All press releases

November 2016

BLG develops smart containers for the automobile industry

BLG LOGISTICS, jointly with Bosch, the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA), GS1 Germany and queo, won out in a technology competition of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with a digital lighthouse project for the automobile industry. The project SaSCh – an acronym for “Digital services for shaping agile supply chains” – has been part of the “PAICE” support program, designed to provide major impetus for digitization of industry, since October 11. The focus of the project is on development of a cyber-physical system that digitally records the quality data of car parts in the supply chain. The official starting signal for the project was given in November.

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June 2016

BLG expands international forwarding business

BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG takes over FORTRAGROUP with retroactive effect from January 1, 2016. The two companies signed the contract in Bremen yesterday. The transaction represents a major milestone in the BLG strategy of systematically expanding its forwarding services division.

May 2016

BLG welcomes shareholders to 136th Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

“Blazing new trails, showing courage – that’s an attitude deeply ingrained in BLG’s 139-year history,” said Frank Dreeke. With these introductory words the BLG CEO looked back once again at the event of the century “50 years of container handling in Germany” at the 136th Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of BREMER LAGERHAUS-GESELLSCHAFT –Aktiengesellschaft von 1877– at the Congress Center Bremen on May 24, 2016. After that Frank Dreeke thanked the shareholders present, many of whom have been following BLG’s development and work for years, on behalf of the entire Board of Management and then reported to them on the listed company BREMER LAGERHAUS-GESELLSCHAFT –Aktiengesellschaft von 1877–.

April 2016

50 Years Later and Still Going Strong

May 5, 1966 is a historic date: the dawn of the era of containerized transport in Germany. 50 years ago on this date, the first dedicated container ship was unloaded at Bremen’s Überseehafen by Bremer Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft (today BLG Logistics). Since then, containerization has gone on to revolutionize global trade and transport, and also helped to enable Germany to become an export powerhouse. The idea was as simple as it was revolutionary: cargo packed in a standardized steel box could be transferred to any transportation mode anywhere in the world. The standardization of processes accelerated the global transport chain and made globalization possible. In Germany, Bremer Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft pioneered this process. Although many players in the shipping and transport industries initially viewed the new steel box with skepticism, BLG’s management grasped the potential early on. Over time, the pioneer became one of the world’s largest shipping line-independent container terminal operators, the EUROGATE Group. EUROGATE was founded in 1999 as a joint venture of the container divisions of BLG Logistics, Bremen, and Hamburg-based EUROKAI, and is today active in eleven seaports in Germany and Europe, including Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deep-water port. As container cargos boomed, container handling was relocated from Bremen to Bremerhaven. Today, Bremerhaven is Europe’s fourth largest container port. Over 100 million standard containers (TEU) have been handled here to date. Under the patronage of Martin Günthner, Bremen’s Senator for Economy, Labor and Ports, BLG Logistics and EUROGATE will celebrate this historic event “50 Years of Container Handling in Germany” on May 4, 2016 at the BLG Forum, Bremen. This anniversary event is also supported by the port management company bremenports and other enterprises.

BLG LOGISTICS closes 2015 financial year on a solid foundation

  • Group sales rise again: 938.6 million euros
  • Increasing sales in all three divisions
  • EBT nearly at previous year’s level: 29.7 million euros
  • CONTRACT Division establishes new Fashion Logistics segment

The Board of Management of BLG LOGISTICS presented the results of the past financial year at its balance sheet press conference in Bremen on April 20, 2016. CEO Frank Dreeke was satisfied “because we again managed to successfully continue the targeted growth course in 2015 and also increased sales compared to the previous year. The operating result of the BLG Group is nearly at the previous year’s level. In our assessment the economic situation of the BLG Group is stable, but shows potential for improvement.”

International accolade: BLG and engelbert strauss receive ELA Award

BLG LOGISTICS together with its partner engelbert strauss is the winner of the European Logistics Award of the European Logistics Association (ELA). After winning the 2015 German Award for Supply Management for the project entitled “Stargate junction – logistics at the interface between humans and robots”, the two companies have now received distinction for this project at the European level, too. Thomas Krüger, Managing Director of BLG Handelslogistik, and Matthias Fischer, Head of Operational Projects at engelbert strauss, received the coveted award in Brussels yesterday evening.

