With 413 inhabitants per square kilometre, the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Housing is particularly scarce and expensive here – reason enough for investors to get involved in residential real estate in the Netherlands. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors Benelux – List of Real Estate Investors in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.

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1. Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

Achmea is one of the largest Dutch insurance groups. Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance in Amsterdam covers the real estate investment and asset management arm of the group. The company acts for institutional investors – including. Pension funds – and manages approximately €37.4 billion in assets. Syntrus Achmea also undertakes residential real estate transactions on behalf of its clients. At the end of 2020, it sold a residential portfolio of 284 single-family homes and 59 apartment buildings in 10 Dutch locations for BPL Pensioen.

2. a.s.r. real estate

Utrecht-based a.s.r. real estate has been around since 1892 and has more than 125 real estate investment experiences – including residential properties. In the middle of last year, the project “The Minister” in Rijswijk was purchased for the in-house “Dutch Core Residential Fund”. Instead of the “Winston Churchill” office tower – formerly the headquarters of the Dutch Ministry of Health – a 25-storey residential tower with 220 rental apartments is to be built. a.s.r. real estate manages 6.4 billion euros in real estate assets.

3. Daelmans Vastgoed

Daelmans Vastgoed in Maastricht is a family business and has been in existence since 1982. It is one of the largest Dutch real estate investment companies and focuses on residential, commercial and office properties in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The portfolio now comprises more than 3,000 properties. Among the largest investments in 2020 was the purchase of 399 single-family and multi-family homes from the portfolio in 18 locations in the Netherlands. The transaction totalled 91 million euros.
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The office property market in the Netherlands is concentrated in the Randstad metropolitan region in the west of the country, with the urban centres of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht as its cornerstones. This is not the only place where these 3 real estate companies invest. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors Benelux – List of Real Estate Investors in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.

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1. a.s.r. real estate

a.s.r. real estate, based in Utrecht, is a long-established Dutch real estate investor with over 125 years of corporate history. Assets under management within five funds amount to approximately €6.4 billion. A typical a.s.r. investment is the purchase of EDGE Eindhoven at the end of 2020 – a project development for a mixed office and residential building with 25,000 square metres of office space in the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands.

2. Amsterdam Realty Partners B.V

ARP has been in existence since 2014 and is focused on project developments for high-end properties in the Randstad region. One engages in new construction projects as well as modernization and renovation of buildings. ARP also offers real estate investment portfolios. One example of ARP investments is the purchase last year of an office building in Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The modern building has 1,839 square metres of office space and is fully let to a solvent tenant.

3. QUAN

QUAN Real Estate Investors in Amsterdam was founded in 2018 by real estate professionals and prefers to invest in office, light industrial, healthcare and hospitality properties. In office space, the focus is on the Core + risk class. The purchase of an office building in the Lage Weide industrial estate in Utrecht two years ago fits in precisely with this focus. The building offers 4,687 square metres of office space on two floors for around 40 tenants and space for a restaurant.
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France offers many worthwhile destinations and interesting tourist regions, but is also an important destination for business travel. Hotel operators therefore find a large market here and so do hotel investors. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. ICAMAP Advisory France

ICAMAP is a Luxembourg-based investment company with a Paris branch (ICAMAP Advisory France) and a London branch (ICAMAP Advisory France). ICAMAP launches special real estate funds for institutional investors and family offices. The assets under management amount to more than 1.6 billion euros. ICAMAP is also active in the hotel sector. Together with Canada’s Ivanhoé Cambridge (Quebec), over two-thirds of the shares in the EasyHotel group in London – a super budget hotel chain – were acquired in 2019 via the Citrus UK joint venture.

2. SD2P (Société de Développement Professionnel Pierre Esnée)

SD2P is considered No. 1 in the French tourism industry when it comes to hotel investments. The company, led by Pierre and Marie-Laure Esnée, is involved in many hotel projects. In addition to renowned Parisian hotels, the group owns two to five-star hotels with a total of 11,000 rooms in France, Switzerland and Belgium. In doing so, the group is also quite prepared to go new ways and to part with silverware. In 2018, the traditional Hotel Lancaster in Paris was sold to another French family group.

3. Alboran

Alboran in Paris was founded in 2016 and operates as both a hotel operator and hotel investor. Currently, the company has 15 completed or under construction hotels with a total of 1300 rooms in France. Locations are Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Reims, Avignon, Amiens, Saint-Quentin and Rennes. The core of the hotel portfolio is formed by the 12 Escalotel properties with 850 rooms acquired in 2018. Escalotel is one of AccorHotels’ main French franchisees and continues to operate under Alboran management.
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Sustainability has now become part of many businesses, including real estate investors around the world. In France, too, building has become more environmentally conscious. The “Haute Qualité Environnementale” certificate for the high environmental quality of buildings has been in place since 2005. The French real estate investor Covivio is also committed to sustainability.
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Sustainability in France and Germany

Covivio – formerly Foncière des Régions – is a French REIT, “real estate investment trust”, based in the French city of Metz. Covivio is also active in Germany. The group owns the large housing and real estate company Immeo SE in Oberhausen. The real estate investor has defined sustainability as a strategy for its entire group. CO2 savings targets have been set at all European locations and the company wants to make an active contribution to reducing emissions. This environmental contribution also includes energy-efficient construction.

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France is one of the most important European markets for retail real estate. Around one sixth of EU retail sales are generated in our neighbouring country. Despite the e-commerce boom, major French investors continue to focus on retail in their portfolios. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. Groupama Gan REIM

Groupama Gan REIM is part of the “Groupe des Assurances Mutuelles Agricoles” – Groupama for short -, a French insurance group with its origins in the agricultural cooperative sector. Groupama Gan Reim specialises in investment vehicles for institutional investors and manages assets of around €850 million. In the autumn of 2020, a 3,140-square-metre Monoprix supermarket in the 6th arrondissement of Paris was acquired for the investment vehicle “Groupama Gan Retail France OPPCI”, which focuses on French retail real estate. The 6th arrondissement is a prime location in Paris.

2. La Société des Grands Magasins

La Société des Grands Magasins is a Lyon-based real estate company focused on shopping centers and department stores. It focuses on sites in attractive city centre locations with a catchment area of at least 100,000 consumers. The investment company, founded only a few years ago by the young entrepreneur Frédéric Merlin from Lyon, aims to revitalize stationary retail in city centers with new utilization concepts. Last year, it acquired a portfolio of eight properties with a total area of 41,000 square meters in the Lyon area.

3. F&A Asset Management

Paris-based F&A Asset Management sees itself as an investment boutique. Founded in 2016, the company is entirely focused on investments in retail real estate on behalf of institutional investors. The F&A portfolio currently comprises around 150 assets with a volume of approximately €500 million. Last year, five retail stores in prime downtown Paris locations were acquired for €12 million for F&A’s “High Street Retail” fund. The fund is an investment vehicle focused on retail properties in prime locations in France.
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After years of stagnation, residential property prices in France have picked up significantly over the past four years. Long overshadowed by other markets, the country is once again interesting for real estate investors with a residential focus. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. AMDG

AMDG is a French investment and asset management company based in Lyon that launches real estate funds. A portfolio of a total of eleven residential buildings was acquired last year for the “Appart Invest 3” fund, which has an initial capital of €50 million in 2019. They cover an area of 14,100 square meters. The deal has a total volume of 80 million euros. Seven buildings are located in Lyon (47.8 million euros), three in Paris (27.5 million euros) and one in Strasbourg (4.7 million euros).

