Industrial trade is an exclusive B2B business and comprises the trade in raw materials and supplies, industrial goods and industrial equipment. These are the 3 largest German industrial trading companies: This article is based on the unique Directory of the 400 largest retail and wholesale companies in Germany.
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Place 1: Klöckner & Co SE, Duisburg: €6.3 billion sales (2019)
The traditional company Klöckner is Germany’s leading steel and metal trader and at the same time the largest industrial trader in terms of sales. The beginnings of the company date back to 1906. Today Klöckner is active in 13 countries in Europe, America, the Middle East and East Asia. More than 100,000 industrial customers are supplied via approximately 160 locations.
Place 2: Carl Spaeter GmbH, Duisburg: 1.4 billion euros sales (2018)
The Spaeter Group in Duisburg goes back to a company founded by Carl Spaeter in 1875 and is active in steel wholesale. From the Basel branch, today’s Spaeter AG – a Swiss dealer in metals, building materials and building services – was created. Both companies operate independently. The Spaeter group is represented at 19 locations in Germany.
Place 3: Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, Ispringen: 1.1 billion euros turnover (2019)
Founded in 1973, Rutronik is Germany’s largest distributor of electronic components, number 3 in Europe and number 11 worldwide in this sector. The trade includes semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components, displays, embedded boards, storage and wireless products. Rutronik has 82 branches in Europe, Asia and America.
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