Fehn celebrated its 70th birthday!
Although the company has undergone numerous changes in terms of company location and management and, above all, the Fehn products, we have upheld our traditional values for generations. This is why we were able to celebrate Fehn’s 70th birthday in 2019, a family company with innovative product concepts, high standards of quality and solid production expertise.
The Fehn group of companies expands
Opening of the second Paradise Toys production site in Sri Lanka. Dr. Achim Fehn, brother of the CEO, then took charge of production in Sri Lanka in accordance with German standards.
The Fehn brand: Quality toys for babies and young children
The product range was consistently geared towards soft baby toys made from soft materials and fabric in modern, innovative designs with numerous play and learning features. Textile accessories were added later.
Paradise Toys (Pvt) Ltd.
In 1995, Arnold Fehn junior opened the manufacturing company Paradise Toys (Pvt) Ltd. in the Colombo area in Sri Lanka. Paradise Toys manufactured products exclusively for Fehn, and in accordance with German quality standards.
A family company with tradition
Arnold Fehn junior, who joined the company in 1992, assumed management of Fehn GmbH & Co. KG on 13th January 1994. Meanwhile, his father, Arnold Fehn senior, focused on the expansion and management of the steadily growing, company production facility in Sri Lanka.
Establishment of a manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka
The company’s first manufacturing plant was built in Sri Lanka in 1984, and production was gradually expanded. In 1991 the company changed its name to the legal form by which it is known today: Fehn GmbH & Co. KG.
From soft toys to toys for babies
Faced with increasing pressure from imports of cheap soft toys from the Far East, in 1975 the company shifted its focus to baby toys made from velour and fabric.
Like father, like son
Arthur Fehn's son, Arnold Fehn senior, who had joined the company in 1958, took over the management of Fehn & Co. KG on 13th August 1974.
Return to its roots: Back to Rödental
In autumn 1972 the company moved to the brand new company building at its current site in Einberg, Rödental. This is where Fehn & Co. KG enjoyed a highly successful period of growth over the following years.
From dolls and mechanical figures to soft and fabric toys
The Fehn & Co. KG product range underwent a dramatic change in the 1950s. The production of mechanical figures (musicians, juggling clowns, dancing figures, animals and acrobats, artists on a high wire, animals and dolls sitting on vehicles) was rolled out on a large scale. Soft and fabric toys and mounts with a simple carriage then complemented the collection. Mechanical toys and wooden toys gradually disappeared from the product range during the 1960s, and the company concentrated on soft toys.
Relocation and change of the company name to Fehn & Co. KG
After the company moved to the neighbouring town of Dörfles, the partner Liebreich Wolf left the business on 31st December 1954, and the company name was changed to Fehn & Co. KG.
Founding of Fehn, Wolf & Co. KG (FEWO)
On 1st January 1950, Fehn, Wolf & Co. KG (FEWO) was founded with a new partner, Liebreich Wolf and, in addition to dolls, also started manufacturing wooden toys and the first mechanical toys at the new Coburg site.
The launch of the Fehn toy production facility
On 29th July 1949, the business for the production and sale of toys was registered in Oeslau, Rödental. The company initially manufactured clothed dolls out of paper maché and small articulated dolls made of hard paste.
How it all began
Company founder Arthur Fehn worked as managing director at the famous doll manufacturer, Amand Marseille in Sonneberg, until he was drafted into military service. Following his release from captivity after the war, he first started selling a wide range of toys.