post #31 of 44
6/22/08 at 4:21pm
don't worry boy's....ski factories around the world are shutting down ! Soon they'll be 2 or 3 companies !
Getting closer to coming true---
Jarden Corp. (USA) owns K2, Volkl, Roxy, & Marker.
Amersport (Finland) owns Atomic, Salomon, Dynamic, Volant.
Quiksilver (USA) is the owner of Rossi & Dynastar...anyone want to buy a ski making company or two, plus Lange boots?
Fischer (Austria) is still owned by the founding family.
Head (Dutch) is owned by a Swede who lives in the U.K. and makes the skis in Austria.
Elan is Slovenian.
Tecnica (Italian) owns Nordica, Blizzard
Scott is Swiss.
Stockli is Swiss.
Many of the ski companies make skis for other labels under contract.
if the ski companies stopped living in the fashion idustry then they would do like they used to do which was keep skis the same for 2 years [sometimes longer] that way if in the first season a ski was slow to shift the retailer had a chance to sell it and make some margin the following season, now they are forced to discount the product and then wait for a mass pile of over production to get dumped onto the market somewhere...my guess is rossi will dump most of that excess stock into eastern europe or the far east
but who knows
Something to throw into the profitability mix for skimakers: I've been told that Fischer basically makes skis for the fun of it at this point. They sold their vaccuum technology to an aircraft-wing maker and don't need money anymore. Heard this a couple times, don't know for sure that it's true.