Leisure

Car (compact)

Founded in 1937, Volkswagen AG is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany and is now the second-largest automaker in the world.

Car (estate)

Founded in 1915 as a subsidiary of the ball bearing manufacturer SKF, AB Volvo is a Swedish manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg.

Car (limousine)

A limousine is a luxury sedan with a lengthened wheelbase, driven by a chauffeur. The first ‘stretch limousine’ was created by a coach company named Armbruster, who designed cars for big bands.

Car (MPV)

Introduced in 1984, the Renault Espace is one of the first multi-purpose vehicle (MPVs) in the world. The project was started by Matra, one of the French Renault partners, but was marketed under the Renault brand.

Car (rally)

First launched in 1994 and developed especially for competitive sport, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi is one of the most successful rally cars ever.

Car (roadster)

Initially, a roadster was an American term for a two-seat car with no weather protection. By the 1970s, usage of the term evolved to open two-seat cars of sporting appearance or character.

Caravan

Founded in 1929 by Wally Byam, Airstream is a brand of luxury caravans, easily recognized by their polished aluminum coachwork and the use of rivets.

Caulking gun

Founded in 1958, P.C. Cox has is the global market leader in the design and production of hand held sealant and adhesive applicators.

Chainsaw

Founded in 1926 by Andreas Stihl, Andreas Stihl AG & Company is a German manufacturer of handheld power equipment, mostly know for its chainsaws.

Chess clock (digital)

Founded in 1992 by Ben Bulsink, DGT Projects manufactures the official FIDE chess clock. When studying at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, Bulsink built his first clock in 1985.

Clamp

Founded in 1889 by Max Bessey in Stuttgart as a bright steel drawing plant, Bessey Tool GmbH & Co. KG is one of the largest hand tool clamp manufacturers in the world.

Compass

Founded in 1895 by David W. Brunton and William Ainsworth, Brunton, Inc. is a manufacturer of technical gear for outdoor activity.

Coverall

Founded in 1918 by C.N. Williamson and E.E. ‘Colonel’ Dickie as the US Overall Company, Dickies is a leading manufacturer of workwear.

Crayons

Founded in 1885 by Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith as ‘Binney & Smith’, Crayola is a brand of artists’ supplies and best known for its crayons.

Cricket ball

Founded in 1890 by Alfred Grace Thompson, Kookaburra is a sports equipment company, mostly known for manufacturing the most iconic cricket ball.

Dartboard

Two big names feature in the history of the dartboard: Nodor, founded in 1919, and Winmau, founded in 1945 as H.A. Hicks.

Darts

Founded in 1937 by Frank Lowy, Unicorn is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dart equipment.

Doll

Founded in 1945 by Harold Matson and Elliot Handler as a dollhouse furniture company, Mattel is the manufacturer of the original Barbie fashion doll.

Exercise bike

Founded in 1968 by Ray Wilson and Augie Neato, Life Fitness is an American fitness equipment company, specialized in the production of exercise bikes and treadmills.

Felt-tipped pen

Founded in 1949 as the Japan Stationery Co., Pentel is a privately held Japanese manufacturer of stationery products, credited for inventing the world’s first felt-tipped pen.

Field hockey stick

Founded in 1855 by world rackets champion H.J. Gray, Grays is a supplier of quality sports equipment for hockey, racquets and cricket, and especially known as a field hockey stick manufacturer.

Foosball table

Founded in 1927, Bonzini has always been active in the leisure industry, with a specialization in precision engineering and furniture manufacturing.

Football

Introduced in 1968 by Adidas for the 1968 European Football Championship, the iconic Telstar was the first football to be decorated with black pentagons.

Forklift truck

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Hugo Güldner, Dr. Carl von Linde and Dr. Georg von Krauss as Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft, Linde Material Handling GmbHis a manufacturer of forklift and warehouse trucks and is the market leader in Europe.

Frisbee

Founded in 1948 by Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin, Wham-O Inc. is a toy company known for marketing popular toys such as the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee, the Slip ‘N Slide, the Hacky Sack and the Boogie Board.

Garden hose

Founded in 1961 by Werner Kress and Eberhard Kastner as an importer of French garden tools, Gardena today is a manufacturer of products for garden watering and care.

Golf ball

Founded in 1932 by Phil Young, Titleist is an American brand name golf equipment and apparel products, mostly known for its iconic golfballs.

Golf club (putter)

Founded in 1967 by Karsten Solheim, Ping is an American manufacturer of golf equipment, especially known for making the most iconic putter model, the Ping Anser.

Golf club (wedge)

Founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland as ‘Cleveland Classics’, Cleveland Golf is a manufacturer of golf equipment, mostly known for its innovative wedges.

Golf shoes

Founded in 1857 as the Furt and Packard Shoe Company and soon thereafter named Field and Flint Company, FootJoy is the number one seller of golf shoes and gloves in the United States.

Guitar amplifier

Founded in 1962 by drummer Jim Marshall as a shop selling drums, Marshall Amplification is the world’s leading manufacturer of music amplifiers, and speaker cabinets.

Hacksaw

Founded in 1911 by James Neill, Eclipse makes the world’s frost iconic hacksaw. In 1889, James Neill patented composite steel and registered his products under the Eclipse trademark in 1909.

Hammer

Estwing Manufacturing Company was founded in Rockford, Illinois, in 1923 by Swedish immigrant Ernest O. Estwing…