From our shoes to our shirts, we are finding pretty much everything we rely on in our daily lives is now outsourced to a far off place. Don’t think for a second that snowboards are immune to globalization. Outsourcing production to places like China, Taiwan, Indonesia and some areas in Europe seem to be the norm these days. We talked about how if the future of snowboarding was going to be localized now we take a look at why snowboard companies are sending their creations to be produced abroad.
We linked up with Sean Genovese from DWD (Dinosaurs Will Die) which is based out of Canada (Vancouver area) to weigh in on why a Canadian company would look to the rest of the world to produce their snow navigators.
Why get the boards done in another country?
Geno : Cost and quality. There aren’t very many proven OEM manufacturers left in North America that can keep reasonable pricing and produce quality product at volume. This isn’t to say that cheaper is the goal… just reasonable.
Benefits of doing this?
Geno: I can’t speak for having boards made in China, but the benefits of having them made in Europe for us, is tried and true production quality.
Will outsourcing be the future for most snowboard companies?
Geno: There’s room for it to go either way. But if boards are going to be made domestically and the cost to produce is going to be higher, the product must reflect that with superior quality.
Maybe outsourcing production will continue to be the go-to for snowboard companies (face it, it’s been tried and tested for years). We have seen factories overseas develop over the years and have seen dramatic improvements on quality control (anyone remember the first Forums that came out?), have the ability to pump out large quantities of boards, and see the environmental impact of the factories decrease (with the use of recycling practices, bio resins, less materials, etc)
Along with Dinosaurs Will Die many companies that call the great white north home get there goods built elsewhere. Stepchild, Yes, Endeavour (to name a few) get their boards made respectively overseas.
With the rising price of fuel, the race for finite resources, global instability, the economy, flesh eating disease, gaper syndrome, or just going too huge it is a world of an uncertain future. On the other side of the fence we see renewable energy, recycling, sustainable practices, a cure for flesh eating disease, gapers turn pro and people going too huge and catching the unseen tranny.
Our future can go either way. And the same goes with snowboard production.