In 1982, Hartmut Ortlieb founded ORTLIEB in Nürnberg. In 1997 the firm relocated to the franconian town of Heilsbronn, not far from Nuremberg. In 2007, Ortlieb celebrated its 25th anniversary. How time flies!
Ortlieb's first products were dry bags and bicycle panniers hand-made from truck tarps on Hartmut's mother's sewing machine in a backyard garage in preparation for his first long bicycle and climbing tours.
From these humble beginnings, the company has developed into a leading high-tech enterprise with 100 employees. The collection has grown to include over 300 individual products. Even today, everything is located under one roof; from development to engineering, production, sales and marketing and shipment.
ORTLIEB products are characterized by tightly sealed closure systems such as roll closures, waterproof zippers, velcro, or sliding seal closures and high frequency welded seams - all of which ensure that Ortlieb products are 100% waterproof and dustproof ensuring your kit is protected from the worst elements. Additionally, all Ortlieb products are backed by a 5 year warranty against defects in material and manufacturing.
The protection of our environment plays a key role in the daily life at Ortlieb. Furthermore, the company is an active member of various interest organizations and working groups within the outdoor industry. Since 2008, ORTLIEB is a member of the "Association for Conservation“ of the European Outdoor Group. This initiative collects finances and invests in projects protecting the environment and nature all over the world.