CONTRACT – tailor-made logistics solutions
In the CONTRACT Division, we manage complex projects and offer our customers in industry and retailing reliable upstream and downstream logistics solutions. The focus of our know-how and experience lies in car parts, industrial and production logistics as well as in retail and distribution logistics. Here, we provide conventional logistics services such as transport, storage and picking as well as value-added services such as assembly and returns management. We also plan, design and implement highly automated logistics centers, ranking us among Germany’s leading providers of logistics services. At locations in Europe and overseas, we handle a wide variety of goods ranging from automotive parts, railroad components, trainers, printers, fashion, furniture or frozen foods through our own logistics centers and those of our customers.
On January 1, 2020, BLG LOGISTICS opened a new location in Meerane, Saxony. The logistics center boasts a hi-tech automated small parts warehouse and specializes in handling and storing cable harnesses for electric vehicles. At the Ludwigsfelde site, our industrial logistics business area was able to acquire additional new business. For our customer Siemens Energy, we dedicate 35,000 m2 of warehouse space to storing and retrieving spare parts for gas and steam turbines and handling worldwide shipping. At the end of March 2020, we began with the step-by-step commissioning of the “Prototype Park” in Waiblingen. With this project, a well-known automotive manufacturer realized the plan to consolidate the warehouse locations of several divisions at an off-campus location and transfer them to a service provider.
At the beginning of January 2020, BLG LOGISTICS increased its shareholding in BLG Sports & Fashion to 100 percent. In this context, customer areas were restructured and new managers and blue-collar employees were hired. For the 150,000 m2 multi-user logistics center in Hörsel, Thuringia, we were able to conclude a multi-year contract with fashion provider Hallhuber in November 2019. With an area of 25,000 m2 dedicated entirely to fashion logistics, the logistics center in Ochtrup in the Münsterland region was also newly commissioned in the reporting year. At this location, an automated picking and storage system designed as a goods-to-person system helps to ensure efficient and ergonomic processes. The CI Factory of our customer Engelbert Strauss in Schlüchtern, Hesse also started operations on January 1, 2020. Here, BLG LOGISTICS operates the new highly complex and fully automated logistics hub. Also in Hesse, we have been operating a second logistics center in Butzbach since April 1, 2020 for our customer Bosch. This new business enabled us to welcome some 65 new employees. We supply Bosch plants worldwide with factory and supplier components. In addition, we are responsible for distribution logistics for individual business units and maintain warehouses close to the plants. In the “Warehousing General” service area, Bosch awarded us the status of “preferred supplier” at the start of 2021.
At locations that we closed during the reporting period – for example because the cargo volumes handled there were transferred elsewhere or because individual customers decided in favor of cooperating with competitors – we redeployed employees working there to other locations or they were able to transfer to new employers as part of a transfer of operations. In the few instances where this was not possible, we made use of reconciliation of interests and redundancy plans.
CONTAINER – box services
In the CONTAINER Division, the EUROGATE Group, in which we have a 50 percent stakeholding, confirmed its position as one of Europe’s leading shipping line-independent container terminal operators. The Group’s core business is container handling at seaports at ten terminal locations. Secondary services include seaworthy packaging or container depot, maintenance and repair services as well as intermodal transport. EUROGATE GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG is a company consolidated using the equity method of accounting and managed separately from BLG in all CSR-relevant areas. The information in this report relates to the fully consolidated companies of the AUTOMOBILE and CONTRACT Divisions, including BLG AG and BLG KG (central departments).
The map provides an overview of the distribution of our fully consolidated companies as well as other countries with activities of the AUTOMOBILE and CONTRACT Divisions.
BLG Logistics | Automobile and contract logistics