The global marketplace

1960 - 2000

The decades that followed the war and rebuilding were to be decades of expansion: Röhlig became a trusted airfreight forwarder, proved itself as a transport logistics expert for international turnkey projects and pursued new and distant trading destinations all over the world.

Oscar Herwig was the fourth generation of the family to join the company. He and his partner Hans Schackow were fundamental in establishing a worldwide presence in the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, Röhlig profited from two crucial factors: the economic growth in Western Germany and the advancement of the jet airplane.

Once again, the company seized opportunities and continued to open new doors. Parallel to expanding the sea freight forwarding business, Röhlig extended trading with international air freight as their second major division - this resulted in further world- wide expansion.

As the business prospered, Röhlig's leadership changed hands. In 1985, Thomas W. Herwig successfully moved into the role of managing partner, with the clear goal from the outset to preserve Röhlig's independence as a family-owned business.

The 1980s and 1990s were characterized by progressive, dynamic growth. Röhlig founded additional branches worldwide and entered a strategic alliance with Gebrüder Weiss, Austria's market leader for general cargo. The geographical expansion was also reflected through profitability for the first time in its history: Röhlig returned gross profits of more than DM 100 million.

Today, the company is a global enterprise with a greater diversity of employee skills than ever before - managed from Bremen, but at home in almost every corner of the world.