MIPS operates today as an ingredient brand. This means that MIPS sells its products to helmet manufacturers who implement MIPS technology in helmets that are then marketed to end users. MIPS works with several of the major helmet manufacturers around the world in the Sport category, but also sells the company’s solutions to brands active in the Moto and Safety categories. Helmets equipped with MIPS technology are often priced somewhat higher and the premium for the MIPS product starts at USD 15–20 and upwards.
MIPS enjoys close working relationships with customers with a view to ensuring a uniform and controlled message to end users and media. This also includes MIPS providing the necessary expertise, resources and marketing material to the customers’ sales staff and distributors – through participation in sales and distribution meetings.
MIPS also actively works with strategic and cost-efficient marketing strategies targeting distributors, dealers and media. This work takes place in close collaboration with the company’s customers (helmet brands) by educating distributors, dealers and the media about the benefits of MIPS technology, for example through various sales programs and by providing follow-up training materials.
MIPS wants to increase safety for every individual who wears a helmet.
To achieve this objective, the company aims to become the obvious partner to all relevant helmet brands by:
• Offering the best and most cost-effecient solution based on science and research
MIPS is a company based on research. MIPS ambition is to invest 5 percent of net sales annually to ensure that the company continues to have superior technology whose function is scientifically proven. MIPS is engaged in ongoing dialogue with leading universities and other technological institutes around the world to ensure that MIPS remains at the forefront of developments.
MIPS has access to one of the world’s most validated data models on the human brain (the “Finite Element model,” developed by the Royal Institute of Technology). This enables the company to continue to develope leading solutions with the ambition to protect the brain.
• Develop solutions that make it possible for MIPS technology to be included in all types of helmets
MIPS has a large addressable market with the opportunity to make a difference in a large number of applications in which a helmet is worn. It is important for MIPS to be able to offer a relevant solution to all areas of use that the company addresses. The company therefore constantly develops new solutions in order for the technology to work in as many different types of helmets as possible. Currently, MIPS offers several different types of solutions and is able to cover a large part of what the company considers to be its market.
• Develop an intellectual property portfolio that will continue to protect the company’s technology
MIPS currently has a large patent portfolio consisting of more than 40 patent families and a total of almost 300 granted patents. The company is constantly developing new patents to protect both the solutions that MIPS markets today and the solutions that are intended to be marketed in the future. MIPS has internal expertise in patents, but also uses external expertise to ensure that the company’s intellectual property protection is as robust as possible.
• Strengthen the company’s brand to ensure that consumers understand the added value of MIPS technology and always look for the yellow MIPS logo when buying a helmet
MIPS conducts business according to an ingredient brand model. The company’s vision is for its technology to be the safety sytem demanded in all types of helmets. Achieving this vision requires increased awareness and understanding of MIPS technology. In addition, consumers should recognize the added value of buying a helmet with MIPS technology. To support this ambition, MIPS intends to invest 7 percent of annual net sales in marketing over the next few years.