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Katadyn Water Talk 01/2014

Letter from the CEO

Did you know?

Now at retail: Optimus Elektra FE Cook System, Crux Lite Piezo Gas Stove …

... and the new accessories from Optimus

CEO Product Test at the Kilimanjaro

Get your Klean Kanteen bottle now

Marketing & Events

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

The Katadyn Group at ISPO

Katadyn Germany at “boot” show 2014

Katadyn Germany at the Zagreb Boat Show

Katadyn Germany at IWA OutdoorClassics

“Trek'n Eat Restaurant” at Lauche & Maas winter get-together

Markets & Customers

New Address for Swisspro/Katadyn Singapore

140 Katadyn Combi and 70 Optimus Nova for French mountain infantry

Pharmavoyage launches new first aid case

Success at 6,000 meters with the heart of a stranger

Winter camp DAV men’s expedition team

Caro North und team successful in Cochamo/Chile

Globetrotter Dresden apprentices on tour

5 months, 5 countries: Parental leave in a camper van

Production of UVC lamps in Switzerland kicks off successfully

Katadyn Company News

Ski day for Katadyn Switzerland

E-Mail Address for Sales Inquiries

Calendar 2014

Contact







© 2014 Katadyn Products Inc.

Letter from the CEO

 

Dear friends of Katadyn,  

 

Are you already in the starting blocks for spring? Then it’s high time to fetch your outdoor gear out of the cellar or garage and give it a once-over. Did you think about cleaning your water filter and letting it air dry thoroughly before storing it? Does your stove burn without a problem, or do you need to take a look at the fuel nozzles and rubber gaskets? And, last but not least, don’t forget to get your body moving after the long slow winter. Head outdoors. Enjoy the birds chirping. Take in nature as it awakens from its winter slumber. Getting out for a walk or run 2-3 times per week will get you going again well.

 

At the Katadyn Group, we are already prepared for the outdoor season. Production has been going at full speed for the last few weeks, and our subsidiaries and distribution partners are prepared to deliver right on time. Once again, our Kaizen philosophy helps us along the way with its realistic and real-time planning as well as clearly defined processes. You too can help us further improve. We look forward to your feedback!

 

Trix Ammann

CEO


Did you know?


Now at retail: Optimus Elektra FE Cook System, Crux Lite Piezo Gas Stove …

Now at retail: Optimus Elektra FE Cook System, Crux Lite Piezo Gas Stove …

Available now at retail are the new Elektra FE Cook System and the Crux Lite Piezo Gas Stove from Optimus. The Elektra FE Cook System wins you over in particular with its cooking efficiency and compact construction. A “must-have” for weight-shaving enthusiasts who find it important to save time and fuel when cooking. Find out more about how the Optimus Elektra FE Cook System works by watching our product video here.


... and the new accessories from Optimus

Now at retail: Optimus Elektra FE Cook System, Crux Lite Piezo Gas Stove and the new accessories from Optimus

Also hitting the shelves of our specialty dealers all around the world are the new accessories from Optimus that – although small but indeed powerful -- ensure special outdoor cooking experiences. For example, there are the new outdoor spoons with an extra long handle so you can eat your meal even more pleasurably directly from the pouch. With the Sliding Long Spoon and the Folding Ti Long Spoon made of Titanium you’ll certainly never burn a finger again. See more about all of the new products from Optimus here.  


CEO Product Test at the Kilimanjaro

CEO Product Test at the Kilimanjaro

At the beginning of this year, Katadyn CEO Trix Ammann tested the Optimus (S)EAT at the Kilimanjaro. Her verdict: The Optimus (S)EAT performs great in the mountains. A tour without (S)EAT is simply cold and uncomfortable.


Get your Klean Kanteen bottle now

Get your Klean Kanteen bottle now

The great bottles from Klean Kanteen are available in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland through Katadyn as of Jan. 1, 2014. BPA-free and made of a high-quality stainless steel, these products from Klean Kanteen are a healthy, safe and, in particular, an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic or coated aluminum water bottles.  


