Galliano Bordin, the founder of AKU, has passed away after a long illness. He was 85 years old. The son of shoemakers, Bordin founded the Italian brand of trekking and outdoor footwear in 1955. The company was initially called Dinsport, but the new AKU brand replaced that name and associated logo in the early 1990s. Today, AKU is still a family business, managed by the Bordin family. The company has three production units, owned and managed directly with AKU personnel, for over 400 employees. The three factories are located in Montebelluna, Italy, which is also home to the company’s historical headquarters, and in Cluj Napoca, Romania, and Simanovci, Serbia. AKU products are sold to outdoor enthusiasts in over 30 countries across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.