German toy manufacturers were coming under increasing pressure. More and more toys were being imported from low-wage countries. The result was a growing pressure on prices compared internationally. At the same time the toy trade was declining. This was the time to change our production profile. We concentrated increasingly on toys and play furniture for childcare facilities using flat materials. We expanded our machine park by giving it 160m² more production area, and acquired an automatic horizontal beam saw and a vacuum lifter to optimise our processes.