2. ATLAND

Foncière ATLAND is a French real estate investment company that launches real estate funds for the general public and institutional investors, makes real estate investments and develops residential projects. Founded in 2003, ATLAND is based in Paris and pursues a global strategy. Last year, ATLAND acquired a 60 percent majority stake in Les Maisons de Marianne. The company is considered a pioneer of social housing in France and is particularly involved in intergenerational housing. Marianne founder Eric Vialatel retains 40 percent and the operational management.

3. Patrimoni Group

Patrimoni is a Paris-based real estate company that has been in existence since 1985 and is family-owned. It operates as a project developer, real estate investor and manager. Assets under management amount to over 250 million euros. At the beginning of last year, Patrimoni further increased its Paris portfolio with the purchase of three apartment buildings. The value of the properties, with a total area of 3,800 square meters, is estimated at around 40 million euros. They are located in the central 15th arrondissement, which borders the Eiffel Tower.

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When it comes to office property investments in France, interest is focused primarily on Paris and the Ile-de-France. After all, one in five French people lives and works in this region. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. CLEMIUM

The CLEMIUM group has been in existence since 2013 and is involved in office properties, among others. Geographically, the investment focus is on the Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Aix regions. Since its creation, 87 transactions have been carried out. CLEMIUM, which has its origins in Montpellier, intends to further expand its activities in the French capital. To this end, it acquired an office building in the 9th arrondissement last year. The elegant district in the centre is one of the best locations in Paris, and the property is a 900-square-metre urban villa.

2. Tivoli Capital

Marseille-based real estate investor Tivoli Capital proves that office property investments are not only worthwhile in Paris. Its geographical focus is more on the south of France, in particular Provence. Under the brand name “Newton Offices”, Tivoli Capital operates project developments and investments in office properties together with the US investment company KKR. One promising project is “Newton Nice – Grand Arénas”. Here, an approx. 8,700 square metre office project is to be realised in the vicinity of the international airport by 2023.

3. Bellérophon

Bellérophon REIM is a Paris-based real estate investment company founded in 2017. REIM stands for “Real Estate Investment Management” and is a specific type of company for trading, brokerage, management or construction of real estate analogous to REIT. In this sense, Bellérophon supports investors as a service provider in real estate investments, including office properties. In the autumn of last year, for example, the sale and letting of a 2,600 square metre office building in Les Ulis in Ile-de-France was taken over.
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The topic of sustainability has become increasingly well-known and important in recent years, as can be seen from the various “Sustainability Reports” published by real estate investors. Sustainable construction is also in vogue in the UK. With the BREEAM system (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the world’s first certification system for building sustainability was invented here in 1990. The British real estate investor Great Portland Estates plc is also geared towards sustainability. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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Great Portland Estates plc – climate-neutral and energy-efficient

Great Portland Estates has been active as a real estate investor and project developer in the United Kingdom since 1959, and as a REIT (real estate investment trust) since 2007. The company is based in the British capital London. The largest part of the real estate portfolio is also located there. The investor prefers to invest in the central district of Marylebone around Great Portland Street. The investment focus is primarily on office buildings. Great Portland Estate pursues a conscious sustainability strategy. One of its sustainability goals is to become climate-neutral by 2030. In addition, Great Portland Estates aims to reduce its energy consumption by 40 percent.

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The UK has one of the world’s most developed markets for online retail. This requires logistics space. Reason enough to invest in logistics real estate in the UK. These investors are doing it! This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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1. London Metric Property LLC

London Metric Property is a UK REIT. The property portfolio managed by the REIT is valued at GBP 2.3 billion. About one-third of its assets are invested in urban logistics properties. At the beginning of 2021, two further properties were acquired for a total of GBP 39 million in Manchester and in Birmingham. In Manchester, a warehouse building measuring around 12,750 square metres was purchased for GBP 20.5 million, while in Birmingham a warehouse measuring over 11,000 square metres was purchased for around GBP 18 million.

2. Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Oxenwood Real Estate is a privately owned real estate company founded in 2014 and based in London. It invests with a particular focus on logistics properties. To date, there are 22 properties in the portfolio, all located exclusively in England. The portfolio was already increased at the end of 2019 with the purchase of a 7,600 square metre warehouse in Weybridge, west of London, as part of a joint venture with Catalina Holdings. The property was recently let to Hermes Parcelnet for 15 years, guaranteeing stable long-term income.

3. Valor Real Estate LLP

Valor Real Estate Partners (“Valor”) sees itself as a pan-European real estate investor with a focus on logistics and industrial properties. To date, the portfolio includes 53 sites – primarily in Greater London (23) and Paris (14). At the end of January, Valor announced five further acquisitions in the vicinity of the British capital. The transaction volume amounts to over GBP 50 million. The five properties are logistics and commercial premises of varying sizes in Weybridge, Canning Town (2 properties), Sunbury and Park Royal.

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Measured by per capita income, the UK is among the TOP 10 in Europe. Retailers will therefore find plenty of buying potential here – a good prerequisite for real estate investors with a focus on UK retail properties.
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1. Maya Capital LLP

Maya Capital is a UK investment company founded in 2014 and based in London. It has focused on real estate and private equity investments. In real estate, the focus so far has been on office properties in the UK, but outside London. Last year, Maya Capital launched a new real estate fund that aims to invest specifically in retail properties. GBP 250 million is available for this purpose. In doing so, the firm is betting on the recovery of bricks-and-mortar retail after overcoming the Covid19 pandemic. The new fund expands Maya’s strategy, which has so far focused on office properties.

2. Supermarket Income REIT plc

A REIT is a tax-advantaged investment construct that invests almost exclusively in real estate. This is also true of the London-based Supermarket Income REIT, whose name already makes its investment focus clear. The REIT focuses on promising British supermarket locations. The REIT’s latest acquisition fits this strategy. Morrisons Store in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was bought for £30m. Built in the 1980s, the supermarket was extended to 7,000 square metres in 2011 and is let on a long-term lease.

3. Mayfair Capital Investment Management Limited

Mayfair Capital Investment Management is a UK subsidiary of Swiss Life Asset Managers and is an investment company that launches property funds for institutional investors. The Property Income Trust for Charities (“PITCH”) is a dedicated investment vehicle for charities. Through PITCH, a supermarket in north London was acquired for £12.7 million in early 2021. Built in 2000, the property is located in an affluent residential area of Endfield. The store is let on a long-term lease to the M&S supermarket chain until 2045.
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Despite some Brexit uncertainties – the UK residential property market remains popular. Housing in London in particular is expensive. Residential real estate investments in the UK remain interesting for investors. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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1. Kooky

Kooky is an investment boutique and part of the UK’s Delph Property Group, which has been involved in residential property since 1948. By 2023, Kooky aims to put £500m into residential property investments. Kooky is now further expanding its property portfolio in the London area with the acquisition of two apartment blocks in Bishop’s Stortford, north east of London. The deal is for £20.5m and follows the £40m acquisition of Buckingham House in High Wicombe in late 2020. The two buildings now purchased comprise 66 residential units. Projects of 30 to 150 units are Kooky’s target.

