Ortlieb Sportartikel GmbH




Why do we support Tanja and Denis Katzer?

Since 1994 ORTLIEB and Denis Katzer have been cooperating to support Katzer’s life project the „Great Journey“. ORTLIEB’s tough equipment accompanies Tanja and Denis Katzer on all their expeditions and is thouroughly tested during these trips. It is a year long cooperation bringing benefit for both side and creating ideas for new projects.

Waterproof – ORTLIEB’s concept since almost 30 years
In 1982, Hartmut Ortlieb founded today’s ORTLIEB Sportartikel GmbH in Nürnberg. Since 1997 all high frequency welded products are produced at the headquarters in the Middle Franconian town of Heilsbronn, not far from Nuremberg. Made In Germany!

The first products were made in pure personal need for waterproof equipment – it wasn’t available at that time! ORTLIEB’s first products were hand-made on mother’s sewing machine: dry bags and bicycle panniers made of truck tarps. Today ORTLIEB is a leading high tech company with more than 130 employees, and a collection of more than 400 individual products.

All ORTLIEB products are characterized by tightly sealed closure systems such as roll closures, velcro or sliding seal closures. Numerous design features are patented and set new standards in the bike and outdoor market.