Creators, makers, pioneers

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.



We develop innovative products, solutions and services for a more sustainable tomorrow and introduce the people who make them possible. Find out more in our Sustainability Report 2023.

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Körber pursues ambitious climate targets

In October 2023, we had the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) verify our commitment to achieving net-zero CO₂e emissions throughout the entire value chain by 2040. We would like to introduce you to some of the measures that will help us achieve this ambitious goal.

Group-wide standards for Ecodesign

We were able to advance our Ecodesign initiative decisively in 2023 after creating a group-wide standard for life cycle assessments (LCAs). Find out more about the first LCAs we implemented and the challenges we overcame.

Data and infrastructure protection

We aim to transform information security into a strategic objective and make it a shared concern for all employees. We provide an overview of the corresponding measures and projects in 2023.



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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Körber – From a basement workshop to a global technology group

Our unique entrepreneurial journey started in 1946 with a small workshop in the basement of an industrial building in Hamburg’s district Bergedorf. Since then, we have been developing innovative cutting-edge technologies from a broad mix of industries around the globe to make our customers even more successful. Our entrepreneurial roots also provide motivation and drive for this. Curious? Then join us on a brief journey through the history of the Körber Group. Get more exciting impressions about our entrepreneurial roots in our Körber Xperience


Start-up since 1946? Sure, it was the birth of a global technology group

Many myths surround the founding of the Group. According to legend, Kurt A. Körber makes his first sales call on 14 July 1946 in a telephone booth at one of Hamburg's bigger railway stations. This marks the moment Hauni Maschinenfabrik (today: Körber Business Area Technologies) is founded. For his small business, Körber rents a basement workshop in Bergedorf to repair damaged cigarette makers. Soon after, Körber develops his first cigarette machines. The "MAX" filter assembler, which was delivered from 1956 onwards, quickly becomes a bestseller on the world market.


Leap across the ocean

A central component of the DNA of the Körber Group has always been proximity to our customers – both locally and globally. A precise understanding of the markets and consumer trends characterizes all companies of the Group. For this reason, Kurt A. Körber expands his business abroad at a very early stage. With the opening of the location in Richmond, in the US state of Virginia, in the fall of 1955, he sets the course for the international growth of the Group. Today, the location is one of the largest production sites in the Körber Business Area Technologies.


Initiating new ideas and shaping the future

Group founder Kurt A. Körber is not only a successful entrepreneur but also a charitable "instigator", who promotes various programs and projects for the benefit of society. In 1959, he establishes the Kurt A. Körber Foundation. Ten years later, the Hauni Foundation is established. In 1981, Körber merges the activities of both foundations in terms of focus and organization to form the Körber Foundation. This enables the Foundation to use its funds in an even more focused way.


Rings that connect

Two intertwined rings with the lettering "Körber" in the middle – that is our trademark. The Körber rings express the strong connection between the Körber Group and its Business Areas with the Körber Foundation and its social activities. The design stems from an idea of an employee of the information department, who registered the logo with the German Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of Kurt A. Körber on 28 July 1979. As an external distinctive feature of our Group, the rings today spread the Körber name all across the globe.


Set for further growth

Kurt A. Körber quickly recognizes entrepreneurial potential and becomes active outside his initial business soon. First by acquiring companies in the paper processing and grinding machine industries. With these, the Group grows continuously and focuses on long-term sustained success. On 17 June 1987, Körber AG is founded to unite all companies under one organizational roof. Since 1995, it serves as a strategic management holding.  


The end of an era

On 10 August 1992, Kurt A. Körber dies in Hamburg at the age of 82. From now on, the Körber Foundation is the sole shareholder of Körber AG. The founder of the Group had already decreed this in 1969. In an obituary, the Group Executive Board states: "Kurt A. Körber's lifetime achievements will live on, and his self-imposed ethical obligation to society will continue to be binding for us in the future".


New markets, promising opportunities

The Körber Group acquires a majority interest in the Perini Group with sites in Italy and Brazil in 1994. This sets the basis for the Business Area Tissue. Through continuous strategic development and targeted investments, the Business Area has grown sustainably. Since then, it has made its customers more successful through leading technological offerings along the entire value chain of tissue converting and packaging. In 2023, the Business Area was sold to pursue growth opportunities under a new strategic owner.


We deliver the difference in pharma for our customers

With the acquisition of the Swiss companies Rondo AG and Dividella AG, the Körber Group broadens its position in the field of packaging systems for the pharmaceutical industry. As a partner and expert in pharmaceutical technology, the Business Area Pharma today offers a unique portfolio of integrated solutions. These include consulting, inspection, handling, packaging machines and materials, track & trace systems, and industry-leading software. We deliver the difference along the entire pharma value chain.


We conquer the complexity of supply chains

Langhammer, a leading supplier of transport and palletizing systems, is integrated as an independent company into what is now the Körber Business Area Supply Chain. Today, the Business Area has a broad range of solutions to fit our customers' size, business strategy and appetite for growth. The portfolio includes software, automation, voice solutions, robotics and material handling – plus the systems integration expertise to tie it all together. This is how we enable our customers to conquer the increasing complexity of their supply chains.


We drive digital transformation

To drive the digital transformation in our markets and shape it together with our customers, we establish the Körber Business Area Digital. It is fostering digitization while at the same time building its own technology startups, which are developing new products, services, and business models for an increase in A.I.-powered manufacturing efficiency. 


We are one

What once started with a small basement workshop in Hamburg is an international technology group with with more than 100 locations worldwide today. Together, we turn entrepreneurial thinking into customer success and always find the best solutions for our customers. Since 2020, we are operating all our businesses under one brand – Körber – to communicate this promise even more clearly to our stakeholders.


We are the home for entrepreneurs – for 75 years

The Körber Group is celebrating its 75th anniversary and seeks to strengthen its entrepreneurial DNA even more in the future. We are proud of our heritage and take our claim to "market leadership through technology leadership" as a daily motivation. We seamlessly implement our ideas and innovations and create measurable benefits for our customers. Because we want to continue to inspire our customers with the best solutions in the next 75 years – and beyond.


Building a supply chain champion

With the acquisition of Siemens Logistic’s global mail and parcel business as well as the purchase of enVista’s omnichannel and global freight audit and payment services, Körber significantly complements its supply chain offering. Bringing the relevant competencies together puts the Körber Business Area Supply Chain in an ideal position to become a global leader in end-to-end supply chain technology. 


Ambitious goals for a sustainable future

Körber is committed to creating a better life for current and future generations. Our sustainability strategy had the goal of being CO₂e-neutral in our own production by 2025 from the outset. Now we aim to achieve net-zero CO₂e emissions across our entire value chain by 2040. In doing so, we want to make a long-term contribution to a sustainable future.

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