ASICS Ltd. began as Onitsuka Co., Ltd on September 1, 949. Its founder, Kihachiro Onitsuka, began manufacturing basketball shoes in his home town of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Soon after the range of sports activities widened to a variety of Olympic styles used throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s by athletes worldwide. Onitsuka became particularly renowned for the Mexico 66 design, in which the distinctive crossed stripes, now synonymous with the company brand, were featured for the first time. In 1977, Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK to form ASICS Corporation. Despite the name change, a vintage range of ASICS shoes are still produced and sold internationally under the Onitsuka Tiger label.
On October 4, 2011, it was announced that ASICS will be the new official kit manufacturer for the Australian Cricket Team, replacing German manufacturer Adidas.
On July 12, 2010, ASICS bought the outdoor brand Haglöfs, for SEK1,000,000,000 ($128.7 million).
In its 2006 fiscal year, Asics generated 171 billion yen in net sales and 13 billion yen in net income. Sixty-six percent of the company’s income came from the sale of sports shoes, 24% from sportswear, and 10% from sports equipment. Forty-nine percent of the company’s sales were in Japan, 28% in North America, and 19% in Europe
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