The history of TRANS AURIGA begins at Schenker Deutschland AG. This is where project coordinator Tobias Pisall and BA student Timo Wittmann meet for the first time. They size each other up – and approve of each other. It is love at first sight. It soon becomes clear that they are too creative and ambitious to be “just” employed. They establish TRANS AURIGA so that they can make their ideas a reality and achieve their goals by being self-employed. At that time, they had a strong silent partner as the majority shareholder.
This is the beginning of a success story – because the pair succeed in filling a niche in the logistics industry. They handle major projects but still always remain personal points of contact. Meaning that every customer gets the very best treatment and isn’t just an anonymous number at a large logistics company. Timo Wittmann and Tobias Pisall are like a small, flexible speedboat successfully creating waves in an industry that is often dominated by large, stately tankers.
The company grows more and more over the years within the partner’s corporate group. Which brings one or two advantages in its wake. But also a few disadvantages. It becomes increasingly difficult to be fast, free and independent. And that troubles the pair more and more. So they dare to make a fresh start. They re-establish TRANS AURIGA. As a totally independent company, which belongs to them and them alone. So that they can preserve all the values that are important to them in the future. And so that TRANS AURIGA once again does what it used to: creating waves in the industry.
TRANS AURIGA. Maybe it sounds a bit like a spaceship? You’re not actually that far off. But first things first: the first part of the company name probably doesn’t need much explanation. “TRANS” for transport. Okay so far.
But “AURIGA”? Well, it doesn’t have anything to do with aura or the aurora. Tobias and Timo heard the word in a science fiction film: “Alien Resurrection” takes place on USM Auriga. They liked it. And after a quick consultation of Wikipedia, the decision was quickly made.
The Latin word “Auriga” is the name of the helmsman constellation. What could be more suitable? After all, the lads from TRANS AURIGA like to reach for the stars. And when it comes to managing logistics processes, nobody can fool them.
Incidentally, the constellation can also be found in the company’s logo – Auriga is actually part of the “winter hexagon”. Which is lucky because otherwise someone might have come up with the idea of creating a logo in the shape of a spaceship.
There are some things that are better explained by those who know them well. And who better to explain what TRANS AURIGA offers than TRANS AURIGA itself? Exactly! So this is what Timo and Tobias have to say.
The big question: how do we do it? Shall we use some foreign words and current lingo? Or shall we be unpretentious and call things by their classic names? It’s not about proving that we were paying attention at uni. It’s about explaining what we can do. What we can do for you.
Our solution: do one without neglecting the other. After all, we want you to be able to remember the concepts. And that works quite well with the current lingo.
But one thing at a time. We are a logistics company. And yes, that does mean we transport things from A to B. But it also means a lot more than that. We can be your logistics partner – from a one-off consulting commission to an entirely outsourced logistics department. Our customer portfolio includes small companies as well as SMEs and corporate groups – we can develop solutions for everyone. Bespoke, of course.
Roughly speaking, our services can be broken down into four sectors:
No glitter, no ribbons and no other chichi either. Pure logistics. TRANS AURIGA transports something from A to B on your behalf. Or from K to P. Or even from Q to C. It could be a pallet, a container or even just one parcel. It might contain rubber seals, a whole machine or a pile of cotton balls. It doesn’t actually matter. What does matter is that we find the best / quickest / cheapest / safest route. Just as you like. By road, rail, water or air. We will find you a route – and achieve your goals.
The task: you want to transport various components from different locations in Europe to a factory in China. Which means: lots of coordination, endless paperwork and a few grey hairs. The simplest solution: let us take over. We will take care of everything. Packaging, supplier call-offs, cranes, documentation, assembly and construction logistics – whatever comes up. We will work out an individual concept with you that we can implement flexibly and in close coordination with you. And we won’t let matters rest until it is quite certain that every last tiny little screw will arrive in China as requested.
This is not meant to sound smug, but we do have a lot of experience and know-how in logistics. And it is available for purchase. Perhaps you have your own logistics department but it could do with a bit of fresh input from outside? Or you have a forwarding agent but an unusual project is coming up and you need some additional expertise? Or you just want to put the logistics processes in your company to the test? We are happy to advise you. Large or small-scale. Simply avail yourself of our knowledge.
For logistics fans like us it is hard to understand: but there are supposed to be some people out there whose eyes don’t light up when they read a consignment note. Who want to have as little as possible to do with the whole subject. We even have the solution for such cases: we could be your logistics department. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to clear some office space for us or even make staff redundant. But it is often the case that a company grows and prospers. And the logistics? Well, the intern does it along with everything else. Or even the boss. That’s just how it has evolved. But it’s definitely not the ideal solution. We can take over as a neutral service provider, we can optimise processes and even handle the operational business – always in close coordination with the customer, of course. Then you can concentrate on your core competencies.
Would you like to meet Timo Wittmann? Then please don’t go to the TRANS AURIGA headquarters by any means. You’re better off going to an airport. Atlanta. Beijing. Rio. Anywhere in the world really. Your chances would be better there. Because Timo is the salesman in the TA management duo. Always on the move, looking after customers, acquiring projects and visiting trade fairs.
But Timo does have other qualities too. Numbers are his metier, his will often moves entire container ships – and nobody kills the Excel files set up so pedantically by his colleague Pisall quite as skilfully as he does. But he is never angry with him about it for long because Timo always creates a good mood in the office with his positive streak.
And what does the professional globetrotter do in his spare time? Travel, of course. Timo is happiest travelling around the USA with his wife and two children. And when he is given a proper barbecue and fine wine in his beloved Southern States, then this restless man might actually sit down for a while. For a couple of hours, anyway.
If Tobias Pisall was a character in a Quentin Tarantino film then he would play the problem solver. It is his prime role. At least there hasn’t been a single dilemma so far that he couldn’t find a way out of. His logistical creativity knows no bounds, he boldly navigates around every obstacle.
Tobias is also the captain on board the TRANS AURIGA. And he makes sure that everything runs without a hitch, not only on the bridge but also in the engine room. His duties include project conceptualisation and operational handling as well as administration. Which means that his job suits his pedantic tendencies wonderfully.
Privately, Tobias is a connoisseur. A beautiful day with his wife and children and/or a glass of 2014 Hipperia Red Blend can make him a happy man. He is not quite so choosy when it comes to his favourite football club. But Borussia Mönchengladbach has to have its fans too. He can experience success when he is solving logistical problems, after all.