Quality and experience for 190 years

GEBHARDT has been developing and manufacturing efficient logistics solutions for trade and industry for 190 years. The company, headquartered in Cham, is already successfully managed as a family business in the 6th generation. Traditional values have been part of the corporate philosophy from the very beginning. At the same time, entrepreneurial vision and a willingness to innovate have always been the driving force behind change and steady, sustainable growth. Today, GEBHARDT generates a turnover of 75 million euros with just under 400 employees at five production sites worldwide.

The strength of GEBHARDT is a joint effort of all Gebhardtians. Teams in our own development, construction and production work day after day on the optimal products and system solutions for the customer. They are supported by colleagues from all departments of the company. Every contribution is important, regardless of whether it is made in the foreground or in the background.

Our path to more sustainability

The management

A strong management team

"It is a pleasure to be able to take on responsibility as the 6th generation," says Ute Lesch-Gebhardt. Since 2020, Thomas Bauer (COO) and Andreas Schmidberger (CFO) have supported the owners Ute and Franz Lesch as members of the management team.


GEBHARDT is one of the oldest family-owned companies in Germany. As a consequence, the family is therefore involved as a member of the board of trustees in the Family Business Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is the promotion, information, education and training as well as the scientific exchange of experience in the field of family business in Europe.

Facts and figures

Quality and experience for 190 years
locations worldwide
million euros annual turnover*
export quota*
private ownership

* these figures are rounded


Over 190 years of GEBHARDT

Our company history began in 1829. From a simple timber business we developed into a leading industrial company in the logistics sector. Entrepreneurial vision and a willingness to innovate have always been our driving force for change and steady, sustainable growth.

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About us

Our core competences

For us, core competence means understanding and taking into account the customer's complete logistics process. That is why we are consistently expanding our expertise in the industries in which our customers operate. We look at the entire value chain of our customers and analyze their logistics processes in detail. Accordingly, our solutions are always a perfect fit, whether standard product or individual development. We plan together with our customers and think holistically. We are the right partner from the idea to the implementation. Quality from A to Z.

To our products

  • Team


    Foundations of our success

    We treat each other with respect and appreciation and work together as equals on the future of our company! The sustainable success of GEBHARDT is the joint effort of all GEBHARDTians.

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    Foundations of our success

    We create mutual trust by communicating transparently and making our actions measurable. In doing so, we encourage and demand independent action and create freedom for our team to create.

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  • We passionately and persistently pursue our common goal to sustainably inspire the customer!


    The foundations of our success

    We passionately and persistently pursue our common goal of sustainably inspiring our customers! For this reason, we identify ourselves with our company, our customers and our common goals.

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Responsibility for the environment and society

Returnable load carriers - the epitome of resource-saving and efficient packaging. They are reusable and robust, making optimum use of storage and transport space while protecting the product. Their use ranges from the food trade and food production to automotive and tire manufacturing. For over 190 years, GEBHARDT has been ensuring that customers' logistics processes are sustainably optimized.


As an employer, GEBHARDT is also committed to environmentally friendly measures. Economic and ecological growth go hand in hand for us. Gradually, the company fleet is being converted to electric or hybrid cars, which are charged by the photovoltaic system on the roof of the company building. With investments in renewable energies and further projects for energy refurbishment, we want to take responsibility for a more sustainable future and improve the company's CO² balance in the long term.


As a family business, GEBHARDT is also committed to social responsibility in the region:


With initiatives such as "ASV Cham Jugendhandball-Champ" or grants, local clubs and fire departments are supported in their club work. We work with regional schools and educational institutions through campaigns such as "Technik für Kinder" or through student internships and student jobs.


Employees also get involved, for example in "Sternstundensammlung" or typing events. As an initiator of the Bauhaus, GEBHARDT is committed to the Cham art scene as a sponsor. Ute Lesch is active as a member of the board of trustees of the "Stiftung Familienunternehmen" (a Family Business Foundation).


For a Cham worth living, for an intact nature and a stable social structure: As a 190-year-old family business, we are committed to these issues.

  • Process Analysis & Consulting

    Process Analysis & Consulting

    Competence and know-how for 190 years

    We consider ourselves as process understanders and logistic process consultants. We dive into the existing systematics to understand them and find the right levers for optimization. A cooperative relationship with our customers helps us to include upstream and downstream interfaces in our analysis and to obtain a holistic picture.

  • Development competence

    Development competence

    Development and design from a single source

    During the complete development process, our customers receive full support and reliable assistance. Starting with the concept creation in 2D or 3D mode, through container designs, prototypes, pre-series or series failure samples, up to the series load carriers, we are the experienced partner for complex solution requirements.

  • Test & Technology Center

    Test & Technology Center

    For a consistently high quality of our products

    Inspections and tests in our in-house Test and Technology Center (TTC) are the basis for more safety in logistics processes. To ensure the high quality of our products, the entire production process is also repeatedly put to the test. We work together with official institutions such as TÜV. The results are documented in test reports and certificates.

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  • Manufacturing technology

    Manufacturing technology

    We rely on digitalized processes

    In our plants, we process wood, metal and plastic composites to produce returnable load carriers for various customer-specific applications. Modern production facilities and technologies are the prerequisite for manufacturing competitive products and ensuring clearly defined quality standards.

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Prizes, awards and certifications

GEBHARDT stands for best quality. Our standards are correspondingly high in terms of products, services and customer care. We also have a responsibility as an employer. We offer jobs with individual development opportunities and a family-friendly environment.

We do all this out of conviction. The fact that we have repeatedly received numerous awards for this in recent years is something we see above all as an incentive for the future.