Industry News

Industry News

06/30/15

Brunswick tapped as Bowling Equipment Supplier for the NBS of Turkmenistan

32-laner is slated to be one of the host venues for the upcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgIndustry leader Brunswick Bowling recently signed a deal to supply and install all of the bowling equipment for the 32-lane National Bowling Stadium of Turkmenistan, currently under construction in the capital city of Ashgabat. The stadium is slated to be one of 12 world-class competition venues that will comprise the Ashgabat Olympic Complex – the host site for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG). The 2017 edition of these Games is scheduled to pit 62 competing nations (the most ever) in 19 sports ranging from tennis to cycling to bowling and jujitsu to kickboxing to basketball.

Industry News

06/18/15

Brunswick names Dream-Bowl Palace host of Brunswick Euro Challenge through 2018

2015BECLogo_small.jpgBrunswick Bowling officials have announced that the Dream-Bowl Palace will continue to host the annual Brunswick Euro Challenge through 2018. Since its start in 2004, the Brunswick Euro Challenge has established itself as one of the largest bowling events in Europe, attracting a mix of promising amateur players and PBA stars from Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The tournament has been held at the state-of-the-art, 52-lane facility in Unterföhring, Germany, for the past four years.

Industry News

06/18/15

QubicaAMF reports shift to Bowler Entertainment System (BES X)

Centers focus on increasing bowler engagement and driving repeat business

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With over 350 centers worldwide having BES X, its newest and world's only Bowler Entertainment System installed to-date, QubicaAMF Worldwide is noticing a steady shift by centers with competitors' systems to BES X. Centers, almost universally, continue to report the need to increase bowler engagement, drive repeat business and reach new demographics while still appealing to their league business. Centers that have moved to BES X are confirming these results.

Industry News

06/05/15

QubicaAMF reports installations of Bowler Entertainment System in over 350 centers

Proprietors are reporting success with the ability to provide a unique and personalized experience to bowlers at each visit and by making the game more fun for a larger demographic

2015QAMFBESXLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide, the leading manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, has announced that to-date more than 350 centers and 6,300 lanes worldwide have installed BES X, its newest, and world's only, Bowler Entertainment System. In addition, centers are consistently reporting typical increases in total revenue upwards of 20%, expanded repeat business, and longer customer visits—all within the first year of installing the system.

Industry News

05/26/15

BlueArc Capital Management acquires Brunswick Bowling Products

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgBrunswick Bowling Products announced today that it has been acquired by BlueArc Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Brunswick, the worldwide market leader in bowling products, is based in Muskegon, Michigan. BlueArc completed the acquisition with investments from Gladstone Investment Corporation, a publicly traded business development company in McLean, Virginia and Capitala Finance Corp., a business development company in Charlotte, North Carolina.

IBMA News

05/23/15

Bowlingdigital's Herbert Bickel selected for 2015 IBMA Luby Hall of Fame Award

BowlingdigitalEditorHerbertBickel_small.jpgBowlingdigital.com editor Herbert Bickel (pictured), one of the pioneers of online real-time coverage of bowling tournaments and news, has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Luby Hall of Fame Award by the International Bowling Media Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to print, broadcast, telecast or photographic coverage of bowling over an extended period of years. The award will be presented June 24 at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

BPAA News

04/18/15

BPAA to honor Mark Voight with Victor Lerner Memorial Medal

2015BPAALernerMedalMarkVoight_small.jpg The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced the recipients of the 2015 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry. Mark Voight (pictured), Community Bowling Centers, Livonia, Michigan, has been selected asthe 2015 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal. The Lerner Medal is the highest honor awarded by the BPAA and recognizes an individual for a lifetime of service to the bowling industry.

Industry News

04/07/15

Strike Ten unites industry to support America's veterans with viral social campaign

Bowl For Freedom promotion to generate donations for Bowlers To Veterans Link and drive traffic to Strike Ten Centers in May

2015BowlForFreedomCampaignLogo_small.jpg To drive traffic to bowling centers over Memorial Day weekend and raise donations for Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), Strike Ten Entertainment (STE) will give bowling fans a Free Bowling Game Coupon and make a $.25 donation to BVL for every "Like" received on the GoBowling.com Facebook page during the month of May. The Bowl For Freedom promotion by Strike Ten is designed to build awareness of the support the bowling industry provides America's veteran and active duty service men and women.

Industry News

03/26/15

Strike Ten Entertainment rolls out partnership with MillerCoors

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Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the bowling industry's marketing arm and sponsorship division, has announced that it has struck a two-year agreement with MillerCoors to become the "Official Beer Partner of Bowling." Chicago-based MillerCoors is the brewer of some of America's most popular beers. To further support efforts to build its beer business, Strike Ten Entertainment has hired an in-house Trade Brewer who will work directly with centers to provide training and educational tools.

Industry News

03/25/15

Strike Ten Entertainment teams up with Reelzchannel to launch Free Game of Bowling campaign

2015STECampaignwithPolkaKings_small.jpgStrike Ten Entertainment has teamed up with leading entertainment television network, ReelzChannel, to launch the Free Game of Bowling campaign to promote the Saturday, April 11, premiere of the new REELZ reality television series Polka Kings. Running March 29 – May 24, 2015, the ReelzChannel Free Game of Bowling campaign will encourage ReelzChannel fans to download a printable coupon for a free game of bowling at a nearby participating bowling center.

