about us.


To make it easier for anyone, anywhere to communicate in even the harshest conditions.


We envision to be the trusted Partner of Choice among partners along the value chain who value long-term relationships. Innovation is a part of our DNA, we are thriving to be a leader in the rugged space.


Established 10+ years, RugGear has been a global leader in the design and manufacturing of rugged phones and the partner of choice for leading network operators, enterprises and brands around the world.

With roots in China and Germany, we’re proud to call ourselves a true ‘East meets West’ company. No matter what your personal or professional needs are, RugGear supports both work and play so you can feel confident with a reliable device all day long.

Our durable and robust handsets and accessories are developed using the highest-quality materials and designed with the latest technology and innovation, with the rugged credentials to prove. Each device has a fit-for-purpose design while still standing out from the crowd.

Our in-house engineering, manufacturing, sales and distribution makes us an industry powerhouse.
Every day, we continue to focus on bringing you superior products with our multitude of patents that direct and influence the rugged space.


Maverick Chen (Founder & President)

Maverick-Chen-RugGear-Founder-and-PresidentMaverick Chen is the Founder and President of RugGear®, the worldwide leading manufacturer of rugged mobile phones, smartphones and tablets.

Chen has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile phone sector, in both the design and production fields. Chen personally owns diverse patents for mobile devices, and for that reason alone he’s a sought-after business partner in the manufacturing industry. Further highlights of his career include management functions such as sales and quality control, as well as research and development in consumer electronics.

In 2006, Maverick Chen ventured into self-employment and became an entrepreneur. For he knows the mobile market like no other, he recognized the rapidly growing need for rugged mobile phones for extreme working environments: Chen founded RugGear®. Since 2006, the company, which headquarters are located in Hong Kong, has developed, produced and launched numerous device models for the “Rugged Phones” sector onto the market. Today, RugGear® is present in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

Oliver Schulte (CEO)

Oliver-Schulte-RugGear-CEOPrior to joining RugGear®, Schulte was Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer for Nokia’s successor HMD Global, where he played a significant role in changing the direction of the company. Previously, he held the position of CEO Mobile and COO of the Bullitt Group which, among others, is the exclusive worldwide licensee of Cat® (Caterpillar Inc.) and distributes eponymous mobile devices. During that time, he successfully launched new products for leading telecommunication companies such as Telekom and Verizon. He also held many executive positions at Taiwan’s tech company HTC, including Vice President of Commercial Operations. In addition, he was part of the management team, which successfully led the transition from reliable OEM to established EMEA brand.

Oliver Schulte has an excellent track record and almost 20 years of experience in the industry. His results are more than impressive with regard to both the growth rates and the individual management goals of the company. Oliver Schulte sees himself as a hands-on manager.