Festo Proudly Partners with WorldSkills Calgary 2009 as Global Founding Sponsor

    CALGARY, May 15 /CNW/ - WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. has secured Festo
as a Global Founding Sponsor of the 40th WorldSkills Competition, September 1
- 7, 2009 at Calgary Stampede Park. Festo is the official sponsor of the
Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics competitions, and is supplying the equipment,
as well as, assisting in the Competition organization for those skills
    "Generating the support of industry leaders, such as Festo, is essential
to WorldSkills Calgary 2009 delivering the most successful Competition to
date," says Richard Walker, President and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd.
"We are very appreciative of Festo's generous support and look forward to
working closely with them in conjunction with our dedicated supporters."
    Festo sees its diverse activities as a commitment in the spirit of
corporate educational responsibility. "Festo Canada is proud to support
WorldSkills Calgary 2009's Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics competitions and
we're honoured to be a part of WorldSkills Calgary 2009. Excellent education,
outstanding skills and international experience of our young people is the
fundament we need and where we have to build on." says Thomas Lichtenberger,
President of Festo Inc. "Know-how, engineering and strong innovation are
crucial factors for the future competitiveness of the Canadian industry."
    Today, mechatronics is one of the biggest skills represented in the
WorldSkills Competition, with approximately 30 Member countries/regions taking
part. Mechatronics technicians build engineering systems for the automation
industry. The mechatronics category combines skills in mechanics, pneumatics,
electronically controlled systems, programming, robotics, and system
development. Mechatronics technicians design, build, maintain, and repair
automated equipment and program equipment control systems. The Mechatronics
competition was first held in 1991 with only two countries participating.
    Mobile Robotics Technicians assemble, set-up, manage and maintain
mechanical systems within a mobile robot as well as install, operate and
trouble shoot mobile robot control systems. The robotics category combines
skill requirements including: carrying out mobile robot system design,
assembling a mobile robot according to manufacturer's documentation and
commissioning a mobile robot to carry out its correct function to solve a
series of practical operational problems.
    Promoting young apprentices and generating enthusiasm for technology is
important to Festo. "Education, innovation and technology are the key factors
for further expanding our technological peak performance. Festo supports top
performance in the areas of training and international educational standards
by means of national and international projects such as Skills Germany and
WorldSkills Mechatronics", explains Dr. Eberhard Veit, chairman of the
Management board at Festo AG.
    Through intense competition in 45 skill categories, WorldSkills Calgary
2009 promotes excellence and global competency standards within the skills,
trades, and technology industries. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 welcomes the world
through the 51 Member countries/regions of WorldSkills International.

    WorldSkills International (WSI) was established in 1953 and has come to
symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in vocational education and training. WSI
operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral. The aim of
WSI is to raise the status and standards of vocational skills and training

    The 40th WorldSkills Competition is coming to Calgary, Alberta, Canada
from September 1 - 7, 2009. The organizing committee, WorldSkills Calgary 2009
Ltd., is leading the event coordination with support from WorldSkills
International, Skills/Compétences Canada, and Skills Canada Alberta.

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Laraway, Director of Media Relations
and Communications, WorldSkills Calgary 2009, Direct: (403) 774-5113, Mobile:
(403) 708-9398; WorldSkills Calgary 2009, 1301, 16 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB, T2M
0L4, Canada, Telephone: (403) 210-5959, www.worldskills2009.com

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