Shimano has extended its distribution agreement with Down South Trading (DST) to include the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) territory.
The GCC region includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - except Iraq.
In an announcement this morning, Shimano said the partnership begins on October 1, 2020, and will strengthen availability, warranty and repair services for Shimano products in these markets.
“The DST team has extensive knowledge and experience in trading in the GCC market,” said Akira Koshimizu, Managing Director of Shimano Europe Fishing Tackle Division. “This can only strengthen our distribution channels, which will lead to a better brand presence in the GCC area.
“It will ensure the avid angler can enjoy a wider choice of Shimano products, with reliable after-sales service for the Shimano brand.”
DST’s Gary Pledger said: “Our team has had many years’ experience of trading in this territory and we have built up some great trading relations with some enthusiastic and knowledgeable dealers in that area, many of them already loyal Shimano ambassadors.
“We have no doubt that we will be able to satisfy the demands of the keen angler in the area with a wide range of Shimano products, namely Shimano reels, rods and accessories as well as G. Loomis and PowerPro.”.. Continue Reading
Normark Scandinavia, part of the Rapala VMC Corporation, is to close its warehouse operations in Sweden and transfer the distribution business to Estonia.
The company used to distribute Shimano and its Power Pro and G. Loomis brands before the agreement between the Japanese manufacturer and Rapala came to an end.
Negotiations have already begun with unions representing the 20 or so employees impacted by the closure of the warehouse which is based in Malung. Normark Scandinavia’s sales and marketing activities in Sweden are almost unaffected by the change.
“Our operations in Malung are well functioning, but we clearly see that centralisation can give our retailers wider access to our products and also deliver reduced costs for warehousing and logistics,” Morten Fredriksen, CEO of Normark Scandinavia, said.
He added that the transfer of the warehouse activities has been triggered by a number of events, including the cessation of the Shimano agreement and the loss of the distribution of two major hunting brands. The Estonian warehouse is also closer to many of Rapala's manufacturing facilities in Europe.
Normark’s relocation will begin with the transfer of stock in November and December in readiness for the start of the new season next year... Continue Reading
The organiser of the world’s largest carp fishing show has described his disappointment at calling off next year’s event because of the ongoing health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next year’s 25th anniversary Carp Zwolle was due to move to a larger location at Brabanthallen in the Dutch town of ’s-Hertogenbosch in January and be renamed Carp Den Bosch.
But instead of preparing for the biggest show in its history, organiser and founder of the event Mick Paine has pulled the plug on it. He told Angling International: “Having to cancel the show is a huge disappointment, but the continuing uncertainty caused by the pandemic really gave me no choice.
“The situation is changing daily regarding things like travel and border controls across Europe and I did not think it was fair to keep people waiting until a few weeks prior to the show before making a decision. Everyone was waiting for me to make a call and I felt it was best to do it early. My heart would not have been in it. It was not worth the risk – I would never forgive myself if someone got COVID-19 at the show.”
Paine added that shows are currently allowed in Holland, but that the restrictions imposed made it ‘impossible logistically’. He is looking at the option of organising a virtual event next year before reinstating the physical event in 2022. “Hopefully a vaccine..Continue Reading
A major recreational fishing boat maker has been invited to The White House for the fourth annual Made in America celebration.
President Donald Trump has invited 50 businesses from across the country to the event next month to showcase their products, including the Correct Craft companies, Parker Boats and Nautique Boat Company.
Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft, said: “Our team is thrilled to represent not only our industry, but also Florida and North Carolina in The White House. We build uniquely American-made products which are sold throughout the US and dozens of countries across the world. Our American-made quality is second to none.
“I look forward to sharing the story of our company and boats with the President, Vice President and other officials. I am certain they will be impressed. Our Parker and Nautique teams could not be more excited to show off our product at The White House.”
Parker Boats builds premium offshore and inshore fishing boats in Beaufort, NC... Continue Reading
US bait and tackle supplier Magic Products has been acquired by The Metal Ware Corporation, a manufacturer specialising in deep draw and metal stamping.
Both companies are located in Wisconsin. Bait production will remain in Amherst Junction, with distribution moving to the new owner’s central distribution centre in Two Rivers.
“Magic Products will join Metal Ware’s expansive fish and game processing equipment, most notably under the CHARD Products and Open Country brands,” said an announcement from Metal Ware yesterday.
Magic Products makes worm bedding, bait containers and fish attractants, as well as an extensive line of fishing bait accessories. The company was founded in the late Fifties by George Sroda, who came to light on the Sixties and Seventies talk show circuit with Herman the Worm, a 16-inch earthworm trained to shoot basketballs and which featured in the Herman the Worm book series.
Sroda sold the business in 1975 to Donn Schwarze. The product line was expanded and the name changed to Magic Products Inc. Schwarze’s daughter, Michell Branham, has run the business since 2003.
“We are pleased to add the Magic brand to our extensive line of outdoor gear,” said Metal Ware Corp. CEO Rick Carey. “We will continue to stay focused on providing high quality products that allow our customers to enjoy their time in the outdoors.”
The Metal Ware Corp., which also specialises in rotational moulding..Continue Reading
An Australian company has secured $356,500 funding to develop a dual lens fishing camera which it hopes will sell 2.8 million units worldwide over the next decade.
Siren Cameras, based in Brisbane, has been successful in securing the funding from the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) in what has been described as a ‘game changing development’ for the business.
In collaboration with the project partners, Siren Cameras has designed and patented a bespoke dual lens, floating action camera. Unlike current products available on the market, its novel attachment design means the buoyant camera does not need to be tied to the fishing line.
Siren’s unit clips over the line and reduces the chance of loss due to the line snapping between the camera and fishing rod.
Phil West, co-founder of Siren Cameras, said that the financial contribution is designed to advance multiple areas of its product offering, across design, technology, mobile applications and advertisement capabilities.
‘With the vast manufacturing knowledge and network of the AMGC, we’ll develop Siren to cutting-edge standards from right here in Australia and will proceed to enhance our legal position further, expanding and strengthening our IP rights across all our primary markets.
“I am personally grateful for the confidence the AMGC has shown in Siren Cameras. The assessment process and..Continue Reading
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