Hürth | 09.08.2022

75 Years of ALFRED TALKE: Off to Europe 1987 - 1995

The late 1980s are an exciting time, both politically and economically. For TALKE, the road to Europe begins in 1987: with TALKE Forwarding NV, we establish our first foreign subsidiary in Antwerp. We also take over the Belgian transport company Louis de Jongh in nearby Kallo.

Just two years later, this strategic decision leads to an absolute novelty in the industry. In 1989, we take over the planning, construction and operation of the first on-site logistics facility, including elevated silos, for the then Statoil in Antwerp. In the same year, the inner-German border falls on 9 November. Soon after, the reunified Federal Republic of Germany faces long-term challenges, but for logistics in particular new opportunities arise.

The end of an era for TALKE

For TALKE, this time of transition also brings fundamental changes. In 1990, company founder Alfred Talke Sr. dies. Until the end, he was active in the company and shaped it in this way. From then on, his sons Armin and Norbert Talke are at the helm of the family business. In the coming years, they will position TALKE in a rapidly changing Europe.

As a result, SpeziTrans, based in Grimmen in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and still an independent company, becomes part of the TALKE Group in 1992. Today, the company has more than 150 employees and, in addition to its successful core business, is strongly committed to alternative propulsion technologies and other future solutions for sustainable logistics.

A single European market emerges

But it is not only Germany that grows into a single entity. Cross-border trade also becomes easier for companies in 1993 thanks to the new common European internal market. It will take until 2004 for many former Eastern Bloc countries to join the EU. Despite this, we start to orient ourselves eastwards at an early stage and in 1995, with TALKE Polska Sp.zo.o. in Wroclaw, Poland, establish our first branch in Eastern Europe.