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
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