Ski Industry: The Austrian ski industry originated approximately 60 years ago in small cabinet-makers´ and wheelwrights´ workshops where timber was used as a building material and for transportation purposes. A. Arnsteiner (Blizzard), J. Fischer (Fischer) and A. Rohrmoser (Atomic) started their professional careers in such workshops. Austrian ski manufacturers contributed a great deal to the emergence of the Austrian ski industry, which by the early 1990s had become an important industrial branch with a 50 % share in the world market. Head, Fischer and Kneissl are also leading manufacturers of tennis rackets. Due to overcapacities and structural problems, however, many ski production companies have been merged, closed down or sold to foreign investors since 1995.