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The Story Behind DB Schenker

From the railroad and Gottfried Schenker to the global, leading logistics provider we are today, the success story of DB Schenker logistics experts dates back to the 19th century.

DB AG lays the foundation for a world-renowned combination of logistics leaders — Stinnes AG and Schenker — in 2002, giving both Deutsche Bahn and Schenker a rich history. As we reflect on our past, we look forward to continue to blaze ahead into the future as an innovator in the logistics industry.

Milestones 2021 - 2011

Plane on the runway

2021

Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker show a joint commitment on an aircraft.

Two roboters and a worker

2021

DB Schenker invests in autonomous mobile robotics pioneer Gideon Brothers.

Volodrone in the sky

2021

First-ever public flight of the heavy lift cargo drone VoloDrone.

First CO2-neutral freight flight of Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker

2020

First commercial carbon neutral cargo flight in history.

DB Schenker Building Red Lion

2020

DB Schenker’s new Singapore warehouse Red Lion marks a record investment in its corporate history of 101 million euro.

Electric truck Oslo

2019

DB Schenker is first to run Volvo’s fully electric powered distribution truck in daily traffic.

2019
Opening of first low-carbon distribution terminal in Norway – Oslo City Hub.

Opening of a full solar-powered logistics center in Dubai.

2018
Introduction of what3words start-up.

First with 3-D printing solutions: DB Schenker is the world’s first logistics service provider offering its customers an extensive 3-D printing service.

Introduction of an intelligent scanning glove in Germany.

2017
DB Schenker opens its largest logistic center in Madrid, Spain – 22 Mio EUR investments.

New IT center opens in Warsaw.


olympia 2016 loading aircraft

2016

As the "Official Co-Partner of the German Olympics", as well as the exclusive logistics partner for the German House, DB Schenker is involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

dubai warehouse lkw sign

2016

In Dubai, DB Schenker opens its first logistics center in the Middle East.

E-Commerce Carry pick Warehouse

2015

Next generation e-commerce: DB Schenker continues to strengthen its e-commerce logistics sector with Carry Pick, a system of robotics and automated packaging.

2016
DB Schenker has invested in the digital future by signing a long-term partnership agreement with global marketplace uShip.

2015
DB Schenker is a Partner of MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and is responsible for the European logistics for the Formular 1 Team.

DB Schenker opens its most advanced and largest terminal in Viinikkala, Finland.

2014
DB Schenker has been located in Hamburg for 125 years.

DB Schenker is exclusive Logistics partner of the German House in Sochi 2014.

2012
DB Schenker celebrates its 140th anniversary.

DB Schenker ships 100 containers loaded with high-tech equipment for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 safely to Baku, Azerbaijan and back again.

DB SCHENKERsportsevents takes care of the equipment for the stadiums and the media at the venues in Poland and Ukraine.

As official co-partner of the German Olympic Team London 2012, DB Schenker supports the smooth course of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012.

2011
In Leipzig, DB Schenker builds a new logistics center to supply automotive plants in China and South Africa.DB Schenker is involved in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ as the official logistics service provider.

2010
DB Schenker opens a new logistics center in Pardubice, Czech Republic, and at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport in Sweden.

The national company in Spain enters the market, operating under the brand name of DB Schenker Spain-Tir.

Company founder Gottfried Schenker is posthumously included in the “Logistics Hall of Fame” for his contributions to the development of logistics.

DB Schenker celebrates the 50th anniversary of its operations in Argentina and its 40th anniversary in Singapore.

DB Schenker opens a new terminal in Salzburg at a cost of EUR 26 million to serve as a hub for goods shipped throughout Europe.

For the RUHR.2010 “Still-life A40/B1” street festival, DB Schenker organizes the entire job of setting up 20,000 tables and benches on the

A40 autobahn that runs through the Ruhr region of Germany, and removing them again after the event.

With DB SCHENKERhangartner, DB Schenker offers a product designed specifically for an economical combination of road and rail in European land transport.

DB Schenker is involved in the Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada, as an official service provider.