Marketing & Events


Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

Katadyn at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City

Traffic was huge at Katadyn North America’s booth at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, (Jan. 22-25, 2014). Specialty dealers come from all over the United States to find out more about new products. The Elektra FE Cook System, the Crux Lite Piezo Gas Stove, and all of the many practical accessories from Optimus were particularly interesting to the retailers. Accessories included the Optimus Burny, the Clip-On Windscreen, the Optimus (S)EAT, and the Optimus BOB. Visitors to Katadyn North America’s booth were also able to enjoy the tasty outdoor meals from AlpineAire and Natural High (only available in the United States). The brands have been part of the Katadyn Group since the end of 2012. More and more specialty retailers in the United States offer all of the Katadyn Group brands in their shops. When it comes to portable water filters, Katadyn remains the market leader.


The Katadyn Group at ISPO

The Katadyn Group at ISPO

For the second time, the Katadyn Group had a booth at the ISPO show in Munich, Germany, from Jan 26-29. It proved once again that ISPO, as the leading international trade show for sport business, remains a good platform to introduce our brands Katadyn, Optimus and Trek'n Eat to interested professionals in the trade. In addition to the new products from the Optimus family, we showed our water bottles and insulated containers of stainless steel from Klean Kanteen for the first time. Katadyn took over distribution of those products in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland as of Jan. 1, 2014.


Katadyn Germany at “boot” show 2014

Katadyn Germany at “boot”  show 2014

In January, Katadyn Germany and its distribution Partner Aquagiv won over attendees with their products for marine use at the 10-day “boot” boat show in Düsseldorf. Manual and electric desalinators by Katadyn are built for durability. Every unit is built and tested to meet and beat every performance standard. The desalinators are compact and simple to use. Various models are available to meet different needs. A desalinator simply cannot fail when a boat is at sea because only with it can you ensure the daily supply of fresh water. Katadyn Survivor and Katadyn PowerSurvivor desalinators have been tried-and-tested at sea for decades.


Katadyn Germany at the Zagreb Boat Show

Katadyn Germany at the Zagreb Boat Show

Approximately 16,000 attendees came to the Zagreb Boat Show this year from Feb. 19-23 in Croatia. This trade show is an established venue for everybody in the region who is interested in the latest trends in marine, boat, yachting and camping equipment. Katadyn Germany had a booth together with its Croatian partner Stal d.o.o. to show desalinators Katadyn Survivor and Katadyn PowerSurvivor.


Katadyn Germany at IWA OutdoorClassics

Katadyn Germany at IWA OutdoorClassics

Both Katadyn Germany and its partner JK Defence can look back again this year on yet another successful IWA show. The  IWA OutdoorClassics that ran from March 7-10 in Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading international trade show covering high-quality products and innovative ideas for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor activities, safety gear and law enforcement. The positive run of the show proved once again we are also able to supply this consumer segment well with our products from Katadyn, Optimus and Trek'n Eat.


“Trek'n Eat Restaurant” at Lauche & Maas winter get-together

“Trek'n Eat Restaurant” and Optimus stoves at Lauche & Maas winter get-together

Our German retail partner, Lauche & Maas, has put on an annual winter get-together in the beautiful Franconian forest in Northern Bavaria since 1992. The Effeltermühle area there at an elevation of about 600 meters (1,968 feet) is ideal with its campground. Plus, it is an area guaranteed to get snow, making it a great place for four days of a total outdoor experience. Temperatures dropped below zero this year, and participants once again had the chance to test outdoor products in a relaxed setting. Katadyn Germany offered the use of Optimus stoves and Trek’n Eat outdoor meals in the “Trek’n Eat Restaurant” for the event. Particularly interesting for attendees was the Optimus Vega gas stove that operates ideally even at very cold temperatures, thanks to its integrated four-season mode. Book your spot today for the next Lauche & Maas winter trip scheduled for Jan. 22-25, 2015.


