Herzogenaurach is a German town, located in Bavaria, that is the hometown
of Adidas. Herzogenaurach has been the location of Adidas' headquarters
for the entirety of it's existence. Herzogenaurach is pronounced as 'Herziaura'
in the East Franconian (Ostfränkisch) German dialect. Herzogenaurach
is located in the Erlangen-Höchstadt district of Bavaria. Erlangen-Höchstadt
is situated in the center of Bavaria, and Bavaria is the largest German
state with Munich as it's capital. Herzogenaurach is a small rural town
that has many attractive medieval buildings; written documents dating
back to the 11th Century mention Herzogenaurach. The two most iconic building
in the town are towers dating back to the middle ages: named the Fehnturm
tower and the Türmersturm tower.
Herzogenaurach is renowned as being the home of both Adidas and Puma;
an Adidas factory located in Herzogenaurach (above, left) and the headquarters
office of Puma located in Herzogenaurach (above, right) are shown in the
picturea above. The sports brands were founded by brothers Adolf Dassler
(Adidas) and Rudolf Dassler (Puma). The Dassler brothers had previously
operated the Dassler Brothers shoe factory together, before 'falling out'
and going their separate ways.
The headquarters of Puma and Adidas are located on the opposite sides
of the river Aurach, and company loyalty is sharply divided within the
town. Herzogenaurach is a small town with a population of 20,000; therefore,
it is unusual for two multinational companies to be located in such a
rural locale. The closest city to Herzogenaurach is Nuremberg: which is
in the region of 10-15 miles in distance from Herzogenaurach. Herzogenaurach
is home to two football teams: ASV Herzogenaurach and FC Herzogenaurach;
Adidas sponsor ASV Herzogenaurach.
Adidas were founded in 1949, and were family run until 1991. Adidas became
a publicly listed company in the 1990's and acquired a range of sporting
goods brands; such as Taylormade Golf. This led to the creation of the
Adidas Group (AG) in 2006; the Adidas Group (AG) manages and overseas
the operation of all the sporting goods companies that it owns. Therefore,
the Adidas Group (AG), and the Adidas brand company, are currently two
distinct entities with different Herzogenaurach addresses; shown below:
- Adidas AG, Adi-Dassler-Strasse 1, 91074 Herzogenaurach, Germany
- Adidas (Global Brand), Adi-Dassler-Strasse 1, D-91074 Herzogenaurach,
- Adidas Factory, Olympiaring 2, 91074 Herzogenaurach, Germany