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The German multinational sportswear giant produces footwear, bags, shirts, watches, eyewear, and other sports-related goods.

Vital statistics

  • 1924 Established
  • Public Type
  • > 10,000 Number of employees
  • €14.5 billion (2013) Revenue
  • Herzogenaurach, Germany HQ

Key people

  • Herbert Hainer Chief Executive
  • Igor Landau Chairman

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Adidas is a German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures sports shoes, clothing and accessories. It is the holding company for the Adidas Group, which consists of the Reebok sportswear company, TaylorMade-Adidas golf company (including Ashworth), Rockport, and 9.1% of FC Bayern Munich. Besides sports footwear, Adidas also produces other products such as bags, shirts, watches, eyewear, and other sports- and clothing-related goods. Adidas is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Germany and Europe and the second biggest sportswear manufacturer in the world, after Nike.

Adidas was founded in 1948 by Adolf Dassler, following the split of Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik between him and his older brother Rudolf. Rudolf later established Puma, which was the early rival of Adidas. Registered in 1949, Adidas and Puma are both currently based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The company's clothing and shoe designs typically feature three parallel bars, and the same motif is incorporated into Adidas's current official logo. The first ever piece of apparel created by Adidas was the Franz Beckenbauer tracksuit.

Source: Wikipedia

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