Piko was once a state-owned enterprise in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) which produced model railways and accessories. Today, the denationalized enterprise is known as PIKO Spielwaren GmbH. Denationalization enabled Piko to establish itself among Märklin, Fleischmann and Roco as the fourth largest in the model railways market with a comprehensive offering in H0 scale. Today, Piko manufactures a complete line of H0 scale locomotives (DC & Märklin AC), rolling stock, and a selection of highly detailed building kits in both H0 and G scales (including an American prototype steam 0-6-0 set and the production of G scale track compatible with LGB).
In 1992, after the reunification of Germany, the former government-owned company was sold to PIKO Spielwaren GmbH. PIKO Spielwaren GmbH was founded in April 1992 by Dr. René F. Wilfer, PIKO’s President, who had been working in the toy industry since 1986 and had previously managed a model building company.
Previously, Piko was distributed in North America by LGB of America, a subsidiary of Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk, but is now distributed by Silvergate Distributors (link below) located in San Diego, CA.
- Piko official homepage
- Reynauld's Euro Imports Distributors, Inc. website
- Silvergate Distributors, Inc. website
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