Monday, June 06, 2005

Volkl - made in China?

Chew on that title for a second. Swallow. Down it goes. Kind of makes your stomach uneasy, doesn’t it. Indeed the rumors are true - Volkl is moving production of their snowboards and skis to China, joining K2 in the far east. Since negotiations with unions for a moratorium on wages and for additional (unpaid?) overtime pay failed, Volkl management will start laying off 9% of their workforce, with more cuts to follow.

Huh, who would have thought 5 years ago that both the American and German made ski giants would be joined at the hip in...China?

The Full Story (in German)

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