Beyond borders since 1900

From horse and cart to international forwarding – this is our history:

1900 Founding years
In 1900, Heinrich Koch from Glane founded a haulage business in Osnabrück with a horse and cart. His reliability was the basis for his success. This remained the case when his son Franz and his wife Paula took over the business, and still determines the company philosophy of Koch International today.

After 1945 Reconstruction and generational change
After the Second World War, the company was rebuilt from the rubble and supplemented by a warehouse operation in Osnabrück’s city harbour. The brothers Heinrich Koch and Walter Koch took over management of the company. They developed the still small company into a powerful forwarding agency known beyond the borders of Osnabrück.

From 1970 Expansion through strong networks
In the early 1970s, a new freight forwarding facility was built on the motorway BAB 1, Exit Osnabrück-Hafen – combined with a car yard. The business was consistently expanded by purchasing and renting several logistics halls. The establishment of the UTS and CargoLine cooperations also enabled the company to grow further.

From 2004 Koch’s fourth generation
From 2004 to 2014, the brothers Heinrich Koch, Dieter Koch and Peter Koch ran the fourth generation of the Koch business. In addition to them, Heinz-Peter Beste and Uwe Fieselmann were part of the management team. From 1 October 2014, Heinz-Peter Beste and Uwe Fieselmann were appointed as managing directors. Since that day, both gentlemen, together with the managing partner Heinrich Koch, have formed the management board of Koch International.

2013 The course for the future
In July 2013, Koch International moved to the new company headquarters on Fürstenauer Weg in Osnabrück – a modern logistics centre with headquarters, a 12,000 square metre transshipment hall and a 6,000 square metre logistics hall.

2018 Start of Koch pharmaceutical logistics

To meet the high demands of the pharmaceutical industry and expand our range of services, in September 2018 Koch International founded a subsidiary specialising in pharmaceutical logistics – “Koch International Pharmalogistik GmbH”. The Osnabrück company transports and stores medical products in line with the GDP guideline in a defined climate range of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

2019 Expansion of warehouse logistics

With its newly constructed logistics centre, in May 2019 Koch International continued its development in Osnabrück. The extended storage area enabled the company to expand its offer in online retail. The hall provides around 19,000 additional pallet bays over 10,300 square metres.

2021 Inauguration of the “Am Tie” warehouse

Koch International continued to expand its portfolio with an additional logistics site. This means that the company now has 15 of its own sites. In March 2021 we inaugurated the new “Am Tie” logistics centre for our Koch International Pharmalogistik GmbH subsidiary founded in September 2018.

2022 Changes in the Management Board

Spasko Nikolov assumed the position of Managing Director of Operations at Koch International on July 1, 2022. With the appointment of Spasko Nikolov, the company’s management board consists of the Chairman of the Management Board, Uwe Fieselmann, and the Managing Directors Heinz-Peter Beste and Spasko Nikolov.

Koch International presents itself as an innovative and versatile logistics company with over 850 employees. The fleet is one of the most modern on European roads. With daily access to more than 380 vehicles, including over 100 of our own haulage vehicles, the company goes the extra mile for its customers. In addition, there are more than 500 swap bodies and 170 semi-trailers.

2023 The warehouse in Bramsche-Engter was opened 

Koch International has expanded its contract logistics by opening a new warehouse in Bramsche-Engter. The 20,000 m² facility provides space for 36,000 pallet positions and can be divided into two sections. The building features modern office and social areas, as well as sustainable construction methods.

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