Curriculum Vitae of Horst Brandstätter

Managing Director and Sole Owner of geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG, Zirndorf, Germany

Personal Information

Name:   Horst Brandstätter
Date of birth: June 27, 1933
Birthplace: Zirndorf, Germany
Residences: Zirndorf
  Jupiter Island (Florida / USA)

Professional Career

1952   Began education as a mold maker Joined the family business, geobra Brandstätter
1958 Significant business success with producing hula hoops - Market leader in Europe
1969 Erection of a modern, ground-level production facility on over 2 million square feet of private property in Dietenhofen and relocation of production
1971 Construction of a production facility abroad in Malta allows for the relocation of some of the more cost-intensive product component manufacturing.
1974 Market launch of the PLAYMOBIL toy system , which had been in development since 1971
1976 Tripled production from 22 million to about 100 million German Marks
1979 Commissioned a fully-automatic, high-rise warehouse at the production facility in Dietenhofen
1990 Established the modern headquarters of administration, development, marketing, and sales in Zirndorf.
2000 Opened the PLAYMOBIL FunPark in Zirndorf and introduced the self-watering planters brand LECHUZA
2010 Sales record of the Brandstätter group at just under 500 million Euro
2012 60th anniversary of joining the company
2013 Horst Brandstätter celebrates his 80th birthday on June 27

Honors and Awards

1993   Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1997 Awarded Honorary Citizenship in the town of Zirndorf
1998 Awarded “Manager of the Year” by the German Corporate Consultant Organization (BDU)
2003 Awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit
2008 Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class