Tecnica Group has appointed Rainer Vetter as managing director of Tecnica Group Austria, with responsibility for all sales and marketing activities in Austria. The Italian company says that he will also work directly with the German sales management team for Tecnica, Blizzard, Nordica, Moon Boot and Rollerblade at Lowa, setting the stage for a future integrated approach to group sales in both Austria and Germany under a joint leadership. It seems clear from this statement that Tecnica is preparing the ground for the possible sale of Lowa, which has been handling the sales of many of its brands in Germany and Austria, but the statement points out that Lowa will continue to handle and invoice all orders for the German market. Vetter, who was formerly associated with the Tecnica Group in 2002-05 as president of Marker Japan, will be based at Blizzard's head office in Mittersill.