Infor is launching a partnership with the Crusaders, one of New Zealand's most prominent and successful rugby teams.
Along with this sponsorship, Infor unveiled the Infor University Rugby Scholarship and named its first recipient.
"This partnership with the Crusaders reflects our commitment to being actively involved in the future of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region. It is one way we can continue our support for rebuilding the city following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011,"said Jo-Anne Ruhl, Infor managing director for the Pacific region.
The Crusaders are the world's most successful noninternational professional rugby team. In 19 years of Super Rugby, the Crusaders have won seven titles, been finalists 11 times, and semi-finalists in 16 of the past 17 years.
The Infor University Rugby Scholarship is the first naming-rights sponsored university scholarship that the Crusaders have offered. The first recipient, Matt Morrison, belongs to the 2015 intake of the Crusaders Academy. He is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Canterbury.
"This is a major new partnership for the Crusaders and one we are very excited about," said Hamish Riach, Crusaders CEO. "There are a number of synergies between Infor and the Crusaders, including a commitment to innovation, a proud history of success, and the aim of being a leading force in our respective fields. Our team will be proud to wear the Infor brand in 2015."
New Zealand offers vast opportunities for Asia Pacific and global companies to set up manufacturing and distribution operations. With a well-developed infrastructure and supportive business environment, New Zealand plays a key role in helping achieve Infor's long-term growth in the Pacific and globally.
"Infor's partnership with local businesses and communities extends to world-class, leading New Zealand brands," Ruhl said. "Customers such as ANZCO Foods, AW Fraser and Synlait Milk rely on Infor's enterprise software solutions to help them stay ahead of the game and be champions in their fields."