All press releases

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

Award: BLG wins elogistics Tool Award 2017

BLG LOGISTICS is the winner of the elogistics Tool Award 2017. The prize was presented by AKJ Automotive on 5 April in Saarbrücken. BLG received the commendation for its new "Drone Support in Logistics" solution, implemented together with the startup sitebots GmbH. Jakub Piotrowski (Head of Business Development Contract BLG LOGISTICS), Julian Bremer (Head of DC Emmerich BLG Handelslogistik), and Lars Viet (Head of Sales BLG Industrielogistik) accepted the award during the 32nd annual congress of AKJ Automotive.

BLG LOGISTICS increases group sales to over a billion euros

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

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.”

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

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.