2. PGIM Real Estate Inc

PGIM Real Estate is the real estate investment arm of U.S. asset manager PGIM, which in turn is owned by Prudential Financial, one of the world’s largest life insurers. As part of its European strategy, PGIM Real Estate recently acquired the 123-unit Center Square residential property in High Wycombe. The town to the west of London is a popular residential location for capital city commuters. The building also contains three commercial units. It is located less than half an hour from Heathrow Airport and offers its residents optimal shopping and public transport connections.

3. PATRIZIA Immobilien AG

PATRIZIA is a German real estate investment group with its own subsidiary in the UK and is involved in property acquisitions for institutional investors and in-house mutual funds. A 16-storey residential tower in the west of London has now been acquired for an institutional investor. The building comprises 102 residential units and is at the end of the construction phase. It is part of a larger development project in the Park Royal district. The purchase price is the equivalent of EUR 45 million. With this latest acquisition, the residential real estate portfolio managed by PATRIZIA amounts to more than EUR 12.7 billion.
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In the following we present exemplary project developers of retail real estate, which are also part of our list. In particular, we refer to current projects and the scope of the projects. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg)

The name ECE is closely associated with Werner Otto, a German mail order pioneer and founder of Otto-Versand. Werner Otto Vermögensverwaltung G.m.b.H., founded in 1965, became KG Einkaufs-Center Entwicklung G.m.b.H. for project developments in the retail real estate sector in 1970. Today, as ECE Projektmanagement, the 100% family-owned company stands for project development and real estate management of shopping centers. At the end of 2020, the construction and planning volume will amount to around 2.8 billion euros, and around 200 shopping centers across Europe are under ECE management. With the City Center in Doha (Qatar), which will be opened in 2020, the company has entered the Arab region for the first time.

2. Lüder Unternehmensgruppe GmbH (Hildesheim)

Gustav Lüder, the founder of the Lüder Group in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, started his business in 1956 with the brokerage of real estate and financing. In 1965 he started with property development. From this, the Lüder Group of Companies developed as a nationwide real estate company with a focus on project development, investment and management. Projects with a volume of 10 million euros or more are realized. The Lüder Group develops both residential projects and retail properties, preferably both within the framework of district developments. One project implemented in 2020, for example, is the “rejuvenated” Viktoria-Passage at Augsburg station – a combination of residential and commercial building with a project volume of 34 million euros.

3. Fokus Development AG (Duisburg)

Fokus Development was founded in 2013 by Axel Funke, a recognised industry specialist in the development of retail properties. Accordingly, his company focuses on the project development of inner-city retail properties. The range of services covers the entire value chain from acquisition, planning and realization including financing to marketing. The geographical focus of the projects has so far been on North Rhine-Westphalia. However, there is a nationwide approach and projects have also been implemented outside the largest federal state – one example is the East Side Mall at Warschauer Brücke in Berlin-Friedrichshain, which opened in 2018. The mall offers space for around 120 retail stores on a total area of 38,000 sqm.

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In the following, we present three exciting project developers of office properties that are also part of our list. The focus is on current construction projects and the investment volume, as well as the history of the project developers. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. Aurelis Real Estate GmbH (Eschborn)

Aurelis Real Estate is a nationwide asset manager and project developer focusing on corporate real estate in metropolitan regions. A special development focus is on cooperation with municipalities and on the revitalization or refurbishment of properties. Projects with office space are a mainstay of Aurelis Real Estate. A characteristic refurbishment project with an office orientation was “Die Direktion” in Münster. Aurelis thoroughly refurbished, converted and modernized the former headquarters of the Federal Railways in the university city. 24,000 sqm of rental space could be reallocated and used for other purposes. The building has since been sold.

2. DC Developments GmbH & Co KG (Hamburg)

DC Developments has been involved in project development since 2007. Although the company is primarily involved in residential real estate, its activities also cover commercial real estate, including office properties. Projects in the range of EUR 30 million to EUR 250 million are targeted. Good to very good locations in German metropolises are sought, and in the case of special opportunities also in the European region. One of DC Developments’ first office projects was the CENTURION COMMERCIAL CENTER in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Here, an eight-storey office tower with 15,000 gross floor area was realised in a joint venture with Wölbern Invest in a prime location from 2008 to 2010 – project volume 75 million euros.

3. ABG Real Estate Group Hamburg (Frankfurt)

ABG Real Estate was founded in 1967 in Munich as Allgemeine Bauträger Kommanditgesellschaft – ABG for short – and is not to be confused with ABG Holding, a major housing company of the city of Frankfurt. In its three business divisions Development, Real Estate Management and Capital, ABG Real Estate offers a comprehensive range of services for real estate development, management and investment. Project developments take place in the ABG Development division and include large-volume office and commercial buildings in prime inner-city locations in major German cities. One example of this is the Skyper office tower in Frankfurt, which was completed in 2004/2005 and has an area of approx. 63,000 sqm – project volume 520 million euros.

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In the following, we present three interesting project developers for logistics real estate that are also part of our directory. The presentations focus on current projects, the history of the project developers as well as the exact investment focus. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. GLP (Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich)

GLP is a leading investor, developer and operator of logistics properties in Europe. The GLP brand is fairly new and stands for Gazeley Limited Partners. The business started under the name Gazeley in 1987 as part of the Wal-Mart Group. Since 2008, they have gone their separate ways. GLP operates worldwide – apart from Europe also in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Vietnam and the USA. The GLP Europe division is managed from London. In Germany, the company has offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. The German logistics portfolio currently comprises 10 properties, including three leased ones – among others the Hamburg South Logistics Centre (20,000 sqm) and the GVZ Europark Laar (approx. 100,000 sqm).

2. Goodman Germany GmbH (Düsseldorf)

The Goodman Group is an Australian real estate company based in Sydney and operating worldwide. The development and management of logistics properties, warehouses and industrial parks form the business model. The company has been active on the German market since 2004 with its Goodman Germany GmbH. Worldwide, 60 projects with a volume of €2.2 billion and an area of 2.2 million sqm were under development at the end of 2020. In Germany, the portfolio comprised a total of 47 properties at the end of 2020, including several large logistics centres in Hamburg – for example the Hamburg V Logistics Centre with an area of over 11,000 sqm.

3. FOUR PARX Holding GmbH (Dreieich-Sprendlingen)

FOUR PARX in Dreieich in southern Hesse brings together experienced real estate and logistics experts under its roof. With a team of over 25 employees, it develops land for commercial and logistics properties throughout Germany. The company focuses on the development of innovative and sustainable building and space concepts. Compact space planning with a high degree of flexibility is a focal point. The FOUR PARX project in the Berlin-Dahlewitz industrial estate is a prime example of this. Here, a modern commercial and logistics property with 15,000 sqm of usable space was built at the end of 2020. The property is conveniently located on the Berlin ring road and offers both individual divisibility and flexible space combinations – just one of many FOUR PARX projects.

