FARSIGHTED FOR OVER 200 YEARS

Our corporate logo reflects our close association with Asian culture. The three Chinese letters represent a free phonetic transcription of the name "Melchers". When translated, this means "eternal beauty" – and symbolises the continual quest for lasting success, which neatly sums up our company's history extending back more than 200 years.

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1806
Establishment of the company in Bremen

Focke & Melchers, a shipping and trading company, is founded in Bremen by Carl Melchers (1781-1854) and Carl Focke. Its business is centred on emigration to the US and the transportation of goods from Cuba, Mexico and the US.

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1846
Branches in Mexico and on Hawaii

The three Melchers brothers, Heinrich (1822-93), Georg (1827-1907) and Gustav (1830-1902), establish a branch  in Mazatlàn, Mexico, followed seven years later by a further branch in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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1854
New generation

After the death of the company's founder Carl Melchers, his eldest son Laurenz Heinrich Melchers takes over management of C. Melchers & Co. Start of expansion into the Asian market.

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1866
First branch in Asia

In the 1860s, C. Melchers & Co. becomes established in Asia and engages in trade with China with great success. Thus, in 1866, the first Asian branch is opened in Hong Kong. Trading is now concentrated on China and the company abandons its shipping business.

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1887
Representative of North German Lloyd

Having a holding in North German Lloyd since its founding in 1857, Melchers becomes the shipping company's representative in China and Hong Kong.

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1914
First World War

Business collapses. All of Melchers' possessions in China and Hong Kong are seized.

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1918
From import export to production

The family's management of the company ends with the death of Hermann Melchers in 1918. Up until the Second World War, Melchers is again actively engaged in trade with China and in the production of goods and beverages. Exports to China include lanterns, clocks, cameras, tools and hardware, while the main imports from China to Europe are egg-based products, skins, furs, seeds, animal hair and wood oil. Melchers also operates port installations and maintains shipping agencies.

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1939
Second World War

The Second World War brings business to almost a complete standstill. In China, this is followed by expropriations by the Kuomitang and subsequently by the Communists.

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1952
Resumption of trade with the Far East

Melchers succeeds in reopening its branches in Hong Kong and, shortly afterwards, in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The network of branches is gradually expanded to cover the whole of Asia.

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1960
Importing Japanese consumer goods

Melchers is appointed sole importer of Sony consumer electronics and subsequently becomes the representative of other companies (Pioneer, Citizen).

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1968
Establishment of Melchers Ferrostaal

A joint subsidiary with Ferrostaal AG in Essen is set up for Asia's Communist countries, in particular China. This unites Ferrostaal AG's knowledge of investment business with Melchers' know-how and experience in complex business dealings with China.

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1970
New offices in Asia new branches in China

From the 1970s onwards, sales & marketing offices are established in many Asian countries, including Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. With China opening up for trade again in the late 1970s, branches are set up in that country once more, underscoring the immense importance of Chinese business for Melchers. With the establishment of a branch in San Francisco, business activities are expanded to include trading between the United States and Asia in order to take advantage of the rapidly developing trade relationships between Asia and America.

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1990
Vietnam

Melchers is one of the first German companies to open a branch in Hanoi and then also in Saigon.

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1994
Presence in Myanmar

Melchers opens a branch in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar.

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2001
Growth following reorganisation of corporate structure

Melchers evolves from a trading house to an international service provider specialising in market expansion and trading – based on a holding concept. Further expansion ensues with the acquisition of brands, know-how and market presence in both Europe and Asia. Increased M&A activities lead to steady growth. Melchers establishes a joint company with Stucken & Co. in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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2005
Expansion of network of offices Asia

Expansion is centred on second-tier cities:

• Dalian, Urumqi, Changchun, Chongqing, Harbin (China)
• Bogor (Indonesia)
• Penang, Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
• Taichung (Taiwan)
• Surabaya (Indonesia)

 

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2006
Start of production in Indonesia

P.T. Rubber Foam Indonesia goes into operation, producing natural latex pillows and mattresses.

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2011
Cambodia

Melchers opens an agency in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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2012
Restructuring of China business

The agencies in China are converted to public limited companies in order to expand market development services in China.

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2013
Sri Lanka

New office building in Colombo.

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2015
Pakistan

Open Office in Karachi, Pakistan.

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2016
150 years in Asia

2016 marks 150 years of presence in Asia / China.