All press releases

January 2018

BLG LOGISTICS creates 170 new jobs in Bremerhaven

On the basis of the works council agreement signed today by the works council of BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven and BLG LOGISTICS, up to 170 new employees will be hired at BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven in the next months. For the first time ever, about 100 of the new jobs will be part of a recently adopted part-time employment model that offers family and care-friendly shift times and a shift length of six hours.

Powerful future support by Robots when emptying containers

40-foot standard containers are the most frequently used sea containers worldwide. With internal dimensions of roughly 12 by 2.3 by 2.4 meters, they have a loading volume of 65 cubic meters and a cargo load of up to some 26 tons. Unloading these containers is heavy work, still mainly carried out manually in the world's ports. Now there are plans for an innovative robot to take over this job. The research is being carried out by BIBA – the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics at Bremen University, in cooperation with development partners BLG Handelslogistik and SCHULZ Systemtechnik in Bremen plus FRAMOS in Taufkirchen near Munich. The new project is named “Interactive Robot System for Unloading Sea Containers” (IRiS).

December 2017

Promoting diversity – BLG awarded Bremen Diversity Prize

This year's Diversity Prize went to BLG LOGISTICS and Bremerhaven Adult Education Center. The jury selected BLG for its systematic development of an organization that respects diversity. The prize money of EUR 2,500 will go into a project organized by BLG management trainees for a football championship for disabled players in Bremerhaven.

BLG: Surprisingly successful year for Bremen’s ports

“2017 was a good year for BLG LOGISTICS in many respects, and that will also be reflected in the earnings of the BLG Group,” declared BLG CEO Frank Dreeke at the Bremen State Press Conference on Ports on December 11. “Automotive handling in Bremen grew once more, the high and heavy segment handled more cargo than ever and the Neustädter Hafen port facility is rapidly picking up speed,” he continued. In the CONTAINER segment, represented by EUROGATE, BLG expects a steady or slightly reduced handling volume at its German container terminals as compared to the previous year.

Airbus, BLG LOGISTICS and Mercedes-Benz prepare employees for the digital transition

  • The project “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors) promotes cross-sector exchange between companies in Bremen
  • Participants complete a three months internship in a partner company with the aim of enhancing cooperativeness and willingness to change
  • The exchange is scientifically supported by Jacobs University
  • The pilot project is to be extended to other cooperation partners after successful completion

November 2017

September 2017

BLG Implements Intelligent Planning and Controlling for Greater Effectiveness and Efficiency in Vehicle Handling

Where is anything at any given moment, and how can it be provided at the desired destination by the best means at the right time?  For instance, a vehicle to be loaded aboard a ship in Bremerhaven.  Up to now, this has mainly been a manual process.  But in future, the operational processes at BLG LOGISTICS’ AutoTerminal Bremerhaven will be controlled and planned with the aid of real-time status reports and mobile data acquisition. To this end, the research project “Isabella” has been launched in Bremen.

August 2017

BLG and Fenix confirmed joint long term strategy for cooperation at Port Bronka

After half a year of successful cooperation in handling of new cars BLG Logistics Group and LLC Fenix agreed on long term plans for joint future development of the business at Port Bronka in the Big Port of St. Petersburg. For the definition of the future strategy Elena Glukhova, representing the shareholders of Port Bronka, and Frank Dreeke, CEO of BLG Logistics Group, recently signed a Letter of Intent on joint projects and activities at the Port of Bronka  in St. Petersburg.

June 2017

BLG celebrates anniversary in Erfurt

At its Erfurt location, BLG LOGISTICS has been supplying services to IKEA since 1997. Having grown to a total floor space of 478,000 square meters, the Distribution Center Erfurt (DC Erfurt) offers the capacity for some 360,000 pallets. Goods are stored in 13 conventional warehouses plus one fully automated and two semi-automated high-rack warehouses. This makes the Distribution Center among the largest warehouse locations in IKEA's global distribution network.

May 2017

BLG takes over Kitzinger logistics group

With retroactive effect from the beginning of 2017, BLG LOGISTICS has taken over forwarding company Kitzinger & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG) as well as its subsidiary Arno Rosenlöcher (GmbH & Co. KG). Both companies have been well known on the market for many years under the umbrella brand KICO. Representatives of the two enterprises came together to sign the contract in Bremen on May 3. After takeovers in 2016, KICO is a key component in BLG's strategy of expanding its forwarding business.

BLG Welcomes Normed Line to Neustadt Harbor

Since mid-April, ships of the Normed Line have been calling at Bremen’s Neustadt Harbor. At the Terminal in Neustadt Harbor operated by BLG Cargo Logistics GmbH, they load double-deck coaches weighing up to 70 tones each, manufactured by Bombardier Transportation GmbH in Görlitz. A total of 60 coaches will be delivered by rail to Bremen in the coming months; from there they will be shipped to Ashdod, Israel, in multiple contingents. The shipping agent COLI Schiffahrt & Transport Bremen GmbH is responsible for shipment.

April 2017

BLG LOGISTICS increases group sales to over a billion euros

At the press conference on the financial statements in Bremen on April 5, 2017 the Board of Management at BLG LOGISTICS presented the results of the past financial year. CEO Frank Dreeke was pleased “because we were able to achieve what we forecast a year ago and managed to increase sales in all three divisions in 2016. The operating result of the BLG Group is slightly above that of the previous year. In our estimation the economic situation of the BLG Group remains stable, but is capable of improvement.”

  • Increase in sales in all three divisions
  • EBT rises to 30.8 million euros
  • CONTRACT Division expands Freight Forwarding segment

February 2017

December 2016

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.

October 2016

September 2016