Reporting 2021

Company Profile

BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG (BLG KG) headquartered in Bremen is a seaport and logistics service provider with an international network. We offer extensive logistics system services in automobile, contract and container logistics along the entire supply chain, and devise sustainable logistics solutions. Our customers include the leading German automakers as well as companies in retailing and industry. Today, BLG LOGISTICS is represented in all the world’s growth markets, with almost 100 locations and offices in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

Our company is run by a management company organized as a private enterprise, i.e. BREMER LAGERHAUS-GESELLSCHAFT -Aktiengesellschaft von 1877- (BLG AG). The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (municipality) is the main shareholder. The Board of Management of the listed joint stock corporation manages the business of BLG KG on its own responsibility. There was one new appointment to the Board of Management in the reporting year: Matthias Magnor is strengthening the Board and assumed responsibility for the CONTRACT Division effective October 1, 2021. The 16-member Supervisory Board, in which employees and shareholders are equally represented, monitors and advises the Board of Management in its work.

The Group’s sales revenue in financial year 2021 totaled EUR 1.05 billion. Detailed financial key figures are presented in our Financial Report 2021.

Our ownership structure

As of December 31, 2021, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (municipality) was the main shareholder of BLG AG with a share of 50.4 percent. Other large institutional investors are Finanzholding der Sparkasse in Bremen and Panta Re AG, Bremen, each with a share of 12.6 percent and the Waldemar Koch Foundation, Bremen, with a share of 5.9 percent. Free float shares account for 18.5 per cent. Information on the legal group structure is presented in our Financial Report 2021.

Services at a Glance


Production logistics

Supplying final assembly through optimum preparation of parts and components

Procurement logistics

Ensuring availability of stocks via management and monitoring of procurement processes

Reverse logistics

All logistics processes for returning goods or materials into the product cycle

Supply chain management

Organization of integrated logistics chains in project and process management, technology, IT and quality

Value-added services

Value-creating activities such as technical processing, cleaning or surface treatment for finished vehicles

Distribution logistics

Distribution of goods from production plants or central warehouses to the customers

Cargo handling logistics

Extensive network of seaport and inland terminals

Transport logistics

Secure transport of finished vehicles and other goods via road and rail, by sea and air

AUTOMOBILE – intelligent vehicle logistics from A to Z

BLG’s AUTOMOBILE Division is the leading technical and logistics service provider for the international automotive industry. In this business area, the company offers multi-modal transport concepts with global logistics reach and dovetails individualized and innovative technical service packages. Distribution takes place by road, rail and inland waterway. In addition to the seaport terminals in Bremen, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Hamburg (Germany) and Gdansk (Poland), the AUTOMOBILE Division also operates several inland terminals on the Rhine and the Danube. The bases of our truck fleet extend from Paderborn in Germany to Moscow. BLG AutoRail is a special provider of vehicle transport by rail. It owns 1,500 open, double-deck railroad cars, including 200 flat wagons, and thus has Europe’s most modern and versatile rolling stock at its disposal. With this, it operates in the German and Austrian rail network using green electricity every kilometer of the way. Thus with our comprehensive range of services, the logistics supply chain from the vehicle manu facturers to the end customer is fully covered. We consistently supplement our logistics network with smart digital solutions and sustainable concepts for climate-friendly transport. Each year, our worldwide AUTOMOBILE network generally handles, transports and technically processes over six million vehicles, making BLG  LOGISTICS one of Europe’s leading automobile logistics companies. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the chip crisis continued to have a significant impact on the international automotive market in 2021, with the result that we are again on a par with the previous year at 4.8 million vehicles. Elsewhere, we benefited from the economic trend and shifts in volumes – for example, our high & heavy business at AutoTerminal Bremerhaven recorded a noticeable increase in throughput with over 1.3 million metric tons.

In the reporting year, we expanded our Dodendorf automotive logistics location in the Magdeburg Börde region. With an additional area of 95,000 square meters, the inland terminal now has a total of 230,000 square meters available for around 11,000 new and used vehicles. The new area is used exclusively by Hyundai Motor Germany for its used car business. Likewise, space at the car terminal in Kelheim was also expanded in 2021 with construction of a third multi-story car park at the site for the customer Kia Motors Germany, offering covered parking space for more than 5,000 vehicles on seven levels. The capacity expansion was also used as an opportunity to conclude a long-term contract governing future cooperation. Furthermore, in the future we will work together with a leading automobile importer in Switzerland and Europe to handle its fleet business at BLG inland terminals.

In December 2021, we entered into a strategic partnership with one of the world’s largest RoRo shipping companies, Hyundai Glovis, to handle car transshipments in Bremerhaven. Within the scope of the BLG GLOVIS BHV GmbH joint venture, Hyundai Glovis will from January 2022 use Bremerhaven as a European hub for its automobile transports between Asia and Europe.

