La Sportiva Partners for Distribution in China

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La SportivaLa Sportiva has entered into a new joint venture with the Fulgent Sun Group, the brand's Asian manufacturing partner, to distribute its products in China. The two companies have created a new corporate entity called Fujian La Sportiva to further develop and promote the brand in Asia. This partnership will address the rapidly emerging Chinese outdoor market and strengthen supply chain worldwide.

VF Corp Creates Group Presidents, Promotes 2 Executives

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Steve RendleVF Corporation has promoted two executives, Steve Rendle and Scott Baxter, to the newly-created position of Group President. Karl Heinz Salzburger, currently Vice President, VF and President, VF International and a member of VF’s Operating Committee, will assume the new title of Vice President, VF and Group President, International. Rendle and Baxter will join Salzburger as members of VF's Operating Committee and all three will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Eric Wiseman.

Black Diamond to Launch Apparel, Discloses Growth Projections for 2011 and Beyond

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Black DiamondBlack Diamond has disclosed that it is targeting fall of 2013 as a possible launch time for an outdoor technical apparel brand, expressing the view that both apparel and footwear represent significant long term opportunities to extend the Black Diamond brand.

CEO Peter Metcalf commented, “The next few years hold an extraordinary opportunity for our brand and the next logical step is apparel. We believe the market demand for Black Diamond apparel is substantial and, if executed well, that this category can become equal to or larger than the balance of our business within 5 years of launch."

Beal's New Diablo 10.2mm Unicore Outdoor Rope Wins ISPO Outdoor Award

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Beal DiabloOnly used with semi-static ropes until this year, Beal's Unicore technology is now available on the Diablo 10.2 mm outdoor dynamic rope, the first outdoor Beal rope to feature the technology and one of this year's ISPO Outdoor Award winners in the hardgoods category.

The Unicore technology binds the sheath and the core of the rope improving durability and decreasing slippage while aiming to keep the rope supple and easy to use with a smoother sheath than that featured on most classic ropes. The suppleness is intended to make climbers feel as if they are climbing with a thinner and lighter rope while not sacrificing the security or belay of standard diameter rope.

DeLorme World Base Map Now Downloadable in Customizable Segments

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DeLormeDeLorme has now made its unique topographic World Base Map available to download online. Previously offered only as a worldwide data set, the DeLorme World Base Map now enables users to select the scope of coverage they want. At a rate of one penny per 100 square kilometers (minimum order $10), the downloaded data can be displayed on Earthmate PN-Series GPS receivers and within Topo North America consumer software and the XMap suite of GIS applications.

Micro CHP Wins 2011 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award

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Energy Star AwardThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing two companies for innovative new products that capture wasted heat energy from self-generated electricity in homes and small buildings. Freewatt micro CHP system made by ECR International of New York and the Ecopower micro CHP system made by Marathon Engine of Wisconsin will receive the 2011 Emerging Technology Award at the Energy Star Awards Ceremony on April 12 in Washington D.C.

Hydrapak Customizes Reversible Reservoir II for German Pack Company

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Hydrapak logoHydrapak has signed an agreement as a key OEM partner for German pack manufacturer Vaude. Vaude's Aquarius 2.0 Reservoir will feature technology from Hydrapak’s Reversible Reservoir II. Redesigned with unique colors and a custom molded closure, the Reversible Reservoir II is easy to clean and the utilization of TPU material insures against health issues and leaking. The reservoir will be included standard in the Aquarius 5 and Aquarius 7+3 models and sold as a stand-alone accessory compatible with the rest of the Vaude backpack line.

Vaude joins Hydrapak’s growing list of global partners, including POC, DaKine, Nathan, EVOC, Oakley, Columbia, Fox, Ogio, Kriega, Scott, BMW, KTM, and Berghaus.

Wolverine Promotes New VPs for Merrell, Chaco

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MerrellJust weeks after Wolverine World Wide's reorganization (see previous story), which included the formation of an "Outdoor Group" consisting of the Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear brands, the company has made two key executive appointments to Merrell and Chaco. Seth Cobb has been named vice president and general manager of Merrell and Chip Coe will serve as vice president and general manager of Chaco.

Mountain Hardwear Moves PR In-House

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MHWMountain Hardwear has decided to move public relations into its corporate office, effective February 11. The new PR team can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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