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2015

In 2015 our industry was confronted with big challenges. The global economy grew only moderate, and Europe had to deal with a refugee-crisis. Currency-fluctuation and national laws in hungary and germany ( initiation of minimum wage ) hit us hard too.

Anyway, we managed to proceed our rate of growth. A rise in sales over about 16% compared to 2014 could be generated evenly spread over our various business segments. This was accomplished with new and existing customers. The returns emerged satisfying. Above all the year was affected by a few particular pleasing events.

After the first turn of the sod for the new headquarter in Wörgl in 2014, the christmas celebrations for 2015 could take place already in our brand-new building, for the pleasance of our employee. The complete implementing is scheduled for 1. of February 2016.

In view of the new construction we also developed a new, exemplary mobility-conept for our staff. The goal is to provide free and comfortable use of public transport. Over 60% of our employee decided to use bus, bicycle or train for their travel. The mobility-concept supplements in a genious way our ecological business principle, that we are encouraged to realize for our customers.

This principle is reflected in using railway for the biggest part of the route through the alps. Furthermore Berger Logistik owns the biggest payload-optimated truck fleet.

Over 300 semitrailers of the proven BERGERecotrail® series are on their way every day. Our trucks can load about 2 tons more than conventional ones, and decrease necessary tours and fuel consumption (if not fully loaded). For the benefit of mankind and nature.

As operater of this fleet, we are very happy that the producer of the trucks "Berger Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH" could celebrate a huge success. Their concept of payload-optimising has been affiliated in the measure catalogue for eco-friendly transport of goods in Europe, in the context of the „SWIFTLY Green“ project of the EU.

In 2015 we integrated former settlements of "Kerry Logistics" in austria. The offices in Vienna (schwechat) and Feldkirchen (Graz) took their place in our organisation, and allready participate in our profit. Especially air-cargo exceled itself, witch was also accomplished by Kerry Logistics global network.

Finally, we could strengthen our section for education of truck drivers (not only employed ones) in 2015. More than 650 people visited the training courses, that we offer under regulation of the austrian authorities.

For 2016 Berger Logistik resolves to continue its way on the winning track in every sense. Special attention is given to the developement the sections "Ocean" and "Air", and other dispatch-services. Both sections allready benefit from the results that where accomplished in Italy, Germany and Austria in 2015.


2014

In spite of the moderate economic climate, the company not only achieved its planned growth in 2014 but actually exceeded this with a turnover of € 132.4 million. This was primarily based on organic growth whereby existing customer relationships were expanded and new ones being created in accordance with a proven development strategy that is geared towards continuity.

Outside of the organic approach, impetus for further growth was created towards the end of the year through the acquisition of the Austrian branch of Kerry Logistics in Vienna (Schwechat) and Graz (Feldkirchen). This move has greatly enhanced the know-how of Berger Logistik in the sea and air freight business, and brings the company even closer to its customers in the east and south of Austria as well as firmly anchoring it in the Kerry Logistics global network. As a result, Berger Logistik can now control, manage and supervise all logistical requirements of its customers far more efficiently and effectively regardless of where they are based in the world.

Divided according to segment or mode of transport, the weighting has shifted somewhat in the meantime. The importance of assignments in ocean-going freight as well as intermodal transport (including rail) has continued to increase while the relative weight in road haulage operations decreased slightly although this segment actually grew in absolute terms. The growth here is mainly due to the concept of payload optimization which not only ensures measurable economic benefits for Berger Logistik customers but also makes an important contribution to environmental protection when transporting goods. Furthermore, with the given volume of goods, every 14th tour can be dropped thanks to consistent payload optimisation which means, of course, corresponding costs and pollutant emissions are also avoided.

As a further contribution to environmental protection, the modernization of our fleet of trucks was recently implemented – Euro Class 5 EEV tractors were replaced by Euro 6 vehicles, and the network of transport partners was also expanded through the addition of more than 100 units of payload-optimized semitrailers of the proven BERGERecotrail® series. Consequently, Berger Logistik now provides its customers with one of the most modern and environmentally-friendly large vehicle fleets for international road transport in the whole of Europe.

In addition to these growth and modernization initiatives, 2014 was characterized by the implementation of various qualitative further development measures. Highlights include successful certification according to SQAS (Safety and Quality Assessment System), receiving the environmental certificate for multiple use of truck-on-train transport through the Alps with which over 8,000 trucks were moved by rail between north and south, as well as staff training for more than 600 professional drivers at the Berger training centre in order to obtain C95 qualification. In the autumn, the company also received permission to conduct courses leading to the award of the certificate for the transport of dangerous goods (ADR) and has, in the meantime, expanded its training activities in this specialist field.

