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    Sugi is licensing Sergio Tacchini footwear for Europe


    Sergio Tacchini Europe has signed a long-term licensing deal with Sugi International for the development, production and distribution of a new line of Sergio Tacchini footwear that will “significantly upgrade the quality and breadth” of the line, while expanding its distribution. The deal covers many countries in Europe, including Russia, ...

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    New investor for Finland’s FootBalance


    FootBalance, the Finnish manufacturer of custom insoles, has entered into a partnership with a new investor, London-based IPGL Limited, which has acquired Scope Growth II L.P.’s shares in the company. “FootBalance has during our ownership evolved from a local provider of insoles to become a global category leader in foot ...

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    New mobility show in Munich sends good signals for ISPO and other fairs


    Messe München, the organizer of the ISPO fairs, says that the success of IAA Mobility, the first international in-person event of the kind in 18 months, proves that major international trade fairs can again be held in Germany like in the past. The show, where the bike sector was relatively ...

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    Extended Covid Restrictions in Vietnam are hitting companies hard


    Nike and other companies are expected to suffer considerable damage from a decision by Vietnamese authorities to extend their strict Covid-19 restrictions in the Ho Chi Minh City region until the end of the month. They were originally scheduled to be lifted on Sept. 15, but the measures taken so ...

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    Expo 2020 Dubai will celebrate sports and fitness in 5,400-square-meter dedicated hub


    Expo 2020 Dubai has unveiled its Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub, a 5,400-square-meter space that will offer a large range of free sporting activities and an entire zone dedicated to fitness and wellness. The Hub features a multi-sports area for basketball, volleyball, tennis and netball, as well as a five-a-side ...

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    Polygiene hires Sean Tindale as new CMO


    The Swedish-based Polygiene Group has appointed Sean Tindale as its new chief marketing officer, with effect from the end of September. He is joining in from Vero Moda, a fashion brand owned by the Besteller Group, where he was the global marketing director from April 2020 to June 2021. Before ...

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    Big Chinese sports apparel manufacturer vaccinates its workers


    While reporting lower profit margins, Shenzhou International warned that its overall annual production capacity will be reduced by one to two percentage points for every 14 days of anti-pandemic measures being taken. The leading Chinese sportswear manufacturer arranged vaccinations for its workers in Cambodia, allowing them to return to work ...

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    Outdoor Retailer sees strong Snow Show in Denver for January 2022


    Reacting to an announcement that the buying associations that make up the U.S. Winter Sports Market (WSM) show would be moving their event to Salt Lake City starting next winter, Marisa Nicholson, senior vice president and show director of Outdoor Retailer (OR), stated in an open letter that the winter ...

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    Wintersteiger signs up biathlete champion Vanessa Hinz


    Vanessa Hinz, the 29-year-old German biathlon champion, has signed a brand ambassador’s contract with Wintersteiger and its brands Bootdoc and Hotronic. Wintersteiger, the Austrian company specializing in ski and bike maintenance machinery, is already an official technology partner of the German national ski teams since 2001. Hinz will mainly promote ...

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    Superfeet introduces new softer insoles for running


    Superfeet has unveiled its Adapt Run collection of insoles, an evolution of Superfeet technology as the new product is more soft and flexible, as opposed to the known firm feel of the brand’s insoles. The new cushioned outsoles, designed for runners who want a comfortable stride and insoles that adapt ...

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    Humanoo’s digital health platform raises $10 million


    Humanoo, an automated B2B digital health platform used by corporations and health insurance companies founded in Berlin five years ago, has completed a $10 million round of funding involving new investors such as Sanitas and Verve and existing investors including Rocket Internet. Switzerland’s two largest health insurance companies, the CSS ...

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    Vietnamese manufacturers react to the spreading virus


    More than 1,000 companies operating in various sectors in the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) region have managed to keep most of their workers on site, accommodating them in their factories or transporting them from hotels and other lodgings, to help avoid a shutdown of their operations due to the ...

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    Messe München deploys a 5G network


    Exhibitors and visitors at ISPO Munich and other shows organized by Messe München may be able to work on the internet faster in the future.Messe München has announced that it will join forces with the mobile communication operators Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica Deutschland/O2 to launch one of the world’s most ...

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    Yue Yuen raises sales and margins, shifting to higher-end products


    Shifting to higher-end products, the world’s largest shoe manufacturer managed to raise the average selling price of the products made at its factories by 6.5 percent to $18.37 per pairs in the first half of 2021. This helped Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) to expand the gross margin of its ...

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    Athletes to launch clothing collections on BlueChip platform


    BlueChip Holdings has launched a platform that allows famous athletes to connect with their fans and build their own brands. As part of the platform, athletes will release personal clothing collections. Each athlete will work with BlueChip designers to curate the logo and brand that best express their unique ...

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    German webshop content provider acquired by Fashion Cloud


    “Content is king,” says the homepage of , a Bavarian start-up that helps more than 500 sports and outdoor brands to collect, process and provide product data, text and content ready to use in their B2B websites. Operated by Zandy Media , which was only founded in February 2019, ...

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    U.S. start-up launches battery-heated clothing


    H.E.A.T. (Heated Electronic Active Technology) , a start-up based in Great Falls, Montana, has launched a new line of technologically advanced heated clothing that is said to have the potential to revolutionize the winter apparel industry. The H.E.A.T. One-Layer smart system combines advanced textiles, smartphone technology and customized, ...

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    More details on consumer integration at ISPO Munich


    After providing some initial information about ISPO Munich ’s new concept in passing during a webinar in July – including plans to partially open the show to consumers – Messe München finally gave more details about the event, set for Jan. 23-26, 2022, in an official ...

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    SRAM integrates Time Sport into its manufacturing and distribution apparatus


    Last February, the U.S.-based SRAM Group acquired the pedal business of France’s Time Sport, a former property of the Rossignol Group , including all related patents. It subsequently set up a pedal manufacturing facility in Coimbra, Portugal. SRAM already manufactures SRAM chains and Zipp wheels in ...

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    Zwift partners with the inaugural triathlon Collins Cup


    The Professional Triathletes Organisation ( PTO ) has named Zwift as the official virtual training and events partner for the inaugural Collins Cup in 2021. The competition, scheduled to take place on Aug. 28 in the X-Bionic Sphere in Šamorín, Slovakia, is a new race format ...