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    Oeko-Tex adjusts renewal processes during Covid-19 crisis


    Due to the current coronavirus crisis, Oeko-Tex temporarily adjusted the processes related to the renewal of certificates, thereby reducing the workload for production facilities. For existing and known certificate holders, the responsible institutes will initially renew the certificates Ecopassaport, STeP, Leather Standard and Standard 100 without the necessity of ...

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    Milliken scales up U.S. production of BioSmart fabric


    Milliken Company , the new owner of Polartec , has increased U.S. production of its BioSmart ® fabric, a patented bleach-activated technology that uses the power of readily available chlorine bleach to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses. With the increased need for medical protective clothing during ...

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    New anti-virus treatment from Polygiene


    Polygiene announced the launch of a new product called ViralOff® . According to the Swedish specialist in freshness and odor control technologies, over 99 percent of the viruses on a garment treated with ViralOff are killed within two hours. All viruses so far tested according to ISO18184:2019, from Influenza ...

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    La Sportiva is producing masks and scrubs


    La Sportiva had already stopped production lines at its factory in Italy ahead of the ministerial order imposing the closure of the factories for unnecessary goods. Now the outdoor company is converting part of the machinery, originally designed for cutting and sewing leather and rubber, for the production of ...

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    Interview with Heiner Oberrauch, president of the Oberalp Group


    Heiner Oberrauch Source: Oberalp Group We recently heard a lot about the Salewa brand and its operational decisions and support programs during the Covid-19 crisis. After the interview with Salewa’s managing director Stefan Rainer , the Compass now had the opportunity to speak to ...

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    Covid-19: Letter from Mark Held, EOG President


    Source: European Outdoor Group Mark Held, EOG President Mark Held , the president of the European Outdoor Group ( EOG ) has issued an open letter to the outdoor industry, urging businesses to work together during the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to help as ...

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    SkiStar ends the ski season in Sweden


    So far, Sweden has followed its unique way within Europe to cope with the Covid-19 crisis, including that the country’s ski resorts will initially remain open until the end of the regular season. SkiStar has now decided to close its ski resorts in Åre, Sälen and Vemdalen from Monday, ...

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    Free online outdoor movies to survive #stayhome


    The Banff Mountain Film Festival is making some of the festival’s films available free of charge on its website to brighten up the long quarantine days during the coronavirus crisis. The list of films is constantly updated in collaboration with the directors and athletes who appear in the films. ...

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    ​Medi produces cotton face masks


    The company Medi , which also owns the compression sock brand CEP, started producing textile fabric masks for mouth and nose in its ready-to-wear department. The company from Bayreuth in Germany cooperates with the Corona Nachbarschaftshilfe (“neighborhood help”) Weiden in northern Bavaria. The organization provides the fabric and ...

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    Outdoor Research converts Seattle facility to produce protective equipment


    Outdoor Research , a U.S. outdoor brand from Washington state, is converting its onshore manufacturing facility in Seattle to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical community in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Outdoor Research said it will be able to produce more than 200,000 masks per day. This ...

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    Grassroots cancels the show, offers digital Connect


    The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance , a U.S. organization dedicated to the health and growth of the outdoor retail industry, will not meet for its spring Connect trade show, originally planned June 12-15, due to the direct impact of Covid-19. Instead, Grassroots will introduce a collaborative digital framework to support ...

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    Schöffel-Lowa stores start online shopping and delivery service


    Now that the total of 36 joint Schöffel and Lowa stores in Germany, Austria and northern Italy have been closed for the time being due to the current situation, customers can choose online what they would like to buy and order by e-mail. If a consultation is ...

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    The industry’s reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic


    (SGI+) We hope you have already made use of our “Corona tickers” on our SGI Europe and Outdoor Industry Compass websites, which provide you with a constant stream of new information on what the industry is doing to combat the spreading Covid-19 pandemic. We believe it ...

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    The industry stock value dips by 32.3% in Q1 2020


    In a highly volatile market for stock-listed equities in general, the share price of 12 major publicly trading companies that play a substantial role in the outdoor sporting goods market declined on average by 32.3 percent between the beginning of this year and March 27, due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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    Austrian retail associations join forces to prevent bankruptcies


    For some of the approximately 950 members represented by the seven specialized trade associations in Austria across different sectors of consumer goods ( EK Servicegroup Austria , Interspiel , ModeRing , ANWR Garant Austria , Sport 2000 Österreich , Vedes and Spielzeug-Ring ), the current business shutdowns due ...

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    Mountain Khakis for coronavirus workers


    Mountain Khakis has announced The Responder Project , a discount program to support the workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The program is available to nurses, medical and emergency staff, police, firefighters, military and teachers in the U.S. through a registration process. Once registered, they benefit ...


    Wolverine wants to save $500 million


    As reported in a separate article, Wolverine Worldwide was the company in our industry that got the biggest hit on the stock exchange between Jan. 1 and March 27. On March 26, Wolverine released a detailed statement about the proactive and precautionary measures that it is taking to navigate ...

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    Gore comments on Gore-Tex and Covid-19


    W.L. Gore Associates has issued an official statement that “ Gore-Tex materials are NOT designed and engineered to provide adequate airflow to assist human respiration when used in the manufacture of personal protective equipment, including face masks, and are NOT a viable alternative to protection against ...

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    Care Plus provides medical centers with necessary supplies


    Care Plus, a Dutch brand specializing in anti-insect, first aid, hygiene and sun protection products, is providing the German Doctors Association with K95 FFP2 Face masks. The brand that belongs to the Travel Health Group usually aims at the outdoor and travel market. Arnoud Aalbersberg , CEO of ...

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    Calida to revise board leadership


    To weather the storm of Covid-19, the Calida Group is withholding its financial forecasts and asking its shareholders not to pay a dividend for the 2019 financial year. The Swiss owner of the Lafuma , Millet and Oxbow brands has also nominated Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard for the ...