Milestones at O.T.S. ASTRACON
Since the company was founded in 1994, we have been a sought-after service provider in the international transport and logistics sector.
Climate neutral company
O.T.S. ASTRACON air + sea transport systems GmbH has made its operations climate neutral. The CO₂ footprint determined by independent certifiers is offset annually, and the company continues to pursue a sustainable reduction of CO₂ and supports the UN’s climate targets.
Reorganization of the management
Mr. Michael Steingens is appointed as the sole managing partner of both companies – O.T.S. ASTRACON International Air + Sea Forwarder GmbH and O.T.S. ASTRACON air + sea transport systems GmbH.
Relocation to new building, Bremen
O.T.S. ASTRACON in Bremen moves into the now completed new office building with considerably more space in Bremen’s Überseestadt. The new address is: Konsul-Smidt-Straße 19, 28217 Bremen, Germany
X-ray scanner put into service
Since April, O.T.S. ASTRACON has been operating its own X-ray security equipment with aviation security screening personnel approved by the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA). As an international logistics service provider, we now screen shipments and deliver them to airlines with the status “secured”.
Branch office opening at Frankfurt Airport
O.T.S. ASTRACON opens a branch office directly at the important hub for international airfreight in Europe at Frankfurt Airport.
Certification to AEO-F standard, Bremen
In March, O.T.S. ASTRACON international air + sea forwarder GmbH in Bremen received the AEO-F certificate from the Main Customs Office Bremen as “Authorized Economic Operator” (reference no. DE002300).
Change of name to O.T.S. ASTRACON
The identity of the group of companies in Europe and the USA will be placed under a common roof and the joint development potentials will be further deepened. With immediate effect, the ASTRACON Group in Germany will operate under the name O.T.S. ASTRACON (O.T.S. ASTRACON air+sea transport systems GmbH).
Certification according to AEO-F standard, Stuttgart
ASTRACON Stuttgart has been certified since March by the main customs office in Stuttgart as an “Authorized Economic Operator” (AEO) for customs simplification and security according to AEO-F standard (reference no. DE009550).
LBA Approval Regulated Agent
As one of the first German airfreight companies ASTRACON receives the approval as Regulated Agent (RegB) by the Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA) and fulfills procedures and methods of the requirements of the Regulation (EC) No. 300/2008.
Expansion of storage and handling capacities
The cargo depot at the ASTRACON site near Stuttgart Airport is expanded by the acquisition of an adjacent warehouse due to increased freight volumes. The larger storage capacities and shorter handling times optimize all processes.
Move-in to new ASTRACON company building
In Elly-Beinhorn-Strasse 6, within direct sight of Stuttgart Airport, ASTRACON has created a centrally located and modern site with the now completed new headquarters. In Ostfildern, there is now room for further growth, more independence and an excellent working environment for the employees.
Relocation of the ASTRACON Bremen
ASTRACON in Bremen now employs more staff than can be accommodated at the site in Windhukstr. 20/26. The moving to Speicher XI, No. 3 in Bremen’s Überseestadt responds to this development and again creates more space for further development.
Groundbreaking ceremony for new building, Ostfildern/Stuttgart
The premises and storage capacities in Neuhausen no longer meet the increased demand. Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of our own company building at Elly-Beinhorn-Strasse 6 (Industriegebiet Wittumsäcker, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany).
Company foundation of ASTRACON International Air+Sea Forwarder GmbH, Bremen
The positive development of the sea freight business contributes significantly to ASTRACON’s further growth. With the foundation of ASTRACON International Air+Sea Forwarder GmbH in Bremen, the optimized handling of worldwide sea freight can be controlled and coordinated even better.
Full charter debut
There are massive capacity bottlenecks on the Atlantic routes and ASTRACON charters a cargo aircraft – a Boeing 747 – from Stuttgart Airport for the first time.
Relocation to Neuhausen/Fildern
In order to meet the increased demand for space and to allow further opportunities for growth, ASTRACON moves to larger premises in Neuhausen/Fildern.
Company foundation of O.T.S. ASTRACON L.L.C., USA
Together with the Italian freight forwarding company OTS, the company O.T.S. ASTRACON L.L.C. is founded in Charlotte (North Carolina, USA).
Certified freight forwarding company
ASTRACON becomes a certified forwarding company and optimizes its quality management processes according to DIN EN ISO 9001.
Founding year 1994
ASTRACON air + sea transport concept GmbH is founded in July 1994 (Air Sea TRAnsport CONcept). The company is located in Riederich near Reutlingen, the first employee is Mr. Patrik Häbe.