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Recap: innovative materials breakfast meeting and partner presentations

The most recent innovation breakfast on materials took place on May 19, 2015. This key meeting provided OSV members, local stakeholders, and valuable international contacts the opportunity to meet an discuss different topics: plastics, textiles, eco-composites, etc. Below are all seven of the mornings expert presentations. > Presentation (in French) by Agro-Composites, a business association of companies with an expertise in bio-sourced eco-composites, > Presentation (in French) by AlterTex, a business network of companies for environmentally-responsible textiles, > Presentation (in French) by ARDI, for technology transfer from research labs to companies, > Presentation (in French) by Matériautech, a database of companies specializing in plastics and composites, > Presentation (in French) by Sporaltec, the health and sports cluster for the Rhône-Alpes region, > Presentation (in French) by Techtera, the innovation cluster for textile and flexible materials, > Présentation (in French) by Unitex, an association of textile companies. + Information: claire(at)outdoorsportsvalley.org

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Laurent Vanat releases his annual report on ski resort visits worldwide

Every year, Laurent Vanat shares his ski resort expertise. While manufacturers typical focus on retail data for winter sports equipment sales, Laurent has been working hard for at least the last 7 years to provide us with accurate figures on skier visits worldwide. His international report on mountain resorts has without a doubt become the bible for the industry. The 7th edition of the "International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism" was published in April, based on data collected during the 2013-2014 ski season. The report covers 60 countries, which represent 99.8% of the total market volume. Here are a few key worldwide figures from the report: >> 2000 ski resorts >> 6 million beds >> 400 million skier visits in total per year Despite the magnitude of these figures, it is important to understand that most major markets have been stagnating for years. Several markets even show a decline, such as the US, Italy, Switzerland or France. The aging population in addition to the limited number of new skiers from emerging markets has accelerated this phenomenon. The skiing populations in Europe and North America need to start teaching their children how to ski! Below are a few examples of the graphs and charts you will find in the report:

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Register for the upcoming OSV General Assembly

Jean-Luc Diard, OSV President, the entire Board of Directors, and the OSV executive team are proud to invite you to the 6th Outdoor Sports Valley General Assembly, which will take place on June 12, 2015, at 16:30 (4:30pm), at Fondation Merieux’s Les Pensières Conference Center in the town of Veyrier-du-Lac. The General Assembly is an important event on the OSV calendar. Above and beyond presenting the official business and financial activity reports for 2014, it is also the opportunity for OSV members to learn more about the association's achievements and future goals, as well as to meet and exchange ideas in a warm and friendly atmosphere. In addition, a change in the associations bylaws requires that at least half of all member companies be present; we are counting on you to attend. The program for the 6th General Assembly: - The ordinary General Assembly, presenting the 2014 balance sheet, the business and financial activity reports; - An extraordinary General Assembly to change the association's bylaws in order to remain in line with the latest changes in the association; - Present the upcoming changes and perspectives for the association in 2015 and beyond; - Present the startups to be mentored by OSV in 2015-16 and the selected "Proud Member of OSV"; - Questions and discussion; - Cocktail reception. To register for the General Assembly, please fill out and return the invitation (click here to download) by Friday, May 29, and send to contact(a)outdoorsportsvalley.org or by regular mail to the following address: Outdoor Sports Valley, 6 Bis Avenue des Iles, 74000 Annecy. If you are unable to attend the event, please provide us with the name of the person you formally authorize to vote in your absence, by using the template included in the official notification (click here to download). For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at contact(at)outdoorsportsvalley.org or by calling +33 (0)4 50 67 53 91.

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[Report] OSV trade show support at ISPO Munich 2015: stats, photos, video, review…

From February 5-8, 2015, OSV was at ISPO Munich to provide trade show support to 45 French companies in the outdoor sports industry as part of the Camp de Base, organized in close partnership with Sporaltec and the Rhône-Alpes Region. Here is a full report on this flagship event for the outdoor sports industry: Photos and video of ISPO Munich 2015 + Read through the trade-show magazine published by OSV for the event.

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Calendar

MAXI RACE

MAXI RACE

Friday 29 may - Sunday 31 may
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TEXTIVAL

TEXTIVAL

Tuesday 09 jun - Monday 09 mar
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OSV GENERAL ASSEMBLY

OSV GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Friday 12 jun
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Corporate Games

Corporate Games

Friday 03 jul - Sunday 05 jul
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outdoor show

outdoor show

Wednesday 15 jul - Saturday 18 jul
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OUTDOOR SPORTS VALLEY - OSV

"Outdoor Sports Valley - OSV" designates both a region and industry cluster dedicated to outdoor sports. This region covers the entire Alps and ecompasses thousands of employees who work in the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planet’s most unique playgrounds.

The Outdoor Sports Valley concept, developed in Annecy in 2009, became an official association in 2010, and a certified industry cluster (Grappe d'Entreprises) in 2011 by the French state (DATAR). Annecy, exceptional geographic and strategic location, is the official capital of the Outdoor Sports Valley.

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