Materials Services Key Visual

We fuel manufacturing with materials & services

The Business Area Materials Services has around 480 locations in more than 40 countries and is the largest material distributor in the Western world. Materials Services is not only a distributor of various materials and raw materials, but also a competent service provider and partner for the aerospace and automotive industry. The various business models complement each other ideally, so that our 250,000 customers can focus on their core competencies.

  • 150.000


  • 480


  • 40


  • 11.2

    mn t Shipments

  • 19,861


  • 13.7

    bn € Sales

  • 312

    mn € EBIT adj.

  • 250,000


The companies in the Business Area Materials Services have long-since lived up to what is today called "customer centricity". It's about identifying the challenges that customers face and finding flexible solutions for them. The strategic orientation of Materials Services is based on its own strengths: material and logistics know-how as well as flexible services.


The global logistics and warehousing network, with a total storage area of ​​3.5 million square meters and 480 locations worldwide, ensures that customers receive materials quickly and cost-effectively. Materials Services achieves this through the continuous digitization of previously analogue processes as well as the use of central product hubs. Furthermore, the Business Area is set up for the future, so that raw materials and materials can be traded via any internal or external channel - digital or analogue. This creates a high price transparency for the customers.

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Service as a Product

The Business Area Materials Services has decades of experience in managing highly complex supply chains for its customers. Digitization has long been an integral part of further intercommunication with customers. These customers benefits from the close exchange by enabling a far-reaching transparency of the production and logistics processes. For example, Materials Services can offer flexible and personalized service solutions that are essential in the aerospace and automotive industries.

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New Business Models

In addition to sharpening its own competencies, the Business Area Materials Services is further developing its business models so that problem solutions can be developed early on in the future. These include, for example, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Enhanced Supply Chain Accelerator and Extended Supply Chain Management.

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