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In the following, we present three exciting project developers for residential real estate that are also part of our directory. The focus is on current projects, the exact investment focus and the history of the project developers. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. BAUWENS GmbH & Co. KG (Cologne)

BAUWENS is an old Cologne construction and project development company in Cologne with a company history of almost 150 years. BAUWENS develops real estate projects from six locations in Germany. Alongside commercial properties, residential real estate is a mainstay of the business. Neighborhood developments are also on the BAUWENS agenda. Here, residential and commercial use often come together. BAUWENS concentrates on German metropolitan regions – preferably in the vicinity of the TOP 7 cities. One planned project in its home city of Cologne is the new Waldviertel in the Rodenkirchen district. Here, 412 apartments and 15,300 sqm of commercial space are to be built in two phases on an area of 35,900 sqm – a complete quarter.

2. Cube Real Estate GmbH (Leverkusen)

Cube Real Estate started as Student Cube GmbH in 2013 in nearby Cologne. In 2015, the company changed its name due to the further development of its business model. The company has long since moved beyond student residences and micro-apartment complexes. Cube Real Estate is involved in other residential projects, boarding houses and hotels, as well as office and commercial real estate projects. Geographically, the company is looking beyond the original target regions of the Rhine-Main area and the Rhineland to other German metropolitan regions. One interesting Cube project, for example, is CUBE CENTRAL 378 in Düsseldorf. Here, a new quarter with approx. 150 flats and apartments as well as 13,000 sqm of usable space for offices and shops is being built in the Flingern-Süd district by 2024.

3. WWB WESER-WOHNBAU HOLDING GMBH & CO. KG (Bremen)

In 1969, Weser Wohnbau GmbH & Co. KG was founded, initially focusing entirely on residential construction projects and the property development business in the Bremen area. Since 2019, the company has been called WWB Weser-Wohnbau Holding GmbH & Co. KG. The various real estate activities of the WWB Group are bundled under the holding umbrella. The residential business model has been expanded to include hotels and commercial properties. In residential projects, the focus is on projects in upscale and high-quality multi-storey residential construction with a manageable number of residential units. The three Bremen projects Portment I/II, Meridian and Marin – three to four-storey multi-family residential buildings with up to 57 residential units – realised between 2012 and 2016 fit this claim exactly.

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In the following, we present three exciting project developers from North Rhine-Westphalia who are also part of our comprehensive directory. The focus of the presentations is the investment focus and current projects of the developers. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG (Cologne)

Art-Invest Real Estate is a real estate group founded in 2010, which deals with real estate investments and project developments. In addition to the managing partners, the Bremer Zech Group – a leading German construction company and well-known family-owned project developer – holds a stake in Art-Invest Real Estate. The project development business is located within the Art-Invest group of companies at Art-Invest Real Estate Management. Financing is provided by a separate investment company, which launches special funds for institutional investors. Art-Invest Real Estate is considered one of the largest office and hotel project developers in Germany, but is also active in residential and retail real estate. Geographically, the project focus is on the major metropolitan regions in Germany, as well as Austria and Great Britain.

2. BAUWENS GmbH & Co. KG (Cologne)

BAUWENS is a company with a long tradition. The origins of the Cologne-based construction, project development and real estate company date back to 1873. In the beginning there were the founding brothers Peter and Camille Bauwens. BAUWENS is still family-owned – with family connections to the first West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. In addition to its headquarters in Cologne, BAUWENS is also represented in the Rhine-Ruhr region, in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt. The project development business takes place in BAUWENS Development GmbH & Co. KG. The BAUWENS subsidiary develops residential and commercial properties, neighbourhoods, office buildings and hotels. The project development volume under management, including joint ventures, amounted to EUR 7.7 billion as of 30 September 2020.

3. GERCHGROUP AG (Düsseldorf)

Founded only at the end of 2015, GERCHGROUP is still a young project development company that can, however, build on experience. The two founders, Mathias Düsterdick and Christoph Hüttemann, had already been active in the profession for a long time. GERCHGROUP has already exceeded the EUR 5 billion mark in investment volume by the end of 2019. In project developments, the focus is on TOP 7 cities as well as prospering B and C cities in Germany. Preferred projects are residential and commercial properties (offices, hotels and retail), as well as district developments. GERCHGROUP is involved in both lucrative new construction projects and revitalization projects. One future project is the planned Deutz Quartiers in Cologne. A new residential and commercial district will be built on the former Deutz AG company site from 2021 – volume: EUR 1 billion.

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In the following, we present 3 exciting project developers from Baden-Württemberg. The presentations focus on current projects, the investment focus and the history of the developers. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. LBBW Immobilien Development GmbH (Stuttgart)

LBBW Immobilien Development GmbH is part of LBBW Immobilien – a division of the LBBW Group. The abbreviation LBBW stands for Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, the largest state bank in Germany with business activities far beyond the state borders. Under the umbrella of LBBW Immobilien Development, classic project developments – preferably in larger cities – are operated. Geographically, the focus is on Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, the Rhine-Main region and Berlin. The real estate spectrum is broad and includes residential and commercial buildings, retail and hotel properties, shopping and retail parks, hospital and university buildings. One characteristic project is the urban four in Heidelberg’s Bahnstadt, which will be completed at the end of 2021 – a residential and commercial complex with 78 apartments and 5 commercial units.

2. DQuadrat Real Estate GmbH (Ludwigsburg)

DQuadrat Real Estate was launched in 2009 as a project development for a private real estate portfolio, but is now involved in development projects beyond that. Based in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart, the family-run company remains connected to the region. The projects are concentrated in the greater Stuttgart area, but the company is also active in Berlin. The projects involve retail and commercial properties, office buildings, rented residential properties and public buildings for administration and education. More recently, DQuadrat Real Estate has also become involved in the hotel sector, student residences and boarding houses. A model project in Ludwigsburg is the Bleyle Quarter, which was realised several years ago – the conversion of the company premises of the former Bleyle knitwear factory into an attractive inner-city quarter.

3. EPPLE GmbH (Heidelberg)

The EPPLE group of companies is a medium-sized group of companies involved in project development and property development in the south-west of Germany. The core of the business is handled by EPPLE GmbH in Heidelberg-Bergheim. Other companies in the group are EPPLE ZWEI GmbH in Stuttgart and emag GmbH – a joint venture with Mainzer Aufbaugesellschaft mbH. EPPLE has focused entirely on residential projects. The business rests on two pillars – project development for urban living in the big city and classic property development activities, preferably within the framework of terraced house projects, often on a leasehold basis. Geographically, there are clear focal points for new residential construction projects: the Rhine-Neckar region with Mannheim and Heidelberg as centres, the Rhine-Main region with Mainz and Langen in southern Hesse, Baden-Baden and the Stuttgart area.Source: Listenchampion Image source: Unsplash

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In the following, we present three exciting project developers from the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The focus of the presentations is the investment focus of the developers, current projects as well as the history of the companies. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. DC Developments GmbH & Co KG (Hamburg)

DC Developments was founded in 2007 by Björn Dahler and Lothar Schubert. In addition to Hamburg, the company has a second mainstay in Berlin. Projects are realized nationwide. The focus of the business activities is on the development of residential projects. However, DC Developments also deals with district developments, hotel, office and retail projects. Since the company was founded, around three dozen projects have already been implemented or are in the process of being implemented. A current quarter project is the buildings A and E3 in the Überseequartier in Hamburg’s HafenCity with a project volume of 200 million euros. The completion of the project with approximately 400 apartments will take place by the end of 2022.

