The WEC consists of eight rounds on three continents and includes the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season's highlight. Friedrich Enzinger, vice president LMP1, said: "We are very proud of this partnership for our challenging WEC project." Dr Rüdiger Kapitza, chairman of the executive board of DMG Mori Seiki AG (formerly Gildemeister AG), added: "DMG Mori represents tradition, precision and technological leadership with a global presence and, therefore, is an ideal match for the brand values and technological demands of Porsche. We look forward to a strong, reliable partnership." Dr Masahiko Mori, president of DMG Mori Seiki Co Ltd (formerly Mori Seiki Co), said: "Through this partnership, the spirit of sincere manufacturing and strict quality control, which the World Endurance Championship (WEC) represents, we hope to grow in many aspects and strive for further business development." DMG Mori is the joint sales and service operation for DMG Mori Seiki AG and DMG Mori Seiki Co. Machine tool manufacturing is the pair's core segment, with the company operating worldwide at 21 production sites and 146 sales and service locations.