In order to be able to fully meet the requirements caused by the continuous growth of the company in the future as well, the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new corporate headquarters took place in September and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2015. It is being built directly adjacent to the main railway station in Wörgl, which is situated in the Unterinntal area of the Austrian Tyrol region, thus ensuring that the daily commute to work for company employees is done in the most money-saving and environmentally-friendly way possible. The building is being realized in accordance with social, economic and ecological sustainability criteria to ensure that employees and visitors alike really feel at home. The complex also includes a presentation and training room, as well as an in-house daycare facility which is designed to provide all-day and year-round supervision for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years old which will be run in collaboration with the Wörgl town authorities.

In 2015, the company will continue along the successful path it has created. On the basis of an unabated strong equity situation - together with undiminished earning power - revenue growth in terms of a double-digit percentage increase has been targeted. Accordingly, the Berger Logistik workforce will also grow, and the company will continue to act as a dynamic and stable employer for the best set of employees in the immediate and surrounding area with its wide range of logistical options for the effective organization of the global flow of goods.


2013

At the start of 2013, management of the firm passed to Bernhard Ebner and Markus Ley, who had both been with Berger for many years and had played a crucial role in the development of the firm's successful strategy. Both appointments also guaranteed a welcome and customary continuity at the most senior level of the business. 

2013 was also the year in which Berger was successful in auditing an increasing number of transport firms in line with its own code of quality and conduct, and in forming partnerships with these same firms, which for their part are also playing a role – with payload-optimised BERGERecotrail® semi-trailers – in meeting the increasing volume of orders in the freight industry. Throughout 2013, there were an average of 350 of these vehicles on the roads in Europe every single day.

The certificates achieved in the previous year were supplemented in 2013 by the International Featured Standard (IFS). This sets Berger apart as the ideal service provider for the transport-related, freight forwarding and logistical needs of clients from the foodstuffs industry.

In light of the growth achieved between 2008 and 2012, which also continued unabated in 2013, the decision was made to move the company to a new location within the next few years.

To this end, a site was acquired in Wörgl, the traffic intersection of the Tyrolean Lower Inn Valley – just nine kilometres from the firm's previous premises in Radfeld – on which the new headquarters will be built by the end of 2015. The site was carefully selected with environmental, social and economic sustainability considerations in mind. It will enable the employees, for example, to use public transport to get to work rather than private cars, as it sits right next to Wörgl station and bus terminal, and bicycles too will also be a practical option.

The building has been designed with optimised acoustics, indoor climate and light. There will also be a childcare facility for staff, in order to improve the balance between private and professional life.

The necessity of this step was underlined by business development for the year: turnover rose from €101 million in the previous year to €113 million in 2013 and, as staff numbers also rose accordingly it became clear that the existing offices in Radfeld would not be big enough for long. The balance sheet total achieved a new high of €38 million. The equity ratio remained at over 60%.

The intention for 2014, in conjunction with more organic growth, is to undertake acquisitions to bring additional specific know-how into the firm in the field of differential sea freight and individualised air freight at two further sites in Austria.


2008 - 2012

Over this period, the firm maintained its healthy organic growth, which was, and is, based on the trust and confidence of its well-known customers, who particularly value the firm's outstanding service quality, conscientiousness and responsible approach to the environment. The various certifications Berger has achieved over the years are a clear demonstration of this.

The firm had long held the ISO 9001 certificate, but in 2012 was able to add one for environmental practice: ISO 14001. In the same year, the firm acquired the status of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), one of the first businesses of its kind to be certified in this way in Austria.

Between 2008 and 2012, European land transport activities were expanded by exploiting additional connections using HGVs. Moreover, various intermodal transports in Europe were added to the firm's range of services. Maritime freight activities also grew heavily, so much so – with up and downstream services – that they were responsible for almost 50 % of all annual turnover by the end of 2012.

Expanding business activities to sectors outside the classic road freight industry is part of the firm's long-term strategy, which is based on solidity, consistency and durability, and which aims to achieve a successful combination of responsible environmental practice and profitability.

This approach has helped Berger build a sound reputation among the most demanding manufacturers of drinks and non-perishable foodstuffs. These are firms that have entrusted Berger with their transport and shipping requirements in ever greater volumes and that also value Berger's consistent handling efficiency with large volumes.

