Zebra Athletics Acquired by BSW

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – April 23, 2018: Zebra Athletics is excited to announce it has recently been acquired by Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk GmbH (BSW) and is now part of the BSW family of companies.

As a close partner of more than 20 years, BSW has been ingrained in the industries Zebra serves and possesses a unique understanding of the company’s products and customer needs. This strategic acquisition will allow Zebra Athletics to continue advancing its global reach and leadership position in the BJJ, Traditional Martial Arts, MMA, and Yoga industries.

Zebra thanks its founder, Chuck Blanski for his service and commitment to the company and its future and is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle Fisher to the position of President of Zebra Athletics. Kyle has most recently served as Vice President of Zebra Athletics.

“The established leadership team has done a tremendous job growing the business over the last three years and there is incredible momentum in the U.S. and Global markets. The leadership team and the global brand awareness Zebra Athletics has established are the core reasons we acquired the company,” said Ulf Pöppel, CEO of BSW.

About Zebra Athletics

With more than 20 years outfitting gyms and studios, Zebra Athletics is the world’s leading outfitter of training facilities. Zebra was the first flooring company to bring high-end MMA Mats, Martial Arts Mats, and other flooring options to the Martial Arts disciplines. Zebra has since expanded it’s products to include those suited for the Tactical Combative and Yoga training disciplines.

Zebra has sold over 750,000 mats worldwide and is the official mat provider of The American Taekwondo Association, The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, The BJJ Tour, and The Minneapolis Yoga Conference. Thousands of BJJ, Traditional Martial Arts, and MMA Championships have been won on Zebra Athletics’ equipment.

About BSW

Since 1954, BSW has manufactured elastic sport flooring, impact sound insulation, and many other products made from polyurethane-bonded rubber granulate. The owner-managed industrial enterprise is one of the leading providers in the industry by virtue of its constant optimization of tried and tested manufacturing processes, the development of new products and solutions for the most diverse industrial and services sectors, and its international expansion.

BSW is one of the international market leaders in many product groups. Its developments and innovations are a result of systematic product and market research. The company operates on a global scale with eight production and distribution sites and employs about 550 employees worldwide.



Kyle Fisher
President, Zebra Athletics