A few days ago, we had the pleasure to visit the factory, where Lockrack is produced. We herewith offer you an insight into the product and its history.
Surfer Brad Foster established the Lockrack brand in South Africa in 2007. Brad was challenged to find a solution to a problem; secure transport of surfboards on top of vehicles. What began in a basement storage room/workshop, has grown into a global business that provides a user-friendly design. Lockrack founder Brad Foster took seven years to tinker around, invent the ultimate lockable roof rack system for all types of watercraft and finally engineer an award-winning design.
Manufactured in South Africa, and patented worldwide, the inventive Lockrack vehicle roof carrier is made entirely of durable and weather-resistant aluminum, glass-filled nylon, stainless steel and rubber. The system has been nominated for International Outdoor Product of the Year in Sweden.
A strategic sourcing agreement is in place with Extreme Manufacturing in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal. This will ensure Lockrack continues to have precision engineering and scalable production near one of South Africa’s major industrial hubs, which is in close proximity to the modern containerized Port City of Durban.
Lockrack is currently addressing a number of fast-growing segments in the $20 billion market for water sport gear, accessories and vehicles. This includes surfing, kayaking, canoeing, sculling, and kite boarding. Most notably, the fast-growing sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has rapidly become a $20 million a year industry with millions of male and female participants.
It is Lockrack Europes goal, to be a part of these movements in Europe and to make sure that watersport enthusiasts don’t have to worry anymore about wind, driving speed, theft, or deterioration of straps.