10 decades of NORDWEST


Video: 100 years of NORDWEST Handel AG

The history of 

Over 100 years of NORDWEST!

Since its foundation, the trade association has established itself as a major player in the trade and services sector. Find out more about the pioneering development and milestones that have made NORDWEST Handel AG what it is today. 


Discover the history of NORDWEST Handel AG Dortmund. From its origins to today: key moments, innovations and successes in images and short texts. A fascinating journey through time to revisit exciting moments in our company’s development. 

NORDWEST founder Berthold Regenbogen with partners in 1919
1919 – The foundation year

Founded as Einkaufsverbund NORDWEST GmbH by Berthold Regenbogen together with 22 hardware merchants in Bremen. Their goal: To establish a self-help organisation to combat the market power of the industrial cartels of the time.

Photo of document for registering the legal form of NORDWEST Handel AG
1923 – New legal form

“Einkaufsverband NORDWEST GmbH” is converted into a registered cooperative with limited liability (eGmbH).

Photo of the building of the NORDWEST Handel AG branch office in Hagen from 1928
1927 – First branch office

NORDWEST’s first branch is established in the heart of hardware production in the Westphalian town of Hagen. The strategic goal is to be close to the customers and to establish a permanent presence in this important region.

Photo of the building of the NORDWEST Handel AG branch office in Hagen from 1960
1945 – Relocation to Hagen

Following the destruction of Bremen in the Second World War, the company headquarters are relocated to Hagen. The company is renamed “NORDWEST Eisen- und Metallwaren eGmbH”.

Photo of the NORDWEST Handel AG high-bay warehouse in 1973
1973 – Aiming high

NORDWEST constructs a new high-bay warehouse – considered at the time to be the most modern and efficient in Europe. A fully automated storage facility is created here for the first time. The high-bay warehouse can accommodate 15,000 pallets in a compact space.

1980 – Premiere of the NORDWEST exclusive brand

NORDWEST launches its first own brand: the delphis collection. These products are characterised by good and high quality at reasonable prices. 

PROMAT POS product presentation
1987 – Own brand PROMAT off to a great start

This year marks the beginning of success story of the own brand PROMAT from the tool and tool technology segment.

Share certificate of NORDWEST Handel AG
1992 – From cooperative to joint stock company

A decision is made to convert the cooperative into NORDWEST Handel AG. The share capital of the cooperative members is exchanged for registered shares with restricted transferability at a ratio of 1:1.

Screenshot of the specially developed NORDWEST internet ordering system
1999 – Internet ordering system

The turnkey internet packet is launched on the market. The decisive advantage: access to a central catalogue database which trade partners can use to put together their individual product ranges

Bull and bear stock market symbols
1999 – Admission to stock exchange trading

The company is admitted to official trading on the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange. The first listing is celebrated on 19 August 1999.

Aerial view of the NORDWEST Handel AG logistics centre in Gießen
2005 – Outsourcing in logistics

The NORDWEST central warehouse is relocated to the logistics centre of Rhenus SE & Co. KG in Gießen. The member companies benefit from significantly improved logistics and new services.

Logo of the HAGRO cooperation
2005 – Cooperation established

Building services activities are consolidated into the co-operation company HAGRO. Soon after its launch, HAGRO already serves more than 100 medium-sized specialist wholesalers.

2007 – Nürnberger Bund taken over

On 1 September of this year, NORDWEST acquires all shares in Nürnberger Bund Produktionsverbindungshandels GmbH (NBP): The foundations are laid for further growth.

Front view of the stock exchange in Frankfurt
2013 – Admission to trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

On 13 June 2013, NORDWEST shares were admitted to trading on the regulated market (General Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Close-up of the NORDWEST Handel AG advertising centre in Dortmund
2016 – Relocation to Dortmund

On 19 September 2016, NORDWEST Handel AG relocates its headquarters to the Phoenix-West site in Dortmund.

Anniversary logo 100 years of NORDWEST Handel AG
2019 – NORDWEST celebrates 100 years!

NORDWEST Handel AG celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. Celebrate with us!

Michael Rolf Member of the Management Board at NORDWEST Handel AG
2021 – New member of the Management Board - Michael Rolf

The Supervisory Board of NORDWEST Handel AG appoints Michael Rolf as a member of the Management Board with immediate effect by order dated 7 June 2021.

Aerial view of NORDWEST Handel AG in Dortmund
2022 – Record figures

Once again, the NORDWEST Group closes the 2022 financial year with record figures. The business volume achieved, totalling € 5,827.3 million, significantly exceeds that of the previous year. The overall result corresponds to an increase of 19.9 % or an increase of around € 1 billion.

40 years of delphis birthday cake
2022 – 40 years of delphis

Celebrating 40 years of delphis – Fascinating baths & technology

Thorsten Sega Member of the Management Board of NORDWEST Handel AG
2023 – New member of the Management Board - Thorsten Sega

By resolution passed today, the Supervisory Board of NORDWEST Handel AG appoints Thorsten Sega as an additional member of the company’s Management Board with effect from 1 October 2023.

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