Based in Avesta, the Swedish fashion manufacturer, Haglöf, has been sold to a Japanese high performance footwear firm, Asics, for around $133 million (SEK 1 billion) by its owners, the Swedish venture capital firm, Ratos.

The sale, which earns Ratos around $100 million, covers all operations of Haglöf, which makes equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags, clothes and footwear for active outdoor life styles and is represented in 18 countries. Under Ratos' ownership since 2001, Haglöfs' sales had tripled by last year.

"Asics (with 5,350 employees) will be able to provide Haglöfs with the best support for its continued growth outside Europe," said Ratos' CEO, Arne Karlsson.