Founded 77 years ago in Schwäbisch Gmünd by Friedrich Schleich, the company is one of Germany’s biggest toy manufacturers and a leading international provider of original play concepts.
The famous toy figurines produced by Schleich are sold in more than 50 countries and have conquered children’s playrooms around the world. As a global player with Swabian roots, the company is today majority-owned by the French Private-Equity-Investors Ardian. The other shareholders are CEO Dr. Thomas van Kaldenkerken and CFO Erich Schefold.
The design of the Schleich play worlds as well as quality and safety tests are carried out in Germany, while manufacturing itself takes place both at the company headquarters in Schwäbisch Gmünd and at further production facilities abroad.