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The Lower Bavarian family business Völkl combines high-tech innovation with German craftsmanship

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As one of the few, the company develops and produces the majority of its skis in Germany. Völkl is particularly present in the racing sector, which has won many World Cup successes and Olympic medals. But Völkl is also very strong off-piste. A wide selection of touring and freeride skis delights all those worldwide who like to spend their winter in powder. Thanks to his close cooperation with top athletes from the racing sector, as well as freeriders, technologies and innovations are continuously developed and optimized.


VÖLKL: “WE PRODUCE WHERE WE LIVE AND SKIING”

Founded in the 18th century by Mr. Georg Völkl, Völkl initially produced carriages, boats and sledges. In 1923 the first alpine ski was developed and series production started a few years later. Even today Völkl manufactures its skis in Straubing, Bavaria. As a result, the company is not only close to the mountains, but also shows a sense of responsibility and promises its customers German quality and tradition.


Today Völkl is one of the leading manufacturers of skis. The product range includes skis from all branches of winter sports. In addition, ski poles, touring skins, backpacks and bags complement the equipment for this sport.


The brand's hobbyhorse is his racing skis, because not only World Cup athletes shine with the Racetiger series! With a wide range of radii, waists and technologies, the manufacturer offers every sporty skier the right ski for the slopes. The RTM is particularly popular as an all-mountain ski. This is equipped with Völkl's latest innovation - the 3D.Glass - which enhances edge grip and lively rebound in every swing. With its freeride, freestyle and touring skis, Völkl guarantees the best quality and the latest technologies. The touring series VTA offers skis with a middle width of 80 to 108mm. This means that all tourers are well catered for, regardless of whether they prefer narrow and agile or better a little wider for endless deep snow fun.

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Sustainability is our responsibility

Starting in the first stage in a ski’s life cycle – the sourcing and processing of raw materials – Völkl put a premium on sustainability, relying on alliances with hand-chosen local partners. The raw materials they use come from 100 percent European sources. For example, the wood used to make the skis comes exclusively from European FSC- and PEFC-certified renewable sources. The suppliers recycle 100 percent of the wood that cannot be used in ski production, for example to generate electricity, or by suppliers giving it directly to local farmers in the form of sawdust.


They transport the individual raw materials used in production in returnable wooden packaging without film wrapping that is reusable and sustainable. The location of the Völkl factory in Straubing, Germany, allows for short transport routes, reducing emissions of pollutants. The main Völkl factory in Straubing is one of the world’s most advanced ski production plants. The energy management system at the factory in Straubing is certified according to DIN ISO 50001. In the interests of clean production, Völkl has significantly reduced the use of poisonous and hazardous substances, and they have completely eliminated them from many stages of production. For example, the hazardous substance dichloromethane (DCM) is no longer used in the production process. The recirculation of grinding water has allowed to reduce water consumption by almost 50 percent. Recycled materials, such as steel edges and coatings, generally play an important role. Up to 28 percent of the skis are now made from recycled or sustainably produced materials.


Völkl’s high-quality, long-lasting products are a key element of our efforts to be sustainable. This is complemented by a complaint processing and repair service in Straubing, which prevents the disposal of an entire product by replacing individual parts, thereby reducing the use of materials. Völkl works closely with certified regional waste disposal service providers and put great emphasis on the extensive reuse and recycling of individual materials including aluminium chips, steel, paper and wood.

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