Recognising and setting trends. For more than 60 years, Kettler has shaped the sports and leisure market with cutting-edge product solutions. Some of them have made history: With the world's first aluminium bike, in 1977 Kettler revolutionised the bicycle world, the "Golf" home trainer became Europe's most popular fitness equipment in the 1980s, generations of children and youths grew up with the KETTCAR and the first weatherproof table tennis table to this day stands for trend-setting functionality.The visionary entrepreneurial spirit of the company's founder, Heinz Kettler, is being upheld today by his daughter. Together with the management team, Dr. Karin Kettler is continuing this visionary course as owner and managing director of this traditional company. Out of the small company that was founded in 1949 in the Sauerland town of Ense-Parsit has emerged a corporate group operating worldwide. More than 1,100 employees ensure the development, manufacturing, and sales of innovative products that shape the active recreation of all generations and contribute to a high quality of life. A key pillar of the KETTLER success story, alongside functionality, comfortable ease-of-use, and sophisticated design, is above all controlled quality. Through close cooperation with leading institutes and companies in the fields of design, health and technology, routine improvements and innovations are achieved with which leisure activities can be pursued more efficiently and in ways that meet individual needs. Be it fitness equipment, bicycles, toy vehicles or leisure and garden furniture – numerous product awards and No. 1 rankings in tests have made the KETTLER brand the epitome of innovative drive and quality. Thus in 2009 and 2010, for example, the company was awarded the title "Most Innovative Brand" at the PLUS X AWARDS, Europe's largest competition for technology, sport and lifestyle. Several other awards and quality labels such as the "red dot" Design Award, "iF product design award", not to mention top finishes in Stiftung Warentest consumer tests, all underscore the quality standards of the KETTLER brand.