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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

VAUDE focuses on "Made in Germany"

March 8, 2017 – Conception, development and manufacturing from a single source – in Germany. Since 1980 VAUDE has produced high quality backpacks, bike bags and lifestyle bags in Tettnang-Obereisenbach and is proud of its manufacturing facility at the company headquarters in southern Germany.

VAUDE’s new specialized production facility at its company headquarters in southern Germany, VAUDE Manufaktur, doesn’t look like a typical industrial building with its warm-toned, blond wood façade. The new production plant built by the outdoor outfitter began operation at the beginning of the year. The role that sustainability plays in the facility – as in the surrounding buildings – is unmistakable. Plenty of natural wood and energy-efficient strategies ensure a comfortable, healthy working space.

Our new VAUDE Manufaktur

42 employees have finally returned to the VAUDE Manufaktur at the company headquarters and are thrilled with the space. Due to a major fire in 2015, production had been temporarily moved to a rented production plant. Approximately 100,000 bike bags and backpacks are made in the 1,800 m² factory – utilizing craftsmanship that meets highly technological standards. VAUDE will continue to expand its “Made in Germany” production, which is growing by about 20 percent annually.

 
 
Antje von Dewitz

Antje von Dewitz, CEO VAUDE:

»We have deliberately chosen to strengthen production at our company headquarters and to invest in a new, highly specialized production facility which represents our values, our roots and our core competencies. We are proud of our "Made in Germany” products which are in high demand around the world," said Antje von Dewitz, VAUDE CEO. "We are also pleased that we can once again show the visitors on our company tours our own production facility as a highlight. Interest in the facility is enormous.«

 
 

Ecological wooden construction for wellbeing

As with its recently remodeled headquarters, VAUDE has attached great importance to a comfortable working environment, excellent lighting and a cafeteria in the new production facility. The building will soon feature a “green” roof contributing to biodiversity. LED lighting, triple glazing and high quality insulation all ensure high energy efficiency.

 
 
Erwin Gutensohn
 
 

Erwin Gutensohn, Head of Finance at VAUDE:

»To achieve its goals, we decided to build a wooden structure rather than a standard industrial building. "Vorarlberger Holzbaukunst" (Austrian wooden architecture).«

 
 

"Made in Germany" - environmentally friendly and long-lasting

At its Tettnang headquarters, VAUDE manufactures high-quality, long-lasting products featuring 100-percent waterproofing using high frequency welding methods. Each product is handcrafted on special machines involving about 20 steps. The craftsmanship of these products can be seen in the smallest details throughout the process which involves cutting pattern pieces, HF welding, sewing, quality control and packaging. To leave the smallest possible ecological footprint, production is 100% climate neutral and EMAS eco-certified.

"Made in Germany" - environmentally friendly and long-lasting

VAUDE completely sustains from using environmentally harmful PVC that is found in conventional tarpaulin. Instead, the company uses alternative materials that are environmentally friendly and just as waterproof. In terms of sustainable product development, VAUDE already takes the product’s lifespan and minimization of material waste into account at the beginning of the design phase.


 
 
Made in Germany - Logo

VAUDE „Made in Germany“

These are your advantages in detail:
VAUDE is climate neutral

The company headquarter in Obereisenbach and all products manufactured there are climate neutral.

0 % PVC

All bags produced in the VAUDE Manufaktur production facility are completely PVC-free. VAUDE deliberately refrains from using PVC, as its manufacturing and the plasticizers frequently used therein are problematic for people and for the environment.

Guaranteed Quality

VAUDE gives a 5-year guarantee on all “Made in Germany” products. High-frequency welding is used for waterproofing and these products are especially robust and durable.

From a VAUDE Classic to various citybags

Aqua pannier line

At the same time that the VAUDE Manufaktur began operation, the Aqua pannier line is heading into the new season with a complete re-launch. "Made in Germany" quality is what this successful VAUDE classic stands for. Aqua panniers made of durable, PVC-free, absolutely waterproof tarpaulin materials are reliable companions for any biking adventure, be it large or small. “Obereisenbach sends its greetings!” - for Summer 2017, VAUDE is manufacturing its latest bike bag collection, the Comyou series, directly at the South German headquarters in the quaint village of Obereisenbach, near Lake Constance. These four beautifully designed bags built for urban cyclists and bike commuters sport eye-catching looks that combine textile material with natural bamboo handles.

The VAUDE Packs' n Bags are ready for day-to-day demands, and represent modern-day, sustainable lifestyle choices, inspired by the mountains and the world around us. Packs 'n Bags are ready for day-to-day demands, and represent modern-day, sustainable lifestyle choices, inspired by the mountains and the world around us. VAUDE’s Made in Germany bag collection has been on the market for several years and is continually expanding. The latest additions are the Weiler bag, the Isny city pack, and the first two children’s backpacks, Schneck and Oy (named after mountain peaks in southern Germany).


 
 
Are you interested in our "Made in Germany-Collection"?


More about our bike and citybags - made in Germany, here


 
 

Impressions VAUDE Manufaktur

Click here! The major fire in 2015, the different construction phases of the new building and the opening of the new manufactory this year...
Major fire VAUDE Manufaktur 2015
Großbrand VAUDE Manufaktur 2015
Major fire VAUDE Manufaktur 2015
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
Major fire VAUDE Manufaktur 2015
Major fire VAUDE Manufaktur 2015
Major fire VAUDE Manufaktur 2015
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"
New VAUDE Manufaktur "Made in Germany"

Made in Germany. Made for adventure.

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