (EBITDA) of €57.4 million.
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SIJ – Slovenska industrija jekla, d.d.
mag. Sara Wagner, Head of Corporate Communications
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