Markets & Customers


New Address for Swisspro/Katadyn Singapore

New Address for Swisspro/Katadyn Singapore

Since early May, Katadyn Singapore/Swisspro has a new spacious location, expanded warehouse areas and a new showroom. The new address, which is quite close to the former office, is:

 

Swisspro Pte Ltd

Katadyn Singapore

15 Jalan Kilang Barat

Frontech Centre #06-01

Singapore 159357

Tel +65 6276 1005 / 6276 1504

Fax+65 6276 1006

info@swisspro.sg

www.swisspro.sg

www.katadyn.sg

 


140 Katadyn Combi and 70 Optimus Nova for French mountain infantry

140 Katadyn Combi and 70 Optimus Nova for French mountain infantry

Soldiers in the “Groupement de Commandos de Montagne” (GSM) are the elite of the French mountain infantry, at home in the high mountains and in extreme environments. Katadyn France early this year delivered 140 Katadyn Combi water filters and 70 Optimus Nova stoves to the mountain commando troops. When in the field, soldiers must be able to rely 100% on their equipment. The Katadyn Combi filter is part of the "Endurance" series from Katadyn. These products are especially long-lasting and durable, offering peace of mind in extreme conditions. The Optimus Nova has been used for years on expeditions. The single nozzle construction guarantees simplicity in use and enables use of the Optimus Nova all over the world in any conditions.


Pharmavoyage launches new first aid case

Pharmavoyage launches new first aid case

Our French brand Pharmavoyage, known for first-aid kits, mosquito nets and mosquito repellents, has launched a new first-aid kit in a plastic case. This small, yet robust little emergency kit is well suited not only for use when on the go (e.g. in the car or camper van) but also for permanent access (e.g. at a vacation cabin or at home). The set will be sold at retail with the name “Mini Box First Aid Kit.” Contents are more or less similar to the contents of current Pharmavoyage Mini Kit.


Success at 6,000 meters with the heart of a stranger

Success at 6,000 meters with the heart of a stranger

Paul Baudry was one of the winners of the Millet Expedition Project 2013, which Katadyn has supported for years with gear and consult. At age 51, he has now realized his dream of breaking the world record for high-altitude mountaineering as a heart transplant recipient. His successful expedition took place with two friends in Bolivia on Acotango (6,120 meters/20,078 feet). Thanks to a Katadyn Camp Filter, an Optimus Nova stove and Optimus cookware, he was always fully prepared with guaranteed clean drinking water and meal preparation equipment. Congratulations to Paul Baudry on his world record!


Winter camp DAV men’s expedition team

Winter camp DAV men’s expedition team with Katadyn, Optimus and Trek'n Eat

The young mountaineers on the DAV (German Alpine Club) have used Trek’n Eat meals, Optimus stoves and Katadyn water filters on the mountain for years. Early this year, the current members of the youthful team were successful on their latest expedition in the French ice. In the Hautes-Alpes, they climbed up frozen waterfalls, on mixed terrain, and over every conceivable variation thereof. As always, we are very pleased to be able to support the youth expedition team with our products on its tours.


Caro North und team successful in Cochamo/Chile

Caro North und team successful in Cochamo/Chile with Optimus and Trek'n Eat

Caro North, former member of the DAV women’s expedition team, had a go at the Cochamo granite walls with climbing friends from France and Chili – with success! The attempt up an unclimbed route turned out more difficult than thought, but they nevertheless found a perfect line in the end. Three days after starting out, they stood on the summit of Pared del Tiempo. They needed another three days to clean the route so it could be climbed again. As always, Caro relied on freeze-dried outdoor meals from Trek’n Eat, and stoves and accessories from Optimus. Click here to read a detailed report (German only).


