Schleich celebrates its most successful business year ever

Recording growth for the eighth consecutive year, toy manufacturer Schleich has enjoyed the most successful trading year in the company’s 86-year history.
The 2021 financial year saw an increase in turnover of more than 20%, with Schleich GmbH reporting a record turnover of around EUR 255 million (previous year: EUR 210 million).
In addition to the significant increase in turnover – the largest in Schleich’s history – CEO Dirk Engehausen has a second reason to be pleased. “For the first time we have achieved stronger growth with our products in our international market than in our core market of Germany,” he says.
In 2021, turnover grew by 39% in both the USA and France, and by 21% in the United Kingdom. In its home market of Germany, Schleich recorded sales growth of 17%.
Engehausen comments: “We have invested a lot in the internationalisation of the Schleich brand in recent years and are delighted that we are also successfully growing and gaining recognition in the world’s largest toy markets.”
Due to global logistical bottlenecks, demand in the second half of the year exceeded Schleich’s production capacity. “The delivery problems just before Christmas prevented even larger growth. The demand for our products far exceeded our capacity – despite extensive special transports and additional efforts by our suppliers,” says Engehausen.
In terms of Schleich’s most popular characters and sets, in 2021 its Dinosaurs product line established itself as another mainstay alongside the company’s bestselling Horse Club segment. Last year’s top sellers also included the Eldrador Mini Creatures collectible characters, a new addition to the Schleich range in 2021.
In addition to numerous new products in all six Schleich product lines, its strongest, Horse Club, will be expanded in the second half of this year to include horses whose manes and tails can be styled and interchanged. With this new line, Schleich will satisfy the strong demand among children for characters that can be customised and decorated.
To support long-term and sustainable growth in international markets as well as the core market of Germany, Schleich is planning a fundamental brand relaunch for the second half of 2022. The development of new solutions in the area of sustainability is also in focus, with gradual changes beginning in all relevant areas of the company in 2022.

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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