Global Sports Technologies (GST)

Antiesenhofen, Austria

  • Warranty Rate .5%
  • Customer Happiness 90%
  • Employees That Are ‘Cat People’ 60%

While you may not know GST, you’ve definitely seen some of the boards they build. Brands like Jones, Stepchild, Arbor, Rome and more have all hailed from GST’s factory located in Antiesenhofen, Austria. And of course, Niche Snowboards.

GST’s focus on measurable quality has made process security the company’s highest ideal, and this translates into strict quality control measures at every step of the process. They have the world’s lowest warranty rate with an average of 0.3 to 0.4 percent, and some of their brands are as low as 0.05 percent.

GST has a clear, snowboard only philosophy. This includes not producing any in house boards, protecting all company specific innovations, and bringing GST innovations to the table for all the brands GST builds. GST has focused a great deal of time and money on building and buying the latest in technology to keep its brands on the cutting edge, and shares innovations, such as its structured base technology called “StrucTurn.”

GST is all about automating the portions of the process that benefit from exacting detail and then hand finishing each board to ensure the utmost in quality in shelf appeal.

GST also prides itself on being an environmental steward. This includes such measures as using 90 percent Austrian made materials, such as wood cores, and recycled water in the factory. They take care of the whole green balance, including energy, transportation, and the whole production process. GST also uses special UV lacquers and colors that require 90 percent less solvents than traditional lacquer and color processes.