TRADE SHOWS & EVENTS

+++ With the rapid rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, Emerald Holding, the organizer of many U.S. trade shows, including Outdoor Retailer and Surf Expo, expects a full resumption of its in-person events calendar beginning this summer +++

 

RETAIL

+++ This fall, Canada Goose will open its first store in the U.S. state of California, at the South Coast Plaza Mall in Costa Mesa, which will also be home to the brand’s first “Snow Room” in the U.S. +++

 

CSR & SUSTAINABILITY

+++ Scarpa is supporting an initiative by Dolomiticert for the removal of trees that were uprooted by the Vaia storm in 2018, in areas of Italy’s Northeast, and subsequent reforestation in those areas, scheduled for this coming June

+++ Montura was a technical sponsor of Keep Clean and Run for Peace 2021, a plogging marathon with the aim to “clean” the environment from abandoned rubbish and Italy’s longest plogging event, which was held on April 23-29

+++ U.S. outdoor brand Stio has partnered with Climate Neutral and is now officially Climate Neutral Certified

+++ Rossignol Group’s North American division supports the Rhode Island-based nonprofit Share Winter Foundation, which works with local and regional programs to promote efficient, effective and sustainable winter sports programs, strengthening the “community” pillar within its wide-ranging Respect program

+++ The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) has awarded Odlo the Leader Staus for the sixth consecutive year, following a score of 90 in the 2020 assessment, the highest FWF score in Odlo’s history +++

 

CORPORATE AND M&A

+++ Following the sale of Mammut and the renaming of Conzzeta AG to Bystronic AG, the shares of the company, which now specializes in solutions for the sheet metal working industry, were traded for the first time on the SIX Swiss Exchange on May 3 under the ticker symbol BYS

+++ Kong, the Italian company specializing in safety and rescue equipment, has launched a revamped website at www.kong.it, featuring new graphics, new sections and improved navigation

+++ Canadian outdoor retailer MEC is celebrating its 50th anniversary and has announced CA$1 million donation to Canadian outdoor community organizations including Parks Canada, Protect Our Winters, Leave No Trace Canada, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and others

+++ The Lenzing Group said it will invest more than €200 million in its production sites in Purwakarta (Indonesia) and Nanjing (China) to convert existing standard viscose capacity into environmentally responsible specialty fibers +++

 

EXECUTIVE CHANGES

+++ Le Gant Paris Glove of Canada, a Montréal-based global glove company founded in 1945, has promoted Christian Quirion, who joined the company in 2019 from sports retailer Sport Chek, to the position of VP of sales, business development & international distributors

+++ Chuck Mason has left W.L. Gore & Associates after nearly three years to become president and CEO of Algix, the parent company of Bloom Sustainable Materials, whose sustainable cushioning foams are used by a dozen industry brands including Adidas, Puma, Billabong, Merrell and Oboz

+++ In the newly created position of chief business and strategy officer, filled by former VP & GM of Walmart Connect, Stefanie Jay, eBay is bringing together strategy, business operations, analytics and communications at its headquarters in California +++

 

FINANCIAL RESULTS

+++ Emerald Holding, the U.S. operator of more than 140 trade shows a year, including Outdoor Retailer and Surf Expo, reported an 87 percent drop in revenue as results continue to be negatively impacted by event cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic +++

 

PRODUCT

+++ La Sportiva and Boa Technology have introduced an all-new mid to long-distance trail shoe for spring 2021, the La Sportiva Cyklon with Boa® Fit System to provide trail runners with a high-performance fit, optimum stability, and a more consistent connection to the shoe’s midsole

+++ Norrøna has launched a new range of top-quality sleeping bags featuring a new design and functionality with a heritage tracing back to Norrøna’s sleeping bags of the 1980s

+++ After more than a year of planning and designing, Florence Marine X is launching its first line of products with T-shirts, hats, board shorts and wetsuits, many of which are created using fabric repurposed from factory floor scraps

+++ Teva, a division of Deckers Brands, announced a summer-ready collaboration with original instant-image brand Polaroid that will result in classic Teva sandal silhouettes that use recycled materials and a specially refurbished Polaroid 600 camera

+++ Converse has just released its latest Chuck Taylor All Star and Chuck 70 collection titled “The Great Outdoors,” made from sustainable materials and featuring various prints and patterns inspired by some of nature’s most beautiful landscapes

+++ Seattle-based company Grayl has developed a special filter and purification system that removes 99.999% of all pathogens from contaminated water in just a few seconds, using a single pressing process and no chemicals at all

+++ Halti has expanded its popular Pallas Series outdoor collection with even lighter and breathable Pallas Lite products with UPF 40+ protection for warm and sunny summer days +++

 

MARKETING

+++ Tecnica is sponsoring the Vibram Trail Mottarone 2021, a trail running event scheduled to take place on Italy’s Lake Maggiore on May 8-9, 2021

+++ Scarpa has released “An Ordinary Day for Nico Favresse,” a short film on YouTube directed by Jan Novak and dedicated to Belgian climber and brand ambassador Nico Favresse

+++ Salomon has entered into an initial two-year cooperation agreement with the Nordic division of the Bavarian Ski Association +++

 

+++ The new CEO of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has been officially announced as Paul Davies, who has held the role of interim CEO since Dave Turnbull stepped down

+++ The OSV Digital Brandroom, a new platform by French trade association Outdoor Sports Valley that supports outdoor companies in their digital transformation, is now online +++

 

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