International Dealer News IDN 143 June/July 2018 - Page 17

news ROOM REV’IT! on the move Netherlands based apparel specialist REV’IT! has announced that it is to leave the current headquarters at Oss (where it has been located since 2000) and move to the new head office in the third quarter of 2019 to a visible location right next to the A59 motorway in Oss. The property will consist of 3,600 square meters of office space and 5,400 square meters of warehouse space. Over the years, the design company that specialises in creating high-quality technical motorcycle clothing, has continued to evolve. Ivan Vos, Managing Director at REV’IT!, explained the decision to relocate: “Since 2000, we have grown enormously, so this is a logical step that also fits our vision and current position in the market.” T he REV’IT! team has been expanding every year: “At the NEWS BRIEFS Parts Unlimited has added U.S. distribution of the popular and fast- growing U.K. based ‘Muc-Off’ three-stage “clean, protect, lube” line of motorcycle detailing products. moment, about 90 employees work at REV’IT!, 80 of which are at the head office in Oss. In 2017, we added 22 employees to our team, and we expect to expand further in the coming years. We want to create a nice workplace for everyone, and architectural firm cepezed have given us a well thought out plan. There will also be enough room for relaxation in a restaurant, a lounge and a sports club. “The new building will be a reflection of our core values…design, performance and innovation. Central to this is the enormous responsibility we feel for the safety and well- being of the motorcyclist. Furthermore, a B2B showroom is included, and we are expanding our own laboratory where we test materials and products scientifically. “As a brand, we want to inspire people to ride motorcycles and facilitate a passion - we expect our new building to reflect this ambition.” New iXS Managing Director Swiss apparel to bikes (Yamaha), tyres and parts manufacturer, brand owner and distributor Hostettler AG has announced a change in its leadership, with Anselm Zessler named as Managing Director (effective 1 January) of its iXS own brand apparel and Motochic third party distribution divisions. Zessler joined Hostettler in 2016 and previously served as Head of Research & Development for iXS, overseeing the launch of several innovative new programmes. “In the first quarter of 2018, iXS will launch an entirely new, CE-certified collection of motorcycle apparel, providing security for the business,” said Zessler. “This collection offers new and innovative solutions in iXS’s core competency concerning the PERFECT FIT. “It includes the Montevideo Touring & Adventure collection, which recently received the internationally recognised ‘Red Dot Award’ in the category ‘Travel’. Also new is the RS- 1000 sports line, featuring coloured slider elements for motorcycle outfits. These elements are interchangeable and meet customers’ requests for colours matching their motorcycles and/or helmets.” DP Brakes has introduced new RDP X-Race titanium sintered brake pads for the R3, RC390, CBR300 and Ninja 250/300/400 models. The company says that while maintaining the traditional fade-free, quiet and dust-free stopping power that DP Brake pads are known for, the new fitments deliver “new levels of racing performance, excellent feel and a high-tech ceramic heat shield backing”. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has been selected as the new chairman of the Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers Association. Formerly known as the GPMA and established in 1992 to represent the interests of manufacturers with the FIM and other race series stake holders, this is the first time a Ducati executive has held the position. BMW has been awarded the 2018 JEC Innovation Award in the Leisure and Sports category for the development and manufacture of a carbon fibre rear swingarm (as used on its HP4 race bike). Established in 1996, the JEC Group is described as “the world’s leading specialist organisation for the development, manufacture and processing of composite materials”. Hamburg based German retail multiple Detlev Louis is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Bought by U.S. investor Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska headquartered Berkshire Hathway investment conglomerate in 2015, Louis started out as a motorcycle enthusiasts’ shop in Hamburg in 1938 and today has more than 80 stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with online retail operations throughout Europe.