Good news for all LGB fans! LGB has a new owner.
Mr Hermann Schöntag, owner of the Rügen Kleinbahn, a narrow gauge
railway on the German island Rügen, and former owner of
ModellEisenBahner magazine, is the new owner of Ernst Paul Lehmann
Patentwerk, the manufacturers of LBG large scale model trains.
For the full story, and a message from Mr Schöntag, go to:
Does anyone understand exactly what's going on with LGB? I'm confused
-- is it about to implode leaving only lawsuits to remain?
First I receive an email from email@example.com stating:
We learned today that Mr. Sch=F6ntag, the announced buyer of E.P.
Lehmann, has been unable to secure bank financing to complete the
purchase....However, LGB will live and thrive, with or without
Lehmann. Here is the key: LGB of America owns the trademark and
marketing rights for LGB for the entire world except Germany, and we
are working hard to ensure that the production of LGB products -- with
all the quality you expect from LGB -- continues long into the future.
Now I receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
Contrary to LGB of America's interpretation all US-trademarks and US-
copyrights worldwide reverted automatically back to E.P.LEHMANN
PATENTWERK OHG upon transferring ownership of LGB of America to G45 on
September 1st, 2006. Therefore, E.P.LEHMANN GmbH & Co. KG as the
successor in title is the owner of all trademarks and copyrights
Making trains isn't all about trademarks and marketing. Who will
retain the tooling to make them -- and the make the investments to
make new trains in Germany, China or otherwise?