From small print shop to global fulfilment service provider: a success story “made in Germany”.
The RHIEM Group, an owner-run fulfilment service provider with headquarters in Voerde, celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer. What began in 1958 as a print shop in a house in Duisburg-Walsum, has developed within half a century into a worldwide service provider with collaborative partnerships in North America, Asia and Europe. In time for the company’s anniversary, a new 7,000 square-metre hall was acquired at the company’s headquarters in Voerde, to create space for further expansion.
The company’s roots lie in the printing firm founded by Franz Rhiem Sr. in 1958 in Duisburg-Walsum. Initially, the company worked in pre-press, supplying local printers. To make itself more independent and to set the course for further growth, Franz Rhiem invested in his own printing presses and transferred the company’s headquarters to Voerde. The risk paid off, with RHIEM Druck quickly becoming a prosperous company, moving into further areas, such as print processing. At the start of the 1990s, the emerging IT industry was the stimulus for RHIEM to offer its customers warehousing facilities and to provide product-related services, such as packing and, later on, blister-pack and software-box manufacture. The first customers in this area included Peter Norton, whose products were later absorbed by software giant Symantec, and Intuit UK, a subsidiary of Californian software company Intuit Inc.
„I remember this transition well, Rhiem have grown consistently over the years. Key to this growth is their innovative approach to business and the needs of their customers. I am proud that Intuit’s input has contributed to Rhiem’s great success“, said John Walker, Head of Service & Fulfilment at Intuit, „Congratulations for reaching this great milestone and all the best for the next 50 years to the whole RHIEM team.“
In the mid-nineties, the Group’s management passed to the next generation. Under Franz Rhiem Jr. and Dr Stefan Rhiem, the company has undergone a gradual development from European printing firm to competitive service provider, active in the global arena.”
„During the past decades our company has continuously grown and developed to meet our customers’ needs“, comments Dr. Stefan Rhiem, President & CEO at RHIEM. „Our customers have provided us with valuable input and support for our growth. Our goal has always been to supply today, the services our customers need for tomorrow
About RHIEM Group
RHIEM is an owner-run fulfilment services company with existing company structures in North America, Asia and Europe. Founded in 1958 as a printing firm, today the company has grown into a global service provider and consists of four business divisions: RHIEM Druck (printing), RHIEM Services, RHIEM Intermedia and PPS Solutions. The company’s German headquarters cover an area of over 22,000 m² with a 450-strong motivated workforce. The Group has a further eight bases in Asia and North America. Further details can be found at: www.rhiem.com
Intuit, founded 1983 in Mountain View, California, is a leading provider of financial and business software for small and medium-sized organisations. The company globally employs more than 8000 employees and generated a net revenue of $2.67 Billion in the fiscal year 2007. The US parent company Intuit, Inc. is quoted on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol INTU.
Key products and services include the popular QuickBooks family of accounting and payroll software, Quicken (personal financial management) and TurboTax (tax accountancy). Intuit works through its QuickBooks ProAdvisor Programme, a community for accountant, bookkeepers and IT consultants, and Intuit Developer Network to serve the accounting needs of small enterprises. The company has major offices across the US, Canada and the UK. In addition distributors in Australia, Germany, South Africa and many more.
For more information on Intuit visit: www.quickbooks.co.uk
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