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Airbus, BLG Logistics and Mercedes-Benz prepare employees for the digital transition


  • The project “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors) promotes cross-sector exchange between companies
  • Participants complete a three months internship in a partner company with the aim of enhancing cooperativeness and willingness to change
  • The exchange is scientifically supported by Jacobs University
  • The pilot project is to be extended to other cooperation partners after successful completion

Beginning in September, 14 employees of the companies Airbus, BLG Logistics and Mercedes-Benz successfully completed a cross-sector exchange. The objective of the program was to strengthen the cooperativeness of the employees, to gather new experiences in a different corporate culture and to enhance willingness to change. The project named “CROSS” (Competence Rotation Over Several Sectors) is supported scientifically by Jacobs University and includes three months practical experience in a partner company, qualification measures and workshop days. The program was implemented for the first time and meets the needs of the increasing digitization and networking of the Automobile and Aviation industry as well as in the logistics sector.

Peter Theurer, site manager at the Mercedes-Benz Plant Bremen: “At Mercedes-Benz we understand the digital transition as a chance and want to actively shape it – within and beyond our plant railings. For that we count on a team that is ready to try new things. The project ‘CROSS’ offers our employees the chance to look further than the four walls of their own company, to accept new challenges positively and to make progress. With Airbus and BLG Logistics we have found two great partner companies. Through that we build synergies for the science location Bremen.”

André Walter, site manager at Airbus: “Also in civil aviation we at Airbus have been preparing our employees for years for the digitization and for the jobs of the future. We have to support especially the older generation on this path. That’s exactly where the CROSS project comes in, that additionally provides the participants with insights in other industries. A great opportunity for young and old.”

Dieter Schumacher, Labor Director BLG Logistics: "CROSS delivers an innovative approach to evolve the concepts of life-long learning. The work assignment in partner companies is suitable for employees of all stages of life and does more than contributing to broadening the personal horizon. It also provides positive impetus for the involved companies. I was especially impressed by the dedication, with which all participants approached their new tasks.”

Prof. Dr. Arvid Kappas, Dean at Jacobs University: “Im delighted that we as Jacobs University could contribute with our workshops and trainings to the success of the pilot project. The CROSS project brings together economy and science. It is an innovative continuing education program, which could become a role model for others.”

(front row from left to right): Florian Werner (Airbus), Florian Mordau (Daimler), Katrin Berger (Airbus) and project supervisor Frank Schönung (BLG) and project supervisor Maren Weidemann (BLG) and Heinrich Becker (Daimler) (back row).

About BLG Group

Founded in 1877, 65 merchants founded BLG Logistics under the name Bremer Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft (BLG), a pioneer in seaport operations and by the 1950’s, the first German container port in operation. The BLG Group has developed into a globally-operating logistics company. Customers include the leading German automobile manufacturers as well as strong commercial brands. Globally, BLG LOGISTICS provides around 16,000 jobs. Everywhere BLG operates, the skills of our employees constitute an important factor in our success. Today BLG Logistics is a $1.5Bil company operates three separate divisions: Automotive, Container/Intermodal and Contract Logistics. For more, please go to

About BLG Logistics USA

In the United States, BLG is headquartered in Vance, AL and plays an instrumental role in the supply chains of major automotive manufacturers and suppliers in the southeastern United States, with increasing focus on service and agile response for the manufacturing supply chains of major global brands. For more, please go to