Synergetic effects based on experience and expansion

About the Melchers Group


C. Melchers GmbH & Co. is a diversified international services group with a long and rich history in Asia. We provide a wide range of specialised services from marketing and distribution to sourcing, processing and production to a wide range of business partners from large well-known multinationals to small highly-specialised companies seeking to expand into new markets. The group employs more than 1,000 staff in over 20 offices in 13 countries, mainly in Asia. The headquarter offices are located in Bremen in Germany. If you would like to learn more about the Group's activities, please visit our Group website.


History of the Melchers Group


C. Melchers & Co. was established on 1st January, 1806 in Bremen, where the group still maintains its global headquarters. In the first few decades of the company's history over 30 ships sailed the oceans of the world, under the Melchers flag, linking the ports of Europe, America and the Pacific.


In the 1860s, C. Melchers & Co set up operations in Asia and all its trading interests swiftly moved to this region. At the  same time, with the onset of steam ships, C Melchers & Co abandoned its own shipping business to devote itself entirely to expanding its trading operations.


1866 saw the establishment of the first branch in Hong Kong, in the wake of which China began to develop into a key linchpin for the company's business. The ensuing decades were a period of rapid growth for Melchers in China, with over 2,000 people employed in 12 branches and plants throughout the country. The First World War proved to be a setback for business relations, although business quickly recovered. It was only at the end of the Second World War in 1945 that business came to an almost complete halt. However, the company continued to survive re-opening its first branches in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in the early fifties and gradually extending its branch network across Asia.

Following the opening of the Chinese markets at the end of the seventies, Melchers again set up branches in China, underscoring the significance of Chinese business for the group. With the establishment of a branch in San Francisco in the early eighties, the group also started to engage in US-Asian trade in order to gain a share of the rapidly growing trading relations between these two regions.

There are dedicated departments for each product group in Bremen and throughout the foreign branch network. These departments work with a high degree of independence within the overall group structure and are staffed by highly qualified experts. Over 1,000 employees in Germany and abroad assist customers and suppliers with their specialist knowledge. Most of these employees are now stationed at subsidiaries and branches rather than the head office reflecting the group's continuing development and the strategic alliances which it has forged.


Three principles have safeguarded the success of Melchers over two centuries:
  • Independence, reliability and loyalty to customers and business partners
  • Flexibility and the ability to react quickly to changing global market conditions.
  • An ongoing determination to adapt the company's skills and structures to the requirements of the market