Here is a positive announcement from the kayak manufacturing industry. Swedish company, Point65°N has announced that it will be moving the production of their Apollo and Snap OnTop kayaks from their current manufacturing plant in China to Roth Global Plastics manufacturing facility in Syracuse, NY.
From the press release:
“Roth Global Plastics is excited to be manufacturing kayaks for Point65°N”, says John Pezzi, the company’s Vice President of Plant Operations. “It’s rare that foreign companies bring manufacturing into theUnited Statesand we are thrilled to be a part of it. The seasonality of the recreational water sports is perfectly counter-cyclical to that of our septic tank manufacturing business and helps keep the facility at a higher overall level of utilization throughout the year.”
You can find more information about the announcement here.
Nigel was in China with the staff and owner of Point 65 Kayaks for the official opening of their manufacturing factory over there.
After the festivities (and their last day in China), somebody got the bright idea of going on a night paddle down "The Bund" which is part of the Huangpu River. As far as they knew nobody had ever kayaked along that section before.
Things were good but then two police boats saw them and flagged them down with a search light. After being told to get off the water and come aboard, they had to call their lawyer in China who negotiated their release over a cell phone.
Luckily they were able to still make their flights back home!
How is that for a dynamic, sensational headline!
Full Story and Photo Credit: Point 65 Blog
Richard, the founder of Scandinavian kayak company Point 65 runs a very interesting blog. He is one of the few outdoor industry owners who runs their own blog and he always brings an interesting perspective of life on his side of the desk.
Today he posted an interesting article that you should read. To summarize, it seems that a small Swedish kayak manufacture is threatening to sue another kayak importer because the stripe on their kayaks are too similar.
He doesn't name any names but you can read into it and probably hazard a good guess.
Of course every issue has two sides of the story so if anybody knows more details on this burning issue, I would love to hear it.