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The Bechtle story. A tale of the future.


Bechtle’s remarkable success as an IT provider has spanned more than 35 years. Founded in Heilbronn, Germany, in 1983, it has grown from a microbusiness to an established international partner delivering future-facing IT. We’re firmly anchored in our local region, yet globally connected. And our 12,000 employees strive each and every day to turn your IT projects into a resounding success.

2020. On the job.

The year is dominated by the COVID 19 pandemic, with all its effects on the economy, everyday working life, and private life. With an outstanding team of now 12,180 employees, Bechtle defies the crisis: revenues increase to 5.8 billion euros, EBT by 14.6 percent, and the margin improves from 4.4 to 4.7 percent. In addition, Bechtle achieves remarkable new records by exceeding 2 billion euros in revenues in the business with public clients, the historically highest parcel output in central logistics, and 30,000 applications received.

2019. Mission completed.

After hitting its mark of 10,000 employees, Bechtle also reaches its Vision 2020 revenue goal with a jump of over one billion to now 5.3 billion euros. No less than nine acquisitions see more companies than ever join the Bechtle Group. By the end of the year, 11,487 people work for Bechtle. And the Bechtle share is flying high, soaring 84.5 per cent over the course of the year.

2018. Vision 2030.

All sights are locked on growth. On 24 September, Bechtle AG debuts on the MDAX, putting it firmly on the list of Germany’s top 90 companies. The acquisition of Inmac Wstore S.A.S in France is Bechtle’s biggest haul to date. Bechtle introduces its own brand, ARTICONA, and in December, the company counts over 10,000 employees. Revenues climb past the four-billion-euro threshold as Bechtle raises the bar with a new Vision 2030.

2017. Global.

Bechtle AG continues to expand its Software Division by acquiring Smartpoint IT Consulting GmbH with locations in Linz and Vienna, the system houses Ulbel & Freidorfer in Graz and Comformatik AG located in Villingen-Schwenningen. Bechtle also adds another partner to its global network—The Softline Group, headquartered in Moscow, opening up the markets in Russia, Turkey and the CIS. In December, Bechtle surpasses one billion euros of revenue in its public sector business for the first time.

2016. Connected.

Two new partnerships are forged in Latin America—Compucentro in Mexico and Microware in Brazil. Shortly after, Bechtle adds yet another member to their Global IT AllianceData#3 Limited in Brisbane, Australia. Bechtle expands its existing IT solution portfolio to include its own product and project financing solutions for the first time through Bechtle Financial Services AG. Bechtle merges with Steffen Informatik AG and gains five new locations in Switzerland. At the central logistics hub in Neckarsulm, Bechtle introduces an augmented reality solution, equipping warehouse staff with smart glasses. This is the world’s first live deployment of SAP’s mobile AR Warehouse Picker app. 7,667 dedicated employees smash the three billion euro mark in revenues.

2015. Konichiwa, Ni hao und Hello.

Bechtle expands the Global IT Alliance—cooperative partnerships with Japan Business Systems in Tokyo, Jardine OneSolution Limited in Hong Kong and Datacentrix Holdings Limited in South Africa open up access to further attractive markets for Bechtle. Bechtle continues to grow with the opening of a new branch in Saarbrücken and the founding of a branch in Belgium specialising in procurement solutions for the public sector. For the first time, Bechtle employs more than 7,000 people, 7,205, to be precise. Revenues grow to 2.82 billion euros.

2014. First.

Bechtle becomes Germany’s number one IT system house (in terms of domestic revenue). Around 200 children explore their parents’ workplace during the first Bring-Your-Kid-To-Work Day. Bechtle builds strategic alliances with IT suppliers PC Connection (USA), Atea (Scandinavia and Baltic countries), and Lexel (New Zealand and Australia). Bechtle strengthens its presence in the Austrian market with the acquisition of Planet! Software-Vertrieb & Consulting GmbH in Vienna. Bechtle also acquires Amaras AG—a specialist in on-site services. ARP, part of the Bechtle Group, expands into Belgium with the founding of a new IT e-commerce company. Revenue rises to 2.58 billion euros and the number of employees increases to 6,572.

2013. 30 years of Bechtle, 30 years of future.

Right at the start of Bechtle's 30th anniversary year, the new office space at Bechtle Platz 1 is ready for use. The headquarters now has 27,600 m2 at its disposal. Acquisition of Viritim Systemhaus GmbH in Karlsruhe expands the Software Division. Bechtle also expands its IT System House segment in Switzerland by acquiring Sedna Informatik AG as well as Sitexs-Databusiness IT-Solutions GmbH in Vienna. Revenue increases to 2.27 billion euros—a new record. The number of employees rises to 6,219.

2012. Investing in the future.

This entire year is focused on laying the foundation for Bechtle’s future. Major events include further acquisitions, new locations in Ulm and Augsburg, as well as a new e-commerce company in Hungary. In addition, the brand-new Bechtle Remarketing GmbH subsidiary adds another dimension to Bechtle’s portfolio. Over 500 employees are added to the payroll, bringing the total to 5,970. They are offered more opportunities than ever before to develop skills, acquire qualifications and attain certifications. Bechtle also receives several awards recognising its performance and customer satisfaction. Construction to expand Bechtle’s headquarters is completed, increasing the building’s capacity to 1,650 employees.