We are continuously expanding our expertise in the field of e-mobility and are now also a strong partner for our customers in this area. At the terminals, BLG LOGISTICS provides services such as handling, technical processing, quality inspection, and even customs clearance for electric vehicles on behalf of various manufacturers, and in this way contributes to the energy transition.

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 procurement, production and distribution logistics, returns and spare parts logistics, as well as freight forwarding services. We offer storage, transport, packing and unpacking services, handle conventional orders, e-commerce issues and also a variety of value added services. As a logistics architect, we also plan, design, configure and implement customized logistics solutions – ranging from highly-automated logistics centers or manual in-house processing. Professional project management is our core competence, and the topic of sustainability and agreed, reliable quality are our top priorities. Our customers are strong brands from industry and retailing, medium-sized companies and the major German and international car manufacturers. At over 40 locations in Europe and overseas, our teams of experts devise bespoke service packages for a wide variety of goods ranging from automotive parts, railroad components, trainers, printers, fashion, furniture, cookies to bathroom fittings through our own logistics centers and our customers’ production facilities and warehouses.

On April 6, 2021, the highly automated logistics center for the fashion and sporting goods manufacturer PUMA in Geiselwind went into operation. The multi-channel facility supplies the entire D-A-CH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region, the BeNeLux countries and other European countries. The logistics and distribution center, which was built according to strict sustainability criteria, provides employment for more than 300 employees. As an extension of this site, we have been operating an additional 20,000 square meters in neighboring Kitzingen with 25 employees since the end of November. In June, our customer Tchibo acquired the land and buildings of the high-bay warehouse in Bremen retroactively as of the beginning of the year. BLG LOGISTICS continues to be responsible for its overall operation. We see this long-term commitment to the site also as a commitment to our collaboration. A new location, on the other hand, was acquired in Verden on October 11, 2021. Here, we will operate an import warehouse for a leading food retailer on an area of around 60,000 square meters.

Finally, on October 14, 2021, the foundation stone was laid for the new C3 Bremen logistics center, which covers around 80,000 square meters and addresses customer requirements, climate protection and the needs of our employees in equal measure. From mid-2022, it is expected that the production supply for the global assembly plants of a leading automotive manufacturer, which is currently carried out from several locations in Bremen, will be consolidated at the new forward-looking logistics center.

With effect from April 1, 2021, we sold the freight forwarding business of BLG International Forwarding to Rhenus Air & Ocean. The nine freight forwarding locations were integrated into the buyer’s existing network in Germany, and at the same time 106 employees transferred to the new employer. Not affected by the takeover is the Bremen freight forwarding location, which will continue to concentrate on overland transport, heavy goods transports, project business and sea freight. On December 31, 2021, the contract for BLG Industrielogistik in Leipzig expired and was renewed by BMW. The transfer of operations, including all employees, became effective as of January 1, 2022.

Looking beyond Germany’s borders, BLG LOGISTICS of South Africa started operating a new business for a German car manufacturer based in South Africa from the fourth quarter of 2021. We take care of finished vehicle logistics for the production plant, handle the shipment of vehicles within South Africa, and imports and exports at the Uitenhage and Kaalfontain sites. The approximately 180 employees of the previous service provider will continue to be employed as part of a transfer of operations. For our part, we already sold all shares in BLG LOGISTICS Solutions Italia S.r.l., Milan, Italy, to Samag Holding Logistics S.p.S., Rome, Italy, in the first quarter of 2021.

CONTAINER – box services

In the CONTAINER Division, the EUROGATE Group, in which we have a 50 percent stakeholding, maintained its position as Europe’s leading shipping line-independent container terminal group. The Group’s core business is container handling at seaports at nine 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). Information relating to the non-financial report of EUROGATE is presented separately in the EUROGATE section.

Over 11,000 employees shape logistics together

Our employees assume responsibility for smooth logistics of high-quality products day in and day out. In 2021, in its fully consolidated companies plus the CONTAINER Division (50 percent), BLG LOGISTICS employed an average of 11,952 employees globally (calculated in accordance with Section 267 (5) German Commercial Code). On the reporting date of December 31, 2021, there were 10,107 employees at more than 70 German locations in the AUTOMOBILE and CONTRACT Divisions as well as at the central departments, plus a further 978 employees at the international locations of our fully consolidated companies. Further information about personnel statistics and development is provided in detail in the SOCIAL section.

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.

Automobile and contract logistics

Automobile and contract logistics

* Representative office

** Since February 2022, business operations have been restricted or suspended due to the current conflict.

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