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Our histoy

We look back on over 50 years of company history. Founded in 1967 by Hilde Richter, the company is today managed by her grandson, Julian Richter Jr.

Playground equipment allows the child to play a role.

Hilde Richter

Over 50 years ago, when Hilde Richter from Hamburg came up with the idea of building wooden play equipment for children’s playgrounds, which until then had been dominated by steel poles, nobody could have imagined that she would achieve something so successful.

Julian Richter Sr., who studied at the Holzfachschule Rosenheim (Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences), Upper Bavaria, built the first prototypes according to his mother’s sketches in a small forge near Frasdorf, where the company is still at home. The play equipment from this period still characterises the company’s product catalogue, which now contains almost 1,000 items: Small Tractor, Building Site, Playing House.

Hilde Richter was not only successful in changing the way communities think – above all, she was able to pass on her vision of making the world a little bit better for children to her son and her grandson, who today runs the company. The Richters don’t simply build playgrounds, they create play worlds. A deep awareness of social and educational issues forms the basis for the family’s heartfelt understanding of children.

Our
Richter snail

Hilde Richter’s initial design for the play figure with the name “Dorothea Snail” originated as early as 1964. Dorothea Richter later used it as an inspiration for drawing the company logo of Hilde Richter Spielgeräte.

The Richter snail has been protected by copyright since 1981 and has a high recognition value.

The snail not only stands for the like-named play character but, with its slow pace, friendly character and down-to-earth approach, it also symbolises the Richter company philosophy.

Historical milestones

2019

Major project “Gathering Place” in Tulsa/USA: largest playground in the USA

New export partners in Israel and Japan

2018
2017

More than 100 employees for the first time;
50th company anniversary

Governor’s Island, NYC/USA;
Award ‘Australia’s Best Playground’ for the playground at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne

2016
2015

“Maggie Daley Park” project, Chicago/USA;
publication of the projects book
“Welcome aboard";
Beginning of cooperation with Turkey

Project "Sochi Olympic Park", Russia;
Beginning of cooperation with Australian export partner Baron Forge

2014
2013

“Malesický Park” project, Prague;
Beginning of cooperation with Russian export partner AFA in Moscow

70th birthday of Julian Richter Sr.

2011
2006

“Hall of Science” project in New York

Richter acquires the rights to
Graubner equipment
“Spielstationen zur Entfaltung der Sinne”
(play stations for developing the senses)

2005
2004

Beginning of cooperation with export partners in Switzerland and Greece

“Ouwehands Dierenpark” project, Netherlands;
Beginning of cooperation with French export partner Caracol

2002
2001

First internet website of Richter Spielgeräte GmbH

Major project “Princess Diana Memorial Playground” in Kensington Gardens;
Start of export to Great Britain;
Beginning of cooperation with Timberplay

2000
1999

First ship for Playmobil Funpark;
Beginning of cooperation with Portuguese export partner Soveral

Death of Hilde Richter;
EXPO Lisbon;
First business relationships with Slovenia

1998
1997

Completion of the European Standard

Beginning of cooperation with Spanish export partner BDU

1994
1993

IGA (garden festival) in Stuttgart

Beginning of collaboration
with Peter Heuken;
Intensification of European exports

1992
1986

Extension of the office building next to the engine shed

Beginning of cooperation with Corocord

1984
1983

Richter’s “Sturdy children’s house”

Festive inauguration of the playground
in Frasdorf

1982
1981

First customer event
“Frasdorfer Fachgespräche”

1980 Beginning of collaboration with
Alfons Lachauer;
Beginning of cooperation with
the Callwey Publishers;
First Richter catalogue

1980
1979

Inauguration of assembly shop;
Beginning of cooperation with Moser

Birth of Julian Richter;
Construction of the assembly shop

1978
1977

Incorporation as a “GmbH” company (managing director: Hilde Richter, Julian Richter, Hella Richter, Norbert Rechler);
Beginning of cooperation with
Günter Beltzig;
Richter designs the first playground adapted to the needs of the disabled in Hamburg (Borgweg playground for the blind)

Purchase of the company premises; 30 employees;
Start of Julian Richter’s work on the Standards Committee

1976
1975

Relocation of the sales office from Hamburg to Frasdorf

Norbert Rechler joins the company

1974
1973

IGA Hamburg (garden festival);
License agreement with Hugo Kükelhaus

Completion of Julian Richter’s
engineering degree;
First business relationships in the Benelux-Union

1972
1970

Relocation of operations to Frasdorf into the Buchauer sawmill

Julian Richter begins his studies at the Holztechnikum Rosenheim (Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences)

1968
1967

Julian Richter sets up a workshop in Bavaria;
Start of own production;
Actual company launch

Foundation of the company
Hilde Richter Spielgeräte

1966
Self-determined work in the Richter Spielgeräte workshop
People

Cooperation means co-determination

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