Beijing, China –The DuPont China Green Living Survey found that the largest consumer market in the world has growing interest and confidence in green products. Of the 1,000 Chinese people surveyed, seventy percent expressed confidence in the claims of environmental products, and sixty percent believed that biobased ingredients would make certain products better. For more information on the survey, visit bioscience.dupont.com/media.
Boulder, CO – Green Guru has partnered with public-use bicycle repair equipment company Bike Fixtation to provide inner tube recycling services for bike rooms, repair kiosks and other public-use bicycle repair stations. Bike Fixtation collects, sorts and sends the used inner tubes to Green Guru, who cleans the inner tubes and produce cycling and outdoor products from them.
Beverly, MA – Finnish brand Karhu has reintroduced its Karhu Ski Collection to the North American market for the 2013/2014 ski season. Karhu North America will import its line of skate and classic skis and boots developed and tested in Lahti, Finland. The reintroduction of the ski line will allow the brand to support its retail partners with counter-seasonal product lines, with footwear in the spring and summer and skis in the fall and winter.
Seattle, WA – To provide retailers with merchandising solutions to drive sell-through and help better organize their products as a Thermalware category, PMI brand Stanley has introduced the Thermalware Retail Support Program (RSP).
The Stanley Thermalware Retail Support Program provides clear communication and organization on shelf and helps retailers establish a Thermalware section in their store for better sell-through and profitability.
Carbondale, CO – Forge Motion Pictures, Inc. is slated to be acquired by Camp4 Collective, LLC, an active lifestyle media production agency. The deal gives the majority of the assets of Forge Motion Pictures to Camp4. In addition, Anson Fogel, founder of Forge Motion Pictures will be welcomed to Camp4 as a full partner. Forge Motion Pictures will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Camp4.
Clearfield, UT – Petzl will construct a new 80,000 sq. ft. headquarters in West Valley City in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. The brand has contracted AJC Architects and Sahara Construction to design a build a LEED-certified facility with 24,000 sq. ft. of office space, 40,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and a 15,000 sq. ft. training area. The move to the new facility is planned to take place in early 2014.
Tel Aviv, Israel – Global sock manufacturer Delta Galil Industries, Ltd. has reached an agreement to become exclusive global licensee of men’s and women’s socks for Columbia Sportswear.
Delta Galil will develop, produce and distribute Columbia’s seasonal collections of outdoor performance socks, with the first sock collection to be launched as early as Fall 2013 to retail stores, big box sporting goods retailers and select department and specialty stores worldwide.
The collection is available on display at Columbia’s booth at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah.
K-Swiss Inc. has agreed to an acquisition by South Korean retailer E-Land World Ltd. Certain Class A and Class B stockholders, who collectively hold about 75 percent of the voting power have made agreements to vote in favor of the transaction. E-Land will not need additional financing for the transaction and will use existing resources and credit facilities to fund the acquisition.
Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. (BRS), a New York-based private equity firm has acquired outdoor and travel apparel outfitter, Royal Robbins Inc., from Kellwood Company. BRS focuses on investing in middle market consumer goods and services and has nearly $1.4 billion of committed capital under management in three investment partnerships. The company plans to continue the outdoor specialty emphasis for the Royal Robbins brand.