2009
DB Schenker opens its new air-freight center, the largest hub of its kind in the company’s network, at Frankfurt International Airport. 

In the US, BAX Global is integrated into DB Schenker’s national company.

With the acquisition of S.C. Romtrans S.A., DB Schenker now has a dense network throughout Romania and becomes one of the leading national service providers.

DB Schenker launches the “DB Eco Program,” an initiative designed to reduce carbon emissions.

2007
Opening first multimodal logistics center in Finland.

Acquisition of Spain-TIR.

2006
New structure at DB Logistics.

Acquisition of BAX Global.

New Logistics Hub North Asia in Korea.

2005
Schenker logistics center for consumer goods in Willebroek, Belgium, starts operations.

Strengthening of the network in Russia and of the market position in Norway with Linjegods.

2004
Integration of Schenker and Spedpol positions Schenker as one of the leading providers of integrated logistics in Poland.

'A-Class' license for new subsidiary in the growth market China.

2003
Official Supplier to the IOC for freight forwarding and customs clearance services for the Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008).

Integration of Schenker and Joyau in France.

2002
Schenker celebrates its 130th birthday.

Schenker and Seino merge their international and logistics activities in Japan into Schenker-Seino Ltd.

The Integrated Logistics Centre Narita, Tokyo is opened.

Deutsche Bahn takes over majority of Stinnes.

2001
Merger of Schenker-BTL (Deutschland) AG and Schenker International Deutschland GmbH to form Schenker Deutschland AG. 

2000
Opening of the Integrated Logistics Center Rotterdam.

Schenker, Inc. named for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Schenker and Deutsche Bahn establish Railog joint venture for rail related logistics services.

What happened in the 20th century

Schenker Tokyo Truck Street Japan

1999

Schenker Australia appoints Official Freight Forwarder of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Strategic alliance between Schenker and Seino.

Rail Freight

1991

Stinnes AG acquires a majority stake in Schenker from the German railroad company Deutsche Bundesbahn.

Seafreight Ocean Freight Container Ship

1931

Schenker is acquired by the German Railways. First sea freight container shipments.

1998
Co-ordination of land transport operations in Europe at Schenker and BTL under the Schenker-BTL name.

1997
Schenker looks back on 125 years of history.
Schenker AG repositions itself by divesting the bulk cargo business and forming three new business areas: Schenker Logistics, Schenker International and Schenker Eurocargo.

The shareholding in the Swedish company BTL-AB, Gothenburg, gives birth to Europe's leading transportation and logistics provider.

1996
Stinnes air and sea freight, land transport, handling/logistics and seaport activities are grouped under the umbrella of Schenker-Rhenus AG.

1989
Company decides to introduce SWORD (Schenker's Worldwide Online Realtime Data Network) and EDIFACTstandards.    

1972
Schenker becomes the official freight forwarder for Munich Olympics.
Coinage of JETcargo, SEAcargo and Eurocargo as trade marks for bulk transportation by air, sea, rail and road.

1967
Dedicated office is founded in Taiwan to oversee Taiwan market.   

1966
Dedicated company is founded in Hong Kong to oversee Asian market.

1947
Subsidiary is established in the U.S. internationalization and air freight are pursued on a large scale.


How it all began

Truck frontview Old Vintage Photo

1924

The German export industry goes on an international exhibition tour organized by Schenker.

Schenker in Wien

1873

First consolidated rail consignment from Paris, France, to Vienna, Austria.

Gottfried Schenker Old Photo

1872

Gottfried Schenker founds Schenker & Co. in Vienna, Austria.

1922
First air freight shipments in Germany.

1918
After WW I, Schenker focuses on express delivery services, regional freight forwarding, removals and trade-fair services.

1901
Gottfried Schenker passes away in Vienna and is succeeded by his adoptive son Dr. August Schenker-Angerer.

1895
Founded Austro-Americana Shipping Company.

1880
Acquired a stake in the steam navigation company Adria Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft.

1874
Branch offices established in Budapest, Hungary, Bucharest, Romania and Prague, Czech Republic.

1872
Gottfried Schenker founds Schenker & Co. in Vienna, Austria.