The plus for 
specialist trade

A bird’s eye view of the NORDWEST headquarters

About us
What exactly does NORDWEST do?

As a trade association, NORDWEST Handel AG forges the link between industry and wholesale in the steel, construction, trades & industry and building services sectors. With over 430 employees, we are enablers and forward thinkers with the spirit of a full-service provider – versatile yet specialised and always practice-oriented. As an employer, we want to offer our employees a home with a high comfort factor. 

The success of our specialist trade partners is our most important goal. We stand for:

  • highly efficient processes
  • maximum customer benefit
  • low costs
  • sustainable increase in enterprise value
  • future security for trade partners 

Why is it worth your while 
to become a NORDWEST partner?  

As a trade association, we are shaped by the common interests of our approximately 1,255 specialist trade partners – individual, independent, medium-sized companies. And in our case, these companies are regional specialist wholesalers in the steel, construction, trades & industry and building services sectors. 

We at NORDWEST organise goods procurement and purchasing centrally. We also develop trademarks and helpful services and consolidate payment transactions between the different parties. The synergies created as a result of optimised processes ultimately means less effort and lower costs. Our billing model is central payment. We centralise the billing processes for all parties involved: the dealers order directly from the suppliers, while NORDWEST, as the central accounting centre, pays the supplier directly and later issues a collective invoice to the dealers.  

We offer specialist wholesalers the added value of an all-round carefree package – particularly in the areas of digitalisation, logistics, sales and marketing. This is how we support our trade partners in successfully selling steel, doors, windows, bathrooms, tools and work safety products to industry and crafts enterprises and as well as to municipalities. NORDWEST is also active in Europe, particularly in the key countries of Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland and the Benelux countries, and is endeavouring to further expand its business activities there.  

Effectively, we are ten companies under one roof: we employ over 100 IT experts alone, plus logistics specialists, market experts and merchandise specialists as well as sales professionals who develop an extremely diverse palette of solutions for our partners. Authenticity, a spirit of progress and solidarity are all encoded into NORDWEST’s congenial DNA.  

Many people standing around bar tables for business talks

Joint success 
Generating growth

The advantages for you

  • A strong partnership that makes specialised wholesalers competitive and fit for the future
  • Successful marketing tools that enjoy a high level of acceptance
  • Sales-orientated sales and service concepts for the further growth of basic products, new products and products requiring intensive sales support
  • Greater efficiency and potential through the consistent digitalisation of the entire value chain – from ordering to payment
  • Logistics as the key to success: fast and reliable product availability, with small orders handled in a centralised, sustainable process
  •  Central payment as a billing model for greater financial security and flexibility  
  • Knowledge network with regular know-how exchange between specialist trade partners and suppliers.
  • TrainingsWerk training and further education programme for your sustainable organisational development  

Product areas

Pioneers in steel

Every steel trader in the network benefits from our sustainably effective and future-orientated strategies. Above all, we have concentrated the particularly important procurement processes together for you and are simultaneously continuing to expand these services. From reinforcing, bright, structural and stainless steel and pipes, brackets, bar steel and flat products to aluminium, we are internationally active in the procurement of steel products for our dealers.

Pioneers in construction

The Construction product area at NORDWEST offers products and services relating to construction components, construction equipment, fitting systems and security technology, and connecting technology. Our acknowledged construction specialists are the contact for industry and trade.

Pioneers in trades & industry

Extensive market expertise and clever solutions for work safety, power and hand tools, measuring and surface technology, precision tools, welding technology, technical trade and operating equipment.

Pioneers in building services

In the area of building services, we offer you a unique all-round carefree package including everything from purchasing and logistics to marketing and sales support – for sanitary, installation, heating, air-conditioning systems and heat pumps. 

The Management Board of NORDWEST

The management of NORDWEST Handel AG consists of three board members with equal rights. Jörg Simon has officially been a member of the Management Board since September 2015, Michael Rolf was appointed to the Management Board by the Supervisory Board in June 2021 and Thorsten Sega has been joined as the third member of the Management Board in October 2023.

Current Management Board:

Michael Rolf (left)

Jörg Simon (centre)

Thorsten Sega (right) 


Current NORDWEST press releases

Here you will find our latest press releases.


Sustainability, environmental friendliness and social responsibility are broad issues that the industrial B2B sector is being forced to address more and more. NORDWEST also recognises its commitment to these issues. Here you will find an overview of what we are already doing.


NORDWEST Handel AG can already look back on a history of over 100 years. Much has happened since the company was founded in Bremen in 1919. Below are the most important milestones.  

NORDWEST as an employer

“Services are interchangeable – it’s the people that make the difference.” This is our credo at NORDWEST and we put it to practice as an employer. We want our company to be a professional home for our employees.  Here you can find out more about NORDWEST as an employer.

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