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K2 to buy Karhu and Line Skis

post #1 of 11
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News posted on Couloirmag.com...

"In a stunning piece of news, K2 will soon announce the coming acquisition of the Line Skis business and exclusive rights to the Karhu North American Nordic and Telemark brand from TrakSportsUSA. The news represents a major shakeup in the telemark world, where acquisitions, at least among the ski companies, have been few and far between."

More here: http://www.couloirmag.com/by_contrib...m/k2_karhu.php
post #2 of 11
Seems like a good move on both sides, Line and Karhu get the capital to really concentrate on what they really believe in, and want to develop, not what the market dictates them to develop while K2 adds another company to the fold.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by 3eyedsmiley
Seems like a good move on both sides, Line and Karhu get the capital to really concentrate on what they really believe in, and want to develop, not what the market dictates them to develop while K2 adds another company to the fold.
I agree that both companies will experience large infusions of capital. As far as being able to concentrate on what they believe in vs. what the market dictates? I'd say the jury's still out on that one (although my gut feeling is that the exact opposite ends up happening).
post #4 of 11
So, what happens to Eric Pollard?
post #5 of 11
Why would this affect Pollard? K2's MO has been to more or less leave the companys it acquires alone, except to move production to China. Line/Karhu made that move last season, so...? I don't see why he would be affected. Volkl is down an athlete with a similar style...Same company now.
post #6 of 11
so what's up with madshus (connected to K2)? Do they own karhu now?
post #7 of 11
Finally, maybe Line will step up their quality control a bit with this move
post #8 of 11
Geesh! You guys get all upset when K2 Inc. buys Volkl and Volkl starts making some of thier skis in China, but when Karhu and Line are involved there's no worries.

I guess that shows were the perceived quality is.


HB
post #9 of 11
Line was already in China.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks
Geesh! You guys get all upset when K2 Inc. buys Volkl and Volkl starts making some of thier skis in China, but when Karhu and Line are involved there's no worries.

I guess that shows were the perceived quality is.
HB
I was just so disgusted that i was left speachless. Both of these companies left the reservation 2 years ago. So the hell with them.
post #11 of 11
Yes, Volkl skis are PRECEIVED to have better quality. So? During the last Presidential election most Americans precieved W to be a better...oh, forget it!

Most of us who object to moving production to China don't focus on quality (it may have gone up!), it's a question of what is right. What we feel is right. Losing jobs to boost corporate profits. Instead of complying with environmental and worker safety regulations moving to where there are none, etc. The idea that a capitalist will do what is right for the greater good by seeking his self interests worked 100 years ago. No one but an imbecile would dump manufacturing waste into his OWN drinking water or 'relocate' his neighbors job. If that same capitalist doesn't have to drink the ground water from where his product is manufactured what do you suppose will happen?? The Global Economy has created some major flaws in the Capitalist Mindset, when we don't have to see the consequences of our 'profit boosting' we're more likely to make rather inhumane decisions.

Do what you feel is right. Anyone who says there is a drop in quality is lying, but...
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