Pedro Carradinha, a passionate Portuguese mountaineer who has successfully built up his own company, Ortik, in the past few years, has become the product manager of Salewa for tents, taking over from Bernhard Schnaus, who has led its tents and sleeping bags operations for more than 16 years.

As a developer of highly technical tents, Ortik has won several product awards in the past including the OutDoor Industry Award in 2009. Carradinha, who is now 36 years old, is an environmental engineer who has also worked in the Marine Environment & Technology Center in Lisbon. He is expected to lead Salewa to develop innovative and creative solutions for high-altitude tents.

Carridinha has left Orik completely. His partner in the venture, Nuno Monge, will continue with the brand, which is not showing at the OutDoor fair this year.