Molten Corporation (Headquarters: Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Japan; President and CEO: Kiyo Tamiaki), a manufacturer of sporting goods such as competition quality sports balls and equipment, will continue working with FIBA (the International Basketball Federation, Headquarters: Mies, Switzerland; Secretary General: Andreas Zagklis) as Global Partners into a fifth decade after holding a renewal ceremony to celebrate a special collaboration that stretches back to 1982.
The relationship between both organizations has delivered success through a shared passion and commitment to grow basketball globally and to innovate, with the 40-year anniversary marked in 2022.
It's a mission that remains stronger than ever as both FIBA and Molten head into a new and extended period of Global Partnership, which will cover the next two World Cup cycles.
The renewal took place in Manila, Philippines, with a signing ceremony that saw FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis join President and CEO of Molten Corporation, Kiyo Tamiaki, along with FIBA Central Board members and key members of the FIBA Family, in saluting an amazing track record of results, as well as underlining how they can continue to shape the future of the sport together.
Comment from Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General
"To have this extension of a partnership that has already passed the landmark of 40 years is unique,"
"It highlights the strong bond and shared vision of FIBA and Molten, who have been our Global Partners for longer than anyone else. Molten has played a prominent role in supporting FIBA to grow the sport of basketball globally with their desire to continue innovating and evolving.”
“This has included their unwavering support for growing the women’s game and grassroots programs, with Molten having established a great track record of working with FIBA on multiple campaigns. The fact that they plan to further invest in the development of the women’s game is testament to their love for the sport and one of the main reasons we are thrilled to be continuing on this road together.”
Comment from Kiyo Tamiaki, President and CEO of Molten Corporation
“We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our 40-year partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). As a sporting goods brand that supports basketball from grassroots to top level competitions, we are proud to be part of the global basketball community.
“FIBA is an essential partner for Molten. We are committed to continuously pursue technological innovation and work with FIBA to develop and provide products that showcase superior quality both in function and design. We also reaffirm our commitment to contributing to social and environmental projects, as well as to empower women's participation in basketball."
FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 212 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
For further information about FIBA, visit fiba.basketball or follow FIBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and About Molten
Molten established since 1958 in Hiroshima, and has been manufacturing and selling sporting goods such as game balls for basketball, handball, soccer, and volleyball based on uncompromising quality.
Molten creates the official game balls and other innovative products such as whistle, digital score board and other sports equipment that are used in international competitions, world’s top leagues and teams, and continues to increase the level of quality as the global standard.
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About “For the real game”
Molten’s brand statement, “For the real game,” encapsulates what we hope to accomplish through our products and activities. It’s a testament to our conviction and attitude that the real game happens only when impeccable balls and sports equipment enable athletes to realize their full potential and maximize performance.
We are committed to this brand statement and will continue our business activities by manufacturing high quality products.