One outstanding feature of the firm is its approach to its own fleet, which has consistently been modernised as quickly as new, lower-emission vehicles have been launched. The tradition of only using payload-optimised semi-trailers has of course been maintained as well. When the firm switched to the BERGERecotrail® trailers in 2010, the entire fleet was replaced with the latest vehicles available on the market in this category. Yet again, Berger had cemented its pioneering role, by using semi-trailers that offer maximum payload optimisation combined with the lowest possible environmental impact.

This enabled the firm to develop and implement long-term programmes with various customers, tangibly increasing the profitability of road freight transport, both for the customers of Berger Logistik and for the firm itself, while environmental impact fell over the same period.

Turnover increased from €70 million in 2008 to €101 million in 2012 thanks to the firm's commitment to this business model. During the same period, the balance sheet total rose by around 65 %. Resulting from a consistently conservative dividend policy, Berger's equity ratio rose to an excellent level of well over 60 %.


2007

On 1 January 2007, today’s general management with managers Friedrich Mair, Bernhard Ebner and Markus Ley took over the company’s overall responsibility. The new company structure proved to be very successful. Turnover increased compared with the previous year by more than 20%, and the company managed to achieve remarkable growth in all fields of activity.

The company increasingly played a part in the dynamic economic development in Eastern Europe and created a sustainable network of partnerships that enabled Berger Logistik to provide a reliable service to those intra-European transport connections.

We included intermodal transport into our program and the supply of entire national markets was geared towards combined rail/truck transport  – per container as well as conventional sliding wall wagon. This makes Berger Logistik the most important user of accompanied combined transport (‘rolling highway’) across the Alps.

Importations from the Far East to Europe represent initial steps towards the business field sea freight.


2006

All transport activities of the Berger Group were included with Berger Logistik GmbH on 1 January 2006. As part of a capital increase, Red Bull GmbH., Fuschl acquired a 50% share in the company.

The new IT system went fully operational. This created a direct connection with the company’s most important clients and automated procurement, information flow and data streams. Internal organization was also adjusted.

Out of a sense of responsibility for the environment and the people along the transalpine transit routes, the company has become one of the most keen users of the ‘rolling highway’ across the Alps – in Austria and in Switzerland. More than 80% of trips in the mountains using our own truck fleet are therefore carried out not on the road but by rail.

With a turnover of around 51 million euros, we finished with a moderate profit.


2003 - 2005

At the turn of the year 2002/2003 the owner supplied the group of companies with significant financial means, came to an arrangement with lending banks and relied on the solidarity of its staff to help the company out of its precarious situation.

In 2003, the company underwent a drastic financial restructuring process. Half of the truck fleet was sold, the company’s external funds were massively reduced by selling the main premises as well as the filling station and the workshops. That meant that the worst was over in the first half of 2004.

After a number of further restructuring measures, consolidation followed in 2005. The goods transportation business activities were concentrated in one legal unit and at one central site. All organizational processes were computerized in October 2005.

This created the basis for future success. On 31 December 2005, the company once again almost managed to break even.


1997 - 2002

In 1997, the company founder died in a tragic plane accident. The Berger Group was now exclusively run by an external management team, which above all pushed ahead with the expansion of Berger Fahrzeugtechnik at the Radfeld site and merged the Berger transport companies in Radfeld.  As a result, the company expanded significantly.

At that time, Berger Transport operated up to 380 trucks, providing a service along the classic Nord-South axis across the Alps as well as the Iberian peninsula as part of a joint venture for parts supply to the automotive industry in Germany. This created a wide network of branches, offices and business units that was difficult to run and manage.

After the initial remarkable success of the joint venture, which had assumed outstanding economic significance, it eventually failed because the partners’ approaches to the business were too different. As a result, the group of companies plunged into a crisis. The collaboration was thus terminated at the beginning of 2003.


1961 - 1996

Johann Berger founded his transport company in 1961 in Wörgl. Soon, he opened up his own workshop which initially looked after the company’s own vehicles and later also provided a service to external customers. Today, the workshop is a separate economic and legal company, and one of the most successful ones of its kind in Austria.

The company founder was not afraid to take risks and welcomed every challenge to make his businesses more successful. Soon, success far outweighed everything else and Johann Berger business activities were considerable and extensively networked.

He recognized the opportunities offered by the company’s location in Tyrol – situated in the middle of the marble quarries near Verona and buyers in Germany. He built particularly light-weight semi-trailers and was able to transport more marble than his competitors.

The result was Berger Fahrzeugtechnik, today the third independent company within the Berger group of companies. Its products are sold throughout Europe. In 2007, the company produced more than 650 ‘Berger light’ units.

Johann Berger’s ideas were truly forward-looking.