England

03/15/15

British Tenpin Bowling Association and MFA Bowl Ltd. announce partnership

20150314MFAChairmanMehdiAfsharBTBAChairmanRonGriffin_small.jpg The British Tenpin Bowling Association and MFA Bowl Ltd. have announced a ground breaking partnership for the benefit of BTBA members. L-R MFA Chairman Mehdi Afshar and BTBA Chairman Ron Griffin. With immediate effect MFA recognizes the role and work of the BTBA as the National Governing Body for Tenpin Bowling in England and has committed to work to encourage the growth of BTBA membership through BTBA sanctioned leagues within MFA centers.

USBC Youth

03/12/15

Bowling Industry unites to launch nationwide youth initiative

Governing Body, Ball Manufacturers and Pro Bowlers encourage kids to "Bowl Like a Boy" and "Bowl Like a Girl" with all-level youth league programs

2015BowlLikePromotion_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) have teamed with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development and Strike Ten Entertainment to launch a new league program that encourages kids nationwide to Bowl Like a Girl! or Bowl Like a Boy! The industrywide youth bowling initiative, which is open to youth bowlers up to age 20, kicks off April 6, 2015.

China

02/26/15

Brunswick, World Bowling, Chinese Bowling Association launch Chinese Bowling Foundation

Partners develop plan to foster bowling resurgence in China

2014WorldBowlingLogo_small.jpgBrunswickLogo_mini.jpgBrunswick Bowling has joined forces with World Bowling, the international governing body of the sport of bowling, and with the Chinese Bowling Association to establish the new Chinese Bowling Foundation (CBF). The Foundation's mission is to more actively promote and publicize the game of bowling throughout the People's Republic of China.

United States

02/18/15

Kegel and WTBA extend partnership

2015WTBAKevinDornbergerKegelChrisChartrand_small.jpg Kegel and the World Tenpin Bowling Association extend their partnership to provide lane maintenance for all WTBA World Championship tournaments through 2015. Since 1995, the WTBA World Championships have been using Kegel equipment, chemicals, and technical staff during their events. Chris Chartrand (r.), Kegel President, and Kevin Dornberger (l.), WTBA President, have decided to continue this partnership and extend their contract for one additional year.

Industry News

02/17/15

Kegel and USBC work together to benefit Folds of Honor

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line - A Kegel Publication (February 17, 2015)

2015FoldsOfHonorLogo_small.jpg 2011KegelLogo_small.jpgEach time the USBC and Kegel team up to condition the lanes at USBC’s championship events in 2015, bowlers and fans surely will take notice of the custom Kegel Flex lane machines being used to get the job done. As the official lane maintenance provider for all USBC tournaments, Kegel has created a limited-edition Patriot FLEX lane machine.

Industry News

02/03/15

Massimo Baraldi named Chief Technology Officer for QubicaAMF

Baraldi takes on newly created role of CTO as the company expands its focus on technology and innovation to drive growth for its business and its customers

2015QubicaAMFCTOMassimoBaraldi_small.jpg QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF) has announced that Massimo (Max) Baraldi (pictured) has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and will lead the company's Technology Team, including all R&D, Engineering and IT functions. Baraldi holds a degree in Computer Science from Bologna University and is specialized in user interfaces and software engineering. Baraldi joined QubicaAMF in 1999, with the goal of growing and strengthening the software team and to deliver a new generation of software products and IT tools.

Industry News

01/30/15

900 Global partners with European Bowling Distribution

2015EBDLogo_small.jpg European Bowling Distribution (EBD) has announced a master distributor partnership with Global Manufacturing LLC, San Antonio, Texas. EBD will handle all sales and shipping of 900 Global balls, bags and accessories throughout their distribution network in Europe and the Middle East, including Russia and North Africa. The current portfolio distributed by EBD consists of 900 Global, AMF300, Dexter, Ebonite International, Kegel, QubicaAMF, Storm and Twister.

Industry News

01/12/15

Juan Cabezas named President and Chief Growth Officer of QubicaAMF

Cabezas will lead all marketing, sales and product management functions for the company and drive growth

2014BWCJuanCabezas_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide, the leading manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, has announced that Juan Cabezas (pictured) has been appointed President and Chief Growth Officer and will lead all marketing, sales and product management functions for the company. In his capacity of President of the company, he will also represent QubicaAMF in the market place with customers and industry stakeholders. Cabezas joined QubicaAMF in April 2014 as Senior Vice President, Global Sales & International Service.

Industry News

12/01/14

Qubica legacy partners acquire full ownership of QubicaAMF

After nearly a decade since the creation of QubicaAMF, the company will operate under a single private ownership

QAMFLogo_small.jpgQubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the world's largest manufacturer of bowling products, is shaking things up once again. The industry leader has announced that the Qubica legacy partners, Roberto Vaioli, Luca Drusiani, Emanuele Govoni, Guido Sorba, Pat Ciniello, Frank Mascadri and Rich Albright, have finalized a transaction with Bowlmor AMF to acquire their ownership in the company. After nearly a decade since the creation of QubicaAMF, the company will operate under a single private ownership.

England

11/24/14

A very sad farewell to AMF legend, Bent Petersen 1932 – 2014

20141121BentPetersen_small.jpg QubicaAMF is saddened to hear of the passing of former Executive Vice President, Bent Petersen, who died peacefully at home on 21 November 2014. Bent, a much loved and respected member of the AMF family, retired from the company in 1998 after 36 years of loyal service. He looked after the Bowling World Cup until 1998 when he retired to Spain. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia, children Karin, Jens and Anne Marie, grandchildren and great grandchildren at this sad time.

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