Turnover increased by more than 20% in 2021
Schleich has revealed that 2021â€™s financial year was the most successful in the companyâ€™s 86-year history. With an increase of more than 20%, Schleich GmbH can report record turnover of around EUR 255 million (previous year: EUR 210 million). The company has thus further consolidated both its position as one of Germanyâ€™s largest toy manufacturers and its share of the international markets. Furthermore, Schleich has recorded growth for the eighth consecutive year.
In addition to a 20% increase in turnover â€“ the largest in Schleichâ€™s history â€“ CEO Dirk Engehausen has a second reason to be pleased: â€œFor the first time we have achieved stronger growth with our products in our international market than in our core market of Germany.â€ 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%. Dirk Engehausen: â€œWe 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 worldâ€™s largest toy markets.â€
â€œWe 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 worldâ€™s largest toy markets.â€CEO Dirk Engehausen
Due to global logistical bottlenecks, demand in the second half of the year exceeded Schleichâ€™s production capacity. â€œThe delivery problems just before Christmas prevented even larger growth. The demand for our products far exceeded our capacity â€“ despite extensive special transports and additional efforts by our suppliers,â€ says Engehausen.
In terms of Schleichâ€™s most popular characters and sets, in 2021 its Dinosaurs product line established itself as another mainstay alongside the companyâ€™s bestselling Horse Club segment. â€œDinosaurs and horses are our consumers favourites,â€ says Engehausen. Last yearâ€™s top sellers also included the EldradorÂ® Mini Creatures collectible characters, a new addition to the Schleich range in 2021.
2022: Horses with styling options / Further development of the brand
In addition to numerous new products in all six Schleich product lines, its strongest, Horse Club, will be expanded in the second half of the 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.