Our Durability Mission!

 

As a ski manufacturer, protecting the global ecosystem is more important than ever for Völkl. Winter sports are disproportionately impacted by the growing burden on the environment and natural world, and depend on protecting the “white gold” found in the mountains. We at Völkl, the last remaining ski manufacturer in Germany, see protecting the environment as our responsibility, which is why sustainability and resource efficiency are so important to us. From the sourcing of raw materials and production to the use of our products and disposal – our efforts to be sustainable cover the entire life cycle of our products.

Sourcing and processing of raw materials

 

Starting in the first stage in a ski’s life cycle – the sourcing and processing of raw materials – we put a premium on sustainability, relying on alliances with hand-chosen local partners. The raw materials we use come from 100% European sources. For example, the wood used to make our skis comes exclusively from European FSC- and PEFC-certified renewable sources. Our suppliers recycle 100% 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.
We 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.

Pre-production of prototypes


The “Made in Germany” quality promise means Völkl skis must meet high standards. Living up to them requires years of development, including extensive testing and optimisation of prototypes. The use of recycled and residual materials, along with misprinted surface materials, reduces waste in this stage of production. To keep prototype production to a minimum – and reduce our use of resources – we also often simulate the design of a new ski only using a computer. We assess our production processes annually to identify opportunities for optimisation, thereby keeping waste to a minimum without compromising on quality.

Pre-production of prototypes


The “Made in Germany” quality promise means Völkl skis must meet high standards. Living up to them requires years of development, including extensive testing and optimisation of prototypes. The use of recycled and residual materials, along with misprinted surface materials, reduces waste in this stage of production. To keep prototype production to a minimum – and reduce our use of resources – we also often simulate the design of a new ski only using a computer. We assess our production processes annually to identify opportunities for optimisation, thereby keeping waste to a minimum without compromising on quality.

Pre-production of prototypes


The “Made in Germany” quality promise means Völkl skis must meet high standards. Living up to them requires years of development, including extensive testing and optimisation of prototypes. The use of recycled and residual materials, along with misprinted surface materials, reduces waste in this stage of production. To keep prototype production to a minimum – and reduce our use of resources – we also often simulate the design of a new ski only using a computer. We assess our production processes annually to identify opportunities for optimisation, thereby keeping waste to a minimum without compromising on quality.

Pre-production of prototypes


The “Made in Germany” quality promise means Völkl skis must meet high standards. Living up to them requires years of development, including extensive testing and optimisation of prototypes. The use of recycled and residual materials, along with misprinted surface materials, reduces waste in this stage of production. To keep prototype production to a minimum – and reduce our use of resources – we also often simulate the design of a new ski only using a computer. We assess our production processes annually to identify opportunities for optimisation, thereby keeping waste to a minimum without compromising on quality.

Production

 

Our main Völkl factory in Straubing is one of the world’s most advanced ski production plants. The German location and “Made in Germany” quality promise allow us to directly control working conditions, contribute to regional value chains and support the EU economy.

The energy management system at our factory in Straubing is certified according to DIN ISO 50001. In the interests of clean production, we have significantly reduced the use of poisonous and hazardous substances at Völkl, and we 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 us to reduce water consumption by almost 50%. Recycled materials, such as steel edges and coatings, generally play an important role. Up to 28% of our skis are now made from recycled or sustainably produced materials.

Production

 

Our main Völkl factory in Straubing is one of the world’s most advanced ski production plants. The German location and “Made in Germany” quality promise allow us to directly control working conditions, contribute to regional value chains and support the EU economy.

The energy management system at our factory in Straubing is certified according to DIN ISO 50001. In the interests of clean production, we have significantly reduced the use of poisonous and hazardous substances at Völkl, and we 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 us to reduce water consumption by almost 50%. Recycled materials, such as steel edges and coatings, generally play an important role. Up to 28% of our skis are now made from recycled or sustainably produced materials.

Production

 

Our main Völkl factory in Straubing is one of the world’s most advanced ski production plants. The German location and “Made in Germany” quality promise allow us to directly control working conditions, contribute to regional value chains and support the EU economy.

The energy management system at our factory in Straubing is certified according to DIN ISO 50001. In the interests of clean production, we have significantly reduced the use of poisonous and hazardous substances at Völkl, and we 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 us to reduce water consumption by almost 50%. Recycled materials, such as steel edges and coatings, generally play an important role. Up to 28% of our skis are now made from recycled or sustainably produced materials.

USE AND DISPOSAL

 

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.
We work 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.

DISTRIBUTION

 

Reusable, returnable packing is also used to distribute our products. Where cardboard packaging is required, we use sustainable products made of 75 percent recycled, FSC-certified paper from responsibly managed forests.

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