March 2016

Fire fighters practice high-rise rescue in BLG high-bay warehouse

BLG LOGISTICS made its high-bay warehouse facility in Bremen available one recent Sunday to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Verden and Achim and the Oldenburg Fire Department for a rescue exercise 38 meters up in the air. In one of the three high-bay blocks, 146 meters long, 70 meters wide and 42 meters high, the 16-member team of specialists responded to a simulated emergency as part of an ongoing-training exercise.

BLG receives BMW in Bremerhaven

Last week the new General Manager Plant Dispatch and Vehicle Distribution of the BMW Group, Peter Hörndlein, personally got an idea of the important distribution logistics site for the BMW Group for the first time. Mathias Wellbrock’s successor along with Dr. Ulrich Wieland, Vice President Vehicle Distribution and Vehicle Distribution Center as well as Sandra Reichenauer, Vehicle Distribution Railway Europe and Northern Ports, visited the BLG Auto Terminal Bremerhaven.

February 2016

BLG LOGISTICS and bremenports sign operating contract for the Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven

The most important port construction project that the two-city state of Bremen will implement this decade is making good progress: representatives of BLG LOGISTICS and the port management company bremenports have now signed the operating contract for the 25-hectare Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB). “We are pleased to have found a competent partner in BLG for the long-term operation of the new loading zone,” stated Ekkehart Siering, Bremen’s State Councillor for Ports.

January 2016

BLG takes over parts of the plant logistics management for BMW

BLG LOGISTICS has been managing parts of  the logistics for the BMW plant in Leipzig since January 1, 2016. The company performs services along the entire supply chain from receiving to warehouse management, sequencing and order picking as well as line supply all the way to handling empties on approx. 200,000 square meters at its client’s plant. BLG manages the supply of the carmaker’s conventional models at the Leipzig site. The processing volume encompasses all parts for a daily production.

December 2015

BLG trainee fashions Trabant for Haus des Handwerks

25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, motor vehicle guild, BLG – these are the thematic elements symbolized by half of the body of a Trabant 601 that was mounted on a wall at the Vocational Training and Technology Center (BTZ) at Haus des Handwerks in Bremerhaven a few days ago. Michelle Bach prepared and fashioned the classic car. The 18-year-old is in her third training year as automotive painter at BLG AutoTec GmbH & Co. KG in Bremerhaven.

BLG supports logistics network in South Korea

BLG CEO Frank Dreeke and Board member Michael Blach met the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Korean magazine Korea Shippers Journal on the occasion of a visit to South Korea. In an interview they talked about BLG’s business relations to shipping company customers in the AUTOMOBILE segment and current business with Korean service provider Hyundai Glovis, headquartered in Seoul.

November 2015

New BLG parking deck in Bremerhaven inaugurated

BLG LOGISTICS initiated operation of the new parking deck N3 at its Auto Terminal in Bremerhaven six weeks earlier than planned. The official inauguration took place in Nordhafen today in the presence of the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labor and Ports, Martin Günthner, and the mayor of Bremerhaven, Melf Grantz.

October 2015

Excellent logistics solution: BLG and engelbert strauss receive German Award for Supply Chain Management in 2015

BLG LOGISTICS is the holder of the German Award for Supply Management in 2015. Together with its client engelbert strauss, market leader in the workwear sector, the logistics provider headquartered in Bremen received the coveted award for the first time yesterday evening. The presentation of the award for the project “Stargate meeting point – logistics at the interface of humans and robots” took place at a gala on the first day of the 32nd German Logistics Congress, held in Berlin from October 28 to 30.

BLG transports crucible with molten steel

Ship sections weighing 740 tons, scrapped diesel engines or a crucible with molten steel – the heavy-lift cargo specialists at BLG LOGISTICS regularly carry out such special transshipment projects. They then make use of the flexible and maneuverable self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) made by SCHEUERLE, the developer of these special vehicles for extremely large and heavy cargo and the world market leader in vehicles with hydraulic suspension swing axles.

