Rhenus set up a joint venture for a container terminal in Moscow (RU) - Rhenus Yuzhny Port. Remondis Data, the specialist for destroying data storage media, was integrated within the Rhenus Office Systems business unit. A joint venture was set up with RWZ Rhein-Main eG: RSL (Rhenus RWZ Schüttgut Logistik GmbH). Rheintank GmbH, which has its headquarters in Duisburg (DE), a one hundred percent subsidiary of Rhenus PartnerShip GmbH & Co. KG, took over the final customer bunker business of Deutsche BP AG with its BP and Castrol brands.
The foundation was laid for a nationwide network of business locations in France with the takeover of Hamann International SAS with its 4 business sites in the country and the founding of Rhenus Freight Logistics in France. Rhenus took over Werndl Spedition in Munich (DE). Rhenus left the “HHLA Rhenus Logistics” JV. Rhenus took over Archivdepot Leipzig GmbH. 75% of the shares in Vortex Shipping in Bulgaria were taken over. Rhenus Home Delivery took over Spedition Gelse Handelslogistik GmbH. Takeover of Leo Schwergutumschlag GmbH in Duisburg (DE). Rhenus Veniro began operations in the tram sector.
Rhenus AG & Co. KG acquired Transport Management International Holding B.V. (TMI) with its headquarters in Hoofddorp (Netherlands) with effect from 1 July 2007. As a result of this takeover, Rhenus continued to expand its position as one of the leading logistics service providers in Europe. As a result of this acquisition, annual sales at Rhenus rose from EUR 2.5 to approx. EUR 3 billion and the number of staff from 13,000 to 14,000. The Rhenus Group then had 230 business sites in Europe, providing an extensive logistics network, both for road and inland waterway traffic. TMI complemented the European network of Rhenus IHG in its Freight Logistics operations, particularly in the Benelux countries, and it added more Contract Logistics facilities.
Rhenus took over the Interspe Hamann Group. This merger was an historic step for both sides. We succeeded in uniting two efficient companies with proven standards of quality and excellent performance in the market place to form a full-services provider. The take-over gave Rhenus a European network for overland transport, extended its global freight services, added warehousing sites across the continent and made Rhenus into a provider of integrated logistics services in Europe.
Rhenus expanded its European presence by extending its activities in south-east Europe and Austria. Rhenus also took a majority shareholding in MAXX Holding NV, Antwerp (Belgium) and in Fastrack S.A., Warsaw (Poland). Rhenus Contargo entered the market as a complete supplier for European container hinterland transport. The new logistics centre in Györ, Hungary, started operating.
The takeover of Polish logistics provider Polta S. A. expanded Rhenus' position in the new EU states in Eastern Europe and built bridges with the Russian market. Rhenus Alpina took over Georg Fischer Speditions-Logistik AG in Schaffhausen, thereby strengthening its third-party logistics activities in the Swiss automotive technology and pipeline system sectors.
Rhenus strengthened its portfolio of international logistics services by setting up joint ventures with partners like Azkar in Spain and Kerry Logistics in Asia. Rhenus developed the nationwide logistics infrastructure for the "P-System" beverage can return system in Germany.
Rhenus Alpina took over Cargologic AG and began handling air freight at the airports in Zurich, Geneva and Bern. A new logistics centre was built near Paris and an external supplier warehouse for Daimler started operating in Stuttgart. The DIT Duisburg Intermodal Terminal went into operation in Duisburg. Rhenus held a majority stake in the venture.
Rhenus increased its stake in Mindener Logistikservice GmbH and operated the logistics centre in Minden. A further logistics centre was opened in Grossbeeren near Berlin. Rhenus also stepped up its activities as a logistics service provider in Hanover and opened a new logistics centre there.
Rhenus acquired Schweizerische Reederei und Neptun AG and merged the company with Rhenus AG für Schifffahrt und Spedition Basel to form Rhenus Alpina. In the same year, Rhenus started operating the new IKEA central warehouse in Salzgitter and launched the I.C.C. International Consolidation Center in Giessen. These were two key milestones on the road to becoming a leading provider of logistics services. A further logistics centre was opened in Mannheim.