Motorcycle gear manufacturer Dainese has announced its plant to offer its enterprising D-Air technology to other race suit manufacturers, opening up the competition to the high-tech safety tech considered by many to be one of the best in the business.
The announcement immediately got the attention of some race suit manufacturers, two of which – Vircos and Furygan – have already signed up to incorporate the D-Air Armor in their products.
While some have pointed out that Dainese’s decision to effectively release its trade secrets could come back and bite the company, the move to offer D-Air technology to the competition is a win-win scenario for the business of personal rider protection in general. Not only do other companies gain access to the D-Air tech that allows them to use it for their own products, it also makes the whole business of rider protection much more credible.
There’s also a growing belief that this move was spearheaded by investment group Investcorp, which recently bought a majority stake into the company from founder Lino Dainese, in an attempt to build a stronger brand that can be counted on to not only create products that meet the highest safety standards of personal ride protection, but also make money by selling this technology to other companies.
It would be interesting to see how Dainese’s chief rival, Alpinestars, responds to this move. Don’t count on the latter signing up to use its rival’s gear anytime soon, but hearing that Dainese is trying to dominate the segment by offering its tech to other companies probably didn’t sit too well for Alpinestars.
The latter hasn’t announced anything on its end and yet I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out with a response soon. It’s unclear what that response will be, but unless Alpinestars wants to keep it’s head in the game, it probably needs to do something as newsworthy as what its rival just did.
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Dainese Offers D-Air Airbag Technology To Other Gear Manufacturers originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 1 June 2015 18:00 EST.