Due to the increasing corona crisis, safety equipment becomes more and more relevant. On behalf of the Tyrolean state government, Berger Logistik takes care of the complete organisation regarding procurement and shipment of FFP2 respiratory protection masks. Despite numerous challenges Berger Logistik manages to purchase large amounts of the sought-after safety equipment in Asia and to transport it quickly via air charter to Austria. Moreover, Berger Logistik's team takes care of the customs clearance, repacking of the aircraft pallets, security convoys as well as the distribution via trucks and storage.
In March, the Covid-19 virus started spreading all around the world. High infection rates, multiple lockdowns and several closed borders led to unusual restrictions. Berger Logistik relocated most of its staff to home office and continued providing its excellent service using laptops, smartphones and digital resources. Thanks to tireless commitment of our drivers and employees as well as outstanding cooperation with our network partners we can keep providing excellent national and international shipment solutions.
In March, EcoVadis awarded Berger Logistik with the coveted gold status for the third year in a row. Thanks to its high standards in the areas of environment, personnel, purchase and collaboration with suppliers, Berger Logistik is one of the top 5% performers and is even considered as one of the leading 2% in the branch freight transport by road. EcoVadis is an independent CSR consulting firm and is regarded as the leading platform for monitoring sustainability performances in the global supply chain network.
The family company Neier Transport + Logistik GmbH in Vorarlberg as well as the associated enterprise Bei-Logi AG in Liechtenstein were entirely taken over by Berger Logistik in September. The shipping company was founded in 1963, commands a fleet of 34 trucks and has a staff of 50 employees.
In October, Berger Logistik bought PL-Cargo GmbH, a specialist for international ocean and air freight shipments. The offices in Willich (NRW) and Hamburg as well as their employees were incorporated in the newly founded Berger Logistik Deutschland GmbH and are now a part of the Berger enterprise group.
In April, the multi user warehouse of Berger Contract Logistics went into operation. The logistics center was built and certified according to the gold standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). It provides space for 42,000 pallets and offers an all-round service package to clients from all over the world due to ideal traffic connections, state-of-the-art technology and extensive know-how.
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) acknowledged Berger Logistik's commitment for klimaaktiv mobil, an activity initiative for climate protection, and appointed the company as an expert partner. The network consisting of more than 210 partners throughout Austria succeeded in saving 33,000 tons of CO² emissions in 2017.
In November, the outstanding performance and quality of Berger Logistik's apprenticeship training was awarded with the title "Excellent Tyrolean Apprenticeship". The prize was developed by the Tyrolean Economic Chamber as well as the Chamber of Workers and Employees and is awarded only to those companies which were tested according to strict standards and show exemplary apprenticeship programmes.
In March, the Tyrolean freight forwarding company was awarded with the prize HERMES.Verkehrs.Logistik.Preis 2017, an award for achievements in the area of traffic and logistics. Berger Logistik had submitted the project "Economical and ecological efficiency combined with social sustainability", showing the employment of Europe's largest fleet with weight-optimized payload and the mobility concept for the staff working at the headquarters in Wörgl, which is why the jury awarded the model company with the prize in the category "sustainability".
It was no coincidence that the 10. Austrian Bicycle Summit took place on the premises of Berger Logistik in May, in the same year when the bicycle turned 200 years old. International pundits gave lectures on the future of the bicycle, contributing to an extensive and gripping framework programme. The company Berger Logistik was chosen as the venue due to its exemplary mobility concept.
In June, the on-site childcare was officially opened on the ground floor at the Berger Logistik headquarters. The facility provides space for 32 children, divided in a day nursery group and a kindergarten group. This pilot project was developed thanks to close cooperation between Berger Logistik and the City of Wörgl. The spacious and modern premises are rented by the City of Wörgl for one symbolic euro. The City is responsible for the employment of the staff; the operating costs are shared. Berger Logistik's employees make use of half of the available places.
At the end of November, Berger Logistik held a groundbreaking ceremony in Erfurt, celebrating the beginning of the construction of Berger Contract Logistics. The new logistics facility is very conveniently and strategically located regarding traffic and will serve as a warehouse center for wines and liquors from all over the world. During the first construction phase three storehouses will be built with a total of 30,000 m². After the second construction phase the warehouse center will offer six storehouses with a total of 54,000 m² logistics space as well as 1,200 m² office space.
On February 1st, the team of Berger Logistik moved into the new office building, which is located at the address Bahnhofplatz 1, directly next to the train station in Wörgl. The relocation of the 135 employees, which were currently working in Tyrol, took place on January 30th and 31st. The staff had been longing for the move for a long time, as the previous office building had become far too small for the company, which had been expanding over the years. Now, the new house provides 220 state-of-the-art workplaces and ample room for further development of the company.
The new building has extra high ceilings and is equipped with muting room acoustics as well as an adaptive led lighting system. The controlled ventilation system provides and if needed also humidifies up to 25,000 m³ fresh air per hour, which creates a pleasant microclimate. The temperature is adjusted using activated components, whereas heating and cooling are ensured environmentally friendly and resouce-saving using ground water, heat exchanger and heat pump.
Furthermore, the company developed an exemplary concept of ecological mobility for the employees. Due to the "Jobticket", about 80 percent of the staff uses the local public transport for free and abstains from using a private vehicle for the daily commute to work. Trainees are also provided with a special no-cost ticket. The Verkehrsverbund Tirol (transport association Tyrol) supports Berger Logistik with the Jobticket. The Stadtwerke Wörgl (public utilities of Wörgl) provide Berger Logistik with green electricity at special tariffs.
In October, state secretary Mahrer decorated Berger Logistik with the coat of arms of Austria with the amendment "state-awarded training company". This prize is a remarkable quality seal regarding the training of young people and shows the effort our company undertakes for the future of both the youths as well as Austria's economy.
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-concept 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 genius 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-optimate 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 operator 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 already participate in our profit. Especially air-cargo exceled itself, which 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 development the sections "Ocean" and "Air", and other dispatch-services. Both sections already benefit from the results that was accomplished in Italy, Germany and Austria in 2015.
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.
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 1/3 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 %.
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.
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.