From tradition to innovation: our history

In the past, everything was… different. And that’s a good thing. Because today we can proudly look back on more than 65 years of company history. Characterised by growth and change, we have led our company onto the road to success and kept it there. We have always kept a clear eye on the future, just as we have on current events. We have acted quickly and decisively. And this is exactly how we continue to write our success story. Take a look at many decades of HUETTEMANN – from a haulage company to an international logistics company and freight forwarder.

2021

TOP POSITION

The long-standing managing director of Huettemann Holding, Manfred Köhler, takes over five percent of the shares in the group of companies. This makes him the first person outside the family and founding circle to become a shareholder.

2020

Leaving of the United Kingdom from the EU

03/2020

QUICK REACTION

Rabelink takes over the activities of Leusink Logistics in a flash after filing for insolvency and secures most of the jobs. Some of Leusink’s customers and part of its fleet are thus transferred to Rabelink.

Corona pandemic outbreak

01/2020

JOINT GROWTH COURSE

The HUETTEMANN subsidiary delog Logistics is growing alongside M+F Spedition. In this way, the synergies of both subsidiaries can be exploited even better and the industry focus expanded.

12/2020

BIG GROWTH

Gesink Transport is now part of Rabelink Logistics. All 140 employees and the entire fleet with more than 100 tractors and 115 trailers are transferred. A strong deal for the Dutch HUETTEMANN subsidiary.

2018

9/2018

Large-scale investment in a new location

Expansion in Wehl: Rabelink is investing around seven million euros in the expansion of the forwarding terminal. Plans include a cross dock, long goods handling and warehouses connected to the terminal. Another 2.5 million euros will be invested in the expansion of the company’s own fleet.

2017

04/2017

ENERGETIC SUPPORT

Merkel-Wetzel Logistik GmbH, based in Kuppenheim, Baden, is now trading as HUETTEMANN Logistik GmbH. The background to this is the merger of the two companies belonging to the HUETTEMANN GROUP.

07/2017

MORE IN ROMANIA

Rabelink takes over additional logistics services in Romania. The new company Rabelink Transport S.R.L. is also founded close to the location. It implements transport logistics solutions throughout Europe.

2016

COMPANY ANNIVERSARY - 60 YEARS

HUETTEMANN has successfully established itself in the market with tailor-made logistics solutions. The company employs more than 700 people at 25 locations across Europe.

Brexit referendum

2015

EXPANSION OF THE BUSINESS

With the takeover of delog delsing logistik-spedition GmbH in Dorsten, HUETTEMANN further expands the service areas of contract logistics and freight forwarding.

2014

EVEN MORE SPACE

The foundation stone for one of the largest toy warehouses in Europe is laid in Nordhorn. The new warehouse building and the expansion of the Toy Distribution Centre at M + F Spedition promise great success. At the same time, the Rabelink logistics centre opens in Wehl.

2013

RABELINK GROWS

The Dutch subsidiary founds Rabelink Logistics B.V. & Co. KG in Duisburg and Rabelink Logistics srl in Cicarlau in Romania. The international presence of the group grows.

2011

STRONG IN THE SOUTH

HUETTEMANN repositions itself in southern Germany by acquiring a majority stake in the Merkel-Wetzel haulage company in Kuppenheim, Baden, and subsequently taking over the company.

2008

GENERATION CHANGE

Klaus Hüttemann (born 1967, father of two children) takes over the management together with Manfred Köhler. Together they continue to expand the company.

World economic crisis

2005

COMMITMENT EXPANDED

HUETTEMANN strengthens its position in the Netherlands by taking over the Rabex Group (Rabelink). Since 2013, the company has also been active in Romania.

2003

NEW NAME

Frachtenkontor changes its name to HUETTEMANN – the group of companies, which has grown in size, is thus given a clear brand umbrella which is also visible from the outside.

2002

Issuance of the euro

2001

9/11 terrorist attack in New York

1993

Founding of the European Union

1990

INTERNATIONAL PARQUET

The walls between East and West fall in Europe. At the same time, Frachtenkontor initiates its international orientation by acquiring a stake in the Dutch forwarder D.H.-Trans.

German reunification and third world championship title in football

1989

Fall of the Berlin Wall

1988

BIG PLANS

With the takeover of M+F Spedition & Co. KG in Nordhorn, the group of companies sets the course to become Germany’s specialist for toy logistics.

1985

OUTSOURCING SPECIALIST

The group of companies makes a name for itself with Heinrich Knoche + E. Barth Vereinigte Speditions GmbH, the group of companies makes a name for itself as an outsourcing partner for industry.

Boris Becker wins Wimbledon as the first German and also the youngest player of all time

1980

CRISIS-PROOF LOGISTICS

The steel and coal and steel industry crisis hits the Ruhr region. Due to the increasing concentration on logistics services, Frachtenkontor is largely spared.

1975

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

After Frachtenkontor and Paul Obhues oHG merged in 1971, further takeovers and investments followed. At the same time, Frachtenkontor strengthened its general cargo activities.

1974

Germany becomes football world champion for the second time

1970

SUPRA-REGIONAL PLAYER

Frachtenkontor acquires the Bremen forwarding company Heinrich Knoche OHG and a year later Gille-Hermann Jenssen GmbH – the company enters the building materials logistics business.

1969

Moon landing

1964

COAL, IRON, STEEL

The company transports what is produced in the Ruhr region. For further growth, Frachtenkontor GmbH is also founded in 1964.

1961

Building the Berlin Wall

1956

WITH TWO TIPPERS INTO THE ECONOMIC MIRACLE

Wolf Hüttemann, a qualified forwarding merchant and lawyer, then 23 years young, becomes co-founder of Paul Obhues oHG in Duisburg-Rheinhausen.

1954

Germany becomes football world champion for the first time

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    Services

    In the Huettemann Group we bundle our extensive service portfolio for one goal: to find the perfect, customised logistics solution for you. In addition to our global transport and warehouse services, we offer you numerous logistics services along the entire supply chain. In this way, we develop logistics concepts with added value that suit you.

    Group

    Competent, diverse, high-performance and future-oriented: As a family-run international logistics company with headquarters in Duisburg, we have been turning our passion into a profession for more than 65 years and today, more than ever, we stand for customised logistics solutions along the entire supply chain.

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    Every industry has its own logistical requirements. As a broadly positioned logistics company, we adapt to the goods flows and wishes of our customers. We go one step further: we become an integral part of your process chain.