Inside Logistics

Kuehne + Nagel launches 125th anniversary year


January 30, 2015
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BREMEN, Ger.– Kuehne + Nagel has announced the launch of its 125th anniversary year. It was 125 years ago that August Kuehne and Friedrich Nagel founded a forwarding company in Bremen under the name Kuehne + Nagel. starting with the transport of raw products such as cotton, cereals, wood, animal feed and sugar. Today, Kuehne + Nagel has a logistics network that spans the globe and offers its customers integrated and high value-added logistics solutions, said the company in a release.

“In the history of Kuehne + Nagel, Bremen continues to have an unrivaled significance”, said Klaus-Michael Kuehne, majority shareholder and Honorary Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG. “This is where the company originated and even today valuable initiatives are spread from there to the world, whether from the seafreight competence centre or the contract logistics business unit.” Kuehne emphasised that, in addition to a healthy growth-oriented corporate policy, it was particularly the commitment of the many talented employees which enabled Kuehne + Nagel to reach its current size. “It has always been one of our principles that we motivate employees, develop them within the company and strive for success through teamwork, which is essential for a logistics company with its complex tasks and cross-sectional functions as a service provider.”

Over recent decades Kuehne + Nagel has not only secured top rankings in the league of global sea and air freight forwarders, but also developed contract logistics into a third key division. In the same way that specialised transportation for cotton and tailored services achieved success for the founders, today IT-based, industry-specific logistics solutions make Kuehne + Nagel an important partner for trade and industry. In addition, due to its innovative overland services, Kuehne + Nagel is able to to support its customers from the first to the last mile of their supply chains, the company said.

On the occasion of the company’s anniversary, Kuehne + Nagel is sending two 40-foot containers on a trip around the world – one to the east and the other to the west. Inside, the containers hold something special: On four multimedia stations, visitors can discover information about the history, service portfolio, innovations and career options at the Kuehne + Nagel Group.

The container will be presented at 14 locations around the world at national customer events. The tour not only underlines the company’s leading position in global seafreight but also the strength of its global network.

At the end of the launch event in Bremen, Klaus-Michael Kuehne personally sealed one of the two containers and wished it farewell as it started its “Anniversary World Tour”.