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An overview of the chronology of Schnellecke

01 June 1939
Freight forwarder Albert Schnellecke founds a freight forwarding company in the new City of the KdF Car as an official railway carter and furniture transporter.

01 September 1939
Start of World War II. Vehicles are confiscated for the German Armed Forces. Business is done with tractors, horses, and horse and cart teams. His wife Margarete helps out in the company. Their daughter Annegret is born in 1942 and their son Rolf in 1944.

May 1945
By the end of the war the company has been looted and the storage shed on the Fallersleber Road has been set on fire. The city is renamed Wolfsburg after the name of the local castle.

28 December 1949
Albert Schnellecke dies from the effects of pneumonia at the age of 47.

1949/50
Margarete Schnellecke continues the small freight forwarding company under extremely adverse circumstances and at great personal sacrifice. Her son Rolf grows into his role in the company while still in school. The company continues to concentrate on railway carter forwarding and furniture transporting in the fast growing city of Wolfsburg.

1965
Start of regional transports for Volkswagen.

1967
The first freight forwarding building Am Güterbahnhof is built. At 22, Rolf Schnellecke joins his mother’s short-haulage company as a limited partner and founds the Rolf Schnellecke Company on May 1, 1968 after successfully completing the necessary exams for long haulage. The company is later expanded to a group of companies, and then converted to the Schnellecke Group AG & Co. KG in 2007.

1970
The first international transports are carried out with Rolf Schnellecke himself behind the wheel. Through a series of takeovers of companies with long-distance haulage licenses, national and international routes are established – with regular transports to Belgium, Yugoslavia, and Spain among others. After studying law and economics and passing the second state exam, Rolf Schnellecke takes on tasks in public administration and supports the strategic further development of the company. Margarete Schnellecke remains the soul of the company. The operative businesses in these second founding years are successfully led and expanded for many years by the managing directors Bernhard Pieninck, Gerhard Polomski and Jürgen Knoblau.

1985
Opening of the new freight forwarding center in Wolfsburg-Sandkamp as the company headquarters. Start of logistics services for the automotive industry with pilot projects in picking, pre-assemblies and sequencing.

Since 1990
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Transport Division takes over the former Sachsenring factory in Zwickau and the Barkas factory in Chemnitz, Germany. A freight forwarding network is set up in Saxony. Building of logistics supply centers in Glauchau and Zwickau. Additional branches are founded in the new German federal states.

1994
The Karosseriewerke Dresden (KWD) is taken over and a new pressing plant is built in Radeberg. In the following years further subsidiaries are founded in Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Poland and China for the manufacturing of car body parts.

Since 1995
Founding of overseas company sites in South Africa, Mexico and Brazil. At the same time, building up of new core competences of CKD and (pre-) assembly processes, and establishing of logistics branches in Western and Eastern Europe.

2002
Nikolaus Külps, Rolf Schnellecke’s son-in-law, and Dr. Tim Kannewurf, Rolf Schnellecke’s nephew, are the third generation to take on responsibility in the family-owned company. In the same year, Schnellecke China in Dalian was founded.

2000
n the occasion of Margarete Schnellecke’s 95th birthday, the Margarete Schnellecke Foundation is established with the goal of helping the elderly and those in need.

2005
Founding of Schnellecke Russia


Margarete Schnellecke dies at the age of 100 in December 2005. She was at the head of the company for 56 years.

2007
The group of companies with the legal form of AG & Co. KG has been led by Nikolaus Külps as the CEO since 01 January 2007.

Since 2007
The Lehman crisis also hits the company hard; however, it has been growing again since 2010. Since finishing his term as Lord Mayor of Wolfsburg at the end of 2011, Rolf Schnellecke has been supporting the work of the company as the chairperson of the Supervisory Board and Advisory Board.

2009
Founding of Schnellecke USA

2010
Founding of Schnellecke India

2013
Prof. Rolf Schnellecke transfers shares of the family company to the third generation.

2014
Two anniversaries are celebrated in this year. Schnellecke was founded 75 years ago, and the Karosseriewerke Dresden (KWD) has been in existence for 150 years.

2016
Under the key term of “Industry 4.0”, the working methods and the cooperation models in automotive logistics, which are becoming more and more digital, are changing. In the framework of this digital transformation, Schnellecke will design its service portfolio in a future-oriented way and therefore founded the Schnellecke Digital Innovation GmbH.

Official opening of our CKD center in Soltau

Start of the Schnellecke packaging center for the AUDI AG with 90 new jobs.

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Key figures of the Schnellecke Group.

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