Billabong Logo – Billabong is an Australian company clothing surf, skate and snowboard. It is currently one of the giants of the extreme sports industry with Quiksilver and Rip Curl. Billabong The word comes from the native Australians and means oxbow (gap left when a river cuts a short cut or bend) of “Billa”, in English “creek” and Castilian “stream”, and “bong” in English “dead” and Castilian “dead”.
Billabong was founded in 1973 and was founder Gordon Merchant. The company started manufacturing swimsuits to practice surf swimsuits for professional as well as leisure. Given the good results and great local reputation was forged in 1977, Billabong started making various types of clothing such as shirts surf influence or pants. In 1983 the Australian company in the U.S. market broke precedents in 1985 in New Zealand, in 1987 in Europe and 2001 in Latin America with Brazil as the main country of distribution.
Billabong today present in over 100 countries across North America, Caribbean area, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia. It has, as of June 2004, 1,386 employees around the world. Its product manufacturing bases reside in disparate countries as China, Vietnam, Australia, South Korea, Fiji, Mexico and now in Chile, in the city of Antofagasta. One of its major distribution centers located in Hong Kong, which provides most of the materials in Oceania and in Peru by the pima fabric quality. Billabong International Group turnover in 2005 over a billion dollars. On June 30, 2005 sales totaled $ 841 million. In these sales come the four companies that were acquired in ownership by the group Billabong International: Element, Von Zipper, Honolua and Kustom.