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When he began his career, Hubert Hörndl owned two trucks. Now he has 216 trucks in his fleet, including 75 new Actros.

The freight-rig from Bavaria.

When he began his career, Hubert Hörndl owned two trucks. Now he has 216 trucks in his fleet, including 75 new Actros.

Photos: Bernhard Huber
Actros articulated trucks with swap bodies

Focus on swap bodies.

His desk is enormous but empty. Trophies from a Bavarian business leader’s competition line the walls of Hubert Hörndl’s office on the first floor of the company’s headquarters. There is a simple explanation for the tidiness of the room: “I hardly ever work here”, says the 46-year-old, who promptly sits down to peruse some papers. “I just use this office for important meetings with customers or banks. Usually I work from downstairs,” he says. “That’s where all the action is!”

Modern fleet, impressive flexibility.

Down below on the ground floor is where the commercial staff employed at Hörndl Transporte GmbH key in orders on their computers and talk to customers and drivers on the phone. A small office is separated by glass partitions – this is Hubert Hörndl’s actual workplace. The door always stays open. “That allows me to be right at the heart of operations.” He removes a key bearing the distinctive star from one of the racks and proceeds to the exit. One of his 75 new Actros trucks stands outside in the car park. 

Hubert Hörndl with one of his 75 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks.

The company based in Forstinning near Munich employs 20 commercial clerks and 330 drivers who work behind the wheel of one of Hubert Hörndl’s trucks.

The Hörndl fleet includes 75 new Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks.

The parcel carrier for the parcel carriers.

The company belonging to the 46-year old has been in the family for generations. For decades it remained a humble business operation with a relatively limited fleet of vehicles. Following the death of his father, Hubert Hörndl joined what was then a small family company and turned it into a medium-sized logistics service provider for all manner of transport operations. He incorporated a workshop, a petrol station, a truck wash facility and a marketing service for truck advertising. His big breakthrough came with the business of swap bodies. Hörndl Transporte specialises in offering scheduled links between the distribution centres of major parcel services in Germany and throughout Europe.

Specialising in scheduled transport operations.

“I liked the idea of using my vehicles in a flexible way. Ultimately, we developed into a pure freight carrier.” He benefited from the opportunities offered by the emerging markets in the newly formed German states and the growing business of e-commerce. Step by step, Hubert Hörndl took the company to an entirely new level. Today, his trucks operate on behalf of well-known parcel services like DPD, UPS and GLS, and not forgetting his customers from the automotive sector and the food and beverage industry.

An articulated truck with two swap bodies can transport around 1,200 packages.

An articulated truck with two swap bodies can transport around 1,200 packages.

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