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140 Years of Militzer & Münch

From Bavarian forwarder to international expert for niche markets

In 1880, Richard Militzer and Werner Münch merged their forwarding companies and founded the Militzer & Münch rail forwarding company in Hof, Bavaria. In the course of the years, the company developed into a worldwide operating logistics services provider with about 2,100 employees today. On 1 April 2020, Militzer & Münch celebrate their 140-year anniversary.

“We look back on 140 eventful and successful years”, says Michael Albert, President of the Board of Directors of M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG. “Over the decades, we have again and again opened up new fields of logistics, with our pioneering spirit, with plenty of courage and of course with lots of committed employees.”

From Horse and Cart to the Truck Fleet


It all began with Richard Militzer and Werner Münch founding a joint company at Neuer Bahnhof [engl. New Station] in Hof. With the Bavarian and Saxonian railway lines now joined, new long-distance railway connections were available to the young company far beyond the operating range of horse and cart. The limited range of the horse-drawn vehicles required creating a tight branch network, connected by the railway. The first regional branch offices were founded. For the local porcelain, glass and textile industries, Militzer & Münch opened up markets in Europe, for instance in Italy and England.  
    
The first M&M truck did regular traffic between Hof and Oelsnitz, a 30-kilometer distance, at the beginning of the 20th century. “For us today, it is difficult to imagine, but the purchase of the first truck and thus the switch-over from horse to motorized vehicle must have been something really special at that time”, Michael Albert says. “Nowadays, we have hundreds of trucks and trailers, from our own fleet or chartered, running for us.”

Groupage rail transport Afghanistan

Loading an excavator, in the 1930s

Rail wagon, Hof, in 1929

Militzer & Münch’s first motorized vehicle

Founders Richard Militzer and Werner Münch in 1880

A tractor at the Militzer & Münch branch in Selb in the 1930s

Venturing into New Markets

Militzer & Münch continued growing steadily. At the time of the 50-year anniversary in 1930, the company counted 40 commercial employees and 17 blue collar workers. After World War II, Militzer & Münch added sea and airfreight to its portfolio and opened a branch in Hamburg plus the first airfreight office Frankfurt Airport. In 1951, the first M&M unit abroad was founded in Athens, Greece. In the countries of Eastern Europe, in the Middle East, in Central Asia and China, Militzer & Münch was a trailblazer in developing international forwarding and logistics business. Decades of robust growth began. In 1980, the individual country units were united under the umbrella of a holding in St. Gallen.

Timeline

•    1880: Founding of Militzer & Münch

•    1892: Founding of the first regional branch office

•    1949: M&M appointed official IATA agent

•    1951: Opening the first office abroad in Athens, Greece

•    1962: Opening the first airfreight center at Frankfurt Airport

•    1980: Founding of M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG in St. Gallen

•    2017 & 2018: Founding of country units in Algeria and Sri Lanka

•    2019: Founding of a joint venture in Serbia

At Home in the World

With circa 100 locations in 28 countries and numerous partners, Militzer & Münch today offers forwarding and logistics services around the globe – especially opening up 
difficult-to-access markets for its customers. Thus, in the past few years, Militzer & Münch took into operation its own country units in Algeria and Sri Lanka. Intensifying the Central Asia and Far East traffics is also essential part of the growth strategy. For many years already, Militzer & Münch has been operating its own branch offices in almost all countries along the New Silk Road; among them, locations in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Russia and China. 

“We want to convince our customers also in the future with our unbreakable enthusiasm and our first-class performance, and further expand our range of services”, says Michael Albert. “The anniversary is also occasion for us to look towards the future. For values like quality, responsibility and security count now as they did then.

140 years – an opportunity also to give thanks to our employees and especially to our customers.”