The idea to build a logistics competence center in Prien am Chiemsee was brought up by 2 men: honorary president Gerd vom Hövel, former General Manager of the Munich fair (Messe München) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Reinhardt Jünemann, former head of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund.
The logistics competence center should increase the economic importance of the region and should create new and modern jobs. Further factors have been the tourism in the region and the close proximity to the European neighbor Austria.
The initiators have convinced the former district administrator of Rosenheim, Dr. Max Gimple and the former first mayor of the market town of Prien, Lorenz Kollmannsberger, of their idea. So in mid-December 1996 the first project group of the Fraunhofer IML in Prien started working, in the beginning still in the rooms in the Bernauer Strasse.
Under the leadership of Gerd vom Hövel experts, politicians and companies were brought to the table to work out the concept in more detail and to decide on the future of the LKZ. Despite initial hesitation, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs was convinced of the idea and granted funding of 5 million DM (German Mark). The district of Rosenheim provided the property for the building.
Signing of the certificate of incorporation
On 03 March 1197, the three partners of the logistics competence center signed the certificate of incorporation for the operating company:
The district of Rosenheim, represented by the district administrator ret. Dr. Max Gimple, the market town of Prien am Chiemsee, represented by the 1st Mayor ret. Lorenz Kollmannsberger and the chamber of Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria, represented by Dr. Manfred Rothkopf. The first big step towards the logistics competence center is done.
The official start of construction with groundbreaking ceremony was on 01.09.1997. In the modern office building of LKZ office units were built on 1,300 m² with sizes from 35 to 105 m². The rooms are connected for the joint use the services which are offered by the LKZ and to ensure a cost-efficient frame of the use of the latest technology.
After one year of construction, the new logistics competence center in Prien am Chiemsee was inaugurated in a ceremony on 07 September 1998. The speech was held bythe Bavarian State Minister for Economy, Transport and Technology, Dr. Otto Wiesheu. At the opening of the LKZ 9 companies were already settled in the house, who presented themselves at the inauguration.
The Fraunhofer Institute offers scientific advice for the companies and takes the lead of the LKZ. Honorary CEO of the created operating company was Franz Pfliegl who returned from retirement at the request of the district administrator and the mayor.
The logistics competence center is located in the market town of Prien am Chiemsee in a central location. Prien lies about 90 kilometers southeast of Munich between Rosenheim and Salzburg. The motorway A8 Munich - Salzburg, the railway line between Munich and Salzburg as well as the international airports in Salzburg and Munich ensure excellent accessibility.
Each company whose work focus is in the areas of logistics and / or transport is welcome in the logistics competence center.