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More than 12,000 employees, globally active and passionate about innovation — that is the way to achieve both market and technological leadership. We are Körber. Presenting our Group.

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We are Körber

Körber is a leading international technology group that has more than 12,000 employees at over 100 locations worldwide. We are the home for entrepreneurs — we turn entrepreneurial thinking into customers success. Körber AG manages the Group and its four Business Areas: Digital, Pharma, Supply Chain and Technologies.


The Körber Insights shows the entire spectrum of the Körber world: We give our view of exciting developments and trends, as well as innovations and technologies. We also highlight personalities who drive Körber forward every day with their entrepreneurial spirit and new ideas.



Wanted: team players. The know-how, creativity, and dedication of our employees have made us a successful technology company in Germany and worldwide. Now we want to shape the future — with you! We offer exciting positions for experts, young professionals, university students, and high school students.

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"Modern leadership culture has a performance-enhancing effect"

A working climate that promotes innovation, diversity, and the courage to tell uncomfortable truths is more central than ever to a company's success today. In an interview, Gabriele Fanta, Head of Group Human Resources, explains how the new leadership principles at Körber specifically strengthen fruitful collaboration in everyday working life.

What comes after traineeship, Max?

Experience report: After graduating in mechatronics and mechanical engineering, Max Döring became a trainee at Körber. Today, he is Technical Product Manager at our Körber Business Area Pharma.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Joint future-proof activities are the foundation of sustainable procurement. Körber, as a globally leading technology group, therefore places great value on the optimal purchasing of materials and services.

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Harnessing the power of ecosystems for long-term growth

Why a collaborative ecosystem approach as a business model is becoming more and more fundamental to the global tech and industry sector. And what it takes to build it up successfully.

Ever since the blacksmith John Deere developed the first self-cleaning steel plow somewhere in Illinois in the early 19th century, his name has become synonymous with engineering excellence. Above all: tractor construction. Recently, it has also come to stand as role model for a genuine tech revolution: the tractor as an IIoT platform. Modern John Deere tractors collect data and upload it to clouds, which farmers use to manage their entire business. John Deere is no longer just selling tractors, but serving an ecosystem for digital agriculture. And it does so with such a range of partnerships and applications that the name John Deere today stands for a model case among digital thought leaders: how to transform a product company into an ecosystem player. How to ecosystemize perfectly. 

The great steps from Product to Ecosystem companies (original graphic from Platform Innovation Kit, Matthias Walter; adapted from the book “Ecosystemize your business: How to succeed in the new economy of collaboration” by Prof. Dr. Julian Kawohl and Dr. Denis Krechting)
Stephan Seifert, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Körber Group

Ecosystems as a business model are becoming more and more fundamental to the global tech sector. And a key question for the future of the machinery and process industry. For decades, it was sufficient to focus on one's own products and solutions. On individual components, machines and process equipment, for example. In the future, the industry needs to solve complex questions and problems including a whole range of products, services, solutions, and expertise. This is why companies should urgently act now. “Many small- and medium-sized enterprises will not be able to maintain their market position by 2025 and beyond if they stick to their current technology stack and go-to-market approach”, says Stephan Seifert, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Körber Group. 

The more an ecosystem serves the customer, the higher the value for the customer

To successfully build up ecosystems today, he has identified four factors as critical:

1. New technologies

To become a relevant driver of future ecosystems, companies must strongly develop their tech capabilities and solutions. In the digital arena, AI, machine learning and cloud applications help develop solutions that integrate all layers of technology. And with unlimited server capacity, 5G, big data and new display levels through augmented and virtual reality, the IIOT can provide companies with new ways of working. Innovations such as AMR (autonomous mobile robots) or AM (additive manufacturing) combine hardware and digital solutions – with unimagined opportunities for productivity, quality and synergies.

2. New business models

Innovative service solutions on a partnership basis are permeating all industries. Software as a Service (SaaS) is being transferred to many other applications: Output as a Service, Robots as a Service, a Service. Another powerful approach: Gain Sharing, where the partner company only participates in the predefined profit of its customer. And completely new options are available for Co-Creation or Minimum Viable Product Development (MVP). No company can do this alone. They need to be either a relevant partner or the leader of an industry ecosystem. A network of partners can better identify trends and improve the customer experience – and someone in the ecosystem will have the next big idea.

3. New market players

Significant innovation pressure also comes from new B2B entrants. In the IIOT, AI and software world, there are two in particular: start-ups and established global tech players. Some of them are also becoming industry- and vertically-leading ecosystem players – for example, by expanding IIOT platforms across all industries. Or by taking automation and Industry 4.0 offerings to new levels. 

4. Leadership: Know your role and success factors in the relevant ecosystem

Among the many options to join an ecosystem or to start one yourself, only a few are really successful. These 5 questions should be answered before starting:

  • What is the benefit and added value of the specific ecosystem for the customers?
  • What are the success factors of this ecosystem?
  • What is the maturity level of this ecosystem?
  • What is my company contributing to the ecosystem?
  • What is the benefit for my company being part of the ecosystem

Building ecosystems has been a central part of the Körber strategy for years – with the goal of becoming a leading global ecosystem player in the machinery and process industry sector by 2024. For this, Körber is continuously developing its technology stack and partnering to define and shape ecosystem-relevant solutions. Today, the company already generates more than 20% of its revenue from software and digital solutions, and around a quarter of our employees work in these areas. And Körber is working specifically to increase these numbers sharply.

Advancing the technology stack is crucial for machinery companies

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In order to position itself as a leading ecosystem player, Körber continuously invests in M&A and partnerships. “Through recent strategic partnerships with Geek+, global market leader for AMR, we are pooling our joint expertise around the integration, consulting and maintenance of robotics solutions, enabling us to offer customers even more efficient, flexible and intelligent logistics operations”, says Stephan Seifert. More examples? The cooperation with the Canadian robotics company Attabotics to support European companies with completely new technological solutions in warehouse management and order fulfillment. The majority investment in DAIN Studios, taking Körber’s expertise in Smart Data and AI strategies to a new level. Or the partnership with the global investment firm KKR, opening up entirely new ways for us to implement a successful growth strategy for Körber’s Supply Chain software business. 

“My personal belief is: If you want to remain a leader in your industry, get started, and accelerate or strengthen your ecosystemizing process”, says Stephan Seifert. “In the future, market leadership will be decided by ecosystem leadership more than ever.”

Insights shows the entire spectrum of Körber, what we do and how we do it: We give our view of exciting developments and trends, as well as innovations and technologies. We also highlight personalities who drive Körber forward every day with their entrepreneurial spirit and new ideas - always to the benefit of our customers. In this section, you’ll find inspiring content concerning our topic Tech.

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Körber evolves ecosystem partnership with Microsoft to create more value for customers

To help our customers become more efficient and agile in pharmaceutical production, we transformed our market-leading PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) offering into a cloud-based solution. The partnership with Microsoft plays a key role here.

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Pioneering information security with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) provides hackers with new ways to attack organizations. But it also opens up opportunities for companies to better protect themselves against these attacks. Körber is, therefore, investing in AI and advising its customers to follow suit.

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Collaboration is key – the power of B2B ecosystems

At a time when new technologies and business models are rapidly entering the market, complexity increases. Interconnected solutions will allow us to realize our full potential in creating customer value.

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Inspiring the future - how Körber is driving tomorrow's technology solutions

What products will we be using tomorrow? Körber attempts to answer this question with the Future Induced Innovation (FI²) method.

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UCS – Conductor in the warehouse

With its Unified Control System (UCS), Körber introduces an unprecedented software solution for bundling and orchestrating multiple warehouse technologies.

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