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Hoyer – 70 years and counting Editor Leslie McCune explores market dynamics with Thomas Hoyer, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Hoyer Group

LM: This year is Hoyer’s 70th anniversary as an independent family business. What benefits does a private family business have over a public company?
TH: Family and public limited companies are two fundamentally different models and both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, as a family entrepreneur, I believe in longer-term strategy and think in generational terms rather than just delivering quarterly results (which, of course, we also do). The family culture makes access to executive management very easy and decision-making is fast as there is less bureaucracy - just a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. The family values are transparent, enduring, clear to all and always practised.
LM: What are the tank container highlights of Hoyer’s first 70 years?
TH: The first highlight was naturally our first HOYER-tainer in 1971. From the first to the almost 40,000 tank containers that we have today, has been a very positive journey, and is one which is continuing. The development of our Deep Sea business unit, which started by shipping Würtzburger Hofbräu beer in 1978 from Germany to the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Newark, New Jersey, is also a highlight. Since then, the business unit’s fleet has grown to 20,000 tank containers. It now has a truly global presence and has a well-earned reputation for high-quality service and reliability. I would like to stress that our gas fleet includes ultra-light aluminium tank containers for air gases – these have a tare weight below 6 tonnes, operate at a pressure of 4 bar and have a holding time of up to 20 days. The fleet also includes high-pressure, high-payload carbon dioxide (IMO8) tank containers and multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs) for the transport of high-pressure gases up to 200 bar. MEGC is a multimodal assembly of cylinders, tubes and bundles of cylinders which are interconnected by a manifold and assembled within the tank container’s framework. Our Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) business is among the world’s leading providers of value-added services to the chemical industry and has a special focus on contract logistics. Services include on-site logistics, filling and blending services, intermodal terminal operations, dangerous goods terminal operations, dry bulk logistics and project development. SCS’s highlights include its role in the start of operations, in 2000, of the dry bulk logistics plant for plastic ABS granules in Dormagen, Germany. In 2016, the first SCS overseas on-site logistics activities were provided for Covestro in Shanghai, China .............
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January 6, 2017


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