Miguel Ferreira, a 39-year-old salesman who has worked in Germany for 15 years for Suunto, Katadyne, Primus, Mountain Hardwear and Tropicare, has set up his own agency, representing various foreign brands in Germany and other countries.

He is representing Carinthia in Germany and in the Benelux countries. This large Austrian manufacturer of down-filled bedding claims to be the world’s largest supplier of sleeping bags for military purposes, and its sleeping bags for the outdoor market are said to represent 10-15 percent of its total sales.

Ferreira has also become the agent in Germany for Healthy Back Bag, an American company that was previously selling to five German retailers through its office in London. Starting next Sept. 1, Ferreira will also represent Tillay in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. This is a Canadian brand of high-quality hats that was previously distributed by Tropicare in Germany and the Benelux countries.

Ferreira was most recently the sales manager of Tropicare in Germany. He started his career with Suunto, well before its takeover by Amer Group, introducing its product line to the German market.