2010. Record year.

With its newest subsidiary in Poland, the e-commerce brand Bechtle direct is now present in twelve European countries. Bechtle also acquires the iits group of system houses (taking over four locations in northern Germany) as well as HTH Consulting GmbH, located in St Pölten, Austria. CAD software specialist Solidpro Informationssysteme GmbH, which has nine locations throughout Germany, also joins the Bechtle Group. Revenues reach a record-breaking 1.72 billion euros, and the number of employees rises to 4,800.

Competence Days 2010.

Gerhard Schick honoured by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Bechtle's marathon team.

2009. Sustainability.

In the midst of the worst economic crisis of the post-war era, Bechtle remains confident in the Group’s ability to prevail, establishing yet another e-commerce subsidiary—this time in Portugal, Bechtle’s eleventh country. Group headquarters are also expanded to accommodate 1,000 employees. Vision 2020 sets the course for Bechtle’s future, aiming to achieve 5 billion euros in revenues and 10,000 employees. In 2009, however, Bechtle’s revenues amount to 1.38 billion euros and its workforce totals 4,354 employees.

CCI business forum.

2009 Executive Board.

Gaildorf office.

2008. Anniversary.

Bechtle celebrates its 25th anniversary and continues its success story with another record-setting year. While the system house business enters the Austrian market, the e-commerce segment expands into Ireland through Bechtle direct, which is now represented in ten countries. Founder and long-time Executive Board chairman Ralf Klenk steps down after 25 years at the helm. Revenues rise to 1.43 billion euros and staff increases to 4,405 employees.

ChannelPartner Award: Best System House.

Anniversary celebration.

Expansion of Neckarsulm headquarters.

2007. Acquisitions.

Four acquisitions in as many countries reinforce both Bechtle’s system house and e-commerce segments. The Group’s ARP brand continues to expand internationally, establishing a new online shop for France, while subsidiary Comsoft direct leads Bechtle further into the software licensing market. The Executive Board raises its earnings guidance three times—a testament to Bechtle’s profitability. Revenues advance by more than 13 percent to 1.38 billion euros and pre-tax earnings gain 29 percent to 59 million euros. Bechtle’s workforce continues to grow as well, numbering 4,250 employees.

2004. New headquarters.

Bechtle moves into its new headquarters in Neckarsulm, located at the eponymous address Bechtle Platz 1. The Group’s share is also taken up in the German technology index TecDAX. Bechtle takes over Swiss-based ARP Datacon Group—one of Europe’s largest IT e-commerce providers—marking the start of a multi-brand e-commerce strategy. In addition, Bechtle direkt ÖA is established to cater exclusively to public-sector customers. Ralf Klenk takes over as Chairman of the Executive Board while Gerhard Schick becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Bechtle reaches a significant milestone, surpassing 1 billion euros in revenues through the dedication of its 3,178 employees.

Sign at Bechtle Platz 1.

Executive Board standing in the foyer.

Family & Friends Day.

2000. IPO.

Bechtle AG launches its initial public offering on 30 March at an issue price of 27 euros. Demand for the new share greatly exceeds supply and the Bechtle share oversubscribes twelve-fold. This injection of capital is put to good use expanding the Group into France and Belgium while also establishing an additional location in Dresden and acquiring five further system houses. Thus strengthened, the Group boasts 30 locations, 1,680 employees and revenues of approximately 955,000,000 German marks.


Bear and bull figurines.

Bechtle newspaper advertisement.

1997. Dynamic.

With the addition of another five offices, Bechtle is now represented in 18 locations across Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony. The Group establishes its own installation centre, and Bechtle direkt also founds a subsidiary in the UK. The investment firm BWK GmbH acquires an interest in Bechtle and remains Bechtle’s second largest shareholder to this day. Revenues total some 250,000,000 German marks, generated by 510 employees.

1996. International.

The number of Bechtle locations increases to 13, extending the Group’s broad coverage to Saxony and neighbouring parts of Thuringia. Bechtle also breaks into the ranks of Germany’s top five IT system houses. For the first time ever, it takes its commerce business across national borders, founding Bechtle direkt AG in Switzerland and doubling its staff to 320. Revenues continue their upward trajectory, reaching 170,000,000 German marks.


Neuer Standort in Freiburg.

New location in Freiburg. (Ralf Klenk and Rainer Weyh)

1995. Online.

The same year Amazon and eBay are founded in the US, Bechtle launches its website, www.bechtle.de, making the Group a pioneer in the e-commerce market. Once again, Bechtle grows rapidly, acquiring Pazdera Computer in Karlsruhe and thereby enabling extensive market coverage in northern Baden-Württemberg. Another location, this time in Leipzig, is also added. These new locations bear fruit immediately, driving a three-fold increase in revenues to some 115,200,000 German marks within a single year and boosting staff numbers to 150.

Bechtle is online.

Catalogue issued by Pazdera Computer, a Bechtle Group company.

Karlsruhe IT System House.

1993. Expansion.

Following the bankruptcies of two competitors, Bechtle seizes the opportunity to expand further by opening two offices outside Baden-Württemberg. On 1 January, nine former employees of the IBM systems integrator Computer Martin join Bechtle GmbH EDV-Zentrum in Würzburg. In July, Software Direkt (Maier + Partner) in Chemnitz is added to the fold, representing another stone in Bechtle’s foundation for a Germany-wide network of IT system houses. The Vision, published in 1988, aims to achieve 100 million German marks and launch an IPO by the turn of the millennium. For the time being, however, Bechtle revenues continue to grow apace, totalling approximately 33,850,000 German marks. Its staff at the time numbers 100 people.

Würzburg employees 1993.