Re­pair don’t re­place

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VAUDE, A GER­MAN sports equip­ment com­pany has an­nounced their co­op­er­a­tion with the in­ter­na­tional ser­vice plat­form, ifixit, by mak­ing com­plete re­pair and care in­struc­tions avail­able for their prod­ucts. The re­pair man­u­als for their gear and ap­parel can now be found on­line with pho­tos and short videos that ex­plain each re­pair step-by-step. In ad­di­tion, Vaude has added 15 staff to an in-house re­pair shop and pro­vided ac­cess to an ex­ten­sive stock of spare parts. They are the first Euro­pean out­door brand to pro­vide this ser­vice. “Ide­ally, man­u­fac­tur­ers should al­ready be think­ing about the re­pairabil­ity of their prod­ucts dur­ing the de­sign stage and pro­mot­ing this by pro­vid­ing re­pair man­u­als and spare parts. Vaude is one of those pro­duc­ers, which is why we at ifixit are very pleased about this col­lab­o­ra­tion,” com­mented Matthias Mayer, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of ifixit Europe. ifixit has two mil­lion reg­is­tered users world­wide, with ac­cess to more than 20,000 re­pair man­u­als for nearly 7,000 in­di­vid­ual prod­ucts.

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