Globetrotter Dresden apprentices on tour

Globetrotter Dresden apprentices on tour with Trek'n Eat

At German outfitter Globetrotter, trainees get to do more than just sit in on meetings. As part of the Apprentice Project, they organized an adventurous trek along the so-called “Harz Witches’ Trail” in the east. With 20-kilo (44-pound) packs on their backs, the young trainees put in about 15 kilometers (9 miles) a day for seven days. In their packs was a selection of tasty meals from Trek’n Eat to stoke up their strength for lunch and dinner. Their favorites sitting around the campfire were Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Spinach and Beef Stroganoff with Rice with the most popular being the Trek'n Eat Chocolate Mousse. Every participant discovered their own personal favorite over the course of the week.


5 months, 5 countries: Parental leave in a camper van

5 months, 5 countries: Parental leave in a camper van with built-in Katadyn Superdyn ceramic filter element

Travel was always a huge passion of Yvonne und Bastian from the German city of Leverkusen. When they had their son, Moritz, six months ago, it was immediately clear to them both how they wanted to use their maternity and paternity leaves. In mid-February, the young family headed out for Spain and Morocco in a Toyota Landcruiser. Drinking water on the trip was of course vital, particularly when a tiny baby was along too. Buying mineral water in PET bottles wasn’t an option for Yvonne and Bastian because of cost and their environmental ethos. After a little research, they decided to build a Katadyn Superdyn Filter Element into the water line of their vehicle. Flow rate may be somewhat less, but the family could make its own drinking water for the entire trip. The Katadyn Superdyn is a dual-stage filter element of microporous ceramic and a high-performance activated carbon block. Suspended solids and bacteria are retained on the ceramic surface without the use of chemicals. The inner activated carbon block not only adsorbs free chlorine and other organic contaminants that contribute to bad taste and odor but also reduces lead and other heavy metals. With it, nothing can stand in the way of a carefree parental leave on wheels!


Production of UVC lamps in Switzerland kicks off successfully

Production of UVC lamps in Switzerland kicks off successfully

Recently, the production of UVC lamps for our AQUAFIDES UVC Systems moved to our Katadyn headquarters in Switzerland. After an intensive period of installation and system adjustment, we could start production successfully. The Katadyn Group produces UV lights for its own systems as well as replacement lamps for all well-known brands. All orders and inquiries for UVC lamps should be sent directly to Harry Luchsinger, Aquafides Schweiz AG:

 

AQUAFIDES Schweiz AG

Harry Luchsinger

International Sales Manager

Pfäffikerstrasse 37

8310 Kemptthal

Switzerland

Tel +41 44 835 22 02 (direkt)

Tel +41 44 829 21 11 (Zentrale)

E-Mail harry.luchsinger@aquafides.ch

 


Katadyn Company News


Ski day for Katadyn Switzerland

Ski day for Katadyn Switzerland

The staff of Katadyn Products Inc. in Switzerland hit the slopes for a day of powder on Feb. 1. With fabulous snow conditions and nearly perfect weather, personnel had a relaxing day away from their workaday world. Whether skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing, the day offered something for everyone with plenty of time for interaction in an informal atmosphere.


E-Mail Address for Sales Inquiries

In order to ensure that your sales inquiries are answered as quickly as possible, we ask that you always use the general email for our inside sales team: sales.admin@katadyn.ch


Calendar 2014

·       Defence Services Asia (DSA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (April 14 - 17, 2014)

·       Eurosatory in Paris, France (June 16 - 20, 2014)

·       OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, Germany (July 10 - 13, 2014)

·       Aidex in Brussels, Belgium (November 12/13, 2014)

·       METS in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (November 18 - 20, 2014)


Contact

Swiss Water Talk
Viola Frey
Corporate Communications
Pfäffikerstrasse 37
8310 Kemptthal
Switzerland
Phone +41 44 839 21 16
Fax +41 44 839 21 99
viola.frey@katadyn.ch
www.katadyngroup.comhttp://www.katadyngroup.com/


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