2. Garbe Immobilien-Projekte GmbH (Hamburg)

Garbe Immobilien-Projekte has been operating in Hamburg since 1965 and is involved in the development of residential and office projects as well as neighbourhood developments throughout Germany. Preferred regions for projects are Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. Inner-city development locations and promising locations in up-and-coming districts of major cities are particularly sought after. Two typical Garbe projects in Hamburg are the Campus Tower and OnBoard – both in Hamburg’s HafenCity. The Campus Tower is an office tower completed in 2019 with a good 22,000 sqm GFA – a project worth around EUR 95 million. OnBoard is a residential building with 3,800 sqm GFA at Baakenhafen that was completed in 2018.

3. HSP7 Projektmanagement GmbH (Hamburg)

The beginnings of HSP7 Projektmanagement GmbH date back to 2006. Since then, the Hamburg-based project developer has developed into a dynamically growing company. Founder and managing director is Ali Zabih, who still heads the HSP7 group of companies. He sees himself not only as a project developer, but also as a financier of real estate projects. To this end, HSP7 not only offers classic asset management solutions but also uses crowdinvesting. HSP7 primarily wants to realize projects in residential construction in the form of multi-family houses. The spatial focus is on the Hamburg metropolitan region. One HSP7 project, for example, is the Brauhausquartier in Hamburg’s Wandsbek district – a complex with 198 residential units and 3,000 sqm of commercial space.Source: Listenchampion Image source: Unsplash

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In the following, we present three exciting project developers from Bavaria that are also part of our directory. As part of the introductions, we go into detail about the exact investment focus, current projects and the history of the developers. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. DIBAG Industriebau AG (Munich)

DIBAG realises construction projects throughout Germany as a project developer and property developer. It focuses on the construction of residential, commercial, industrial and administrative buildings. In addition to Munich, the company has offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. DIBAG is the core company of the Doblinger Group, which has been involved in project development, construction and property management since 1967. DIBAG was formed in 1987 from the takeover of Glas- und Spiegel-Manufactur Gelsenkirchen-Schalke A.G. and has since realised almost 1,800 projects. The DIBAG projects are located in major German cities. One DIBAG project, for example, is the Löwentorbogen office park in the Bad-Cannstatt district of Stuttgart, which will be completed at the end of 2019 and will offer 10,800 sqm of office space.

2. ISARIA Wohnbau GmbH (Munich)

ISARIA Wohnbau GmbH already carries the location and business purpose in its company name. The company, which is based in Munich-Schwabing, has been on the market for over two decades. Residential projects are the main focus of its activities, but commercial projects are also developed. In 2020, some projects were taken over by Deutsche Wohnen SE. The latter continues the activities under the umbrella of its new subsidiary Isaria München Projektentwicklungs GmbH. However, ISARIA Wohnbau continues to exist as an independent company and operates its own projects with a strong focus on Munich. A typical ISARIA project is the multi-storey residential ensemble ENJOY in the Munich district of Neuperlach-Süd. Here, 80 condominiums and 3 retail spaces have been created in a central location.

3. ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien Group (Erlangen)

The ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien Group grew out of Zentral Boden Projekt GmbH in 1997. The group of companies, based in Erlangen near Nuremberg, covers the entire spectrum of the real estate business. One core area is the investment business. ZBI launches and manages real estate funds. The project development business should also be seen against this background. It forms a business division alongside real estate management, financing and services and works in tandem with the investment business. ZBI is represented at 36 locations in Germany, Luxembourg and Vienna and manages around 63,000 residential and commercial units. In project development, ZBI focuses on residential projects. One current project is the construction of 265 rental apartments in Breitenfurter Strasse in Vienna. Completion is planned for 2023/24.

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Listenchampion Sector Reports (Part 4)
The logistics industry in Germany: turnover, statistics, background

Germany is the logistics world champion – this is due, among other things, to its central graphic location in Europe but also to its highly qualified logistics services. The logistics industry is the largest economic sector in Germany and is a strongly growing sector with a workforce of around 3 million. With about 25% of the turnover shares in the whole of Europe (in 2019) which Germany will have generated ~279 billion €, the German logistics market has a strong weight. Germany also holds a leading position internationally in infrastructure quality and logistics technology. However, the logistics sector is not only extremely relevant for Germany because of the high number of employees and turnover shares – highly efficient logistics structures enable the sector to be internationally competitive and enable foreign trade of German goods. The following sector report provides detailed insights into areas of activity and innovations in the logistics sector, the most important locations, key financial figures and insights into the gender ratio and efforts in the area of sustainability [1 & 2].

Components of our logistics market analysis

1) Fields of activity of the German logistics industry: What is produced?

The logistics industry is made up of six major market sectors, which include various market segments. The six market segments, listed here according to their turnover figures in 2016, are Contract Logistics, Land Transport, Location-based Logistics, International Forwarding, CEP (Courier Express Parcel) and Bulk – Bulk Logistics refers to bulk goods logistics including inland shipping [3]. In the following, the five largest market sectors will be presented in order to gain an insight into this broadly diversified industry.

Contract logistics

Logistik Branchenreport: Kontraktlogistik

Contract logistics is by far the largest market sector in the German logistics industry. Contract logistics refers to business transactions that are individually tailored to customer needs – these services usually go beyond basic logistics services. Due to this high level of complexity, service provider and customer often work together closely and on a long-term basis, which is a great advantage for the service provider. One of the largest german logistic companies, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG, iis also one of the leading contract logistics companies in the world. The GmbH & Co. KG offers customised logistics strategies along the entire supply chain. Contract logistics naturally draws on a wide range of different areas of the logistics industry, so Hellmann also offers a wide range of possible services: starting with incoming and outgoing goods, commissioning (compiling goods and merchandise according to given orders), value-added services and inventory management solutions.

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Land transport

Logistik Branchenreport: LandverkehrThe second largest sector of the (German) logistics industry is land transport. Land transport, as the name suggests, refers to the transport of goods on land by road or rail. One of the largest Players in the logistic industry is without a doubt the Schenker Deutschland AG – dtransport logistics, especially in the field of land transport, is the speciality of the AG. The solutions offered include classic parcel shipments as well as System Freight or Direct Freight. With System Freight, national and international shipments of general cargo are offered, with Direct Freight full-load or part-load transports. In addition, Schenker Deutschland AG offers multimodal solutions, i.e. the linking of various modes of transport. The land transport sector also includes special cargo transport – especially for liquid and bulk goods – as well as crane services for heavy goods [3].

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Location-based logistics

Logistik Branchenreport: Standortgebundene LogistikLocation-based logistics includes all so-called terminal operations: these include terminal services, warehousing, handling and other value-added logistics services related to terminals. A terminal is defined as an area or place used as a route for the handling of the transport process (loading and/or unloading of freight). A subgroup of site-bound logistics is site-bound (intra-) logistics. This is mainly focused on devices/products used within a warehouse system. This includes, for example, conveyor belt systems or industrial trucks (forklift trucks) as well as modern driverless transport systems. The Rhenus Logistics SE & Co. KG, one of the top 5 German logistics companies, offers a wide range of handling services in its terminals, such as scanning of goods, photo documentation, EDI interfaces that enable electronic and fully automatic data exchange, and truck weighing.

