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50 years of Kombiverkehr

As the new year dawns, we look back over five decades of company history. On 11 February 1969
the partnership was founded on the initiative of the then transport minister, Georg Leber. It was set up
in Frankfurt am Main by the associations for long-distance freight traffic, forwarding operators and the
furniture transport industry as well as Deutsche Bundesbahn and 56 road hauliers and vehicle
forwarders. Even then the goal was to shift long-distance freight traffic from road to rail. Transport
services commenced a short time later on 1 July 1969, when the first truck consignment was handled
at the Frankfurt am Main (Ost) goods station. Today the company provides a European network with
over 770 direct and shuttle trains a week, allowing forwarders and logistics companies to send their
shipments by rail, an economical, safe, efficient and climate-friendly mode of transport. With transfer
options between road and rail as well as multiple-day departures at more than 230 important national
and international terminals, Kombiverkehr KG offers the densest transport network in Europe with the
highest frequency of services. The company transports well over 900,000 truck consignments
annually and has holdings in 26 companies at home and abroad.

Standards set in intermodal transport
At the end of the 1960s, a road-rail Combined Transport system was the logical answer to the
challenges of an economy geared towards modern bulk freight transport. The company's founders
stepped into a new age of transport in 1969 with an innovative concept. Our company stood out for its
pioneering work from the start. With countless innovations in the areas of sales, operations, IT and
technology, our employees have lost none of this pioneering spirit over the last five decades. They
have repeatedly set new standards that have added value to the intermodal transport sector in
Germany and Europe and made it into a success story:

1969 First timetable with four services in Germany in Unaccompanied Transport

1970 First international route to France

1972 Import of the first "piggy packer" from USA for the mobile craning of swap bodies

1992 First shuttle trains in Combined Transport on the route Cologne - Verona

1994 Services are launched on the legendary Rolling Road between Ingolstadt (later Manching) and

2000 The national block train network "Kombi-Netz 2000+" is launched

2002 Deutsche Bahn joins the Kombiverkehr limited partnership with a 50 per cent holding, although
the redrafted articles of association still guarantee the neutrality of the company

2006 The first T3000 pocket wagons for megatrailers are commissioned

2007 The millionth truck consignment is loaded at Hamburg-Billwerder in December 2007, making
Kombiverkehr the first European operator to succeed in transferring such a number of shipments from
road to rail in the space of one year

2013 Turkish transport services are switched to the trimodal solution via the Port of Trieste

2017 KV 4.0 "Digitalisation of intermodal transport chains" project is launched

Kombiverkehr GmbH & Co. KG has evolved together with its limited partners, customers and partner
companies from pioneer to European market leader and is firmly rooted in the intermodal world as a
neutral provider today. All of this finds expression in our anniversary claim.

Start the golden jubilee year 2019 with us – there are plenty of celebratory events to look forward to throughout the year!