The Winter division at Elan manufactures skis and snowboards, the Marine division produces sailing yachts, while Elan Inventa is the leading brand in central Europe and the Balkans providing sports facilities with all necessary equipment. In 2010 Elan commenced cooperation with a major wind power producer; a program to be a part of the alternative energy division. All Elan’s production facilities are located in Central Europe, nestling between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia on the Adriatic coast. Elan owns five companies, in Canada, Germany & Austria, Switzerland and Japan. Elan continues to develop superior products and Elan brand from its headquarters in Begunje na Gorenjskem, in the heart of northern Slovenia. The company is the strongest and most global Slovene brand and the pride of the Slovene people and its employees.
Elan is not only in the heart of Slovenia but also in the hearts of many people using Elan products around the world in more then 60 countries on all continents.
65 Years of Experience and Innovation
Elan’s boatbuilding tradition began in 1949 with kayaks, canoes and small boat production made of waterproof wood. Early commercial success came in the 1950s when a large number of small crafts were exported to the United States. The Sixties heralded the dawn of reinforced polyester, a revolutionary material that Elan used for racing kayaks and boats. The following decade the yard launched the first sailboats and the most successful small vessel selling 10,000 units in the following years. The 1980s were synonymous with a significant shift towards the production of larger cruiser-racer sailing yachts, designed by the now J&J Design studio, including the legendary
Elan 31, which won the Quarter Ton World Championship with Dušan Puh. In 1995 Elan commenced cooperation with the renowned nautical designer, Rob Humphreys, resulting in many successful, award-winning projects. In the next decade Elan won European Yacht of the Year title twice, for the Impression 344 and 340 models. Not resting on its laurels, Elan launched the revolutionary Volvo Ocean Race inspired Elan 350 with characteristic chines and twin rudders, winning another European Yacht of the Year title in 2011, a nomination for Elan 210 the following year, and Elan 400 nomination for 2014. Building on rich tradition, combined with an innovative present, Elan is laying strong foundations for the future.