Tatonka History

1980  

Winfried Schechinger founded the Mountain Sport GmbH in Gräfelfing/ Munich for sporting goods distribution

 

1989  

Build of the first production site in Vietnam plus approx. 250 employees

 

1991
 

Move to the new factory (previously Mountech 1) plus approx. 350 emloyees
1993  Received investment license for Mountech Co. Ltd. as a 100% Vietnamese company with 100% foreign capital. License was obtained for 15 years and extended for another 15 years in 2008

Worldwide registration of personal trademark 'TATONKA' (=Bison) as word and image brandmark

Gradual build-out of production site to 450 employees

 

1994  

Expansion of Mountech Co. Ltd. from 450 to 600 employees

Mountain Sport GmbH becomes Tatonka GmbH in Germany

 

1995/1996  

Construction of second production site in Ho Chi Minh-City (Administration, Tent production, Accessories, Pattern sewing, Backpacks, Day packs, Shoulder bags) - there are 750 employees in Mountech Co. Ltd.

 

1997

Construction of stainless steel production within Mountech

 

1998  

Mountech employs 1050 employees

 

1999

First large developmental set-back in Vietnam after the breakout of the Asian economic crisis

 

2001  Second rebound for the tourism industry in Vietnam after the breakout of S.A.R.S. in Vietnam and spread to wide parts of Asia

 

2006  

15-year jubilee of Mountech Co. Ltd. In Saigon

 

2009

6-months paralysed with shock after the breakout of the global economic crisis - shorty after resuming dynamic force as if there was no crisis

 

2010

Merger of production sites in Saigon to a single site

 

2011  

Construction of new development division in Mountech

 

2011

Mountech Co. Ltd. has received the SA8000 Certificate. The internationally recognized SA8000-Norm verifies that our company observes the standards for work and social accountability in conformity with ILO and UN conventions.

 

2011  

Start of the "Open Factory" project: interested customers can visit the production plant in Vietnam and see for themselves the sustainable social commitment of the Tatonka Company.

 

2012  

Open Factory celebrates its first successful year.

The non-profit organization MADE-BY certifies TATONKA with 100% achievement of the stipulated social standards (Class A: Ethical Trading Initiative, Fair Wear Foundation, Social Accountability 8000, low-risk countries).

 

 

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