New millennium, new opportunities: Thanks to the globalization of the markets, Röhlig becomes larger in every way - the network is developed, the gross profit doubles and the numbers of employees continues to grow.
The entry of China to the World Trade Organization in 2002 accelerated the globalization of the markets and led to unparalleled growth rates in the developing countries China, India, Russia and Brazil. Worldwide container traffic showed double-digit growth, the size of the ships tripled and the Panmax ships of the 4,400 TEU class were soon followed by 9,000 TEU ships and finally by mega carriers with a capacity of over 13,000 TEU.
Röhlig used this phase to further develop its network. Röhlig entered the Indian market and created new companies in the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand. The group gross profit doubled in ten years to over 100 million euros, and the number of employees rose to over 1,800. With this expansion, the business created education programs and management training. Proving to be highly successful, Röhlig is able to train and promote high-quality staff for these new challenges. This growth, accompanied by the stabilization of the yield and financial results, meant that in 2007 Röhlig obtained the best result in the company's history. In 2008, the equity ratio exceeded the mark of 28 per cent for the first time.