BSH Bosch and Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH is the largest home appliance manufacturer in Europe and one of the world’s leading companies in this sector. The group was formed in 1967 as a joint venture between Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart) and Siemens AG (Munich) and in 2011 posted sales of around 9.6 billion euro. Today, BSH has 42 factories in 13 countries in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia. Together with a network of sales and customer service firms, about 70 companies in 49 countries with over 45,000 employees are active for BSH.

Bosch and Siemens are the main brands in the group’s range of products. With seven specialized brands (Gaggenau, Neff, Thermador, Constructa, Viva, Ufesa and Junker),BSH is able to meet individual consumer needs. Four regional brands (Balay, Pitsos, Profilo and Coldex) provide a broad presence in their respective home markets. The product range includes large and small household appliances, floor care and hot water appliances.

Convoi was contracted for the relocation of a transfer press from Berlin (Germany) and two production lines (casings and drum) from Nauen (Germany) to St. Petersburg in Russia. The project started in February 2012 in Berlin and in March in Nauen. The relocation was scheduled to take three months using an average of 8 to 10 employees. The challenges in this project were to work with the lifting platform within the confines of a very low ceiling in Berlin and to clear the parts of the plant and our tools through Customs in Russia. Everything was carefully planned beforehand and the transport received extra attention. For the move from Berlin we needed five heavy transporters with weights of up to 36 to 80 tons and 9 normal articulated trucks. From Nauen there were three heavy transporters of 45 tons each and 12 normal articulated trucks. We required a further four articulated trucks for our tools consisting of a lifting platform with side shifter, a 7-ton forklift, a hoist, a Greiner and tool containers.

The project was completed on schedule on 16 May 2012 within the agreed time frame of three months.