Investment company Findos Investor has acquired Germany-based company Maier Sports GmbH & Co. KG with its brands Maier Sports and Gonso. Maier Sports manufactures clothing for outdoor sports and skiing; Gonso produces bikewear. The acquisition is said to lead the way towards expansion and the broadening of the business segment for both brands.

According to the new investors, the sites of Köngen and Albstadt will be retained. All employee and employer rights and obligations will equally remain unchanged, with the effect that Maier Sports and Gonso will continue to trade as independent companies. It is anticipated that the management board will relinquish control at the start of 2012. Gerhard Maier, Managing Partner, will accompany this process before his retirement.

Findos Investor will continue to strategically further develop Maier Sports und Gonso. A solid market position in Germany will thus give rise to new business segments, including expansion in new markets. Findos Investor: “We view it as a stroke of luck that we were able to acquire Maier Sports GmbH, a solidly and strongly growing company in the outdoor, bike and skiwear segment. In recent years, the Swabian company has achieved an outstanding basis for attractive and profitable growth.”

Gerhard Maier: “With Findos, Maier Sports is gaining an investor that is consolidating the capital, competence and network from a first-class German family business. I am therefore convinced that Maier Sports GmbH will be able to retain its company philosophy and simultaneously undergo strategic further development.”

2010 saw the manufacturer from the Swabian district of Köngen, family-owned since 1938, increasing its turnover by a lofty 23%. Maier Sports therewith concluded the best financial year in the company’s history. The company is looking forward to a promising future, since 2009 already saw a double-digit increase in turnover and the pre-order figures permit very positive conclusions to be drawn about the financial year 2011.