We manage the clothing of the German Armed Forces – reliably, simply and quickly

(Souce: BWBM)

Bw Bekleidungsmanagement GmbH: gives the soldiers and civilian employees of the German Armed Forces security of supply.

Cologne, 19th May 2017 –
With retroactive effect from 1st January 2017, Bw Bekleidungsmanagement GmbH, BWBM for short, emerged from the merger of LH Bundeswehr Bekleidungsgesellschaft mbH (LHBw) and LHD Group GmbH.  As a 100% in-house company of the federal government, BWBM has the task of supplying its customers – soldiers (professional and enlisted soldiers, volunteers and reservists) and the civilian employees of the German Armed Forces – with clothing and personal equipment and guaranteeing them the best possible security of supply. All the items are developed together with the German Armed Forces and procured, stored, distributed, cleaned and maintained by BWBM.

The managing directors Uwe Schmack (CEO), who is responsible for the operational management, and Stephan Minz (CFO), who is responsible for the commercial management, head up the company BWBM with its almost 1,300 employees. “We have”, says Schmack, “put the goals and tasks of clothing management for the around 200,000 soldiers and civilian employees of the German Armed Forces into concrete terms with four statements of intent:  security of supply for the customers, cost-effectiveness of the processes, quality and attractiveness of the clothing and equipment.”

The new name BWBM symbolises a new beginning which is led by a vision:
“We manage the clothing of the German Armed Forces – reliably, simply and quickly.”

BWBM secures the supply of the German Armed Forces with clothing and personal equipment in three segments: Fiscal supply (outfitting of the recruits and employees of all agencies), partial self-outfitters and self-outfitters (provision of uniform and sports clothing for NCOs and officers) and NBC materials management (outfitting of the NBC-defence corps according to the specifications of the Armed Forces). To guarantee the supply, BWBM operates its own logistics with several large warehouse and transport systems.

BWBM offers comprehensive services, such as completion, alteration, exchange, made-to-measure clothing or cleaning.

BWBM is guided by the values of reliability, respect and motivation. “The values”, says Minz, “form the reliable basis for our management actions and our daily working practice. They apply both vis-à-vis our employees and vis-à-vis our customers and stakeholders.”  On this basis, BWBM has developed a value-oriented compliance management system. The code of conduct acts as protection against misconduct and is a substantial component of the strategic management and the corporate governance structures of BWBM.

“We are working intensively on restructuring the organisation processes,” says Schmack who manages the operational processes. His fellow managing director Minz, who is responsible for the commercial management, adds: “Working processes are to become more efficient, responsibilities are to become clearer. This applies both to internal processes and to our collaboration with our business partners and with our customer the German Armed Forces.” In the current period of transition and re-establishment, BWBM wants to be transparent about creating trust internally and externally and fostering identity.


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