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Press release Fr. Meyer's Sohn – “Straightforward since 1897”

Logistics stands for the mobility of goods across borders, making it one of the most important factors of society and business. Fr. Meyer's Sohn has be contributing customer-oriented solutions for 120 years to meet the increasing possibilities and challenges for customers in this segment.

Founded on September 15, 1897, as a one-man company in the Brandsweite in Hamburg, the company has since become one of the ten leading ocean freight forwarding companies in the world and a global logistics provider with more than 50 locations and 725 employees worldwide.

Despite these impressive numbers, the two letter at the front of its name, "Fr." still make people wonder today. The abbreviation does not stand for the German words "Frau" (woman) or "Firma" (company) or the name Franz. It stands for "Friedrich", the father of the company's founder.

The company became the global company it is today primarily thanks to its market leadership in paper logistics. Heavy and difficult goods have always been a part of the company's core business. These core competencies can also be applied to steel, agricultural products and consumables - industries in which the company also has customers today.

The company's offers have grown continuously with customer requirements - from air freight services to the introduction of the ISO container to special loading tools for the paper industry. To meet customer needs in term of digitalization as well, the company introduced its own platform for visualizing and optimizing individual supply chains in 2015.

Customer-orientation, simplicity and the perfect handling of goods and supply chain processes are always in the forefront. This is how Fr. Meyer's Sohn helps customers to increase the value of their supply chains, improve their service level, shorten run times, and cut costs. "We have our outstanding employees worldwide, who take it upon themselves to work out the best solutions for customers, to thank for this.", says Managing Director, Marc Meier.

"We have always invested in sustainable company growth, and our success is proof that we have done that right. In the 120th year of our existence we are in an excellent international position and are continuing to rely on highly-qualified and motivated employees and innovative technologies based on customer needs." On our anniversary, it is natural to take a look back at the past, but Fr. Meyer's Sohn has its eyes focused firmly on the future and creating the best solutions for customers for the next 120 years. Always in line with the company slogan "Straightforward since 1897".



Fr. Meyer's Sohn (FMS) is a global, family-owned freight forwarding company. The company specializes in the international transport of bulk cargo. FMS is the market leader in the area of paper and forest product logistics and is one of the largest ocean freight forwarding companies in the world. Customized, inter-modal customer solutions round out the product portfolio. 725 transport and logistics specialists in more than 20 countries generate revenue of approx. 750 million euros per year.

Nadine Kinscher-Masur

Corporate Head of Marketing de Fr. Meyer's Sohn


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