Sporting equipment companies can sell gear for millions of people worldwide, but it’s their own factories that produce the products, according to a new report from Forbes.
The report estimates that companies like Adidas, Nike, and Reebok are responsible for roughly 85 percent of all sports equipment sold globally, and the vast majority of that work is done in the United States.
Adidas, for instance, makes only around one-fifth of the products that Nike does.
(Nike, by the way, has nearly 70 percent of the market.)
The report also found that most of the gear produced by these companies is made in China.
Adidas has a manufacturing facility in China and Nike has factories in China, India, and Mexico.
This means that while some of the best-known brands in sports gear have factories in both China and the United Kingdom, the vast bulk of sports equipment produced by companies like Nike, Adidas, Reeboks, and Adidas is produced in China–not to mention that the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Indonesia also produce some of their products.
“Most sports equipment is produced overseas, and those companies make their products there,” said Adam Johnson, the report’s co-author and former managing director of the company that runs the company-owned Sports Marketing & Marketing Institute.
“This means that it’s not possible for us to determine how much of the industry is produced outside the U.S.”
As for the rest of the equipment that’s produced in the U.-S., the report estimates the vast vast majority is made at either Nike or Adidas.
While Nike is by far the most prolific company in the sports equipment industry, it does have some problems.
The company, for example, doesn’t make all of its products in the same facility, and it only makes about one-third of the sports gear sold worldwide.
Nike has said it’s working on improving its facilities.
(The company also makes some of its own gear.)
Adidas has had its own problems in the past, but its current factory in China is doing a much better job of manufacturing its products than it was a decade ago.
Adidas also has some of Europe’s largest brands, such as Nike, Nike+Cup, and Puma, which are based in the European Union, which makes up about 60 percent of U.K. and European Union sales.
That means that if Nike were to move its production overseas, Adidas could lose out on some of those companies.
In fact, the company has said that if it were to expand its factories in other parts of the world, it would be losing money.
“The issue is that in the world of sports, the U-S.
is where the vast portion of the product is produced,” Johnson said.
“That’s the issue for us.
We have to get back to where we are with the same level of production that we have in the rest-of-the-world.”
If Nike were forced to move production overseas by law, it could potentially hurt the company.
Trade Representative has said in the future that if a company is manufacturing more than 80 percent of its product in the country, the trade representative could levy a duty on its exports, meaning that Nike could lose revenue in a country like China.
Nike, however, has been very clear about its stance on the matter.
“Nike’s focus is on bringing the best products and services to consumers, and if we need to change the rules, we will do so,” said a Nike spokesperson in a statement to Business Insider.
“We believe that all companies should have the freedom to build, partner with and develop their own supply chains, and we are committed to doing just that in China.”