September 2015

Groundbreaking for new BLG logistics center in Düsseldorf

The ceremonial commencement of construction of BLG LOGISTICS’ new logistics facility in the port of Düsseldorf took place today together with project partners Panattoni Europe, AEW Europe, client Daimler, RheinCargo as well as the City of Düsseldorf and the property owner Stadtwerke Düsseldorf. The logistics center, which is geared to the requirements of the car parts and industrial logistics sector, will be built on a total property area of 117,000 square meters.

International Gold for BLG’s Annual Report

A fresh design, excellent photography and a well conceived overall presentation – BLG LOGISTICS for the first time tackled the ARC Award, the oldest and biggest international competition for annual reports, jointly with its agency HGB Hamburger Geschäftsberichte and received top distinction. The financial publication of BREMER LAGERHAUS-GESELLSCHAFT –Aktiengesellschaft von 1877– for the year 2014 with the title, “We develop values – at the right place at the right time”, achieved the GOLD Award in the category “Non English / Logistic Enterprises”. BLG CEO Frank Dreeke notes: “We as the Board of Management view this award as a special recognition and congratulate our team on its success.”

BLG creates training opportunities

Today 60 young people started a traineeship or a BA program at the BLG LOGISTICS locations in Bremen and Bremerhaven – including four refugees from Somalia, Zimbabwe, Montenegro and Chechnya. Two of them are joining BLG directly as warehouse logistics specialist trainees. Two other young men are initially completing a twelve-month internship as entry-level vocational qualification. They are taking part in the program entitled “Training – future opportunity” – an initiative set up this year for the second time by the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen as well as the Chamber of Crafts and Chamber of Commerce. To further improve their command of German, the participants will additionally be able to attend vocationally oriented language courses.

August 2015

BLG awards contract to AEW and Panattoni for new logistics center in port of Düsseldorf

Panattoni Europe, a developer of logistics real estate in Hamburg, and LOGISTIS Funds, managed by AEW Europe as the investor, are setting up a new logistics center in Düsseldorf on a total area of 117,000 square meters. This is the result of an intensive planning and coordination process between the municipal utility, Stadtwerken Düsseldorf, as the property owner, the Ports of Neuss-Düsseldorf as the owner of the container terminal, the logistics provider BLG LOGISTICS as the tenant, Panattoni and AEW as well as Logivest, a logistics real estate specialist providing support and consulting services for the location process.

BLG, on behalf of WFP, analyzes further ports

In the future, as in the past, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will enjoy the benefits of expertise contributed pro bono by BLG LOGISTICS. That was agreed recently between BLG CEO Frank Dreeke and Ramiro Lopes da Silva, Assistant Executive Director for Operations Services at the UN organization. The meeting was held in Rome, where the WFP is headquartered. During those talks the WFP representative emphasized the significance of the port analyses that BLG, in the context of this cooperative effort, has already carried out in potential disaster areas. This is key to WFP planning and making preparations for distributing aid to widespread regions.

BLG in Bremen: 42 soccer fields for automotive parts logistics

In Bremen, BLG operates 300,000 square meters of indoor storage exclusively for auto parts logistics, largely at the Güterverkehrszentrum (Freight Village – GVZ). This facility, in Bremen, is the largest GVZ in Germany. Recently the most recent complex of buildings, the “LC GVZ 2”, was fully occupied by BLG, the transfer being made by a logistics real estate developer and investor, Panattoni Europe. Operations in certain sections already started in March of 2015.

E-commerce fulfillment for the Deutsche Bahn

Beginning on the first of August, BLG LOGISTICS, operating out of its logistics center in Frankfurt, has been in the service of the German Railways. Provided here are uniforms and workwear for Deutsche Bahn employees, numbering about 40,000. Distribution is to conductors, traction vehicle drivers, on-board service personnel, service staff, travel advisors, technical personnel – and 2,000 regional offices maintained by the Deutsche Bahn AG. Here, for the first time, BLG is handling all the e-commerce transactions for a customer.

July 2015

BLG sets up new sports and fashion logistics segment

Yesterday BLG Handelslogistik GmbH & Co. KG and MOTEX Mode-Textil-Service Logistik und Management GmbH signed an agreement establishing the joint venture BLG Sports & Fashion Logistics GmbH. By acquiring 51 percent of the shares in MOTEX, a company based in Hörsel, Thuringia, BLG laid the foundation stone for setting up a new business segment.

June 2015