May 28 2012.

Building on its successful distribution arrangements with multiple European distributors, KBC Europe has announced that following an in-depth review of business, it is now to consolidate its European operations by transferring all of its remaining European activities to its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.

KBC is a world leader in private label (OEM) business with a hard-earned reputation, particularly for off-road helmets. While KBC continues to pride itself on its design-led, technically advanced and high quality approach to helmet manufacture, the company has never stood still and has shown itself ready to change.

Now, following a review of all global operations in what is an un-certain world economy, a highly competitive market, and a motorcycle market in decline in certain countries, the decision has been made as part of a long term strategic plan to close KBC's European Headquarters in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, at the end of June which will regrettably result in four redundancies.

KBC established its European HQ in 2002, initially carrying out all operations from there, but appointing Moto Direct in nearby South Normanton as its sole UK distributor in 2009. That successful partnership, which supports a loyal nationwide dealer network, will see Moto Direct continue to supply new and exciting products and drive KBC business forward. All existing dealer relationships will therefore be unaffected by the HQ closure.

KBC Europe's Managing Director Loz Broers said: "Given the current global financial climate and the company's long term direction and plans, the decision to close down KBC's European Headquarters, though regrettable, is a logical move. I would however like to pay a heartfelt tribute to our valued staff and members of the KBC dealer network who have worked tirelessly and passionately over the past 10 years to establish the KBC brand's reputation."

KBC Europe will now carry out an orderly closure of the business over the next six to eight weeks.

All queries regarding the closure of KBC Europe should be directed in the first instance to KBC Europe on: +44 (0)1283 763 120 or e mail: sales@kbchelmets.co.uk