NYON, SWITZERLAND, 20th of November, 2003 – BenQ – one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies, was today unveiled by UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) as an Official IT Partner of the UEFA European Football ChampionshipTM (UEFA EURO 2004TM) in Portugal.
The signing ceremony, staged at UEFA headquarters in Nyon with Gerhard Aigner, CEO of UEFA and Conway Lee, MD of BenQ Europe, was held subsequently to same-day press conferences in Beijing, China, hosted by K.Y. Lee, CEO of BenQ and in Taipei, Taiwan, hosted by Jerry Wang, VP of Marketing & Global Sales Operations.
Mr. K. Y. Lee commented: “The UEFA European Football Championship™ is recognized for the quality of football and the enjoyment the tournament brings to fans around the world. This reflects our values at BenQ where our mission is to enhance the lifestyles and enjoyment of our worldwide customers through provision of quality digital solutions. Therefore our partnership with UEFA is a perfect fit and one of which we are immensely proud.”
As Information Technology Partner to UEFA EURO 2004™, BenQ will provide solutions for a number of functions critical to the operational success of the tournament and the subsequent enjoyment of millions of fans all over the world. These include: The BenQ Joybook range of laptop PC’s with superior wireless technology and multi-media capabilities that will enable officials to seamlessly integrate multi-media content.
The anticipated 8,000 accredited media will be serviced by the latest state of the art peripherals in their media and broadcast centers during the games. These will range from BenQ’s stunning large screen LCD Monitors to their line of award-winning Joybook series.
BenQ will also be the Official Statistics Provider on euro2004.com, helping to maximize the enjoyment for fans around the world by providing real-time information at the touch of a button.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Gerhard Aigner said: “UEFA EURO 2004 promises to be a spectacular sporting event enjoyed by millions all over the world. This will now be significantly enhanced by the technology and support services provided by our newest sponsor, BenQ.
BenQ will be providing UEFA and Euro2004 S.A., with leading edge hardware and peripherals and will also be the Official Statistics Provider on euro2004.com, helping to maximize the enjoyment for fans around the world by providing real time information at the touch of a button.”
Philippe Grivel, Senior Manager, Information Technology at UEFA commented: “Experience has taught us that tournaments of this size rely very heavily on an IT partner of real stature. The announcement of BenQ as Official IT Partner of UEFA EURO 2004™ means that we will have high quality hardware solutions to ensure a smooth running event.”
Dr. Gilberto Madail, Chairman of EURO 2004 S.A. added: "On behalf of all of us in Portugal, I am delighted to welcome BenQ to the family of partners; I am confident that their technology solutions will support us in our mission to help Portugal in staging the most exciting and passionate UEFA European Championships yet.”