Mammut Sports Group is responding to the tense situation in some of its core markets and pressure on margins in the outdoor sector. Effective Sept. 1, 2016, Mammut will close its climbing rope manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Seon, Switzerland.
The business, along with the machinery, will be sold to Teufelberger, an Austrian manufacturer of industrial ropes who was, until 15 years ago, owner of the Edelweiss brand of climbing ropes. Mammut will remain in charge of design, development, sales and marketing of the Mammut-branded, but Teufelberger-manufactured ropes.
To cut further expenses, the Swiss outdoor company is merging the business leadership of its wholesale and retail/e-commerce. Stefan Merkt, already in charge of retail, will take on the new position of chief sales officer, which will include wholesale, effective Oct. 1, 2015. Andreas Kessler will hand over his responsibilities for wholesale and will be in charge of special duties until his departure.