Bremen is proud of its tradition as a free Hanseatic city. Together with Bremerhaven, they form a two-city state in Germany’s north. Bremen’s economy has always been shaped by its ports, foreign trade and logistics. The long strong shipyard industry has lost importance. Here are three German market leaders from Bremen: The presented companies belong to the largest companies in Germany.
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1. Kaefer Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG: 1.5 billion euros turnover
Kaefer Isoliertechnik is one of the leading suppliers of technical industrial services in Germany. The company, with around 30,000 employees, is active worldwide. The company’s history began in 1918 as a peat trading company. The path to insulation technology is only seemingly long, as peat was also used as an insulating material for cold storage rooms at that time. Today, Käfer Isoliertechnik offers not only insulation materials but also solutions in the fields of surface protection, fire protection, interior finishing and access technology. Customers include various industrial sectors, the construction industry, shipbuilders and offshore platform operators. Kaefer Isoliertechnik thus also remains connected to Bremen’s tradition as a port and shipbuilding city.
2. Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG: 3.5 billion euros turnover
Kuehne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG is the German part of Kuehne + Nagel International – a globally active logistics and freight transport group based in Switzerland. The Kuehne + Nagel story began in Bremen in 1890 as a “forwarding and commission business”. Today, the group is majority-owned by a descendant of the company’s founder August Kuehne. Kuehne + Nagel Germany employs over 11,000 people and offers its customers logistics services for the entire supply chain. The company is particularly active in the areas of air freight, sea freight, contract logistics and land transport, as well as in the trade fair sector. Kuehne + Nagel has a total of 26 branches in Germany.
3. Diersch & Schröder GmbH & Co. KG: 3.4 billion euros turnover
The Diersch & Schröder group of companies is a leading German mineral oil trader. Its business includes, among others, mineral oil import and wholesale, tank farm operation, construction and operation of service stations. In addition, the Diersch & Schröder Group is also active in the fields of renewable energies and chemicals. The group includes Levaco Chemicals GmbH in Leverkusen, a German manufacturer of specialty chemicals, and other chemical companies. In the field of renewable energies, new business areas are being sought in the fields of hydrogen, biomass and e-fuels. In the Young Business division, Diersch & Schröder also invests specifically in promising start-ups. Diersch & Schröder GmbH & Co. KG acts as the group holding company for numerous subsidiaries.
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