Origin of company name 1974
Robert Harder founds the eponymous haulage firm in Dietenheim near Ulm. Specialising in transports and removals, he also expanded the company internationally in the years that followed. New sites open in Ravensburg and Aalen, and the company's head office moves to Vöhringen (Neu-Ulm area) in 1992.
New beginning in 2003
When Marcello Danieli first sets up on his own with business partner Uwe Spann in 2003, it is because he wants to take a chance again on something completely new and of his own. They take over the three legally distinct firms: HARDER Transporte GmbH, the international shipping company HARDER and the removals firm HARDER with head office in Vöringen, which is looking for a successor to the owner. By 2003 HARDER logistics has three lorries and eleven staff. The name is still being used. The portfolio has been completely restructured.
Growth stage in 2003
As there are few growth opportunities in the traditional transport market for a company the size of HARDER logistics, Danieli develops the company into an international system service provider. The corporate philosophy rests on diversification, innovation and high specialist expertise.
The first contract is concluded with the Diehl Group for all removal services at the different locations.
Founding of Ulm site in 2004
HARDER logistics opens its Ulm site, starting a collaboration with with the Group F. Stamm GmbH in Ulm, Neu-Ulm and Leipzig.
New business fields in 2004 / 2005
Parallel to development of the existing business fields “Classic transport” and household removals, Danieli and his team consistently expand the company as a system service provider. He establishes two new divisions, which are now some of the company’s supporting pillars:
- Business, property and industrial relocations, as well as all the associated services, for leading global companies
- High-tech transports and special transport solutions
Expansion of storage capacities in 2007
Opening of an additional site in Neu-Ulm with a total area of 12,000 m2.
Relocation of the head office in 2010
Moving the head office to Neu-Ulm represents a milestone in the company’s history and includes an expansion of capacities. The new site on Max-Eyth-Straße has generous storage space with a 4,500-m² warehouse and another 7,000 m² of outdoor space.
Further diversification in 2012
HARDER logistics develops two more business fields in response to customer requirements:
- File management
- Factory clean-up (controlled clearing of old sites)
Major project for Klinikum Ulm in 2012
The relocation of six clinics with 118 patients and extremely costly transport logistics – mastered by HARDER logistics. The entire surgery department is moved without shutting down. In total, the project took three weeks to complete. Around 100 individual moves were required.
Outstanding framework contracts in 2013
HARDER logistics receives a Global Supplier Contract with Bosch.
The Daimler Evobus Group concludes a framework contract with HARDER logistics for removal services.
Change to owner structure in 2015
Marcello Danieli becomes the sole Managing Partner.
Storage space is increased to a total of 30,000 m², of which 12,500 m² is covered.
Mechanical engineering partnership in 2016
HARDER logistics becomes a partner to Qesar, the Pool for Industrial Cooperation.
Doubling of overseas activities in 2016
Results for 2016 show an increase in the development of overseas activities in industrial relocations. This business field accounted for 10 percent of overall turnover in 2015 and this has doubled in 2016.
Art transport exposed 2016/2017
HARDER logistics is transporting and storing almost 6,000 exhibits in a fully climate-controlled and secure separate space for the Edwin-Scharff-Museum in Neu-Ulm while its building is being refurbished.
Award as preferred supplier in 2017
HARDER logistics is named a preferred supplier by the “netzwerk excellenter lieferanten” (network of excellent suppliers) – nexel for short thanks to special services in industrial assembly and the associated logistics. The network includes well-known machine and plant manufacturers.
Framework contracts with notable companies in 2017
Several notable companies conclude framework contracts with HARDER logistics with the aim of a sustainable, long-term and collaborative partnership. These include:
- A framework contract with the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim, concerning global relocation activities.
- A framework contract with the Liebherr Group concerning facility and warehouse logistics management.
- Framework contract with Kuka, Augsburg, concerning all relocation services at the headquarters.