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Scalability of the business model for a 180-year-old transport company

Welti-Furrer AG, Dielsdorf
Best Practice Meetings

Tuesday, 25 February 2020
1.00 pm - 6.00 pm, Dielsdorf

What started 180 years ago as a small horse-and-cart operation in the immediate vicinity of Paradeplatz in Zurich is now one of the leading and most innovative logistics companies in Switzerland: with more than 250 employees, Welti-Furrer sets the tone in Switzerland when it comes to moving, storage, art logistics and special transports. In spite of or maybe because of its long-standing tradition and eventful history, Welti-Furrer is successful again and again in anticipating new trends and pushing forward into new growth areas. A good example is the new logistics centre in Zurich-Dielsdorf that houses the most modern maximum-security art storehouse in Switzerland and the largest fully automated container warehouse in Europe. Welti-Furrer is part of the Knecht Group, which has more than 1,500 employees in total.



Remo Giger, CEO Welti-Furrer AG. Remo Giger has been working for Welti-Furrer for four years. Before he took over as CEO of the company, he headed Business Relocations for the Zurich area and later also the entire national moving business with all Welti-Furrer branches. Remo Giger studied accounting and finance at the University of St. Gallen and strategic management at the Rotterdam School of Management. After spending some years in management consultancy, he joined the Knecht Group as Head of Strategy and Business Development.


Mario Thomann, Head of Healthcare Knecht Group. Mario Thomann has been heading the Healthcare division of the Knecht Group for three years and is responsible for the development of this business area and the resulting acquisitions in the healthcare sector. Previously, he was CEO and co-owner of a medtech company in the robotics sector that was successfully sold in 2016. Mario Thomann worked in management consultancy at hpo for several years, including as project manager. He has a Master of Science degree in Physics.


Thomas Aebischer, CEO Welti-Furrer Fine Art AG. Thomas Aebischer has been working for the Knecht Group for more than six years. He was initially in charge of Strategy and Business Development for the whole Knecht Group before taking over as Head of Art Logistics at Welti-Furrer and Real Estate Development at the Knecht Group. Thomas Aebischer graduated from the ETH as an IT engineer. He previously worked as a management consultant, the head of a development department in plant engineering in India and as general manager of a vacuum technology company in Ticino.


Dr. Lukas Braunschweiler, President of SMG, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tecan Group Ltd. Dr Lukas Braunschweiler is President of SMG and sits on the boards of directors of various companies. He holds a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from ETH Zurich. From 2011 to the end of March 2018, he worked as the CEO of the Sonova Group. He was previously CEO of the Swiss technology group RUAG, led the California-based Dionex Corporation as President and CEO from 2002 to 2009, and worked in Group Executive Management at Mettler Toledo from 1995 to 2002.


1:30 pm

Delegates arrive at Welti-Furrer AG

2:00 pm

Welcome by Dr. Lukas Braunschweiler, President SMG

Presentation by Remo Giger, CEO of Welti-Furrer AG:
«From the beginning at Paradeplatz to Europe's largest fully automated container warehouse. How are advances successfully made into new growth areas all the time?»

Presentation by Mario Thomann, Head of Healthcare of Knecht Group:
«Healthcare identified as a growth strategy – development of a new business area»

Presentation by Thomas Aebischer, CEO of Welti-Furrer Fine AG:
«The most modern maximum-security art storehouse in Switzerland»

Questions and answers

3:30 pm

Guided tour of the best-secured art storehouse in Switzerland

4:15 pm

Live demonstration of Europe's largest fully automated container warehouse

4:30 pm

Conclusion and outlook by Dr. Lukas Braunschweiler

Welti-Furrer invites guests to a reception with beer and sausages
In parallel: unique opportunity to operate a pneumatic crane

6:00 pm

End of the event

Registration and fee

The number of participants is limited. Registrations will be considered in the order in which they are received and in consideration of sector representation.

Fee per person: CHF 220. A confirmation of registration and invoice will follow.

Kindly note that the registrations are binding. A representative from the company management may attend if the original registrant is unable to attend at short notice. We are obliged to invoice in the event of cancellations without a stand-in and no-shows.

Please note that photographs taken by our photographer will be displayed in SMG publications and on the SMG website.

Everyone must bring their ID or passport. These will be photographed on site. Participants have to agree to the storage of this data.

Host and event organiser

Welti-Furrer AG
Biologiestrasse 13
8157 Dielsdorf

Event organiser
Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft
Zeltweg 48, 8032 Zürich
office [at],
Telephone + 41 44 202 23 25

How to get there

Event location
Welti-Furrer AG
Biologiestrasse 13
8157 Dielsdorf

Arriving by public transport
Welti-Furrer's complex is located in the immediate vicinity of Dielsdorf railway station. Travelling away from Zurich, turn right in the underpass. Leave the underpass at Niederhaslistrasse. Approx. 200 m further, turn left into Welti-Furrer's complex. Follow the signs and instructions.

Arriving by car
Sufficient parking space has been reserved for participants. From the large circle at the BMW branch, drive straight in the direction of Niederhaslistrasse. After approx. 100 m, turn right into the complex. Follow the signs and instructions at the complex.

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