History

1931 - 1984

Historie

1931

1931

1931 Arthur EspeyAfter slowly but gradually rebuilding the business, Arthur Epsey took over L.W. Cretschmar as owner in 1931 and was thus the new man at the helm of the company.

1931

1936

1936

1936After founding a branch in Hamburg in 1935, the company entered the second century of business in 1936. Solidity, reliability and mobility were already the foundations of the company philosophy at that time. One year later, in 1937, the Wuppertal branch was founded.

1939 - 1945

1939 – 1945

The 2nd World War disrupted almost all of the company's activities: Most of the company buildings were badly damaged or completely destroyed.

1939 - 1945

1945 / 1946

1945 / 1946

1945 46 1

After the end of the war, Cretschmar took over the storage of food for the state government and welfare organisations and the central distribution of care packages.

1945 46 2

1945 1946 3

1947 - 1950

1947-1950

1950

In the immediate post-war years Cretschmar set up a branch in Bremen and opened a regular Rhine-London service. This was soon followed by shipments to Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.

1947 - 1950

1951

1951

1951 1

Arthur E.H. Espey, the owner's son, joined the company in 1951 as an authorised signatory.

1951 2

In the same year, Cretschmar opened its own air freight office at Düsseldorf Airport.

1957

1957

1957

At the end of the 1950s, the reorientation of the transport system led to an increasing shift in traffic flows from ships to trucks; in 1957, the new grain and general cargo warehouse in Düsseldorf with a capacity of 14,200 tonnes was completed.

1957

1959

1959

1959 1

In 1959, Cretschmar moved into a new administration building at Franziusstraße 2, in the harbour area of Düsseldorf. Pneumatic post and telex were the expression of modern office technology at that time.

1959 2 

1961

1961

1961The 125th anniversary was in 1961. CEO Arthur Espey stated: "Whether by ship, train, car or plane: L.W. Cretschmar feels today as it did in the past as trustee, consultant, organiser and mediator of the shipping industry.”

1961

The 1960s

The 1960s

60erIn the 1960s, regular direct lines of Cretschmar juggernauts led to many European capitals; the Wuppertal branch developed into a focal point for European groupage transport.

1968

1968

1968 Madrid CosladaCretschmar Española was founded in 1968 with its registered office in Madrid and its own offices in Barcelona and Irun. This was the beginning of Cretschmar's growing business with Southern Europe.

1968 Barcelona

1968 Irun

1968

1972

1972

1972The Wuppertal branch had developed into a focal point of groupage transport. In 1972 the new forwarding agency centre in Wuppertal-Nächstebereck was ready for occupancy. Regular scheduled services to many cities in Western Europe operated from here.

1979 / 1980

1979/1980

1979 80The following years were characterised by business expansion and service improvements in all areas. In 1979 Cretschmar built a 10,000 sq. m. high bay warehouse on Paul-Thomas-Straße in Düsseldorf.

1979 / 1980

1983

1983

1983In 1983, a forwarding facility was commissioned in Hamburg to handle national and international groupage transport.

1983 / 1984

1983/1984

1983 84 1The purchase of a grain silo and modern forwarding halls in Neuss determined the investments made in 1983 and 1984.

1983 84 2

1983 / 1984

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