Osprey Europe is moving to larger premises to cope with its strong growth in the region, where its sales grew by 26 percent to more than £20 million (€27.9m-$30.4m) for the 12-period ended last July 31. Orders for spring/summer 2016 are up by 28 percent from the year-ago level.
Osprey will also have a new sales manager for the German market, the second-largest in Europe for the company after the U.K. Based in Munich, Tim Suppes will start working for the brand on Dec. 1. He previously spent eight years at The North Face, the last three as key accounts manager for Germany. Suppes is taking over the role from Andreas Kübler who will continue to work for Osprey as sales representative for the Baden-Wüttemberg region.
The head office of Osprey Europe in Poole, England is being transferred this month to a larger, purpose-built facility in the same town, called Talon House, powered by a 28kw solar panel. Covering 1,000 square meters on three levels, it can accommodate up to 65 people without further extensions.
Following a £2 million (€2.8m-$3.0m) investment, all the 40 employees presently responsible for sales, marketing, web development, design, operations and finance will sit under the same roof, under the management of Rob Wylie. They were previously housed in three different buildings in the same campus. The company's warehouse for the European market is being moved from Poole to a more scalable and sustainable third-party platform operated by DSV in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile in the U.S., where the company's sales grew by 40 percent last year, Osprey Packs has appointed Vince Mazzuca as senior marketing manager and Jennie Wong as sales and marketing event coordinator for the U.S. market, reporting to Rob BonDurant, director of marketing.
Before joining Osprey, Mazzuca worked as global marketing manager for Yakima Products and then as marketing manager of Ruffwear. Wong previously worked for Royal Robbins in purchasing, customer service and marketing.