History

1897
Christian Holstein arrives in Japan for Nickel & Co. and later becomes its managing director.


Christian Holstein and his uncle Nickel 1897 in Kobe

1919
C. Holstein Company is founded in Kobe. Branch offices are established later on in Osaka, Tokyo and Yokohama.

1920
The company Holstein Shipping & Insurance Agencies is founded in Kobe.

1921
The German Chamber of Commerce is established in Kobe. Christian Holstein is a founding member and its first president.

1925-1930
C. Holstein Company in Dairen (today Dalian) and Holstein and Company Manchuria-Siberia in Harbin and Mukden (today Shenyang) are established.


Christian and Helene Holstein, May 1927

1932
H. Holstein & Co. is founded in Hamburg.


New Years reception of the C. Holstein Company 1932 in Osaka

1941-1943
Due to non-cooperation with the Nazi regime all vessels managed by Holstein Shipping & Insurance Agency are impoundment by the German Admiralty under supervision of the German Marine Attaché in Tokyo and are henceforth put under the administration of Messrs. Mitsui Bussan. This leads to factual disbandment and closure of Holstein Shipping & Insurance Agency. The shares of C. Holstein Company have to be deposited at the German Marine Attaché as guarantee and security. Business activities of the company come to a stand still.

1945
The companies in Manchuria are lost during the upheavals of the War.

1945
A new beginning for C. Holstein Company in Japan and later H. Holstein & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft” in Hamburg.

1955
Jens C. Holstein assumes directorship of C. Holstein Company and H. Holstein & Co.


Jens Holstein, August 2005

1958
Transformation of "H. Holstein & Co." into "H. Holstein & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft".

1972
Holstein Handels- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH is founded.

1994
Peter Holstein assumes directorship of H. Holstein & Co.

1996
H. Holstein & Co., Tokyo Branch is founded.