Company Profile: Roco
History in a Nutshell
Roco's predecessor was German-Austrian Kunststoffverarbeitungs Ges.mbH in Salzburg, formed around 1959 by Ing. Heinz Rössler and his wife. The name was briefly changed to Peetzy before becoming Roco-Peetzy Miniatur-Modelle in 1960. Initially their focus was HO Scale tanks and military vehicles, but by 1965 they were making HO Scale model railroad freight cars for other companies, which proved to be a huge success; this was followed in 1967 with N Scale rolling stock. They also produced a line of HO narrow gauge locos and freight cars.
Roco Modellspielwaren GmbH acquired Röwa in 1974, right after Röwa had acquired Rokal; however, Roco did nothing with Rokal's extensive TT Scale line. In 2008, Roco went bankrupt and, together with Fleischmann, was purchased by Modelleisenbahn GmbH; in August 2017, Modelleisenbahn put the two brands up for sale.
N Scale Products
Since Roco initially made their N Scale freight cars exclusively for other companies, they weren't marketed by Roco themselves until the early 1970s.
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