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International Forwarding

Branchenreport Logistik: International ForwardingInternational Forwarding is mainly concerned with sea freight and air freight. The air freight sector in Germany is largely handled by the Lufthansa Cargo AG, among the top 3 German logistics companies. The AG offers a wide range of solutions based on the requirements of the goods – from standard freight, temperature-stable transport, dangerous and endangered goods, expired goods, live animals or emergency transport, everything is included. There is a similar range in aviation – under the DHL Global Forwarding division,  DHL International GmbH offers transports of liquids & flexitanks, transport of oversized goods, temperature-controlled shipments, customer-specific freight consolidation as well as full container load and less-than-container load.

Picture Source: Lufthansa Cargo AG

CEP – Courier Express Package

Logistik Branchenreport: KEPCEP stands for Courier Express Parcel Service – the companies operating in this sector are therefore postal and logistics companies. CEP services often operate in the customer area and mainly transport unpalletised items. The Hermes Europe GmbH is one of the largest providers of courier express parcel services. In addition to transport logistics and global e-commerce, the company offers parcel delivery services – from classic parcel deliveries to bulky shipments such as furniture in 2-man handling as well as shipments in Europe.

Picture Source: Hermes Europe GmbH

 

Our list of the 200 largest logistics companies in Germany provides a detailed directory of German logistics companies and their segments.

Innovations, trends and growth drivers in the industry
Wachstumstreiber der deutschen Logistikbranche: Multishuttle Move

As a key industry, the logistics sector is affected by almost all social and economic developments. These include, on the one hand, the progressing globalisation, digitalisation and technology, but also developments such as the use of scarcer resources or increased customer requirements [6]. In the following, developments and innovations in 3 interrelated areas are presented: Global supply chain management, urban logistics and intralogistics.

Picture Source: Fraunhofer Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik

In global supply chain management, digitalisation, especially through big data applications and cloud platforms, opens up completely new opportunities. Although the new volumes of data present the logistics industry worldwide with technical challenges, the intensive use of these promises increased efficiency: for example, by means of seamless monitoring, cooling chains can be checked by temperature probes, shipment processes can be monitored permanently while transhipment and intermediate storage are in progress – this possibility of seamless monitoring offers strong potential for optimisation, both in processes and in resource utilisation or process quality. Serious disruptions can be identified and remedied, overloading or underloading can be detected and managed by redistribution. Both in the field of global supply chain management and in the field of urban logistics, the term “Industry 4.0”, as used in the report on the German mechanical engineering industry, plays a major role.

In urban logistics, for example, there is the implementation of e-mobility, new delivery technologies such as drones or autonomous vehicles. A good example of this is the Sennder GmbH, a logistics company based in Berlin. The “digital freight forwarder” enables optimal capacity utilisation and complete transparency of supply chains, among other things, by networking their vehicles, and provides drivers with mobile applications. Another possibility in the field of digitalisation would be route optimisation through artificial intelligence.

Industry/Logistics 4.0 also comes into its own in the field of intralogistics: autonomous industrial trucks, self-controlling containers, simplified inventory through the use of drones or the application of virtual or augmented reality holds great potential to change the logistics sector for the long term.

The term logistics 4.0 is also used by Fraunhofer Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik (Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics) which offer advice in this area. Work is also being done internally on solutions and technologies – for example, the Fraunhofer Institute has developed the “Multishuttle Move®” conceptualised and implemented. The Multishuttle Move can be used for classic storage and retrieval orders as well as for internal transport. The vehicles can move freely in the warehouse and thus all transports can be covered by an autonomous swarm of vehicles. The system is efficient: in one picking test run, 50 Multishuttle Movers handled up to 2,000 containers per hour. Exciting is also the RackRacer -the system “climbs” and moves up and down autonomously, even diagonally. The RackRacer thus enables a direct route to any storage location – this is revolutionary, as the technology means that no lift or additional rails are required. Another interesting system of intralogistics is the InventAIRy – autonomous flying robots equipped with sensors that can read barcodes and RFID chips and thus redesign the inventory.

Logistics Growth Drivers

2) Map of logistics companies: Where is the production?

Logistics Hubs in Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria

Logistics Industry ReportA look at the map of German logistics companies reveals a clear distribution: almost 17% (41 companies) of the 200 largest logistics companies in Germany are located in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria. Together with Baden-Württemberg, the industrial locations unite almost 50% of the largest German logistics companies.

North Rhine-Westphalia is the leading German location – almost 16% of German exports come from NRW, and over 22% of German imports go to North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2015, the ~24,1000 logistics companies in the federal state generated almost 67 billion euros. The logistics sector is also indispensable as a labour market factor: around 364,000 people are employed in the core sector, with a further ~738,000 in the expanded logistics sector. The infrastructure is one of the best-connected: Two major airports, Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport, provide the state with international connections to the world’s economic centres. It is hardly noticeable that the federal state has no access to coasts, as North Rhine-Westphalia is located on important European waterways, such as the Rhine. Road and rail links are also well connected and dense [7].

Bavaria as the second logistics hub in Germany generated about 18% of the total German turnover, which corresponds to 36 billion euros. As already noted in the industry reports of the mechanical engineering, medical technology and chemical sectors, many people in Bavaria work in the manufacturing industry – about 24% of the working population. The logistics sector employs over 400,000 people. Bavaria also has an outstanding infrastructure: with 24 ports, a 137,000 km long rail network and 3 international commercial airports, Bavaria is a large and important transhipment centre. The state also has high expectations for the future – Bavaria’s start-up culture is characteristic and also very active in the logistics sector [8].

Not surprisingly, the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is classified as the most important logistics city in Germany – in 2019, over 315,000 people worked (directly) in logistics. At the same time, Hamburg is considered to be highly dynamic and lies ahead of the Ruhr area or Stuttgart. Not just dynamic – smart too: according to the Smart City Index of 81 major German cities, Hamburg achieves top scores in all five subject areas (administration, IT & communications, energy & environment, mobility and society). Similar to Bavaria, Hamburg’s corporate culture is also characterised by its “start-up ecosystem” – 40% of the companies surveyed rate the ecosystem as good or very good [9].

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3) Key financial figures of the logistics industry: What is the market volume?

Market volume

  • Marktvolumen (in Mrd. €)

Companies with turnover below €1 billion (2018)

Sales development of the top 5

  • Deutsche Post AG
  • Schenker Deutschland AG
  • Rhenus Logistics SE & Co. KG
  • Dachser SE
  • Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG

The figures are based on our database and can be found in the list of the top 200 logistics companies in Germany. The classification of the top 5 companies is based on this very database and the list of the Fraunhofer Arbeitsgruppe für Supply Chain Services in its annual study of the top 100 logistics companies.

Market volume and total turnover in the German logistics industry: 2015-2018

As already mentioned in the introduction, the logistics sector is a very important economic sector for Germany because of its employment effect and supply function. Germany is also one of the most important players in Europe – around 25% of the turnover generated is attributable to the German logistics industry [1]. The development of this position also looks promising: in 2016 the German logistics location came first in the World Bank study “Connecting to Compete 2016” – out of 160 countries. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure describes the logistics industry in Germany as a “very dynamic and above-average growing future market” [2]. This is also reflected in the sales development of the top 200 in Germany: especially from 2016-2017, an extremely large jump in growth of a full 9% can be seen, and based on the available data from our database, constant, high growth can be expected in other areas as well.

