ORTLIEB Sportartikel GmbH was founded by Hartmut Ortlieb in 1982 in Nuremberg and has today its headquarters in the Middle Franconian town of Heilsbronn. Today, the bike and outdoor company has now approximately 220 employees, and the collection has grown to include over 500 individual products. All waterproof products are produced with high frequency welding methods at the German headquarters in Heilsbronn and are thus "Made in Germany". Furthermore they are backed by a 5 year warranty against defects in material and manufacturing. ORTLIEB Sportartikel GmbH is the international market leader in the bike and outdoor industry for waterproof bike panniers.
ORTLIEB products are characterized by tightly sealed closure systems such as roll closures, waterproof zippers, velcro, or sliding seal closures. Within Germany, ORTLIEB supplies via its own distribution system directly to specialized retailers in the bike, outdoor, trekking, expedition, and water sport markets. From the Heilsbronn production site in Germany, ORTLIEB ships worldwide to longterm distributors in more than 40 countries. Sustainability plays a key role in daily life of work and production.
ORTLIEB is an active member of various interest organizations and working groups, and is e.g. a member of the EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association). The fact that all ORTLIEB products can be easily repaired by our in-house customer service guarantees a long product life for ORTLIEB products and a sustainable time of use. Since 2011 ORTLIEB has published a climate balance, and in 2017 the first sustainability report was published.