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Airwallex and McLaren Racing pen multi-year partnership to modernize global payment operations and support the Formula 1 Team

Airwallex Partners with McLaren Racing to Modernize Global Payments Operations

Airwallex, a global payments and financial platform, has entered a multi-year partnership with McLaren Racing, a renowned Formula 1 team. The collaboration positions Airwallex as an Official Partner for McLaren Racing, with a focus on transforming the team’s global financial operations and supporting the introduction of a digital partner merchandise platform.

Financial Operation Modernization

Airwallex will play a pivotal role in McLaren’s global financial operations by providing treasury management and cross-border payout and settlement solutions. The partnership aims to enhance efficiency and reduce costs associated with McLaren’s supply chain payments for all Grands Prix. Currently, McLaren faces challenges with its existing payment infrastructure, which limits payments to suppliers to a singular currency account in the UK. This leads to high foreign exchange charges, slow transfer times, and additional SWIFT fees.

Airwallex’s financial technology will address these challenges by enabling multi-currency payment options for McLaren. The platform will empower McLaren to hold core currencies and conduct exchanges swiftly, leveraging Airwallex’s extensive global proprietary payment rail network. This strategic move is expected to optimize McLaren’s supply chain payments, providing flexibility and cost savings.

Digital Partner Merchandise Platform

In addition to financial operations, Airwallex will contribute technology to support the launch and ongoing operation of McLaren’s digital partner merchandise platform. This initiative is designed to enhance McLaren’s multi-currency collection capabilities, allowing the team to offer a diverse range of global and local payment options. The partnership aims to streamline the merchandise platform’s payment processes, offering a seamless experience for fans and partners.

Global Visibility and Branding

As part of the collaboration, Airwallex will become a partner of the McLaren Formula 1 team, gaining prominent visibility on the team’s livery, driver overalls, and other branded materials throughout the 2024 season and beyond. The Airwallex logo will be prominently displayed on the halo of the McLaren MCL38, as well as on driver Lando Norris’ and Oscar Piastri’s overalls, including the pit crew. This strategic branding placement aligns with Airwallex’s global ambitions and provides significant exposure during Formula 1’s global sporting events.

Strategic Significance and Mutual Growth

The partnership aligns with both companies’ commitment to innovation and performance excellence. For McLaren, the collaboration with Airwallex signifies a commitment to efficiency and precision, essential in the competitive world of Formula 1. Airwallex, as an innovative financial platform, views the partnership as an opportunity to support its global expansion plans. The collaboration is expected to play a key role in mutual growth and reinforces Airwallex’s commitment to being the financial platform of choice for innovative businesses globally.

Global Sporting Event Exposure

Formula 1, with races held in 24 cities and a global viewership of 1.5 billion annually, provides an unparalleled platform for global exposure. Airwallex’s partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team aligns with its ambition to be the preferred financial platform for innovative businesses worldwide. The global reach and impact of Formula 1 offer Airwallex a unique opportunity to showcase its brand on a truly global stage, reinforcing its position as a leading player in the financial technology sector.

In summary, the Airwallex-McLaren Racing partnership represents a strategic collaboration that goes beyond traditional sponsorships, aiming to transform financial operations, enhance the fan experience, and provide global visibility for both entities. The multi-year commitment signifies a shared vision for innovation, efficiency, and growth in their respective industries.

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