The graphs are based on our list of the top 200 logistics companies in Germany. Our database contains the total turnover of the companies, therefore there may be deviations from figures on turnover only in the logistics sector.

Competition analysis: What is the market structure in the logistics industry?

The logistics sector, with 50% of all top 200 companies with less than 500 employees, still has a large SME sector, but this is far less prominent than, for example, in the medical technology sector or in the mechanical engineering sector, where the SME sector (companies <250/<500 employees) is between 70% and 90%. This is also reflected in the distribution of sales: the top 5 companies, measured by sales figures for 2018 (Deutsche Post AG Schenker Deutschland AG Rhenus Logistics SE & Co. KG Dachser SE Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG) account for 52% of total German sales. The top 10 even account for 82% of all sales.

Development of the German market leaders in the logistics industry

Deutsche Post AG is part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group – the beginnings go back to 1490, DHL is founded in 1969 and finally taken over by the German post office in 2002. Today the Deutsche Post DHL Group is the world’s leading postal company. The Group has 12,600 locations worldwide with over 545,000 employees. With 5 main pillars the group is broadly positioned: Post & Parcel Germany – here Deutsche Post accounts for over 60% of the market volume. Express, where various special transports are also offered, Global Forwarding & Freight (i.e. air freight, sea freight and land transport) – in air freight, Deutsche Post AG is the leading provider, Supply Chain, where DHL is also the leading provider and DHL eCommerce Solutions. As can be easily seen from the graph, Deutsche Post AG has by far the highest turnover and at the same time a stable development.

The origins of the Schenker Deutschland AG is located in Vienna – Gottfried Schenker founded the company Schenker & Co. there in 1872. In 2002, Deutsche Bahn AG took over Stinnes AG and thus went from being two leading logistics companies to one. Today DB Schenker is the leading company for global logistics services. The AG has more than 2,100 locations worldwide and employs around 77,000 people. The logistics company is divided into two overarching divisions: Land, Air & Sea is the first, Contract Logistics the second. The company also offers other logistics services: Lead logistics, special transports, trade fair logistics, removals, sports and event logistics, art logistics are just a few of them. The diversification seems to be paying off: Similar to Deutsche Post AG, the company has a stable, steady growth.

The Rhenus Logistics SE & Co. KG was already founded in 1912 and is one of the top 3 German logistics companies. 33,000 employees work for the group in 750 locations. The company offers a wide variety of solutions ranging from multimodal transport, warehousing & customs clearance to innovative value-added services. These services focus on three different services: Custom supply chain, warehousing and transport. In the area of Custom Supply Chain, the portfolio also includes port, offshore and automotive logistics in addition to industry solutions. The Group takes an innovative approach to warehousing and offers innovations such as autonomous reach trucks, robot-supported storage and order-picking systems or optimisation of storage systems using Big Data. The transport division offers all areas of transportation: air, land and sea freight is provided by the company. Rhenus is also developing along with the logistics sector and is growing steadily.

The Dachser SE based in Kempten was founded as early as 1930. The company’s portfolio is broad, but can be divided into the following categories: on the one hand, services are offered in European logistics; air and sea freight are also separate pillars, as are rail services and food logistics. In addition, there are services and solutions within contract logistics, information logistics, quality management and, finally, assistance with customs and foreign trade compliance. Dachser’s DIY logistics offer is also particularly exciting – the availability of various services enables customers to put together an industry-specific and individual solution. Although Dacher SE’s growth is increasing in smaller steps, it is also very stable.

The Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG was founded in 1890 and has developed from a traditional forwarding agent to a global logistics partner with over 130 locations employing around 15,000 people. The company is a global leader in worldwide sea freight forwarding. In addition to sea freight, the AG & Co. KG also offers various other transport solutions, such as air freight, land transport or rail transport. The portfolio also includes supply chain services such as contract logistics or order management and industry solutions – including space travel. Kuehne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG is also a logistics company characterised by stable and constant growth.

4) Gender balance and sustainability

Share of women on management boards

  • Frauenanteil (~4%]
  • Männeranteil (~96%)

Gender distribution in the logistics industry

According to statistics from the Federal Employment Agency 2015, the proportion of women in the logistics sector in 2007-2015 fluctuates between approximately 27%-30% [10]. If we look at the boards of the top 5 German logistics companies (Deutsche Post AG Schenker Deutschland AG Rhenus Logistics SE & Co. KG Dachser SE Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG), it is striking that out of 26 board members only one person is female – that is not even 4%. This is below the German average for the gender distribution on management boards, which was ~7% in 2018 [11].

The data for the graphics and the text are taken from our database and refer exclusively to the (managing) directors. If you would like to know more about the gender distribution in German industry, you will find more information in our Chemical Report, our Market Analysis Mechanical Engineering and our Medical Technology Market Analysis.

Sustainability in the German logistics industry:

According to a survey by the German Logistics Association (BVL), for the majority (93%) of people working in logistics, sustainability means “acting responsibly and with a view to the future, with an eye to the environment, the economy and society”. The majority of those questioned still say that sustainability in the logistics industry “(…) is of strategic importance and has an influence on the business model, organisation and processes” – so how does the logistics industry implement these efforts? The experts see the greatest potential for sustainable action in the vehicle fleet (34%) and in corporate culture and human resources management (33%) [12].

Logistik Industrie Deutschland: Unser BranchenreportSustainability in the vehicle fleet can be achieved through various approaches – optimised capacity utilisation to avoid unnecessary routes and vehicles, communication between vehicles to optimise route utilisation and avoid traffic jams, or the possibility to start directly with the vehicles. Recently, many large logistics/postal companies have made headlines with their own e-fleets – Amazon, for example, has ordered 100,000 e-vans from Auto-Start up Rivian, all of which are to be used by the end of 2021 [13]. In Germany, DHL sets the tone – with street scout vehicles, 12,000 e-bikes and e-trikes developed and produced in-house, the group owns the largest e-flot in Germany. The trend is also reflected in the increasing number of start-ups in this field.An interesting one is the Start-up Volta Trucks from England. The product is an all-electric city truck whose body is made from naturally renewable flax fibres and biodegradable resin composite soot. According to the start-up, the Volta Truck can reduce CO2 emissions by over 75%.

Logistik Industrie in Deutschland: Unser BranchenreportSustainability in corporate culture and human resources management is of course a broad field – from avoiding flight routes to training and paperless work. The Start-up essDOCs from Malta offers just that – a completely digitalised corporate culture. essDOCs has various solutions for this, especially CargoDOCs is relevant for the logistics industry. The CargoDOCS platform is web-based and secure and digitises all necessary steps in document work, starting with creation & approval up to exchange & global transfer of the original electronic documents. A big problem is of course, as in every industry, the high consumption of plastics, especially disposable plastics. Startups like Notpla give hope that this pollution problem can be solved in the near future. Notpla, again a startup from England, produces a plastic substitute from algae that is completely degradable and even edible in a very short time.

