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Stepping on the gas together for the 2020 Olympics

Proud to support Rio 2016 gold medallist Martin Schulz in his bid to defend his title

Leipzig, April 10, 2017. As the current world and European champion, and a gold medal winner at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, triathlete Martin Schulz from Leipzig is a successful sportsman and a determined competitor. Despite his physical disability, he is disciplined and ambitious in pursuing his sporting objectives. He not only aims to set new personal bests in various regional, national and international competitions, he also has a clear, long-term goal: “I aim to take part in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo and defend my paratriathlon gold medal,” he says.

To help meet this objective, the 27-year-old has now secured the support of VERBIO Vereinigten BioEnergie AG. The biofuels company has agreed a four-year sponsorship deal with Martin Schulz, and will help and support the Leipzig sportsman from 2017 to 2020.

“This determined and likeable sportsman is the perfect fit for VERBIO. Just like us, he has set himself ambitious goals in difficult circumstances, and he is mastering the challenges along the way bravely and with great determination. So we will be stepping on the gas together up to 2020,” said Claus Sauter, Chairman of the VERBIO AG Management Board. Many of Germany’s top athletes depend on additional sponsorship to top up government support programmes. These include the provision of employment opportunities which are tailored to the individual’s sporting requirements, as well as monetary and material support to ensure that the required equipment and training opportunities are available.

Martin Schulz was in the starting line-up in last Sunday’s Leipzig Marathon event, wearing his new VERBIO vest and with the backing of his new partner. He competed in the 10km run, finishing in fourth place with a time of 34 minutes and 51 seconds – a very successful start to the new season.


Information about VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO)

VERBIO is one of the leading independent producers and suppliers of biofuels, and is also the only large-scale producer of biodiesel, bioethanol and biomethane in Europe. The annual production capacity amounts to approximately 470,000 tonnes of biodiesel, 260,000 tonnes of bioethanol and 600 gigawatt hours of biomethane. The Company produces its highly efficient fuels using internally generated, energy efficient production processes and innovative technologies. VERBIO’s biofuels achieve CO2 reductions of up to 90 percent compared to petrol or diesel. VERBIO delivers its products directly to European oil companies, oil trading companies, independent filling stations, freight forwarders, municipal utilities and vehicle fleets. In addition VERBIO markets high-quality pharmaceutical glycerine for the consumer goods and cosmetics industry (glycerine is produced as a by-product in the production of biodiesel) as well as animal feed and fertiliser, a by-product of bioethanol and biomethane production. Within the Group, VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG acts as a management holding company. The operative business is conducted by the subsidiaries VERBIO Diesel Bitterfeld GmbH & Co. KG, VERBIO Diesel Schwedt GmbH & Co. KG, VERBIO Ethanol Schwedt GmbH & Co. KG, VERBIO Ethanol Zörbig GmbH & Co. KG, VERBIO Agrar GmbH, VERBIO Logistik GmbH and VERBIO Polska Sp. z o.o. The VERBIO share (ISIN DE000A0JL9W6/WKN A0JL9W) has been listed in the prime standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since October 2006

Press Contact

Ulrike Kurze
Communications Manager

VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG
T: +49 176 13085404
E-Mail: ulrike.kurze@verbio.de


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