Scuderia Ferrari recognizes Saft with 2012 Innovation Award

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      Scuderia Ferrari recognizes Saft with 2012 Innovation Award 
Paris, December 13th, 2012 - Saft, the world leader in the design and
manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry has received the 2012
Innovation Award from Scuderia Ferrari. The prize recognizes that Saft has made
the highest overall contribution to innovation during the past year within
Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva, thereby helping to maximize the team's results in
the F1 Championship. 
The award was presented to Saft by Corrado Lanzone, Director of Production,
Marco Tozzi, Director of Purchasing and Thierry Baritaud, Head of Energy
Recovery Systems, for Scuderia Ferrari during the Formula Affidabilità event on
December 4th, 2012 in Maranello (Italy) which was attended by all suppliers of
the Gestione Sportiva. 
This award is also the result of five years of close cooperation and technical
innovation with Scuderia Ferrari, to develop high performance Li-ion cells for
the Team's F1 car. The criteria for the award were innovation, performance,
reliability, process and cost control, and contribution to Scuderia Ferrari's
results in the F1 championship. 
The new engine regulations planned for 2014 will also see the Kinetic Energy
Recovery System (KERS) output increase with the introduction of a new power
train and the use of a hybrid energy recovery system (ERS), with an integrated
electric engine that will improve the vehicle's hybridization. 
"Saft is delighted to win this award for the work accomplished since 2009 with
Scuderia Ferrari, both in developing the first KERS systems and providing the
technical innovation to future generations of high-performance Li-ion 
technology that will be used in the new energy recovery system (ERS) in 2014. 
The combination of Saft's unique knowledge & expertise in electrochemistry with
Scuderia Ferrari's requirements for excellence has created outstanding
innovative battery cell technology. In addition, these developments will be
valuable in Saft's work on high power Li-ion batteries for future generations 
of hybrid road vehicles," said John Searle, President of the Saft Group. 
About Saft 
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world's leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defence batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft's 4,000 employees
present in 19 countries, its 16 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network
all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for the future. 
For more information, visit Saft at 
Jill Ledger, Corporate Communications Director 
Tel: +33 1 49 93 17 77,  
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications 
Astrid Villette, Tel + 33 1 47 03 69 51,
Matthew Stroud, Tel +33 1 47 03 68 63, 
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