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Bechtle AG
Traded as FWBBC8
Industry IT services
Founded 1983
Headquarters Neckarsulm, Germany
Key people
Thomas Olemotz (CEO)
Revenue €2.83 billion (2015)[1]
Number of employees
7,200 (March 2016)[1]
Bechtle's headquarters in Neckarsulm, Baden-Württemberg.

Bechtle AG

A German B2B and B2G IT company, Bechtle AG sells IT hardware and software, as well as related services to business and public-sector clients. Bechtle operates its service business from 66 sites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and has e-commerce subsidiaries in a total of 14 European countries.[2] In 2015, the company generated revenues amounting to €2.83 billion.[3] A survey conducted by German industry publications Computerwoche and ChannelPartner ranks Bechtle as the largest B2B IT service provider by revenue in Germany.[4]

The Bechtle Group is headquartered in Neckarsulm, Baden-Würtemberg, and organised into multiple parent and holding companies. In 2015, Bechtle has counted a total of approximately 7,200 employees.[5]


Bechtle was first established in 1983 by former Heilbronn University students Klaus von Jan, Ralf Klenk and Gerhard Schick.[6] Its first operations were set up in a small shop in Heilbronn. In 1995, the company reached a milestone with revenues exceeding 100 million German Mark (approx. €51,000 as of January 2001). At Bechtle’s IPO on 30 March 2000, the stock was listed on the Neuer Markt segment of Germany’s stock exchange Deutsche Börse, and has been listed on the TecDax since 2004. In 2012, revenues exceeded €2bn for the first time.[7]


Bechtle AG owns or has shares in some 100 companies. As the parent organisation, it provides centralised services to all subsidiaries including investor relations and corporate communications, human resources, quality and risk management, and corporate IT. The company’s direct subsidiaries include:

  • Bechtle Logistik & Service GmbH, responsible for purchasing, warehouse and product management, marketing and related services
  • Bechtle Systemhaus Holding AG, responsible for all service business activities in Germany and Austria
  • Bechtle E-Commerce Holding AG, responsible for all e-commerce business under the Bechtle direct brand
  • Bechtle Managed Services AG, responsible for outsourcing services
  • Bechtle Holding Schweiz AG, responsible for all service and e-commerce business activities in Switzerland including the brands ARP and Comsoft direct

Business Segments and Portfolio[edit]

The group’s activities are organised into two business segments under dedicated executive management:

  • The IT Systemhaus & Managed Services segment spans all service business activities with service units and specialised competence centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • The IT E-commerce segment covers a portfolio of some 60,000 IT products sold via online shops, catalogues and telesales under the brands ARP, Bechtle direct and Comsoft direct

External links[edit]

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