Founder and company president Kenth Öhlin has just repurchased a 95 percent stake in the suspension manufacturer he founded in 1975. Yamaha originally purchased a controlling stake from Öhlin in 1987. The Swedish suspension giant has prospered since that time, enjoying financial support and guidance, while being allowed the freedom to work closely with a number of Yamaha’s rivals in both the road and racing worlds.
It’s unclear what this move will mean for Öhlins. While we expect nothing less than continued success from them (they are turning over €52 million annually), we are hoping this provides the company greater opportunity to develop new technologies, like its hydraulic 2wd system.