5) Statistics and facts in the logistics sector

  • The five largest market sectors of logistics are: Contract logistics, land transport, location-based logistics, international forwarding and CEP (Courier-Express-Parcel)
  • Logistics 4.0 is characterised by Big Data, e-mobility, autonomous and networked vehicles and automation
  • North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg as the most important logistics locations in Germany
  • Turnover in the logistics sector is rising steadily and strongly
  • The market leaders are large corporations, the top 5 in Germany are Deutsche Post AG Schenker Deutschland AG Rhenus Logistics SE & Co. KG Dachser SE Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG
  • The logistics sector is very male dominated
  • Logistics experts regard sustainability in the vehicle fleet and corporate culture as the most important
  • Start-ups such as Volta Trucks, essDOCs and Notpla are opportunities to improve the CO2 balance

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PropTech companies pursue digital business models in the real estate sector. The abbreviation “PropTech” represents an innovative word creation analogous to FinTech or InsurTech. A typical PropTech company is the London-based start-up Immo Invest Technologies – “Immo” for short – which is active in various European markets and operates real estate sales sites there. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important venture capital investors in Germany.

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Profit from “Living as a Service” rental

Immo offers a technology platform through which residential properties are identified, valued and centrally acquired for institutional investors. Private owners can sell their properties through Immo via appropriately docked sales pages. But Immo does even more. It adds value to the acquired properties in a targeted manner – for example, through renovation and modernisation or attractive complete furnishing, thus improving the letting opportunities. The aim is to let the properties as “living as a service” apartments with correspondingly higher rental income. In this context, Immo is not only a technology service provider, but also a service provider for its institutional clientele. At the same time, the company contributes to bringing together supply and demand for rental housing quickly and efficiently.

Within the framework of a financing round, Immo has now been able to raise a total of EUR 14 million for the expansion of its business model. The aim is to significantly expand the property portfolio to a total of up to EUR 500 million. To this end, the company intends to develop markets in other European countries. The platform technology is also to be expanded, for example to make it easier for institutional investors to select locations and properties. Several investors participated in the financing round – in addition to Talis Capital and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Surplus Invest from Munich also participated.

Surplus Invest was founded in 2016 and focuses on start-ups with PropTech business models in the area of Software as a Service (SaaS) and e-commerce with a focus on B2B business. Immo Invest Technologies fits exactly into this target group. Surplus Invest sees itself as an early-stage investor and aims to support start-ups not only with long-term capital, but also with operational know-how and networking.
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Vegan and natural is in – more and more consumers rely on purely vegetable raw materials, free of animal products and plastics for food and other goods of daily use and consumption. This also applies to “non-essential” flavourings like chewing gum. The Danish start-up True Gum recognized this gap in the market early on and wants to take off with its purely vegetable Chewing Gums. Reason enough for the Hamburg VC investor Oyster Bay to take a stake. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important venture capital investors in Germany.

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Plastic-free and biodegradable

Animal raw materials play less of a role in chewing gum, but artificial flavours and aromas from chemical production do. True Gum wants to offer its customers a “real” and “true” alternative here: Chewing gums in which only natural fruit-based flavor carriers are used. With this in mind, the company, founded in Copenhagen in 2017, promises its customers a plastic-free, vegan and biodegradable chewing gum. It is produced in its own factory in Denmark and sold through the True Gum online shop.

The Hamburg VC investor Oyster Bay was convinced by the True Gum concept. He has provided the young Danish company with one million euros for the further development of its business model. Oyster Bay is a venture capital fund set up by the Hamburg-based food entrepreneur Christoph Miller, which invests specifically in healthy, sustainable and functional food and beverage companies. The fund volume is around 30 million euros.
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The paperless office is becoming more and more the standard, already today many documents are delivered only in electronic form – but in different file formats. The Saarbrücken start-up Natif.ai provides an intelligent solution for the analysis and processing of such documents. A concept that has convinced the High-Tech Gründerfonds from Bonn. The fund provides the start-up with fresh money. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important venture capital investors in Germany.

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Saarbrücken start-up teaches computers how to read

Natif.ai has developed a self-learning procedure to analyse documents and automatically merge all relevant data. Text files, pdf documents or scanned images can be checked extremely quickly. The relevant data is read out and merged for further processing. For example, it is possible to process invoices that are available in different formats using conventional accounting software. The Natif.ai application provides the necessary preparatory work for this. Manual data capture and transmission is no longer necessary. This means an enormous simplification of the process.

Natif.ai is a spin-off from the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) that was only founded in 2019. The Bonn-based High-Tech Gründerfonds has now made a seven-digit sum available for the further development of the intelligent application. The fund is almost a venture capital institution in Germany. It was already founded in 2005. The initiators were the Federal Ministry of Economics and the federally owned Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). However, the founding members also included several well-known German commercial enterprises. The fund volume currently amounts to approx. 900 million euros. Since its foundation, the fund has already realised almost 600 investments in technology-oriented start-ups and around 120 exits. The High-Tech Gründerfonds is supported by a total of 35 institutions and companies.
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Our society is getting older and older – due to demographic change and increasing life expectancy. Against this background, solutions that make life easier for older people are in greater demand than ever. This is exactly what Seniovo offers. The Berlin-based start-up company combines traditional building trades with digital solutions. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important venture capital investors in Germany.

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From building tradesman to PropTech company

Founded in 2015, the company initially focused entirely on barrier-free conversion of bathrooms and sanitary rooms for senior-friendly living. Seniovo transforms bathtubs into showers or removes other barriers for older people in bathrooms and toilets. In a next step, the young company now wants to focus on digital solutions. It will thus become a genuine PropTech company. The abbreviation “PropTech” is used to describe digital business models in the real estate sector. Seniovo wants to use digital processes to simplify the administrative handling of barrier-free conversions – from the commissioning and application for public funding to ordering materials, coordinating fitters and invoicing.

The development of appropriate solutions costs money. Seniovo has now been able to secure 2.5 million euros for this. This is already the third financing round within three years. In addition to IBB Investitionsbank Berlin and several other investors, the investors include PropTech1 Ventures. The independent fund, which has been in existence since 2013, brings together various real estate companies, real estate experts and private investors under one roof. The declared goal is to combine real estate know-how and venture capital expertise with financially strong investors and thus to unite the best of three worlds. The investment focus is on the DACH region, but projects and business models in other European countries are also financed.
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Three former students of the Deggendorf University of Technology founded the start-up Easy2Parts in 2019. They have remained true to their place of study. Easy2Parts is also based in Deggendorf in Lower Bavaria. The young company’s business model is geared towards process efficiency in industrial manufacturing through better supplier management. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important venture capital investors in Germany.

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A platform for easy access to components

The idea: to create a platform that allows in an automated way to find suitable suppliers for components and assemblies that have to be manufactured according to technical drawings or 3D models. For this purpose Easy2 Parts offers
an open-interface cloud software with modules for buyers and manufacturers. The supplier search is carried out with the help of artificial intelligence. The platform has interfaces to existing software solutions and supports not only the supplier search but also the processing including request for quotation, checking and ordering. The name of the young company is, so to speak, program: it wants to make it possible to get parts (= easy to parts) easily.

The venture capital investors of Bayern Kapital GmbH have already convinced the three founders. The wholly-owned subsidiary of LfA Förderbank Bayern is providing capital for the further development of the platform and the establishment of sales in the context of a seed financing round. Several business angels and a Nuremberg family office are also involved. Bayern Kapital is using funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for its commitment. This is an EU fund that specifically supports economic development in structurally weak regions. Since its foundation in 1995, Bayern Kapital has invested approx. 330 million euros in venture capital financing for 280 innovative technology-oriented companies in the Free State.
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