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Possehl Erzkontor – a success story

Possehl Erzkontor was established in 1915 in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in Germany. Originally the business focused on trading iron ores from Sweden. From the 1960s onwards the focus shifted increasingly to manganese and chrome ores. In subsequent years the product range and the company's divisions were expanded to meet changing needs, new commercial relations were established and existing ones strengthened. The company grew in every respect and with typical Hanseatic cosmopolitanism also expanded internationally.

Today the trading portfolio of the Erzkontor Group comprises almost all natural and synthetic industrial raw materials. We supply traditional and emerging sales markets around the globe. In terms of sectors we focus mainly on the refractory, metallurgical and chemical industries.

Since 2014 Possehl Erzkontor GmbH has been owned by Peter Cremer Holding GmbH & Co. KG. This traditional business is based in Hamburg and has operations worldwide: it specialises in the international trading, processing and refining of agricultural and industrial commodities. Cremer is also active in the production and distribution of oleochemical feedstocks.

1893 Emil Possehl begins trading in ore
1915 Establishment of Nordisches Erzkontor GmbH
1923 Establishment of Possehl Erzgesellschaft GmbH für den Mineralienhandel
1969 First local contacts to China
1970 Merged to form Possehl Erzkontor GmbH
1980 Hong Kong office opened
1987 Paris office opened
1990 Beijing office opened
1991 Acquisition of C. Welsch GmbH
1993 Yekaterinburg office opened
1994 Bratislava and Dalian offices opened
1997 Acquisition of IRS Stahlhandel GmbH and establishment of PE Hong Kong Ltd.
2008 Establishment of PE Northamerica
2009 Venice office opened
2010 Johannesburg office opened
2011 Establishment of PE Argentina and PE do Brasil
2012 Acquisition of 50% of company shares by CREMER, Hamburg
Sheffield office opened
2014 Acquisition of 100% of company shares by CREMER, Hamburg
Establishment of Cremer Erzkontor Mexico
2015 100 years of Possehl Erzkontor GmbH
2015 Change of legal structure to Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG


Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG
Beckergrube 38-52
23552 Lübeck

Phone:  +49 - (0) 451 - 148 0
Fax:  +49 - (0) 451 - 148 355