Did you know that...?
... some 2000 prototypes per year are handcrafted at Völkl before a ski collection is ready to go into production?
... Franz Völkl made the first skis – called Vöstras in those days – back in 1923?
... a total of roughly 125 steps are involved in turning out a finished ski?
... a Völkl ski is made up of up to 50 different parts?
... the ski with the striking chevron (double-V) logo is marketed and sold in nearly 40 different countries?
... Völkl ranks 4th among the world's ski makers, but is number 1 in premium products?
... there's only 1 major ski manufacturer left in Germany: Völkl!
Our Plant in Straubing, Bavaria
Welcome to the World of Völkl! Our parent plant in Straubing, Bavaria is one of the most modern ski-making facilities in the world. This is a place where high tech and craftsmanship dovetail, where innovation and tradition fuse. Uncompromising skis for World Cup skiing are manufactured here – along with fine-tuned premium ski models for recreational skiing. Everything here hinges on the proverbial hundredth of a millimetre that makes the difference between a run-of-the-mill ski and a Völkl ski.
To learn more about how Völkl skis are made take a virtual peek behind the scenes at our factory; or better yet, call for a tour of our facilities (Tel. +49-9421-320-0).
I'm looking forward to your visit either way.
Helmut Jakoby, Head of Production
Before production can be initiated, several months of development work by Völkl engineers are necessary.
2 Goods In
Storage of wood, polyethylene and edges.
The pre-fabricated edges are subjected to additional in-house processing and refinement.
4 "Paternoster" (vertical carousel system)
This is our ingenious storage system for bases in all widths and thicknesses.
5 Aluminium titanium sheets
Aluminium titanium sheets are cut and milled into the required lengths and widths.
6 Smile for the camera
Printing screens must first be output to film by the in-house graphics department.
A multiple-stage screen-printing process is used to apply the individual colours to the surface plates.
8 Caution, cutting!
A fully automated USS cutter works filigree motifs into the ski bases.
The printing on the tops is now completed and these are cut to the right width.
10 Wood cores
Our modern wood-milling department builds sidecuts and vertical shaping into the wood cores down to millimetre precision.
All "cut-in elements" are manually worked into the bases.
12 Ready to go
Based on the order, all components that distinguish one ski from another are precisely arranged and organized in small batches on a trolley.
13 The heart of the matter:
"Sandwich construction" involves the application of resin on each part of the individual components that are then pressed into a mould.
14 Heavy pressure:
All components are baked together in the ski press at 100 °C and 9 bars of pressure for 36 minutes.
15 Contour cut
A fully automated contour mill cuts out the exact contour of the ski.
16 The grind
First the machine and then the knowing hand of the expert are used to grind the ski to perfection.
17 Installation of the tip
Once polished to completion, the familiar ski protector cap is then mounted.
Völkl's policy is that every individual pair of skis has to be checked for pre-stress and warping down to the hundredth of a millimetre.
19 In the queue
First wait, and then test. Each individual ski is mounted to a rail and subjected to a flex test.
20 Final check
All of our skis are inspected for 100% technical and optical perfection before being sent to the packing station for labelling and packaging for shipment.